Longway Planetarium

Longway Planetarium will reopen Wednesday, July 8

Behind our masks, we are smiling from ear to ear as we prepare to welcome our community back to Longway Planetarium!

Longway Planetarium Showtimes
Capacity will be limited to 20 visitors per show time. Each show lasts 45 minutes. We will close for 45 minutes of cleaning after each show.
Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 PM
Thurs./Fri./Sat.: 6:00 and 7:30 PM
Doors open for ticket sales at 11:30 AM

We have been working hard to prepare the planetarium for your arrival and we can assure you that you will have a safe and fun experience when you visit. However, it will feel different from your past visits. We are not “going back to normal,” but are adapting with science-driven practices that will help keep our community safe.

Following CDC, state and local authorities’ guidelines, these are some of the changes you can expect:

1. Wear your mask. Remember to keep yourself and others safe by wearing your mask! Adults, children ages 2+, and staff must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth to enter. You can bring your own masks or purchase at the ticket counter for $1 each. We understand that mask-wearing can be difficult for children. We encourage you to gently remind your children to keep their masks on when they forget. Mask-wearing is required throughout your visit.

2. Buy tickets in advance. Tickets are on sale now! Limiting reservations to 20 visitors per show will ensure social distancing at less than 20% capacity. Online ticket reservation helps us provide touchless entry; therefore, online transaction fees are waived. You can still pay with cash in person, but ticket times may sell out.

3. Stay safe. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry and throughout the space. When you arrive, please be ready to present your receipt on your mobile device or print your ticket. Staff will request your email address for contact tracing purposes. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and visit us when you’re feeling better.

4. Our robust cleaning practices have leveled up! Longway Planetarium will be disinfected after each show. At Longway Planetarium, we are installing a UV filtration in our HVAC systems and adding filtration to the Mars room and back offices.

5. Gift shop. The gift shop will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Take science and history home with you with learning toys and memorabilia from our gift shops.

6. Virtual learning continues. If you cannot or do not wish to visit us during our first days back, we completely understand and look forward to welcoming you when you feel comfortable returning. In the meantime, keep visiting, connecting, and learning with us on social media. So far, our educators have produced over 50 videos presenting hands-on science activities and backyard astronomy tips you can try at home. You can find all of our content on Facebook. While we keep in-person capacity low, we will continue to present First Fridays and Second Saturday Trivia Nights on Facebook Live.

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Tickets on sale now!

BUY ONLINE FOR TOUCHLESS ENTRY

We strongly encourage you to reserve tickets online. Online ticket reservation helps us provide touchless entry; therefore, online transaction fees are waived. You can still pay with cash in person, but ticket times may sell out. Members and Genesee County residents are encouraged to reserve online as well.

Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors 60+, $5 youth ages 2-11

DISCOUNTS
Genesee County Residents: $3.50 adults, $2.50 seniors 60+, $2.50 youth ages 2-11
*Genesee County residents receive 50% off tickets to all planetarium shows. Please present your driver’s license or ID with your address on it to confirm your residency. Longway Planetarium shows are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. Your tax dollars are at work.

Members: Free
*Please present your membership card and driver's license or ID at the ticket counter to confirm your membership level.

Children 1 and younger: Free

OTHER DISCOUNTS
Please present proof of status to receive a discount, i.e. member card, veteran ID, active military ID, or staff ID.
ASTC: Free
Flint Children’s Museum members: $1 off per ticket
Impression 5 and Ann Arbor Hands-On members: 50% off
Veterans, active military families, and teachers: Free
Click here for more information about discounts.

View Show Schedule

Shows open Wednesday, July 8

The Accidental Astronauts

Shows at 12:00 PM >> Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.

Follow the adventures of Sy, Annie, and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Recommended for ages 3-8.

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Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe

Shows at 1:30 PM >> Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.

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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Skies Over Michigan

Shows at 3:00 PM >> Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.

Longway Planetarium’s astronomy experts take you on a tour of the night sky over Michigan in this live planetarium lecture. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

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Oceans: Our Blue Planet

Shows at 4:30 PM >> Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.

From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, discover untold stories of the oceans' most astonishing creatures. Great for ages 6 and older.

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The Queen Light Show: From Mercury With Love

Shows at 6:00 PM >> Thurs./Fri./Sat.

Longway Planetarium breathes new life into the classic rock light show format with an original production set to the music of Queen. Great for ages 12 and older.

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Dark Side: The Light Show

Shows at 7:30 PM >> Thurs./Fri./Sat.

Experience Pink Floyd's iconic Dark Side of the Moon album as never before in this one-of-a-kind show. Great for ages 12 and older.

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Download your free Sky Guide

Download this month's Sky Guide to see which constellations and planets you can find tonight!

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ABOUT US

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Together, Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium serve more than 60,000 schoolchildren annually, providing standards-based classes in science and history. Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work.

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Longway Planetarium
1310 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, Michigan 48503
810-237-3400
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Burton, Michigan 48509
810-237-3450
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