Coming Soon to Longway Planetarium

September

Skeeter Scarecrow's Starry Sky
Sunday - Saturday at 12:30pm.
Our narrator is a scarecrow named Skeeter. He tells us how the motion of the Earth causes day and night as we watch the Sun set. Skeeter shows us how to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star for directions then takes us on a tour of the major constellations of each season. Then, he talks about the Moon, how it moves and its phases. Lastly, we learn about the planets and what makes each planet different. Suitable for children 6 years and older.

The Planets

Sunday - Saturday at 2:00pm.
We take a tour of the planets of our Solar System to learn what is currently known about them. Includes stunning visualizations and some of the latest images from our robotic explorers. The program concludes with a look at our current night sky. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew; Captain Janeway of “Star Trek: Voyager”. Recommended for adults and children 10 and up.

Spirit of America Laser Show
Saturday & Sunday only at 3:30pm
Celebrate the Independence Day with this fun family-friendly salute featuring patriotic songs and entertaining laser graphics.  Recommended for all ages.

October

Laser Spooktacular
Saturday & Sunday at 12:30 & 3:30pm
Bring your ghosts, goblins and other assorted creepy, crawly monsters to this slightly spooky, yet frightfully fun laser show featuring Halloween favorites such as "Monster Mash", "Ghostbusters", and "The Purple People Eater".  Recommended for all ages.

The Halloween Show
Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm
Join student witch Holly Ween, and Jack o’Lantern, the pumpkin comedian, as they explore Halloween history and traditions, the constellations of autumn and winter and what causes the phases of the Moon. Recommended for families with children ages 4 and older.

Laser Rock Shows

Friday, October 17
7:00pm Laser Spooktacular
8:00pm Laser Frightlights-not recommended for children 
9:00pm Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Saturday, October 18
7:00pm Laser Spooktacular
8:00pm Laser Frightlights-not recommended for children
9:00pm Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall

Friday, October 24
7:00pm Laser Spooktacular
8:00pm Laser Frightlights-not recommended for children 
9:00pm Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall

Saturday, October 25
7:00pm Laser Spooktacular
8:00pm Laser Frightlights-not recommended for children 
9:00pm Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

 

November

Roo Stars
November 1 – 22, Saturday & Sunday at 12:30pm
Quite by accident, Opie Opossum finds himself in Australia, far from his home in North America. Reggie 'Roo and Patty Platypus do their best to get their new friend back to his family. Along the way, Opie discovers a night sky full of stars very different from the ones he usually sees. It's a planetarium show for the entire family. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Laser Laughs
November 1 – 22, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm
Laser Laughs is a hilarious show and has laser animation featuring music from Weird Al Yankovic, the Simpsons, Cookie Monster, Monty Python, and others. Songs include King Tut by Steve Martin, Time Warp by the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fish Heads by Barnes and Barnes, and more! Suitable for all ages.

Are We Alone?
November 1 – 22, Saturday & Sunday at 3:30pm
For hundreds of years people have looked up to the stars and wondered if we are alone. Today we live in an unprecedented age of exploration of the Universe. Robots explore Mars, giant telescopes look for worlds around other stars, radio telescopes listen for tell-tale signs of life out there. Is there life on Mars? Is there life on one of the exo-planets? Are we alone? We are getting closer to the answer. Recommended for adults and children 10 and up.

Digital Amusement Park
Friday, November 28 at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00pm
Join us for this internationally award winning special effects show where you will experience virtual reality type amusement park rides including a Ferris wheel, scrambler, and several roller coasters. Experience the thrill of speed and lights that take viewers on amusement park-like rides. General audiences of all ages.
 

December

George and Oatmeal Save Santa
November 29 – December 21, 22 & 23 Saturday & Sunday at 12:30pm
Santa Claus is missing! Mrs. Claus is worried and asks Oatmeal the snowman to help find him. Join Oatmeal and his friend George, the planetarium wizard, as they travel the world in search of Santa. Along the way they are told constellation stories from many cultures and how to use the stars of the Big Dipper to find north. This show is particularly appropriate for young children and their families. Join George and Oatmeal as they rescue Santa, learn how to find the North Star and hear stories from around the world.  Recommended for ages 4-6 years old.

Holiday Magic Laser Show
November 29 – December 21 Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm and 3:30pm and December 22 & 23 at 2:00pm
Experience the magic of the holiday season with a little science at this magical holiday laser show perfect for the whole family. Featuring traditional holiday tunes from across generations to contemporary artists performing their personal favorites, this matinee laser show is guaranteed to be a hit with all ages.

Solar System Safari
December 26-30 and Jan. 2 – 4 Daily at 12:30pm
A jungle adventurer uses a magical camera to take visitors on an exciting safari through the Solar System. The Sun, Moon, planets, and dwarf planets come to life, taking on unique personalities and describing their own characteristics and eccentricities. Visitors will learn about the characteristics of planets, as well as the current planetary status of Pluto. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Laser 101 and Peter & the Wolf
December 26-30 and Jan. 2 – 4 Daily at 2:00pm
Laser 101 - Laser 101 is a short introduction (5 minutes) to how lasers work shown prior to the feature program. Eli Electron show us how energy, mirrors, atoms and dancing photons combine to make the incredibly colorful and powerful beam of light.

Peter & the Wolf
December 27 & 28, January 3 & 4 at 2:00pm
Peter and the Wolf has charmed audiences of every age since Prokofiev composed the score in 1936. In this production Sting, as the Narrator, guides us through Prokofiev's famous musical representations of the animal and human characters - a brave young boy does battle with a big bad wolf, assisted by a mini-carnival of animal friends. Recommended for general audiences.

Lasers of Oz
December 27 & 28, January 3 & 4 at 3:30pm
Follow the yellow brick road to Michigan’s largest Planetarium Dome and enjoy amazing laser lights set to the music of The Wizard of Oz. Recommended for general audiences.


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