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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.
* Astronomy Day -- Saturday, April 23


 

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

 

   
 April  Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
 
3:00 pm       Rockin' Rocket Ride (Apr 2, 16, 30)
 3:00 pm       Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote (Apr 9 & 23)
 4:00 pm       SkyLights (Apr 2, 16, 30)
 4:00 pm       Laser Magic (Apr 9 & 23)
 5:00 pm       The Sky Above (Apr 2 only)
 7:00 pm       Two Small Pieces of Glass
 8:00 pm       Laser Modern Rock (Apr 2, 16, 30)
 8:00 pm       Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (Apr 9 & 23)
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Saturdays, April 2, 16, 30
3:00 pm

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
 
Saturdays, April 9 & 23
 3:00 pm
 
 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
 
Saturdays, April 2, 16, 30
 4:00 pm
 
 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
 Laser Magic Laser Magic
 
Saturdays, April 9 & 23
 4:00 pm
 
 Features songs by a variety of artists including songs like "We Are All Made of Stars" by Moby, "We Will Rock You" by Queen, "Best Day of Life" by American Authors, and "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel.
 (Recommended for ages 6-12)
 
  Song List
 telescope
Two Small Pieces of Glass
 
Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
 7:00 pm
 
 We begin with an introduction to the stars and constellations we can see in tonight's sky.  Then trace the history of the telescope from Galileo's modifications to a spyglass- using two small pieces of glass- to the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Explore the wonders and discoveries made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 Laser Modern Rock Laser Modern Rock
 
Saturdays, April 2, 16, 30
 8:00 pm
 
 "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, "My Song Knows What you Did in the Dark" by Fall Out Boy, and "Love Runs Out" by OneRepublic are just a few of the songs in this show.
 Song List

 laser Pink Floyd Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon laser concert
 
Saturdays, April 9 & 23
 8:00 pm
 
 All songs are from this classic album, including "Speak to Me / Breathe," "Money," and "Brain Damaged."
 Song List

   
 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 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

 ELO logo Laser ELO
Saturday, May 14
8:00 pm

Features the songs "Evil Woman," "Shine a Little Love," "Mr. Blue Sky," and "Don't Bring me Down."
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 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   
 Laser Magic Laser Magic
  Saturdays, April 9 & 23
 4:00 pm
 
Features songs by a variety of artists, including "We are all Made of Stars," by Moby, "We Will Rock You," by Queen, "Best Day of my Life," by American Authors, and "Let it Go" by Idina Menzel. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
Song List 
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Saturdays, April 2, 16, 30
3:00 pm

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
 
Saturdays, April 9 & 23
 3:00 pm
 
 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
 
Saturdays, April 2, 16, 30
 4:00 pm
 
 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
   

Special Events

 
 
 Observatory - small image  
3M Observatory

See the skies through our 16" Meade telescope.  The 3M Observatory is open on clear-sky, Saturday evenings when we are doing public shows. 

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.


Saturday, May 7            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  
 Saturn Ring closeup from Cassini  

Astronomy Day

 Saturday, April 23
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The event will feature hands-on activities celebrating astronomy and science. 
Those attending may observe the Sun (safely) and the Moon through telescopes.
Other activities include learning to use one's body to tell time on a sundial and
examining the size differences between Earth and Moon. The 3M Observatory,
located next to the Planetarium, will be open for solar observing during the day
and examining the Moon and other celestial objects in the evening sky.
The event is appropriate for families with children ages six and older.
 

 

Astronomy Day activities are free of charge, but there are costs for the Planetarium star shows and laser concerts being offered on April 23. These include 

Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote, 3 p.m. 

Laser Magic, 4 p.m.

Two Small Pieces of Glass, 7 p.m.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon laser concert, 8 p.m.

   

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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