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Admission:  $8 for one show and  $14 for two shows on the same day.
                        Pricing applies to all planetarium programs offered.

  Special Events  

* 3M Observatory
* The Sky Above- a program for those with autism or other developmental disabilities.

 

Star Shows and Laser Concerts

All shows run approximately 40 minutes. (Evening laser concerts may run up to 1 hour.)
Admission: $8 for one show, $14 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

 

   
 May  Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21
 3:00 pm       Magic Tree House: Space Mission
 4:00 pm       Laser Pop Rock
 5:00 pm       The Sky Above (May 7 only)
 7:00 pm       SETI: The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence
 8:00 pm       Laser Beatles (May 7 & 21)
 8:00 pm       Laser ELO (May 14)

The Planetarium is closed May 27-30 for Memorial Day weekend.
There are no public programs in June.
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21
3:00 pm
 

 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"? This show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels.
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
 
Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21
 4:00 pm
 

 
Lasers dance across the dome while music is played. Song include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song," by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake it Off," by Taylor Swift, to   name just a few.
Song List 
 SETI SETI: The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence
 
Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21
 7:00 pm
 
The prospect that we may not be alone in the universe is taken as fact by the movies, authors, and a great many scientists. As of yet, we have no hard evidence of another living things outside Planet Earth. S.E.T.I.- The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence- is a show that explores all sides of this topic, from the planets we are finding around other stars, to the feasibility of traveling to the stars, and what aliens might actually be like, to the possibility that UFOs have been visiting and the various methods that scientists are using to get in touch. Will we make contacts in our lifetimes? This program also includes a live tour of the current night sky.
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 laser Beatles Laser Beatles
 Saturdays, May 7 & 21
8:00 pm
 
Features songs from throughout the Beatles' long career, including "Twist and Shout," "Help!," and "Revolution."
Song List

   
 

June

 
There are no public programs in June.
   
 

July

 
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26
2:00 p.m.  Magic Tree House: Space Mission
3:00 p.m.  Earth, Moon, Sun and Coyote

Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20
2:00 p.m.  Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 p.m.  SkyLights

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21
2:00 p.m.  Perfect Little Planet
3:00 p.m.  Laser Pop Rock

Fridays
7:00 p.m.  Magic Tree House: Space Mission, (Jul 8 & 22)
7:00 p.m.  Perfect Little Planet (Jul 15)

8:00 p.m.  Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (Jul 8 & 22)
8:00 p.m.  Exploding Universe (Jul 15)

9:00 p.m.  Best of Pink Floyd laser concert (Jul 8)
9:00 p.m.  Rock of Ages laser concert (Jul 15)
9:00 p.m.  Classic Rock laser concert (Jul 22)

Saturday, July 9
3:00 p.m.  Rockin' Rocket Ride
4:00 p.m.  Storybooks in Space
5:00 p.m.  The Sky Above

There are no shows from July 27 - August 7.
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26
2:00 p.m.
Fridays, July 8 & 22
7:00 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"? This show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. 
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)
 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote Earth Moon Sun and Coyote
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26
3:00 p.m.

We'll begin with an introduction to the stars we can see in tonight's sky.  Then meet Coyote.  He has a razon-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, fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles.  

(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 9
3:00 p.m.

Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets.  A lively experience for your people with selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20
3:00 p.m.

Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (Kalien the Alien, Family Ride) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song) and other kid-friendly songs like When You Wish upon a Star by Disney and ABC by the Jackson 5.  Songs are illustrated with lasers and videos.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
Song List
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21
2:00 p.m.
Friday, July 15
7:00 p.m.

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; feels Jupiter's lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars.  Which destination will the family choose?
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 Storybooks In Space Storybooks in Space
Saturday, July 9
4:00 p.m.

Enjoy story time in the Planetarium as we learn about stars and planets.
(Recommended ages 4 to 8)
  Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21
3:00 p.m.

Lasers dance across the dome while music is played. Song include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song," by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake it Off," by Taylor Swift, to   name just a few.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 
Song List
 COS poster Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
Fridays, July 8 & 22
8:00 p.m.

