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December 13, 2013

Novins Planetarium Features Holiday Shows And Special Events

TOMS RIVER – One of the largest and most active planetariums in the state, the Robert J. Novins Planetarium, on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ, is offering a variety of holiday, children’s, laser, and seasonal shows now through February 1.

Admission: (Pricing is per show) $10 adults, $8 seniors (60+) and OCC Rewards Members with card, $7 children (12 and under), unless otherwise noted.  Family Pack $35 (a $41 value) includes two adults and three children.

CHILDREN’S SHOWS

ONE WORLD, ONE SKY: BIG BIRD’S ADVENTURE (Ages 10 and under) Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from China.  Our live presenter will also give a brief tour of the night sky over New Jersey so children can learn where to look for constellations and visible planets of the season.  11:30 a.m. on Fri, Dec 27 – Sat, Dec 14, 21, 28; Jan 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb 1 – Mon, Dec 30 – Tues, Dec 31.

SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET (Ages 10 and under) Join two adventurous children as they use their imaginations, a refrigerator box, and a helpful animated astronomy book to take a tour of the solar system.  Before your journey, our live presenter will provide a brief tour of the night sky over New Jersey so children can learn where to look for some of the constellations and visible planets of the season.  5:30 p.m.: Sat, Dec 21, 28; Jan 11, 25; Feb 1.

HOLIDAY SHOWS

SEASON OF LIGHT (Family Show) This holiday presentation explores some cultural festivals filled with light and cheer and takes a closer look at the most famous mystery of the season . . . the star of wonder.  Also, learn about the season’s constellations and visible planets in our current night sky.  2:30 p.m.: Fri, Dec 27 – Sat, Dec 14, 21, 28; Jan 4 – Tues, Dec 24, 31 – Thurs, Dec 26 – Mon, Dec 30.  //  8:30 p.m.: Sat, Dec 14, 21, 28; Jan 4 – Fri, