Portable Dome Theater

Longway Planetarium’s traveling program uses an inflatable dome to bring state-of-the-art video technology to your location, immersing you in a dark, cloudless night sky during the daytime. Kids and adults will experience the wonder of scientific exploration as the inflatable dome is rendered in a realistic model of the night sky over your town on the date that we visit. With the aid of video images and simulations, you'll get an up-close look at some of the most distant objects that can be seen from Earth.

Call 810-237-3409 to reserve the portable dome.

Scheduling

Make a reservation by calling 810.237.3409. Groups with young children may include up to 30 students, plus the teacher. A few chairs can be included for adults, but the majority of participants will be seated on the floor.

Venue Requirements

26’0" x 40'4" indoor space for dome. 13’3" ceiling minimum clear space, no light fixtures. 2 electrical outlets. Able-bodied person to help load and unload. No other activities happening in the same area.

Travel Expenses

Travel expenses are included in the rental fee for locations in Genesee County. Locations outside Genesee County will be charged mileage in accordance with the current IRS standard mileage rate. Travel of more than 75 miles may require an additional overnight fee of $100.

Pricing

The fee is $250 for the first show, and $100 for each additional show, with a maximum of 6 shows per day. You may book any combination of available shows for your scheduled day.

Portable Dome Shows

In My Backyard

Grades Pre-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.
40 minutes.

The Zula Patrol: Down To Earth

Grades 1-4
While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the lifeforms who call it home.
25 minutes, includes a star talk.
GLCE: L.OL.E.1, L.OL.E.2, L.OL.E.3, L.EC.E.2, E.SE.E.2, E.ES.E.4, E.ES.E.5, E.ST.E.1, P.PM.E.1

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Grades 1-4
Our most popular children’s show has been remade for the fulldome environment. Embark on an awesome adventure as two children spend a night touring the Solar System alongside their ship’s navigator, a talking astronomy book. Produced with modern digital animation and spectacular audio effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.
50 minutes, includes a star talk.
GLCE: E.ST.04.12, E.ST.04.22, E.ST.04.23, E.ST.04.24, E.ST.04.25

Perfect Little Planet

Grades 4-6
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?
45 minutes, includes a star talk.
GLCE: P.EN.03.11, P.FM.03.22, E.ST.04.11

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.
40 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

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

The Body Code

Grades 5 & up
Fly through the carotid artery; explore the eye, brain, ear, and heart. Then, shrink into a cell to see its nucleus and DNA within. Discover how DNA programs the body’s cells to form the circulatory and nervous systems. Then watch from inside as we use lasers to fight disease at the cellular level.
25 minutes.
GLCE: L.OL.05.41, L.OL.05.42, L.OL.07.21, L.OL.07.22, L.OL.07.23, L.OL.07.24

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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