Planetarium

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. Stars, NASA images and videos, special effects 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. Our laser light system offers the additional pleasure of a dazzling light show set to music great for all ages.

Show and Event Schedules

Weekend Show Schedule
 
Saturday shows are at 11 am, Noon, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Sunday shows are at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.
 
Weekday Show Schedule

     

Weekdays

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

Show Descriptions

 

  • Astro-Moose Goes to Space: Journey through the solar system with our intrepid “mooseonaut,” Astro Moose, in this animated program for the young astronomer. Grades K-4
  • The Adventures of Little Cassini:Gaze at the stars on our 50-ft Planetarium dome, then go on an adventure with Little Cassini and explore the planets of our solar system in this animated program for the young astronomer. Grades K-3
  • Discover the Earth, Moon and Sun: Learn about the interactions between the Earth, Moon, and Sun within our cosmic neighborhood. Watch the Earth from the International Space Station, learn how gravity keeps us on Earth, how the Sun keeps us alive, and how everything moves in sync in this educational program for the very young astronomers. Grades K-1
  • The Solar System Tour: Take the grand tour of our solar system! From the sun and planets to moons, dwarf planets and more, join our planetarium educator on a trip through space. Grades 1-6
  • Space in Motion:  Learn about the basics of astronomy as we experience Earth’s rotation with our full-dome night sky, the revolutions of the planets, moon phases, eclipses and more! Grades 2-6
  • Tour of the Seasons: Discover why we have seasons and if other planets have seasons like Earth. See how the stars appear to change throughout the winter, spring, summer, and fall. Grades K-6
  • Carolina Skies: This live, interactive program explores the stars and constellations visible in North Carolina’s night sky throughout the year. Grades 3+
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A folk tale of an enslaved family who follows the Big Dipper North on a quest for freedom. Grades 3-9+
  • From Earth to the Universe: Learn about the history of astronomy, out solar neighborhood, the invention of the telescope, today’s giant telescopes, and more from Earth to the Universe. Grades 5+
  • Space Voyagers: Get an up-close look at the spacecraft and missions that have opened humanity’s window to the universe. Grades 5-9+
  • Star Songs: The stars have inspired storytelling, art, and music throughout history. Kaleideum Teaching Artists lead musical storytelling under the stars. Grades K-4
  • All About the Cosmos: Get an up-close look at the physics, and history of discovery of our awe-inspiring universe. Grades 6+
  • Musical Laser Shows: Our laser shows offer a dazzling light display set to music for all ages. These shows are not suitable for those who are photo or motion sensitive. (15 minutes)

Astronomy Resources

Astronomy Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets