Planetarium April Schedule Includes Star Shows, Laser Concert for all Ages
The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium’s April schedule includes star shows for all ages, a special sensory-friendly program, and a laser concert featuring music by Pink Floyd, as well as one geared specifically for children. The following shows will be offered:
Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Saturdays, April 1, 15, 22, 29, 3 p.m.
Join 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 laser concert, Saturdays, April 1, 15, 22, 29, 4 p.m.
Sing along to an updated playlist while lasers “dance” on the dome overhead. Songs include “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, “Levitating” by Dua Lipa, and “Can’t Stop this Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
The Sky Above, sensory-friendly program, Saturday, April 1, 5 p.m.
This sensory-friendly astronomy and music show, approximately 45 minutes in length, is specially designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. Neurotypical children are welcome as well. The program, which is presented on a kindergarten level, is appropriate for audiences of all ages. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark), and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level. The show will include music, laser lights, stories, and information about the planets, the Moon, and constellations.
Astronomy Tonight, Saturday, April 1, 7 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8-adult)
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon laser concert, Saturdays, April 1, 15, 22, 29, 8 p.m.
Listen to songs from Pink Floyd’s hit album while lasers dance on the dome overhead. Songs include “Time,” “Money,” and “Eclipse.”
Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries, Saturdays, April 15, 22, 29, 7 p.m.
Big Astronomy shares the stories of the diverse people and places who make big astronomy and big science happen. The show takes visitors to the deserts and mountaintops where astronomy happens in the most extreme environments and with some of the most interesting people. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory—located right outside the Planetarium—will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8-adult)
Astronomy Day, Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon or evening of activities celebrating Astronomy and science. Participants may observe the Sun and Moon through telescopes and take part in hands-on activities. There is no charge for the activities or telescope viewing, but regular admission applies for astronomy and laser shows.
The RVCC Planetarium will be closed on Saturday, April 8.
Planetarium tickets cost $10 for one show, $18 for two shows back-to-back on the same day. Reservations are recommended, but all ticket sales are done at the door on the day of the show. Late admission to Planetarium shows is not permitted. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805 or email email@example.com. For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.
RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.
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