A light spectrum changes as it travels from a distant quasar to the Earth, allowing us to learn about the light source, what it passes, and how the light source is moving.  Cosmic Origins Spectrograph was the final instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope during its last servicing mission.  The C.O.S. is allowing us an unprecedented view into the vast spaces between the galaxies surrounding our Milky Way.  This program includes a brief tour of the current night sky.  
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 blackhole Exploding Universe
Friday, July 15
8:00 p.m.

The universe we see today is the product of explosive events.  As the universe has transformed into its current state, even the most elementary particles have endured.  The show follows the path of one of the particles, a proton, as it participates in nature's astounding events of rebirth and renewal.  This program includes a brief tour of the current night sky.
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 Best of Pink Floyd Best of Pink Floyd laser concert 
Friday, July 8
9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring songs from Pink Floyd's classic albums including "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," "Money," and "Comfortably Numb."
Song List
 Laser Rock of Ages Rock of Ages laser concert 
Friday, July 15
9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert with songs drawn from the popular Broadway show and feature film. Sing along to "We Built this City" by Starship, "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister, and "Talk Dirty to Me" by Poison.
Song List
 laser Classic Rock Classic Rock laser concert 
Friday, July 22
9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring a variety of classic rock songs including "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" (Beatles).
Song List
   
 August       There are no shows from July 27 - August 7. 

Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30

2:00 p.m.  Magic Tree House: Space Mission
3:00 p.m.  Earth, Moon, Sun and Coyote

Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31
2:00 p.m.  Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 p.m.  SkyLights

Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25
2:00 p.m.  Perfect Little Planet
3:00 p.m.  Laser Pop Rock

Fridays
7:00 p.m.  Magic Tree House: Space Mission, (Aug 19)
7:00 p.m.  Perfect Little Planet (Aug 12 & 26)

8:00 p.m.  Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (Aug 19)
8:00 p.m.  Exploding Universe (Aug 12 & 26)

9:00 p.m.  Coldplay laser concert (Aug 12)
9:00 p.m.  Best of Pink Floyd laser concert (Aug 19)
9:00 p.m.  Rock of Ages laser concert (Aug 26)

Saturday, August 13
3:00 p.m.  Magic Tree House: Space Mission
4:00 p.m.  Perfect Little Planet
5:00 p.m.  The Sky Above
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13
3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 19
7:00 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"? This show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. 
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)
 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote Earth Moon Sun and Coyote
Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30
3:00 p.m.

We'll begin with an introduction to the stars we can see in tonight's sky.  Then meet Coyote.  He has a razon-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, fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles.  
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31
2:00 p.m.

Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets.  A lively experience for your people with selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights
Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31
3:00 p.m.

Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (Kalien the Alien, Family Ride) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song) and other kid-friendly songs like When You Wish upon a Star by Disney and ABC by the Jackson 5.  Songs are illustrated with lasers and videos.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
Song List
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25
2:00 p.m.
Fridays, August 12 & 26
7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13
4:00 p.m.

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; feels Jupiter's lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars.  Which destination will the family choose?
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25
3:00 p.m.

Lasers dance across the dome while music is played. Song include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song," by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake it Off," by Taylor Swift, to   name just a few.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 
Song List
 COS poster Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
Friday, August 19
8:00 p.m.

A light spectrum changes as it travels from a distant quasar to the Earth, allowing us to learn about the light source, what it passes, and how the light source is moving.  Cosmic Origins Spectrograph was the final instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope during its last servicing mission.  The C.O.S. is allowing us an unprecedented view into the vast spaces between the galaxies surrounding our Milky Way.  This program includes a brief tour of the current night sky.  
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 blackhole Exploding Universe
Fridays, August 12 & 26
8:00 p.m.

The universe we see today is the product of explosive events.  As the universe has transformed into its current state, even the most elementary particles have endured.  The show follows the path of one of the particles, a proton, as it participates in nature's astounding events of rebirth and renewal.  This program includes a brief tour of the current night sky.
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 laser Cold Play Coldplay laser concert
Friday, August 12
9:00 p.m.

