Featured shows, laser concerts and children’s programs at the RVCC Planetarium this month

The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium will feature in-person laser concerts and headline shows for all ages on Saturdays this month. Face masks are required in all campus buildings, including the planetarium. The planetarium will also have a reduced seating capacity and social distancing will be respected.

The following shows will be offered at the Branchburg Planetarium:

Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Saturday, January 22, 3 p.m.

Children are invited to join Jack and Annie as they uncover the secrets of the sun, moon, planets, space travel and more. The show, recommended for ages 5 and up, is based on the best-selling novel series of the same title.

Laser Kids concert, Saturday, January 22, 4 p.m.

Songs include Echosmith’s “Bright”, Village People’s “YMCA”, Bad Bunny’s “Mia” and Shakira’s “Waka Waka”. This program is recommended for ages 6 to 12.

First and Farthest, Saturdays, January 22 and 29, 7 p.m.

First and Farthest celebrates humanity’s achievements in space. With its discussion of science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts, First and Farthest supports a STEM-driven quest for knowledge. The presentation is made possible by a grant from NASA’s New Jersey Space Grant Consortium. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show, which is recommended for ages 10 through adults.

Laser Grateful Dead, Saturdays, January 22 and 29, 8 p.m.

This show, recommended for ages 10 and up, features a “psychedelic experience of light, sound and color” and the music of the Grateful Dead.

Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Saturday, January 29, 3 p.m.

The show, recommended for ages 3 to 8, features a selection of music from Jane Murphy’s “Journey Into Space.”

SkyLights, Saturday, January 29, 4 p.m.

3 to 8 year olds can sing along to songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride”, “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy (“Moon Rock Rock”, “The Planet Song”). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while other songs feature video footage.

Planetarium tickets are $10 for one show, $18 for two consecutive shows on the same day. Reservations are recommended, but all ticket sales are at the door on the day of the show. Late admission to Planetarium shows is not permitted. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805. For more information, visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road. For more information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

Arline J. Mercier