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. 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.

Moonstruck Summer

On July 20, 1969, something astonishing happened. For the first time in history, a human from the planet Earth stepped onto another world. You might remember it: “One small step… one giant leap….” 

 The landing wasn’t an isolated event. It took thousands of people and billions of dollars to make it to the Moon and back. It didn’t happen overnight. The Moon landing was the culmination of a space program (and space race) that began in the late 1950s.

 July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. To celebrate, Kaleideum is featuring Moonstruck Summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Journey with us in the Kaleideum Planetarium for Moonstruck: Live! and Lunar Laser programs as we explore the Moon, remember these voyagers in space that took us to the Moon, and anticipate the exciting journeys yet to come.

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: An introduction to the Solar System for the very young astronomer. Grades Pre-K-3
  • The Grand 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 1-9+
  • 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 1-6+
  • 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 3-9+
  • Carolina Skies: This live interactive program explores the stars and constellations visible in North Carolina’s night sky throughout the year. Grades 3-9+
  • 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+
  • 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: Sit back and relax while watching one of our laser shows paired with music for all ages. (15 minutes)
  • Moonstruck Laser Shows: An educational video about the moons that exist within our vast galaxy. This program will conclude with a laser show. (20 minutes)

Astronomy Resources

Astronomy Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets