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Special Events  

* 3M Observatory
* The Sky Above - a program for those with autism or other developmental disabilities.
* Meditation under the Stars 
*An Evening with the Astronomy Club

 

Star Shows and Laser Concerts

All shows run approximately 40 minutes. (Evening laser concerts may run up to 1 hour.)
Admission: $7 for one show, $13 for two shows on the same day.

Call 908-231-8805 for reservations!
RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL SHOWS!


  • Shows and Concerts start on time.
  • No one is admitted into the planetarium after a show or concert has started; by order of the Fire Marshall.
    There is no re-admittance if you leave during a show.
  • Please arrive 20-30 minutes before show time.
    Reservations are held until 10 minutes before the start of a show.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children can not be left unattended in the planetarium.
  • Afternoon laser shows are recommended for ages 6 and older.
    Evening laser shows are recommended for ages 12 and older.
    They use album versions of songs, not radio versions.
    Words are not edited or bleeped from the original artist's recording.

    PLEASE NOTE: The planetarium has become VERY popular! If you have made reservations
    and need to change or cancel them, please call ahead and let us know. Otherwise we will be expecting
    your arrival 20-30 minutes before the show with the number of people reserved.

Scroll down for the Just for Kids schedule.

RVCC Planetarium Programs are made possible with generous funding from our friends at:
3M logo and NJSGC New Jersey Space Grant Consortium - header

 

 
 March

 

Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm          Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
4:00 pm          Laser Pop Rock
7:00 pm          Winter & Spring Skies
8:00 pm          Best of Pink Floyd (Mar 7 & 21)
8:00 pm          Laser U2 (Mar 14 & 28)

Sunday, March 15
2:00 pm          Rockin' Rocket Ride  Sold Out
3:00 pm          SkyLights
4:30 pm          The Sky Above 

Tuesday, March 31
 
2:00 pm         Magic Tree House: Space Mission
 3:00 pm         Perfect Little Planet

 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote

Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm 

 Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he's a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, "Earth, Moon & Sun" also examines how humans learn through space exploration.
(Recommended for ages 6-12) 

 
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
4:00 pm

Features songs by a variety of artists, including LMFAO, One Direction, and Black Eyed Peas.
Song List

 Leo constellation Winter & Spring Skies
 
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
 7:00 pm
 
 
The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter night sky. Learn how to use Orion as a guide to finding other stars and constellations this season. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show.
 Best of Pink Floyd Best of Pink Floyd
 
Saturdays, March 7 & 21
 8:00 pm
 
 Lasers dance across the dome while we listen to Pink Floyd songs including "Comfortably numb," "Another Brick in the Wall, part 2," and "Money."
Song List
 Laser U2
  Laser U2
Saturdays, March 14 & 28
8:00 pm 

Somes of U2's more popular songs are included in this show: "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "Beautiful Day," and "Unforgettable Fire."
Song List

 
 cartoon Sun
  Rockin' Rocket Ride
Sunday, March 15  Sold Out
2:00 pm

Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. A lively experience for young people with selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock)
  SkyLights
 
Sunday, March 15
 3:00 pm
 
Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by Mr. Ray (Family Ride, Kalien the Alien) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song). Some songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
Song List
 
 the Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Tuesday, March 31
2:00 PM
 
Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more.  Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels.
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)

   
Perfect Little Planet
Perfect Little Planet
 
Tuesday, March 31
 3:00 pm
 
  A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; feel Jupiter’s lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will they choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)
   
 April
 Friday, April 10: An Evening with the Astronomy Club
6:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
7:00 pm          Exploding Universe
 
Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25 (Closed April 4 & 5)
3:00 pm          Perfect Little Planet
4:00 pm          Laser Magic
7:00 pm          Spring Skies
8:00 pm          Classic Rock (Apr 11)
8:00 pm          NJ Rocks (Apr 18 & 25)
 
