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Public Shows

 
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Special Events  

* The Sky Above - a program for those with autism or other developmental disabilities.
* Meditation under the Stars 
* Astronomy Day - Saturday, October 4

 

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! ALL GROUPS OF 3 OR MORE SHOULD MAKE RESERVATIONS!

  • 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.

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

 

 

August 

 

 
Wednesdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
2:00 pm        Rockin' Rocket Ride (Aug 6 & 20)
3:00 pm        SkyLights (Aug 6 & 20)

2:00 pm        Tycho to the Moon (Aug 13 & 27)
3:00 pm        Storybooks in Space (Aug 13 & 27)

Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
2:00 pm        Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm        Laser Pop Rock

Fridays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
7:00 pm        Black Holes (Aug 1, 15, 29)
7:00 pm        Magic Tree House (Aug 8-SOLD OUT! & 22)
8:00 pm        Summer Skies
9:00 pm        Laser Best of Pink Floyd (Aug 1 & 29)
9:00 pm        Laser Rock of Ages (Aug 8)
9:00 pm        Laser ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) (Aug 15)
9:00 pm        Laser Queen (Aug 22)

Sunday, August 17
2:00 pm        The Little Star that Could
3:00 pm        Laser Kids 
4:30 pm        The Sky Above

cartoon Sun

Rockin' Rocket Ride
Wednesdays, August 6 & 20
2:00 pm

Blast off on a journey past the Sun and planets, get to know Mr. Moon Rock and learn what stars are visible in tonight's sky. The show offers a musical, astronomical adventure for space kids.
(Recommended for ages 3-8) 
 

Tycho to the Moon Tycho to the Moon and Space Shapes
Wednesdays, August 13 & 27
2:00 pm

 

The program will begin with an exploration of shapes: 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)

Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock)

SkyLights
Wednesdays, August 6 & 20
3:00 pm

Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by mr. RAY and Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8) 
 
Song List 

Storybooks In Space

Storybooks in Space
Wednesdays, August 13 & 27
3:00 pm

Enjoy story time as we learn about the stars and planets.
(Recommended for ages 4-8) 
 

Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet
Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
2:00 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; avoid Jupiter's lightning storms.  Which destination will they choose? 
(Recommended for ages 6-12)

Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm

 

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

Black Holes Black Holes
Fridays, August 1, 15, 29
7:00 pm

 

“Black Holes” takes audience members on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. The show takes full advantage of the RVCC Planetarium’s AllDome High Definition digital projection system. Participants take a virtual tour through space and explore the science and mystery of black holes: Where do they come from? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth’s horizon?
(Recommended for ages 8 to adult) 

the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Fridays, August 8 & 22
7:00pm

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)

meteors Summer Skies
Fridays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
8:00 pm

The Summer Triangle dominates the evening skies this season. Mars and Saturn are also visible. Join us on Friday evenings throughout the summer to learn what stars and constellations are visible in the sky. The program also will include information about current events in astronomy.

 Best of Pink Floyd

Best of Pink Floyd laser concert
Fridays, August 1 & 29
9:00 pm

Song List

Laser Rock of Ages Rock of Ages laser concert
Friday, August 8
9:00 pm

Sing along with the original musical hits that inspired the popular Broadway show and movie.
Song List 
ELO logo ELO laser concert
Friday, August 15
9:00 pm

 

Song List

Laser Queen

Queen laser concert
Friday, August 22
9:00 pm

Song List

 The Little Star that Could The Little Star that Could 
Sunday, August 17
 
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 Cones

Laser Kids 
Sunday, August 17
3:00 pm

Listen to songs such as “Yellow Submarine,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and I Gotta Feeling” while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)

Song List


 September

 
 

Thursday
, September 25
2:00 pm        Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm        Laser Kids 

 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet

Thursday, September 25
2:00 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; avoid Jupiter's lightning storms.  Which destination will they choose?  

(Recommended for ages 6-12) 

 Laser Kids Laser Kids 

Thursday, September 25
3:00 pm

Listen to songs such as “Yellow Submarine,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and I Gotta Feeling” while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. 
(Recommended for ages 6-12) 

   
 

 

October

 

 
 Saturday, October 4 -- Astronomy Day

Saturdays, October 4 & 11
3:00 pm    Fall Skies
4:00 pm    Laser Pop Rock
7:00 pm    Fall Skies
8:00 pm    Laser Grateful Dead (Oct 4)
8:00 pm    Rock of Ages laser concert (Oct 11)

Saturdays, October 18 & 25
3:00 pm    Spooky Skies
4:00 pm    Fright Light laser concert (family version)
7:00 pm    Spooky Skies
8:00 pm    Fright Light laser concert (PG-13 version)

Monday, October 13 (Columbus Day)
2:00 pm    Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 pm    Sky Lights

Sunday, October 19
2:00 pm    Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm    Fright Light laser concert (family version)
4:30 pm    The Sky Above

Friday, October 31
8:00 pm    Spooky Skies
9:00 pm    Fright Light laser concert (PG-13 version)
 Observatory - small image Astronomy Day
Saturday, October 4
2:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-10:00 pm

     Observatory and Hands-On Activities: Free
     Planetarium shows: $7 per person for one show, $13 per person for two shows on the same day.

