RVCC Planetarium to Present Children’s Programs, Star Shows and Laser Concerts in April


originally published: 03/17/2022

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) — Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will feature in-person star shows and laser concerts in April, including a number of shows designed specifically for children. Shows include Magic Tree House: Space Mission; Laser Kids concert; The Sky Above (sensory program); Astronomy tonight; Pink Floyd shows for The dark side of the moon and The wall; Great Astronomy; classic rock laser concert; Rockin’ Rocket Ride; and SkyLights. The RVCC Planetarium will be closed on Saturday April 16.

Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Saturdays April 2, 9, 23 at 3 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? The show is based on the bestselling novel series of the same title. (Recommended for ages 5 and up)

Laser Kids laser concert, Saturdays April 2, 9, 23 at 4:00 p.m. – Enjoy a new mix of music to entertain kids and kids at heart as 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)

The Sky Above, sensory program, Saturday April 2 at 5:00 p.m. – This sensory spectacle of astronomy and music, lasting approximately 45 minutes, is specially designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or those with intellectual disabilities. Neurotypical children are also welcome. The program, which is presented at the kindergarten level, is suitable for audiences of all ages. During the show, the doors will remain open so that children can freely exit and return if they wish. The lights will stay dim (instead of dark) and the sound will be lowered and held at a constant level. The show will include music, laser lights, stories and information about the planets, Moon and constellations.

Astronomy Tonight, Saturday April 2 at 7:00 p.m. – Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, and the stories behind them. Find out how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8-adult)

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Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Saturday April 2 at 8:00 p.m. – Listen to songs from Pink Floyd’s hit album as lasers dance above the dome. Songs include “Time”, “Money” and “Eclipse”. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Laser concert The Wall by Pink Floyd, Saturday April 9 at 8:00 p.m. – The laser show features hits from the popular album, including “Another Brick in the Wall”, “Hey You” and “Comfortably Numb”.

Great Astronomy, Saturdays April 9, 23, 30 at 7:00 p.m. – Big Astronomy shares the stories of the people and places that make big astronomy and big science a reality. This show takes visitors to extreme sites where astronomy takes place in the most extreme environments and with some of the most interesting people. (Recommended for ages 8-adult)

Concert Laser Rock Classique, Saturdays April 23 and 30 at 8:00 p.m. – Audience members may recognize many of the songs featured in this laser concert from their old albums and tapes. Selections include: “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” by BTO, “Heart of Glass” by Blondie, “You Took the Words Right Out of my Mouth” by Meatloaf and “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.

Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Saturday April 30 at 3:00 p.m. – Put on your space suit and blast off into space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. A lively experience for youngsters, the show features a selection of music from Jane Murphy’s “Journey Into Space.” (Recommended for ages 3-8)

SkyLights, Saturday April 30 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