Longway Planetarium Theater Field Trips

Immersive astronomy and science shows

Book your field trip to Michigan's largest planetarium! Longway Planetarium’s state-of-the-art Digistar 7 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, and many fulfill GLCE and NGSS standards.

Use the 2021-2022 Education Guide to plan your field trip or outreach program. View the PDF.

Admission is $4.50 per student, or $4.00 per student when you book a second or third program for the same day at either Sloan Museum or Longway Planetarium. A variety of hands-on science and social studies programs are available.

Mask policy: as of March 1, 2022, masks are respected but not expected or required..

Available Shows

The following shows are available for field trips during the 2021-2022 school year

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.
45 minutes

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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

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The Life of Trees

Grades 2-3

A cheeky ladybug named Dolores and a quirky firefly called Mike take the audience on a fascinating journey into the wondrous world of trees. From the perspective of insects, this film reveals the magic of the microcosm. Zip around a tree with Dolores and Mike and discover its secrets: How do plants get food from the sun? How do they grow? How does water get from the roots to the top of the crown? And, how does all of this make life on earth possible?
45 minutes
NGSS: 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1

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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

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Skies Over Michigan

Grades 4 & up

Longway Planetarium’s astronomy experts take you on a tour of the night sky over Michigan in this live planetarium lecture. 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.
50 minutes
GLCE: E.ST.04.25, E.ST.05.23, E.SE.06.61
NGSS: 5-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2

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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

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Let Us Bring The Stars To You!

Longway Planetarium’s traveling program uses an inflatable dome to bring state-of-the-art video technology to your location, immersing your school in a dark, cloudless night sky during the daytime.


Plan Your Field Trip!

For reservations, call 810-237-3409

Use the 2021-2022 Education Guide to plan your field trip or outreach program.
View the PDF.

View the current programs:
General Information
Kindergarten Storybook STEM
History & Social Studies at Sloan Museum
Hands-on Science at Longway Planetarium
Planetarium Theater Shows
Portable Dome Theater

View Interactive Brochure

Call 810-237-3409 to book your field trip!

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