The 3M Observatory will be open in the afternoon (2-5 pm) and evening (6-10 pm).  Safely observe the Sun through our 16" and 8" telescopes.  Be a human sundial.  Other hands-on activities will be available as well.  Sky shows and laser concerts will be presented at the regular admission prices.
 Starfield Fall 1 The Fall Skies
Saturday, October 4 & 11
3:00 & 7:00 pm

Explore the night sky under our planetarium dome with an expert guide.  Learn what stars, planets, and constellations are visible tonight.  The constellations Andromeda, Pegasus, and Cassiopeia are some of the easy-to-find patterns.  (Recommended for ages 6-adult)
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, October 4 & 11
4:00 pm

Features songs by a variety of artists including songs like "Party Rock" by LMFAO, "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles, "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction, and "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen.  (Recommended for ages 6-adult)
 laser Beams and Nebulae Laser Grateful Dead
Saturdays, October 4, November 1 & 15
8:00 pm

Our newest rock laser concert!  "Truckin'," "Touch of Grey," and "Sugar Magnolia" are a few of the classics in this concert.
 Laser Rock of Ages Rock of Ages laser concert
Saturday, October 11
8:00 pm

Sing along with musical hits drawn from the popular Broadway show and movie.
Song List
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Monday, October 13
2:00 pm

Blast off on a journey past the Sun and planets.  Get to know Mr. Moon Rock.  Discover what stars and constellations are visible in tonight's sky.  This show offers a musical, astronomical adventure for space kids.  (Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights
Monday, October 13
3:00 pm

Enjoy a laser and video music concert for our younger visitors.  Songs include "ROY G BIV" and "Kalien the Alien" by mr RAY, "The Planet Song" and "Is Anybody Else Out There?" by Jane Murphy, "ABC-123" by the Jackson Five, and "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Disney.  (Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Spooky Skies Spooky Skies
Saturdays, October 18 & 25,  3:00 & 7:00 pm
Friday, October 31, 8:00 pm

This Halloween, come to the RVCC Planetarium to witness the spine-chilling tricks and treats of Spooky Skies!  Go back to medieval Ireland to explore the roots of the Halloween holiday, then go into the heavens to draw parallels between some celestial objects and famous monsters.  What does a werewolf have on an inescapable Black Hole, a noxious, deadly planet like Venus, or a crushing, dangerous supernova?  (Recommended for ages 6-adult)
 Fright Light werewolf Fright Light laser concert
Saturdays, October 18 & 25, 4:00 pm  (family version - recommended for ages 6 to adult)
Saturdays, October 18 & 25, 8:00 pm, Friday, October 31, 9 pm  (PG-13 version - not recommended for young visitors)

Family Version: Fun Halloween Songs, including "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "Purple People Eater" by Shep Wooley, and "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
PG-13 Version: Not for young viewers or those easily scared! Songs include "The Night Santa Went Crazy" by Weird Al, "Witch Queen of New Orleans" by Redbone, and "Enter Sandman" by Metallica. Strobes and Fog Machines 
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Sunday, October 19
2:00 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; avoid Jupiter's lightning storms.  Which destination will they choose?  (Recommended for ages 6-12) 
 Fright Light Ghostbusters Fright Light
Sunday, October 19
3:00 pm

Join us for the family version of our popular Halloween laser concert.  Songs include "Alive" by Meatloaf and "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.
   
   

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!

the Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Fridays, August 8 & 22
7:00 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

Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
2:00 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; avoid Jupiter's lightning storms.  Which destination will they choose? 
(Recommended for ages 6-12)

Laser Pop Rock

Laser Pop Rock

Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm

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

cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride

Wednesdays, August 6 & 20
2:00 pm

Blast off on a journey past the Sun and planets, get to know Mr. Moon Rock and learn what stars are visible in tonight's sky. The show offers a musical, astronomical adventure for space kids.
(Recommended for ages 3-8) 
 

Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock)

SkyLights

Wednesdays, August 6 & 20
3:00 pm

Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by mr. RAY and Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8) 
 
Song List 

Tycho to the Moon

 Tycho to the Moon and Space Shapes

Wednesdays, August 13 & 27
2:00 pm

The program will begin with an exploration of shapes: 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

Wednesdays, August 13 & 27
3:00 pm

Enjoy story time as we learn about the stars and planets.
(Recommended for ages 4-8) 
 

Laser Rock of Ages Rock of Ages laser concert

Friday, August 8
9:00 pm

Sing along with the original musical hits that inspired the popular Broadway show and movie.
Song List 
The Little Star that Could

The Little Star that Could 
Sunday, August 17
 
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 Cones

Laser Kids 
Sunday, August 17
3:00 pm

Listen to songs such as “Yellow Submarine,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and I Gotta Feeling” while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)

Song List

   

Special Events

 
 

The Sky Above

Saturn over Puzzle

  

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

Sunday, October 19
Sunday, November 16
Sunday, December 14
     4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $5.00 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 C sitting

 Meditation under the Stars
Come join us and relax...
Release tension and stress listening to a guided meditation while watching the wonders of the Universe drift by overhead.
Led by Relaxation Specialist Barbara Cannell, spend an hour in quiet contemplation.


Friday, July 11, 1:15 p.m.
Friday, July 25, 1:15 p.m.
Friday, August 8,  1:15 p.m.
Friday, August 22, 1:15 p.m.

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.

 Observatory - small image Starfield Fall 1  

Astronomy Day

Saturday, October 4

Ticket price: $7 per person for one program, $13 per person for two programs

Fall Skies at the RVCC Planetarium and 3M Observatory
3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Join us in the Planetarium for a guided tour of the stars of the night sky. 
Learn how we use our 3M Observatory for solar observing during the day and peeks of the Moon and other celestial objects in the evening sky. 
Activities for kids will also be available.

Laser Pop Rock
4:00 p.m.
A family-friendly laser concert with songs by a variety of artists, including "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction, "Party Rock" by LMFAO, and "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen.


Laser Grateful Dead
8:00 p.m.
Our newest laser concert!  "Truckin'," "Touch of Grey," and "Sugar Magnolia" are some of the classics you'll hear in this great show.
   

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.

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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