Sunday, April 19
2:00 pm          Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon
3:00 pm          Storybooks in Space
4:30 pm          The Sky Above
 
Wednesday, April 1
2:00 pm          The Little Star that Could
3:00 pm          Laser Kids  
 

the Magic Tree House
 Sponsored by the RVCC Astronomy Club
 
 Back by Popular Demand...
 Magic Tree House: Space Mission
  Friday, April 10
 6:00 pm
 
 Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more.  Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels.
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)
  
 Alpha Centauri planet artwork by ESO, L. Calçada, N. Risinger  
 
Sponsored by the RVCC Astronomy Club
 
   NEW SHOW
 PLANETARIUM
     PREMIER

 Exploding Universe
 Friday, April 10
 7:00 pm

The universe we see today is the product of explosive events. As the universe has transformed into the structure we live in now, even the most elementary particles have endured.  This show follows the path of one of these "particles," a proton, as it participates in nature's astounding events of rebirth and renewal.
(Recommended ages 10 to adult)
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
 Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25
 3:00 pm
 
 A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; feel Jupiter’s lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will they choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)
 
Laser Magic
Laser Magic
 Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25
 4:00 pm
 
 Our newest family laser concert! The song list is coming soon.
(Recommended for ages 6 to adult)
Song List
 
 Leo constellation
Spring Skies
 
Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25
 7:00 pm
 
  Learn about the stars and constellations we can see in tonight's sky. Discover where to find Venus and Jupiter in the evening. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show.
 laser Classic Rock Classic Rock
 
Saturday, April 11
 8:00 pm

Enjoy a laser concert featuring a variety of classic rock songs, such as "Touch of Gray" (Grateful Dead), "Houses of the Holy" (Led Zeppelin), "Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen), "You Took the Words Right out of my Mouth" (Meatloaf), "Come Sail Away" (Styx), and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (The Beatles).
 Song List

 Laser NJ Rocks NJ Rocks
 
Saturdays, April 18 & 25
 8:00 pm
 
 Listen to songs by artists with a New Jersey connection--including Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Frank Sinatra, Blondie, Spin Doctors, Kool and the Gang, and Frankie Valli--while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead.
 Song List
 Tycho to the Moon Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon
 
Sunday, April 19
 2:00 pm
 
What shape is the Moon? Are the Moon and its orbit "round" like a ball, or more like a pancake shape? Play connect-the-dots with the stars to find triangles, squares, and constellations. Fly around the solar system to learn about the planets. Then we'll meet Tycho--a dog who doesn't just howl at the Moon, he wants to go there. Blast off on an amazing ride and learn about night and day, space travel, the Moon's phases and features of the lunar surface, and more. (Recommended for ages 5-10)
 Storybooks In Space Storybooks in Space
 
Sunday, April 19
 3:00 pm
 
 Enjoy story time as we learn about the stars and planets. (Recommended for ages 4-8)
  
The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could
 
Wednesday, April 1
 2:00 pm
 
Travel with an average yellow star on his quest to get a “name” and a planet to call his own. A “cool” red star, a “hot” blue star, a dying star, double stars and the Milky Way Galaxy teach Little Star some important things about being a star. Imagine Little Star’s surprise when he discovers that several planets rotate around him. The show offers a great introduction to the different kinds of stars in space, as well as the planets in our solar system. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
  
Laser Kids
Laser Kids
 
Wednesday, April 1
 3:00 pm
 
  Songs include “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, “Pop Goes the World” by Men Without Hats, “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, and “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. 
(Recommended for ages 6 and older)
 
Song List
   
May Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16
3:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
4:00 pm          Laser Kids 2
7:00 pm          Spring Skies
8:00 pm          Laser 80's (May 2 & 16)
8:00 pm          Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (May 9)

Sunday, May 17
2:00 pm          Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 pm          SkyLights
4:30 pm          The Sky Above
 
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16
3:00 pm

Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more.  Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels.
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)

 Laser Kids 2 Laser Kids 2
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16
4:00 pm
 
