School Programs

PLEASE NOTE: Our school rates are only offered to K-12 school groups during the normal school year (Sept - June).

Field Trips

Get your astronomy "to go" with our traveling programs.

The doors to the universe are open once more! Visit the planetarium for a journey to space that will help bring your curriculum to life. A variety of programs are offered on a range of topics for various grade levels.

Note: Shows marked by"§" are recommended for groups of 70 or less for best viewing. 
Regular school year (September - June) only

Planetarium Field Trips

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Grades Pre-K & K
Curriculum Standards: 5.1.P.a.1, 5.4.2.a.1
Sesame Street favorites Big Bird and Elmo welcome their friend Hu Hu Zhu who’s visiting from China.  Together, they watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street, discovering that people around the world see similar stars.  During the show, children may interact, drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the sun to set.  We also take some time to look at the stars as seen from New Jersey.

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Wonderful Sky 
Grades Pre-K & K 
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.2c, 5.4a, e 
Wonderful Sky
 is designed for our youngest visitors. Students will learn about the things they can see in the sky from their own backyard. We'll explore the sun, weather, meteors, how the Moon changes, and the stars, planets and constellations visible in the current sky. Fun stories, songs, and even a passing rainstorm help make this an exciting introduction to the sky for young children.

The Sky Above Me 
Grades 1 & 2
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.2c, 5.3b, 5.4a, e 
Learn about our Sun as a star, and how it moves across the sky. Explore the evening sky including the Moon and its phases, as well as the planets and constellations visible in the current night sky. Children will also enjoy a beautiful sunrise, sunset and interesting stories about the night sky.

§Secret of the Cardboard Rocket 
Grades 1-3
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.4a, e
Enjoy this animated adventure which makes use of the new full-dome video capabilities of the planetarium theater. We join two children as they use their imaginations and an old refrigerator box to take a rocket trip through the solar system. Students will learn about the Sun and its family of planets. The program also features a live segment to discuss planets, the moon and the constellations visible in the current sky.

Earth's Nearest Neighbor 
Grades 3 & 4
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.4a
Explore some of the secrets of our neighbor in space, the Moon. Motions and phases, eclipses and tides are some of the topics that will be covered. Then we'll hear some ancient and modern legends about the Moon, and visit with the Apollo astronauts to uncover its true nature, and its possible future uses as a natural resource.


Other Worlds 
Grades 3-5
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, c, 5.2c, 5.3b, 5.4a
To ancient people, the planets looked like bright stars, moving slowly through the heavens. Today, we know that they are other worlds, traveling around the Sun. This program takes students on a tour of the Solar System, to see each planet as a unique world.

The Sky Tonight 
Grades 3-12 
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.2c, d, 5.3b, 5.4a, e 

In this live presentation, we will discuss the Sun and its motions, the Moon, Lunar phases, and the constellations, bright stars, and planets visible in the current night sky. The specific constellations, stars and planets discussed will vary with the season.

§Season of Light 
Grades 4-12 
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.4a

Explore some of the myths and origins of the holiday season to learn why, for many cultures, the dark winter months have become a time of light and celebration. 

Reasons for the Seasons 
Grades 4-6 
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.2c, d, 5.3b, 5.4a, e 

We will take a trip around the globe . . . from the Equator to the North Pole and back to the Jersey Shore to explore the reasons for the seasons. From sunrise to sunset, and around the globe, students will learn about the sun and its effects on the earth. Once darkness falls, we will explore some of the season's constellations, bright stars and planets before taking an exciting trip through space.

Cosmic Journey
Grades 5-12 
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.4a
Cosmic Journey
 tells the story of the universe from a uniquely human perspective. Drift through images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA Great Observatories to explore the size, scale and majesty of our universe.

§Dawn of the Space Age 
Grades 6-12 
Curriculum Standards:
 5.1a, c, 5.4a, 6.1c 
Dawn of the Space Age traces Man's first steps into space through a look back at both the Russian and American ventures into the cosmos from the launch of Sputnik, to the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs and missions to Mars and the outer planets. We then begin to look ahead, learning about the International Space Station, private space exploration ventures and the possible future of human exploration. Beyond the technology, you will also be inspired by the drive, passion and perseverance of the men and women who took part in these death defying endeavors. This show makes full use of the new full-dome video capabilities of the theater.

§The Nature of Science 
Grades 4-12
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.4a

This program is intended to communicate what science is and how scientists work. The show features interviews with university science faculty as they discuss their work. We will also use the night sky as a framework to highlight some of the many citizen science projects with which you and your students can become involved.

The Vital Triangle
Grades 6-12 
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, 5.2c, d, 5.3b, 5.4a, e
What would our planet be like without the sun or moon? How can you use the sun to help you tell time? Why does the moon seem to change? We will try to answer these questions and others by focusing ont he interrelationship between the sun, earth and moon. Students will experience the Sun's energy in the form of a passing thunderstorm, and view some of the more obvious constellations. They will then travel through space to learn how this triangle forms a system that has remarkable effects on our home planet.

Journey through the Solar System
Grades 6-12 
Curriculum Standards: 5.1a, c, 5.2c, 5.3b, 5.4a
As we travel through the solar system, students will learn about Earth as a planet by comparing it to other planets. We will highlight recent space missions as well as discoveries of planets outside our solar system.

Gift Shop Options

Goodie bags are available from our gift shop for $3.00 per student. Bags contain a space patch, and a variety of space-related items which may include: star or shuttle erasers, notepads, moon calendars, earth keychains, Novins pencils, stickers, star necklaces, and more (dependent upon availability.) Please provide a minimum of one week's notice as bags are created for each individual group.

Note: Shows marked by "§" are recommended for groups of 70 or less for best viewing.

Regular school show times are 9:45 AM, 11:00 AM and 12:15 PM 
School programs and pricing are only valid during the normal school year September - June.

School purchase orders are accepted