Sensory Friendly Shows.

The Abrams Planetarium offers sensory friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. These shows will run with the lights up, the sound down, and the theater doors open so people can move about as needed. We also provide a place to "chill out" in our lobby. All shows include a live star talk about what is up in the sky that night. We will include a short break between the main show and star talk. Information about what to expect during the show will be provided when you purchase tickets.

Admission prices for all shows are:

  • Adults, $4.50
  • Students and senior citizens, $4.00
  • Children (age 12 and under), $3.50

Show tickets are not sold in advance. Ticket sales begin 30 minutes prior to showtime. All shows include a current sky talk and last about an hour.


Family Show.

10:00 a.m.

Join children's entertainer Fred Penner as he explores things large and small, from the colors of the rainbow, to the reasons for the seasons. Through the use of entertaining songs and immersive environments, children are encouraged to participate while learning about the planets, constellations, meteors, the moon and more.

Sensory Notes:

Throughout In My Backyard there are bright colors, a lot of dancing and wiggling numbers, letters, and objects. There is a pointer who can move quickly named Arnie. There is also quick scene swipes throughout the show. There are several different songs through the show as well.


Feature Show.

11:30 a.m.

Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds like the remarkably bright Eris; Haumea, an egg-shaped object rotating incredibly fast; and Sedna, whose orbit takes it deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? We'll tag along on Mike Brown's first night searching for the ninth planet at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. Join us on the hunt!

Sensory Notes:

Throughout, Planet Nine there are many animations of the planets in our solar system orbiting the sun quickly. The scene itself does not change quickly. It also switches between animations and 360 photography and video at various places.


Sensory Notes for All Shows:

During the Star Talk, it will get quite dark, but some lights will remain on. We will end our show with our Mobius loop that feels like a very fast, spinning roller coaster. We will give a warning before starting and give people a chance to leave if they wish.