Features songs by a variety of artists including LMFAO, One Direction, and Black Eyed Peas.
Song List

 Leo constellation Spring Skies
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16
7:00 pm
 
Discover what stars and constellations we can see in tonight's sky.
Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show.
 laser Beams and Dots
Laser 80's
Saturdays, May 2 & 16
8:00 pm

Sing along with musical hits from the 1980's, including "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" by the Moody Blues,
"Whip It" by DEVO, and "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen.
Song List
 laser Pink Floyd Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
 
Saturday, May 9
 8:00 pm
 
All songs are from this classic album, including "Speak to Me / Breathe," "Money," and "Brain Damage."
Song List

 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Sunday, May 17
2:00 pm

Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. A lively experience for young people with selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
  Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights
Sunday, May 17
3:00 pm

Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by Mr. Ray (Family Ride, Kalien the Alien) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song). Some songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
Song List
   

Just for Kids!

 

 
All shows run approximately 40 minutes.
Admission: $7 for one show, $13 for two shows on the same day

Call 908-231-8805 for reservations!

 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm   Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he's a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, "Earth, Moon & Sun" also examines how humans learn through space exploration.
(Recommended for ages 6-12) 
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
4:00 pm

Enjoy a laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists, including "Party Rock" by LMFAO, "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go, "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" by the Beatles, and "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO.
Song List 

 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Sunday, March 15  Sold Out on March 15
2:00 pm
Sunday, May 17
2:00 pm

Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. A lively experience for young people with selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights
 
Sunday, March 15
 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 17
3:00 pm

Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by Mr. Ray (Family Ride, Kalien the Alien) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song). Some songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
Song List
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Tuesday, March 31
2:00 pm
Friday, April 10
6:00 pm
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16
3:00 pm

Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more.  Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels.
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)

 Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet
 Tuesday, March 31
 3:00 pm
 Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25
 3:00 pm 

A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; feel Jupiter’s lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will they choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)

 The Little Star that Could The Little Star that Could
Wednesday, April 1
2:00 pm 

Travel with an average yellow star on his quest to get a “name” and a planet to call his own. A “cool” red star, a “hot” blue star, a dying star, double stars and the Milky Way Galaxy teach Little Star some important things about being a star. Imagine Little Star’s surprise when he discovers that several planets rotate around him. The show offers a great introduction to the different kinds of stars in space, as well as the planets in our solar system. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

 Laser Kids

Laser Kids
Wednesday, April 1
3:00 pm

Songs include “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, “Pop Goes the World” by Men Without Hats, “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, and “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. 
(Recommended for ages 6 and older)
 
Song List
 Laser Magic

 

Laser Magic
Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25
 4:00 pm

Our newest family laser concert! The song list is coming soon.
(Recommended for ages 6 to adult)
Song List

Tycho to the Moon 
Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon
 
Sunday, April 19
 2:00 pm
 
What shape is the Moon? Are the Moon and its orbit "round" like a ball, or more like a pancake shape? Play connect-the-dots with the stars to find triangles, squares, and constellations. Fly around the solar system to learn about the planets. Then we'll meet Tycho--a dog who doesn't just howl at the Moon, he wants to go there. Blast off on an amazing ride and learn about night and day, space travel, the Moon's phases and features of the lunar surface, and more. (Recommended for ages 5-10)
 Storybooks In Space Storybooks in Space
 
Sunday, April 19
 3:00 pm
 
 Enjoy story time as we learn about the stars and planets. (Recommended for ages 4-8) 
Laser Kids 2 Laser Kids 2
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16
4:00 pm
 
Features songs by a variety of artists including LMFAO, One Direction, and Black Eyed Peas.
Song List
   

Special Events

 
 
 family at RVCC Planetarium An Evening with the Astronomy Club
 Friday, April 10
6:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
7:00 pm          Exploding Universe
 Shows cost $7 per person, $13 to see both!
 
