Sensory Friendly Shows.

The Abrams Planetarium offers sensory friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.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.

Feature Show.

11:30 a.m.

Pull up a chair at our Planetarium’s Periodic Table and learn the cosmic recipes that created everything in our world-even us! Discover how the Big Bang and the stars have cooked up the everyday elements we interact with every day-like the calcium in our teeth, the silicon in our smartphones, and even the carbon in our apple pies. Explore the world of chemistry-the protons, neutrons and electrons! See how tiny atoms relate to the mammoth stars! Connect the physical worlds of the small and large in this engaging and inspiring show.

Sensory Notes:

Throughout the show there are some bombastic sounds and several bursts of light representing the explosion of stars or the Big Bang. There are also numerous flying blocks representing elements.

Family Show.

1:00 p.m.

You don't need a spaceship to learn about the sun, moon, and stars-just a little imagination! When Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take an imaginary trip to the moon, they learn amazing things along the way.

Sensory Notes:

Generally the show makes you feel like you are in the middle of Sesame Street or the moon. At times you only see the night sky and characters will pop in an out of the scene in a green circle. This show uses directional sound, so sound levels will change as a character moves around the dome. This show also stars Elmo, the red monster, who can get very excited sometimes and his voice gets louder.

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.

Before you visit the Abrams Planetarium, take a virtual tour of our building: