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 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, and many fulfill GLCE and NGSS standards.
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.
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The following shows are available for field trips during the 2019-2020 school year
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.
GLCE: E.ES.01.11, P.FM.03.22
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?
NGSS: 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1
Grades 4 and up
Join a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, discover untold stories of the oceans' most astonishing creatures. Narrated by Kate Winslet.
NGSS: MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-ESS3-4
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.
GLCE: P.EN.03.11, P.FM.03.22, E.ST.04.11
Skies Over Michigan
Grades 4 & up
In this live presentation, students will take a tour of 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.
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
This show 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.
GLCE: E.ST.04.25, E.ST.05.23, E.SE.06.61
NGSS: 5-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2
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.
GLCE: E.ST.04.11, E.ST.05.21
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
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.
Grades 5 & up
The Inuit and their predecessors adapted and thrived for thousands of years in what is arguably the harshest environment on earth. Today, the Arctic is the focus of intense research. Instead of seeking to conquer the north, scientist pioneers are searching for answers to some troubling questions about the impacts of human activities around the world on this fragile and largely uninhabited frontier.
NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3-5
For reservations, call 810-237-3409
Use the 2019-2020 Education Guide to plan your field trip or outreach program.
View the Interactive or PDF.
View each section of the guide:
History & Social Studies at Sloan Museum
Hands-on Science at Longway Planetarium
>The Energy Lab for 4th Grade
>Get Ready for M-STEP Activities
Planetarium Theater Shows
School Day Takeout Programs
Portable Dome Theater
Family STEM Nights