Planetarium Space & Science Shows

Longway Planetarium’s state-of-the-art Digistar 6 digital planetarium system offers immersive experiences with space and science topics, as well as high-resolution visuals of the night sky during interactive star talks. Our high quality shows are designed to inspire a lifelong interest in astronomy.

Admission is $4 per student, or $3.50 per student when you book a second or third program for the same day at either Sloan Museum or Longway Planetarium.

In My Backyard

Grades K-1
Follow Fred Penner and his assistant, Arnie the Arrow, as they explore the colors of the rainbow and the reason for seasons. Then, join Fred in his backyard to learn about the planets and constellations.
45 minutes

The Accidental Astronauts

Grades 1-3
Follow the adventures of Cy, Annie, and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer. Bounce along with them on the surface of the Moon. Get up close and personal with a solar storm, and gain a new appreciation of our home planet.
50 minutes
GLCE: E.ES.01.11, P.FM.03.22
NGSS: 1-ESS1-1

Sea Monsters

Grades 3 & up | Available through May 2018
In the Late Cretaceous, a great inland ocean divided North America in two. A curious and adventurous dolichorynchops, familiarly known as a “dolly,” travels through life’s stages, experiencing the world from her spot near the bottom of the food chain. Along the way, she will encounter long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles, enormous fish, ferocious flippered crocs, fierce sharks, and the most dangerous sea monsters of all, the mosasaurs.
45 minutes
GLCE: L.EV.03.12, L.EC.04.11, L.EC.04.21, E.ST.06.31, E.ST.06.42
NGSS: 4-ESS1-1

Perfect Little Planet

Grades 3-4
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new perspective: a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
50 minutes
GLCE: P.EN.03.11, P.FM.03.22, E.ST.04.11

Asteroid: Mission Extreme

Grades 4 & up
Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, the film presents the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire solar system.
45 minutes

Skies Over Michigan

Grades 4 & up
In this live program, students will explore the night sky. Topics include the rotation of Earth for day and night; finding the North Star and finding your way around the night sky; what a constellation is and which are visible in the current night sky. Moon phases, the daily and monthly motion of the Moon through the sky, and visible planets and their movement among the stars will also be discussed.
60 minutes
GLCE: E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.12, E.ST.04.21, E.ST.04.22, E.ST.04.23, E.ST.04.24, E.ST.04.25, E.ST.05.62, E.ST.05.21, E.ST.05.22, E.ST.05.23


Grades 4 & up
Stars focuses on the lives of the stars, how they are born, how they die, and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes, and more. Narrated by Mark Hamill.
50 minutes
GLCE: E.ST.04.25, E.ST.05.23, E.SE.06.61
NGSS: 5-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2

Sun Struck

Grades 4 & up
Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.
50 minutes
GLCE: E.ST.04.11, E.ST.05.21
NGSS: 5-ESS1-1

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Grades 4 & up
While attending a local star party, two students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with an astronomer enlightens them about the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made.
45 minutes, includes a star talk.
GLCE: S.IP.M.1, S.IA.M.1, S.RS.M.1, E.ST.05.11, E.ST.05.21

Violent Universe

Grades 4 & up
The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant star that explodes to release its material into space, to a future encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close for comfort, we will witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart.
50 minutes

We Are Stars

Grades 5 & up
What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. Narrated by Andy Serkis.
45 minutes
NGSS: MS-PS1-4. HS-ESS1-1.

Call 810-237-3409 to book your field trip

Use the 2017-2018 Education Guide to plan your field trip or outreach program
Download the Interactive Brochure or PDF

Click below to view each section of the guide:
Featured Exhibits & Programs
History & Social Studies Programs
Hands-on Science
NEW! The Energy Lab for 4th Grade
Rocket Day
Get Ready for M-STEP
Planetarium Space & Science Shows
Portable Dome Theater
In-School Programs
Hands-On STEM and Social Studies Family Nights

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