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Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Shows

Every Second Saturday of the Month

During sensory-friendly shows, we turn the lights up and turn the sound down to provide a safe, welcoming environment for our friends with special needs. Be yourself and find the best spot in the house to enjoy the show!

11:00 a.m. | Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Tickets: $8 adults, $6 seniors ages 60+, $6 youth ages 2-11
Genesee County Resident Discount: $4 adults, $3 seniors ages 60+, $3 youth ages 2-11
Members: Free

February 12 - Faster Than Lights
March 12 - Sea Lions
April 9 - We Are Stars
May 14 - STARS
June 11 - In My Backyard
July 9 - Magic Globe
August 13 - Accidental Astronauts
September 10 - Magic Globe
October 8 - Ooky Spooky Light Show
November 12 - Space School
December 10 - Cosmic Christmas

Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Shows at Longway Planetarium are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. Your tax dollars are at work.

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Upcoming Shows

Space School

Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 AM

Space School is the incredible story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. Watch astronauts plunge into microgravity simulation in the world’s most high-tech swimming pool, where they practice repairing the International Space Station. Explore an extreme underwater training habitat as you discover how astronauts test equipment, conduct experiments, and live in isolation to prepare for space. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

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Cosmic Christmas Light Show

Saturday, December 11 at 11:00 AM

Enjoy a Christmas light show made right here at Longway Planetarium. This show features 16 songs to fill you with cheer, including holiday classics, some new hits, and a few fun oddities, all set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Great for adults and kids ages 6 and older.

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Past Shows

Ooky Spooky Light Show

Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 AM

Favorite Halloween songs like "The Monster Mash," "Ghostbusters," and "Thriller" come to life with amazing graphics and lights. Great for family audiences, this show was created here in Flint by our talented team of artists and programmers. Great for adults and kids ages 6 and older.

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Magic Globe

Saturday, September 10 at 11:00 AM

On vacation at her grandpa’s, a little girl Mia accidentally discovers a mysterious piece of astronomical machinery. Edmund, Mia’s eccentric uncle, tricks the girl into using the tool’s secret powers to change the world’s seasons. She realizes the consequences of what they are going to do, but Edmund doesn’t want to let the plan go. Magic Globe is produced by Creative Planet. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

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The Accidental Astronauts

Saturday, August 13 at 11:00 AM

Follow the adventures of Sy, 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. Follow an asteroid as it crashes into the Moon and bounce along the lunar surface. Get up close and personal with a solar storm, and gain a new appreciation of our home planet. Recommended for ages 3-8.

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Magic Globe

Saturday, July 9 at 11:00 AM

On vacation at her grandpa’s, a little girl Mia accidentally discovers a mysterious piece of astronomical machinery. Edmund, Mia’s eccentric uncle, tricks the girl into using the tool’s secret powers to change the world’s seasons. She realizes the consequences of what they are going to do, but Edmund doesn’t want to let the plan go. Recommended for ages 5-12.

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In My Backyard

Saturday, June 11 at 11:00 AM

Join children’s entertainer Fred Penner from TV’s Nickelodeon as he explores things large and small, from the colors of the rainbow, to the reasons for the seasons. Through the use of entertaining songs and immersive environments, children are encouraged to participate while learning about the planets, constellations, meteors, the moon, and more. Geared towards the youngest stargazers and scientists, In My Backyard is sure to instill a sense of wonder and exploration while encouraging children to explore their own backyards. Recommended for ages 4-7.

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Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe

Saturday, May 14 at 11:00 AM

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Narrated by Mark Hamill.

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We Are Stars

Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 AM

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.

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Sea Lions: Life By A Whisker

Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 AM

Between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, lives a colony of Australian Sea Lions. Immersed in an environment as harsh as it is beautiful, follow the classic coming of age tale of one of Australia’s most unique, intelligent, and playful animals. Journey inside the colony where a life of great intimacy, tenderness, and clumsiness must often give way to great sacrifice and bravery. Dive into the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup and meet the people who are trying to save her species. Great for adults and kids ages 6 and older.

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Faster Than Light

Saturday, February 12 at 11:00 AM

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon… is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Great for ages 10 and older.

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We Are Stars

Saturday, January 8 at 11:00 AM

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. Great for ages 10 and older.

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Cosmic Christmas

Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 AM

Enjoy a Christmas light show made right here at Longway Planetarium. This show features 16 songs to fill you with cheer, including holiday classics, some new hits, and a few fun oddities, all set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Great for adults and kids ages 6 and older.

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Space School

Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 AM

Space School is the incredible story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. Watch astronauts plunge into microgravity simulation in the world’s most high-tech swimming pool, where they practice repairing the International Space Station. Explore an extreme underwater training habitat as you discover how astronauts test equipment, conduct experiments, and live in isolation to prepare for space. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

Watch Trailer

The Accidental Astronauts

Saturday, September 11 at 11:00 AM

Follow the adventures of Sy, 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. Follow an asteroid as it crashes into the Moon and bounce along the lunar surface. Get up close and personal with a solar storm, and gain a new appreciation of our home planet. Recommended for ages 3-8.

Watch Trailer

Ooky Spooky Light Show

Saturday, October 9 at 11:00 AM

Favorite Halloween songs like "The Monster Mash," "Ghostbusters," and "Thriller" come to life with amazing graphics and lights. Great for family audiences, this show was created here in Flint by our talented team of artists and programmers. Great for adults and kids ages 6 and older.

Watch Trailer
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