Late Elementary (Grade 3/4/5)
Length: 35 Minutes
Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum will take you on a wondrous journey through the world of color and beyond! Discover why the sky is blue, why Mars is red, and the reason why many things are the color that they are. Tour the interior of a plant leaf, voyage through a human eye, then step into the invisible universe as you investigate x-rays by taking on a monstrous black hole. Explore the world of infrared in a roaring fire, and even discover what may have been the actual color of a dinosaur. Explore the amazing rainbow of cosmic light through Cosmic Colors, an original production of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium in cooperation with the Great Lakes Planetarium Association.
Defying Gravity, It is Rocket Science!
Length: 24 Minutes
Meet meet Apollo Aurora, host of the Planetarium Channel’s universally loved gravity news source, Defying Gravity, It Is Rocket Science! With special robot correspondents Apple 1-6-8-6 and EGR-1, Apollo and her team will explore rocket power, gravity on other planets, monstrous black holes and even what keeps us grounded on Earth! Tune into this brand new planetarium show and uncover the mysteries of gravity.
Length: 35 Minutes
The goal of the show is to teach lightning safety and lightning facts in an immersive environment. Through the use of video, an animated character, and a meteorologist, explore the fascination and excitement of Nature's Light Show! Understand the Science and learn the safety rules!
Far Out Space Places
Length: 40 Minutes
Looking for a getaway of interplanetary proportions? Take a trip with Far Out Space Places! This show features the solar system and its bodies like a travel agency, using imaginary sports and activities to teach about the wonders of our solar syustem, from the planets to asteroids and comets!
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Length: 35 Minutes
This sky show, based on the book "Follow the Drinking Gourd" by Jeanette Winter, is a story of a family escaping from the South during the era of slavery in the U.S.A. The students may "sing along" with a song that explains how to use the gourd (Big Dipper) to travel north to the Underground Railroad and on to freedom.
Heroes of the Night Sky
Have you ever wondered what the stories were behind the constellations? Come and see this show, made by former students at Williamsville North, and discover the myths behind Hercules, Perseus, and Orion.
The Incredible Critters Show
Length: 35 minutes
Gail the guide is heading off to track down some invertebrate pals — those little critters with no backbone. Where do we find them? In our houses, outside in the dirt or grass, under rocks, in a flowerbed, on a tree or in a pond. With a magnifying glass, we take a close look at simple creatures like worms and snails and see how they differ from the more complex ants and spiders. Gail explains metamorphosis as well as who eats what (or who?) in the invertebrate world. Finally we're taught the benefits of having these incredible animals around and we all get bopping in our seats to the tune of the "Critter Jitter."
Legends of the Night Sky
Length: Each 20 Minutes
Two shows that use Greek mythology (and lasers!) to inspire an interest in astronomy. This Planetarium features the stories of Orion and of Perseus and Andromeda. Come learn about constellations and astronomy through Legends of the Night Sky!
The Little Star That Could
Length: 36 Minutes
Little Star, an average yellow star, searches for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers that stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. Little Star also learns about planets and our Solar System.
Length: 25 Minutes
A musical, magical adventure that reveals the world of molecules! This show was made to inspire and interest in the atoms and molecules that make up the world around us. Together we move through the universe and every day surroundings on the magical ship called the Molecularium. View the world through the perspective of a molecule through this fun and interesting show!
Native American Folklore
Length: Approx. 40 Minutes
This program is a retelling of several Native American folklore tales. Several short stories about the sky, the world, day and night, seasons, animal camouflage, the moon, and other topics are accompanied by art and illustrations in the planetarium sky. This classic program has been re-mastered and revised.
Our Violent Planet
Length: 28 Minutes
We live out our lives on our planet’s fractured crust “plates” that pull apart, collide, grind past each other, and even sink below one another, producing violent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions , and catastrophic walls of water known as tsunamis. This spectacular fulldome show illustrates Earth processes including earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, geology and continental drift.
Perfect Little Planet
Length: 35 Minutes
Imagine the ultimate space vacation. Discover our solar system through a different set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
Skylore from Planet Earth
The starry night sky has always filled us with wonder. Down through the ages we have looked to the skies for guidance from the images of our heroes, gods, and monsters. Storytellers have illustrated their mythologies and legends with it, passing on to future generations the customs of their people. Many of these stories have survived to the present. Award winning educator and author Dayle Brown has written five story books retelling these myths from around the world, and we have adapted them for the planetarium dome. Come and listen to some of these ancient and entertaining stories under our starry skies.
States of Matter
Length: 10 Minutes
Arrr Matey’s! What do we have here?? Is it a solid? A liquid? A gas? Hmm…Does it “Matter”? It most certainly does! We are talking about GOLD! So put on your lab coat and come investigate matter with us! The planetarium is excited to introduce our newest FullDome educational module: States of Matter! Immerse your students in this live action FullDome experience. States of Matter comes complete with a review section to fully engage your class, created specifically with kids in mind.