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Special Events  

* The Sky Above - a program for those with autism or other developmental disabilities.
* Meditation under the Stars

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

 

 

 

July 

 

 
Wednesdays, July  9, 16, 23, 30
2:00 pm        Rockin' Rocket Ride (Jul 9 & 23)
2:00 pm        Tycho to the Moon (Jul 16 & 30)
3:00 pm        SkyLights (Jul 9 & 23)
3:00 pm        Storybooks in Space (Jul 16 & 30)

Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
2:00 pm        Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm        Laser Pop Rock Concert

Fridays, July 11, 18, 25
7:00 pm        Magic Tree House (Jul 11 & 25)
7:00 pm        Black Holes (Jul 18)
8:00 pm        Summer Skies
9:00 pm        Laser Rock of Ages (Jul 11)
9:00 pm        Laser ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) (Jul 18)
9:00 pm        Laser Queen (Jul 25)

Sunday, July 20
2:00 pm        Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 pm        SkyLights
4:30 pm        The Sky Above

 meteors Summer Skies
Fridays, July 11, 18, 25
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.

 cartoon Sun

Rockin' Rocket Ride
Wednesdays, July 9 & 23
2:00 pm
Sunday, July 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, July 9 & 23
3:00 pm
Sunday, July 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 

Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet
Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
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, July 10, 17, 24, 31
3:00 pm

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

the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Fridays, July 11& 25
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)

Laser Rock of Ages Rock of Ages laser concert
Friday, July 11
9:00 pm

Sing along with the original musical hits that inspired the popular Broadway show and movie.
Song List 
 Tycho to the Moon

Tycho to the Moon and Space Shapes
Wednesdays, July 16 & 30
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, July 16 & 30
3:00 pm

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

 Black Holes

Black Holes
Friday, July 18
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)  

 ELO logo

ELO laser concert
Friday, July 18
9:00 pm

Song List

 Laser Queen

Queen laser concert
Friday, July 25th
9:00 pm

Song List

   

August

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

   

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, July 11 & 25
7:00 pm
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, July 10, 17, 24, 31
2:00 pm
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, July 10, 17, 24, 31
3:00 pm
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, July 9 & 23
2:00 pm
Sunday, July 20
2:00 pm
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, July 9 & 23
3:00 pm
Sunday, July 20
3:00 pm
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

 Tychoto the Moon and Space Shapes
Wednesdays, July 16 & 30
2:00 pm
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, July 16 & 30
3:00 pm
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, July 11
9:00 pm
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, July 20
Sunday, August 17

     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 Cannell

 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.

   

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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