Mars is making its second-closest pass to Earth in 16,000 years! 

Celebrate the phenomenon with planetarium shows, crafts, demos, door prizes, and the opportunity to view Mars through professional telescopes after sunset (weather permitting). Dance to the tunes of Bruno Mars, 30 Seconds to Mars, and other stars – spun by DJ HEK YEH – and “rove” across the sock skating rink in “IceVenture”!

And there’s more! The innovative photo booth The Branded Bulb will be at the event with space-themed backgrounds and props, so you can make fun memories and share them via social media and text!

All activities are included with regular admission, and Kaleideum members are fre

Taqueria Luciano’s food truck will be parked at the Museum for dinner purchases, and River Birch Lodge will offer a cash bar, complete with ‘Mars’garitas!


Enjoy the night sky (even during the day), attend a laser show, or watch one of our many cool programs. Great for all ages! The Kaleideum Planetarium is a multi-media theater. Inside the 50-foot dome, visitors experience a realistic simulation of the night sky as observed from any place on Earth. Special effects, slides, video images, and lighting are combined to enhance the overhead drama. Planetarium programs range from preschool to adult level and include many multi-cultural selections that reflect a world view of astronomy throughout the ages. Our laser light system offers the additional pleasure of a dazzling light show set to music and includes a choice of selections for all ages.

Show and Event Schedules

Weekend Schedule Show


Saturday shows are at 11 am, Noon, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.

  • 11 a.m: Stars & StoryBots — Sing along with topics like stars, planets, the earth, and more! Begins with a brief sky tour. (20 minutes)
  • Noon: Live Sky Tour — This live program explores the stars and constellations visible in tonight’s night sky from Winston-Salem, NC. (25-35 minutes)
  • 2 pm: Nature Program — Join us for this month’s featured nature program. (20 minutes)
  • 3 pm: Space: Live! — Join our planetarium educator as we delve into some amazing astronomy! (25-35 minutes)
  • 4 pm: Stars & Lasers — Get a look at some of the constellations viewable in the night sky, followed by a laser show! (20 minutes)

Sunday shows are at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.

  • 2 pm: The Adventures of Little Cassini! — Join Little Cassini on his quest through the solar system! Opens with a brief sky tour. (20 minutes)
  • 3 pm: Nature Program —Join us for this month’s featured nature program. (20 minutes)
  • 4 pm: Stars & StoryBots! — Sing along with topics like stars, planets, the earth and more! Begins with a brief sky tour. (20 minutes)



Weekday Show Schedule





Kaleideum North offers Planetarium shows every day! However, due to field trip programs, weekday showtimes vary. Please ahead to (336) 767-6730, ext. 1000, or see the front desk when you arrive.

Show Descriptions




  • Astro-Moose Goes to Space: An introduction to the Solar System for the very young astronomer. Grades Pre-K-2
  • Space in Motion:  Learn about the basics of astronomy, as we explore rotations, revolutions, moon phases and more! Grades 1-6+
  • Tour of the Seasons: Learn about the four seasons.  Discover why we have seasons and if other planets have seasons like the Earth.   View the night sky in the Planetarium and see how the stars and constellations change from season to season. Grades 3-9+
  • The Grand Tour: Travel through the solar system with our planetarium educator as we view the sun, planets, moon, dwarf planets, and more using images and videos from NASA and various spacecraft. Grades 3-9
  • Carolina Skies: This live interactive class explores the stars and constellations
    visible in the night sky of North Carolina. Grades 3-9+
  • Carolina Skies: Eclipsed! This live interactive program explores one of nature’s most amazing phenomenon: an eclipse. We’ll take a look at lunar and solar eclipses, with a focus on the upcoming solar eclipse that will pass through the Carolinas on August 21, 2017. Grades 3-8+
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A slave family follows the Big Dipper to freedom. Grades 3-9+
  • Ring World: Explore the Ringed Planet and discover what we’ve learned from the Cassini spacecraft.  Fly through the icy geysers of Enceladus.   Explore the methane lakes of Titan.   View the complex ring system of the 6th planet from the sun. Grades 5-9+
  • Robots in Space: Voyager, Curiosity, Galileo, Cassini …   Take a tour of the Solar System with the robotic spacecraft that have toured the Solar System over the last 30 years. Grades 5-9+
  • And Yet it Moves: Get an in depth look at the physics, and history of discovery, of our solar system. Grades 9+
Laser Shows



2018  Laser Shows

April 21, 2018

  • 9 pm – Pink Floyd: Dark Side of Moon
  • 10 pm – Led Zeppelin Laser Show

July 19, 2018

  • 8 pm – The Beatles Laser Show
  • 9:15 pm – Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

(Date TBD)

  • 8 pm– Pink Floyd: The Wall
  • 9:15 pm –Metallica Laser Show



2018 Stargazing Nights


Stargazing begins after the sun goes down in our parking lot at Kaleideum North or at the summit of Pilot Mountain.

Members of Forsyth Astronomical Society will be there with telescopes and guidance. Stargazing is always free and fun for all ages!

  • Saturday, January 20, at Kaleideum North
  • Saturday, March 10, at Pilot Mountain (Rain date of March 17)
  • Saturday, April 21, at Kaleideum North
  • Saturday, June 16, at Kaleideum North
  • Saturday, July 21, at Kaleideum North (Marsgazing)
  • Saturday, September 15, at Kaleideum North
  • Saturday, November 10, at Pilot Mountain (Rain date of December 1)

Brought to you by the Forsyth Astronomical Society.



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