Watch lasers dance across the dome while we listen to hits from Coldplay including "For You," "Yellow," and "Clocks."

Song List
 Best of Pink Floyd Best of Pink Floyd laser concert 
Friday, August 19
9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring songs from Pink Floyd's classic albums including "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," "Money," and "Comfortably Numb."

 Song List
 Laser Rock of Ages Rock of Ages laser concert 
Friday, August 26
9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert with songs drawn from the popular Broadway show and feature film. Sing along to "We Built this City" by Starship, "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister, and "Talk Dirty to Me" by Poison.
Song List
   
 September  Thursday, September 1
2:00 p.m.   Perfect Little Planet
3:00 p.m.   Laser Pop Rock

Friday, September 2
7:00 p.m.   Magic Tree House: Space Mission
8:00 p.m.   Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
9:00 p.m.   Classic Rock laser concert
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Thursday, September 1
2:00 p.m.

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; feels Jupiter's lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars.  Which destination will the family choose?
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Thursdays, September 1
3:00 p.m.

Lasers dance across the dome while music is played. Song include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song," by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake it Off," by Taylor Swift, to   name just a few.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 
Song List
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Friday, September 2
7:00 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"? This show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. 
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)
 COS poster Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
Friday, September 2
8:00 p.m.

A light spectrum changes as it travels from a distant quasar to the Earth, allowing us to learn about the light source, what it passes, and how the light source is moving.  Cosmic Origins Spectrograph was the final instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope during its last servicing mission.  The C.O.S. is allowing us an unprecedented view into the vast spaces between the galaxies surrounding our Milky Way.  This program includes a brief tour of the current night sky.  
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 laser Classic Rock Classic Rock laser concert 
Friday, September 2
9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring a variety of classic rock songs including "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" (Beatles).
Song List
   

Just for Kids!

 

 
All shows run approximately 40 minutes.
Admission: $8 for one show, $14 for two shows on the same day

Call 908-231-8805 for reservations!

 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21
3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26
2:00 p.m.
Fridays, July 8 & 22
7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13
3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 19
7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 2
7:00 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"? This show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels.
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)  
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21
4:00 p.m.
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21
3:00 p.m.
Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25
3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 1
3:00 p.m.
 
Lasers dance across the dome while music is played. Song include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song," by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake it Off," by Taylor Swift, to name just a few.
Song List   
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 9
3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31
2:00 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 with selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8) 
 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
 
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26
3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30
3:00 p.m.
 
 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)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights
 
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20
3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31
3:00 p.m.
 
 Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (Kalien the Alien, Family Ride) and Jane Murphey (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song). Song songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images.
 (Recommended ages 3-8)
 
 Song List

 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21
2:00 p.m.
Friday, July 15
7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 12 & 26
7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13
4:00 p.m.
Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25
2:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 1
2:00 p.m.

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; feels Jupiter's lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars.  Which destination will the family choose?
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 Storybooks In Space Storybooks in Space
Saturday, July 9
4:00 p.m.

Enjoy story time in the Planetarium as we learn about stars and planets.
(Recommended ages 4 to 8) 
   

Special Events

 
 
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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.  Saturdays, October - May.  Fridays in July and August.

There is no additional charge to visit the 3M Observatory.
 

The Sky Above

Saturn over Puzzle

  

NOTE: The Sky Above will be shown one Saturday per month at 5:00 pm beginning in the New Year, rather than Sunday at 4:30.
A planetarium show for families with children on the Autism Spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.

No program in June.
Saturday, July 9            5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13     5:00 p.m.
 
Ticket Price: $8.00 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, kindergarten 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  
   

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 $8.00 per person, per show, all ages, unless otherwise noted.
  • See two programs on the same day and get $2 off the second show.
  • Try a laser concert with 3D glasses for an additional $2
  • Same day Star Show and one Laser Concert for $14.00
  • Groups of 15 or more see both for $13.00 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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