RVCC Planetarium Slates Star Shows, Laser Concerts, Children’s Programs in January


originally published: 01/18/2022

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) — The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium will feature in-person laser concerts and headline shows for all ages on Saturdays in January. 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 at 3:00 p.m. – Join Jack and Annie as they uncover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Who can help them answer the questions that the mysterious “M” leaves them with? This show is based on the bestselling novel series of the same title. (Recommended for ages 5 and up)

Laser Kids concert, Saturday January 22 at 4:00 p.m. – The show features a new mix of songs with music to entertain the kids and kids at heart as the lasers “dance” above the dome. Songs include Echosmith’s “Bright”, Village People’s “YMCA”, Bad Bunny’s “Mia”, and Shakira’s “Waka Waka”. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

First and Farthest, Saturdays January 22 and 29 at 7:00 p.m. – From the first rockets to the first man on the moon, “First and Farthest” celebrates humanity’s great achievements in the space race. The show can bring back memories to those who lived through the space race and inspire new generations to continue exploring the universe. 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. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

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Laser Grateful Dead, Saturdays January 22 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. – This show presents a psychedelic experience of light, sound and color. Join us on a musical journey with classic Grateful Dead hits including “Truckin'”, “Touch of Grey” and “Sugar Magnolia”. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Saturday January 29 at 3:00 p.m. – Put on your spacesuit and blast off into space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. A lively experience for youngsters, the show features a musical selection of “Journey Into Space” by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

SkyLights, Saturday January 29 at 4:00 p.m. – Our younger audience members 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. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

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.

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, New Jersey.

Arline J. Mercier