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School & Group Shows

The following educational shows are available for school classes or other groups. Contact Planetarium Director Steve Morgan at smorgan@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5130 at least two weeks in advance to schedule a presentation. Please have available the requested time and date, the requested show title and the approximate number attending. A minimum of 15 is required to schedule a group show. If you would like to see two shows while you are here, we are happy to set up a combo of your choice of show titles.

School group rates: $50 flat fee for first show, regardless of group size. Additional shows for the same students are at regular public rates ($3 per student and $5 per adult).

Non-school group rates: $3 per student and $5 per adult per show, with a $50 minimum charge in effect per show.Non-school group rates: $3 per student and $5 per adult per show, with a $50 minimum charge in effect per show.

For answers to frequently asked questions about our school and group shows, click here.


   

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Recommended for kindergarten to fourth grade
Travel with brother-sister duo Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they proceed to answer the questions left for them in a mysterious note. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe where Jack and Annie nearly get… Well, we don’t want to give it away. The adventure is just beginning! 

Download the Educator Guide for Magic Tree House: Space Mission.

The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Recommended for pre-K to third grade
From the far reaches of outer space comes the Zula Patrol as they try to save the Solar System's weather from interplanetary villain Dark Truder. Based on the highly-acclaimed PBS TV series and written by Zula's Emmy-award winning staff, this exciting new fulldome show will help your students learn all about weather on Earth and other planets as well! Supports many national and state science education standards.

Download the Educator Guide for Zula Patrol.

 

The Little Star That Could

Recommended for kindergarten to fourth grade
This show tells the delightful story about an average yellow star in search of planets of his own. Along the way, he meets other stars and learns what makes each one special. He eventually finds his planets and each is introduced with basic information about the solar system. Check out a preview of the show below:

Download the Educator Guide for Little Star (K-2).

Download the Educator Guide for Little Star (3-4).

 

Earth, Moon and Sun

Recommended for grades 2 & up
Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American traditions. Learn why the Sun rises and sets and the basics of solar energy. Examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. Check out a preview of the show below:

Download the Educator Guide for Earth, Moon and Sun (Georgia version).

Download the Educator Guide for Earth, Moon and Sun (North Carolina version).

Ice Worlds

Recommended for grades 3 & up
Take a tour of frozen vistas throughout our
solar system to explore the critical relationship between ice and life. Studying our neighbors in space increases understanding of the natural cycles and human influence on ice, snow and water on Earth and its ever-changing climate. Check out a preview of the show below:

Download the Educator Guide for Ice Worlds.

Download the activity sheet for Ice Worlds.

Heart of the Sun

Recommended for grades 4 & up
Experience our nearest star, the Sun, from a different perspective. This planetarium show takes you inside the Sun in breathtaking high definition. Space-based telescopes, along with a new generation of Earth-based instruments, capture the Sun with unprecedented clarity.

Download the Educator Guide for Heart of the Sun.

STARS: The Powerhouses of the Universe

Recommended for grades 4 & up
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 lights the cosmos. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Suitable for all ages, this dramatic new program explores the powerhouses of the universe and man’s relationship with the night sky throughout history. The show features stunning 3D animation and the voice talent of Mark Hamill, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy. Check out a preview of the show below:

STARS is a production of Adventure Science Center, Sudekum Planetarium, Nashville TN, distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Download the Educator Guide for STARS: The Powerhouses of the Universe.

Back to the Moon for Good

Recommended for grades 4 & up (Great for STEM classes!)

The Moon is trending again… and in a big way. This show follows teams around the world competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. To win, a team must place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth. This global competition is designed to inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon. 

Download the Educator Guide for Back to the Moon for Good.

Dynamic Earth 

Recommended for grades 4 & up
With amazing full-dome visuals based on satellite data and supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system, following a trail of energy that flows from our Sun into the interconnected systems that create our climate. You'll ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales and fly into fiery volcanoes! 

Download the Educator Guide for Dynamic Earth.
 

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Recommended for grades 6 & up
This exciting fulldome production brings the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Zip through other-worldly wormholes, witness the collision of giant galaxies, and experience a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Check out a preview of the show below:

Download the Educator Guide for Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity.

Download a NASA Black Holes Educator Guide.

Planetarium - Black Holes from DMNS on Vimeo.

Season of Light

Special Holiday Presentation (Nov.-Dec.)
Recommended for grades 3 & up

This special holiday presentation, shown in Nov. and Dec. only, explores the traditions surrounding the Christmas season and the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. Check out a preview of the show below:

Download the Educator Guide for Season of Light.

Season of Light fulldome show trailer from Loch Ness Productions on Vimeo.

 

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS:

By request, the following brief presentations can be shown at the conclusion of one of the other shows described on this page at no additional charge.

Seasonal Stargazing

Recommended for grades 1 & up
A good basic program on how to find things in the night sky using simple-to-follow starhopping directions and descriptive constellation tours, plus a taste of some of the most beautiful objects in astronomy. Tailored for the specific season of your visit.

Approximate running time: 14 min.

Download the Educator Guide for Seasonal Stargazing.

 

Losing the Dark

Recommended for grades 3 & up
Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. This mini-show illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, including simple ways to reduce it.

Approximate running time: 6 min.

Download the Educator Guide for Losing the Dark.

 

Mini Cosmic Concert

For various ages
This fun (and purely entertaining) mini-show features music, exciting graphic sequences and motion effects.

Approximate running time: 6 min.