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Birthday Parties

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The Staerkel Planetarium is the perfect place to have a birthday party for a future space traveler.

Birthday party packages are available for Saturday afternoons when the planetarium is normally closed:
2:15-3:45pm for a 2:30 to 3:30pm party (we allow for 15 minutes of set-up and 15 minutes of clean-up)
4:15-5:45pm for a 4:30 to 5:30pm party

Parties include:

  • 30 minutes in the planetarium lobby for cake and/or birthday presents
  • a 20-30 minute program in the dome featuring a live sky talk under the stars
  • a five-minute musical finale that can feature your child's photo on the dome

Cost: $150 for up to 30 people, including chaperones

If you would like your child's photo on the dome with a birthday message, please provide a digital photo and the child's age on his/her birthday at least one week before the event. Email the JPEG photo to

  • Please call to book your birthday party at least one month in advance.
  • All dates are subject to the availability of a planetarium staff member.
  • Chairs and tables for up to 30 people can be provided upon request.
  • Food, beverages, and decorations are NOT provided by the planetarium.
  • 15-minute setup and clean-up are the renter's responsibility.
  • Sorry, no food, drink, or helium balloons are allowed under the planetarium dome.

Call Dave Leake or Cindy Reynolds at 217/351-2568 if you have questions or to reserve your time slot! Call or email for more details! Based on staff availability.