Come out and spend the evening with the RVCC Astronomy Club! Enjoy two of our biggest shows at their normal price, alongside various space activities run by club members and staff. "Magic Tree House: Space Mission" is a children's show recommended for ages 5+, and is back by popular demand! Exploding Universe is our newest program, targeted towards the 10+ audience, and premiers tonight to the public! Join us for a special astronomy-packed night you won't want to miss!

 Magic Tree House: Space Mission
 Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more.  Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended ages 5+)
 
 Exploding Universe
 The universe we see today is the product of explosive events. As the universe has transformed into the structure we live in now, even the most elementary particles have endured.  This show follows the path of one of these "particles," a proton, as it participates in nature's astounding events of rebirth and renewal. (
Recommended ages 10+)
 Observatory - small image  
3M Observatory

See the skies through our 16" Meade telescope.  The 3M Observatory is open on clear-sky evenings when we are doing public shows. 
January through May 2015 - the 3M Observatory will be open on Saturday evenings, weather permitting.

There is no additional charge to visit the 3M Observatory.
The observatory is currently: Closed.
Check back for updates.

The Sky Above

Saturn over Puzzle

  

 A planetarium show for families with children on the Autism Spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.

Sunday, March 15
Sunday, April 19
Sunday, May 17

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Price as of January 1, 2015: $7.00 per person

All ages are welcome to this one-hour sensory-friendly program. The show will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The doors will remain open so that children will be able to come and go. Lights will be left dim and audio will be lowered and at a consistent level. The sky show will include: music, videos, planets, the Moon, constellations and laser lights.  All material is presented on a very basic level.

Please call 908-231-8805 to make a reservation as we are limiting the number of visitors for each show.

With support from:
     PNC

 

  Autism Ribbon  Family Resources

logo POAC Parents Of Autistic Children   Autism Speaks logo  
 Barbara 2015 small

 Meditation under the Stars
Come join us and relax...
Release tension and stress listening to a guided meditation while overhead the digital dome transforms into a flight through the Universe.
Led by Relaxation Specialist Barbara Cannell, spend an hour in quiet contemplation.


Friday, March 13, 1:15 pm
Friday, March 27, 1:15 pm
and again at 7:00 pm
Friday, April 10, 1:15 pm
Friday, April 17, 7:00 pm
Friday, April 24, 1:15 pm
Friday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Friday, May 8, 1:15 pm
Wednesday, May 20, 1:15 pm

 Ticket price: $7 per person

                    Free with your RVCC ID

Please arrive a few minutes early.  You can leave early if you need to, but you can't enter once we've begun. 
Bring a sweater or blanket, as it's sometimes cool in the Planetarium.
Bring a yoga mat if you'd like to lay on the floor.

   

Admission / General Policies

 
  • No one is admitted into the planetarium after a show or concert has started;
    by order of the Fire Marshall.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children can not be left unattended in the planetarium.
  • Please arrive 20-30 minutes before show time. Shows and Concerts must start on time.
  • Admission is $7.00 per person, per show, all ages, unless otherwise noted.
  • See two programs on the same day and get $1 off the second show.
  • Try a laser concert with 3D glasses for an additional $2
  • Same day Star Show and one Laser Concert for $13.00
  • Groups of 15 or more see both for $12.00 per person
  • General seating reservations will be held until 10 minutes before show time at the Planetarium Gift Shop.
  • Reservations do not guarantee a seat if you are late for the show or concert.
    PLEASE NOTE: The planetarium has become VERY popular! If you have made reservations
    and need to change or cancel them, please call ahead and let us know. Otherwise we will be expecting
    your arrival 20-30 minutes before the show with the number of people reserved.

Reservations are recommended for all shows by calling the Planetarium @ 908-231-8805.

 
   

RVCC is located between Routes 78 and 22.
Directions to the College here.
On campus, park in Lot #7 or #1 and proceed up the steps to the Planetarium.


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