Planetarium to Offer Laser and Star Shows, Children’s Programs in April


Planetarium to Offer Laser and Star Shows, Children’s Programs in April

Thursday, March 15, 2018
front view of planetarium theatre

The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will present offerings for all ages and interests in April, including a program focusing on the work of Charles Darwin, a laser show featuring music from everyone’s favorite movies, and a special story hour for children—who are invited to wear their pajamas. The following shows will be presented:

Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 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 Light Waves, Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 4 p.m.
Lasers dance across the Planetarium dome while music is played. Songs include “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles, “Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae, “Counting Stars” by One Republic, and “Glad You Came” by The Wanted.

Astronomy Tonight, Saturday, April 7, 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-adults)

Laser Hollywood, Saturdays, April 7 & 14, 8 p.m.
Themes from some of everyone’s favorite movies have inspired this new laser concert, featuring music from such movies as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pink Panther, Star Wars, and Beverly Hills Cop. (Recommended for ages 6-adults)

Natural Selection, Saturdays, April 14, 21, 28, 7 p.m.
Join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the world with the HMS Beagle. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin's eyes, observe some of the Earth’s most beautiful natural scenery, and let the pieces of a scientific puzzle slowly fall into place. Allow Darwin himself to reveal this simple and most beautiful mechanism that explains the evolution of all life on Earth: natural selection. (Recommended for ages 10-adults)

Laser Coldplay, Saturdays, April 21 & 28, 8 p.m.
Listen to Coldplay’s hits including “For You,” “Clocks,” and “Viva La Vida” while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead.

Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. A lively experience for young people, the show features selected music from Journey Into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Storybooks in Space, Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m.
Enjoy story time in the Planetarium as youngsters and their families learn about the stars and planets. Children are invited to make the experience extra cozy by attending the program in their pajamas. There is no extra charge for stuffed animal friends. (Recommended for ages 4-8)

Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



March 15, 2018

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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