Planetarium and Theater Programs | EcoTarium

Planetarium and Theater Programs

Shown in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater

Participants experience life on earth to the farthest reaches of space in these full-dome film programs. Students are encouraged to bring their questions for a grade-appropriate discussion with a Museum Educator following each show.

  • Programs available year round.
  • Programs run for 45 minutes in our planetarium.
  • Please visit Group Visits for pricing and reservation information.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Grades: PreK-2

Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo to learn about the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from ZhimaJie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they learn about the stars and the sun, our closest star. Take an imaginary trip to the moon where they learn that the moon is very different from Earth, including the effect of forces on motion of objects in low gravity. An Adler Planetarium production produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Earth in the Solar System, Forces and Motion

Download the One World, One Sky Educators' Guide.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Grades: PreK-2, 3

Climb aboard a homemade rocket with two young explorers for an imaginative tour through our solar system. With a wise old astronomy book as their guide, they travel through space dodging through Saturn’s rings, cruising through an asteroid belt, and discovering what makes Earth unique among the planets. Animated production by Clark Planetarium.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Earth and Space Science, Weather and Natural Hazards

Passport to the Universe

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS

Experience the immense distances from Earth to the edge of the observable universe and discover how stars are born in the heart of the Orion Nebula. The journey ends with a trip home through a black hole in this immersive voyage. Developed by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with NASA.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Universe and Its Stars, Earth in the Solar System


Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS

Set off on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and how such an adventure could benefit humankind. Co-Produced by National Geographic Studios and SkySkan.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Universe and Its Stars, Earth in the Solar System, Engineering and Technology Design

Flying Monsters

Grades: 2, 3-5, 6-8, HS


Two hundred twenty million years ago, a group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: How and why did pterosaurs fly? How did lizards the size of giraffes defy gravity and soar through prehistoric skies? The answers to these questions also give rise to new theories of flight itself. Produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Atlantic Productions

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Biological Evolution, Observing and Analyzing Data

Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth

Companion Program to City Science: The Science You Live Exhibit

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS

Our world is full of sound! Global Soundscapes takes viewers on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the emerging field of soundscape ecology. Explore basic acoustics in an educator-led participatory theater experience with incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal chords, and more. Discover what soundscapes tell us about our planet. With Global Soundscapes’ unique format—combining full dome imagery, surround sound, and live presentation—viewers will hear the Earth in a whole new way! Distributed by Foxfire Interactive.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Waves and Their Applications, Ecosystem Dynamics, Biological Evolution, Observing and Analyzing Data

Live, Interactive Planetarium Programs
For the following three programs, our Museum Educators are the guides and the planetarium is your “spacecraft,” as you visit stars, planets, and the moon – using a fully navigable digital model of the known universe. Content may be customized to your class for an additional fee.

Our Solar System: Grand Tour of the Planets

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Become a passenger on this live tour of our Solar System. Stunning graphics and flybys of all eight planets precede student generated questions. Topics covered include what makes a planet a “real” planet or a dwarf planet and where you can find the Asteroid and Kuiper Belts.

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Universe and its Stars, Earth’s Place in the Solar System, Using Models and Scientific Tools

Earth Seasons and Moon Phases

Grades: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8

Travel through space and time to learn about the relationships between the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. Learn why the moon has phases and the Earth has seasons, and what happens during an eclipse!

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Universe and Its Stars, Earth's Place in the Solar System, Using Models and Scientific Tools

Stars and Constellations

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, HS

How does our Sun stack up to stars that can be found in easy-to-find constellations like Orion?  Compare the Sun's size and color to these stars and learn what size and color can tell you about a star's lifespan.  Visit far-away nebulas to learn how stars are "born" and how they "die."  Learn how to locate constellations and the myths behind their creation.  

Science Concepts and Behaviors: Universe and Its Stars, Earth's Place in the Solar System, Using Models and Scientific Tools

Pricing and Reservations

Please visit Group Visits for pricing and reservations information.

For reservations or for more information, please call us at 508.929.2703 or email .