Planetarium offers family fun for the holidays

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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When families arrive for the holidays, keeping everyone entertained can be a problem.

Luckily, the Cummins Planetarium at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences has several shows that will be going on until the end of December.

“A lot of folks have friends and visitors in town and after they have been in town for a couple of days you are looking for something to take them out to do,” space science educator Steve Schmidt said.

The planetarium is offering two seasonal shows: A Season of Light and Laser Holiday, Schmidt said.

“Season of Light is our current planetarium show,” Schmidt said. “We have offered it for several years. What we do is investigate the night sky, stars and constellations and the mystery of the Christmas star.”

The show is narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams and features holiday music in the background, Schmidt said.

The planetarium regularly offers laser shows all year, but the Laser Holiday show differs from normal ones because it is Christmas-themed.

“The Laser Holiday show is where we have vibrant colors and charming animations,” Schmidt said. “It is sort of a traditional laser show the whole family will enjoy.”

The show runs about 35 minutes, and features music by artists such as Manheim Steamroller, Tchaikovsky and the Spice Girls.

The planetarium also is showing SpacePark 360, which takes people in attendance on virtual thrill rides on different worlds across the solar system, and Big Bird’s Adventure, a show designed for younger children.

The planetarium is a good place to visit because it is educational as well as fun, Schmidt said.

“We want people to have a good time and they do, and they learn something while they are here.” Schmidt said.

A full schedule of showtimes can be found at and tickets can be purchased by calling 972-1266.

The Imperial Centre is closed for the holiday and will reopen Dec. 27.