Experiencing a Family Show at the Abrams Planetarium

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I don’t know about you, but I find astronomy fascinating. It was one of my favorite elective classes while attending Michigan State University. I really enjoy being in the planetarium. So when my 4-year-old daughter shows an interest in learning about space, I know exactly where to take her, the Abrams Planetarium on MSU’s campus. It is exciting because they offer Family Shows for all ages. I was shocked when the day I wanted to go was already sold out. Thankfully, I penciled us in about a month later. This is a hidden gem in the community, and a great place for families. I’m sharing my top tips on how to get the most out of your visit to Abrams Planetarium.

Five Ways to Get the Most out of Your Visit

It is an amazing time, but there are some things I wish I knew before our first trip to the planetarium.

  1. Reserve your tickets in advance. Family shows book up quickly, so once they are available, get them before they’re gone. The planetarium also offers sensory friendly shows and public observing hours. 
  2. Arrive a little earlier than you normally would. There is surprisingly a lot to see and do in the lobby of the planetarium. There are interactive displays and a little gift shop. Spend a little time exploring before the show.
  3. Take some time to enjoy the hallway entering the auditorium. The wall art and graphics are both educational and beautiful.
  4. Make sure to check the age recommendations for the show. The one we attended is geared towards older kids. My daughter was a little antsy during the show. Her favorite part was the sky talk about the constellations following the show. 
  5. Know before you go| Once a show begins, the planetarium doors are locked and there will be no late admittance for the safety and comfort of visitors. Currently masks are required and there is a limit of 20 audience members per show. 

Take a look at this video highlighting our “out of this world” experience at the Abrams Planetarium:

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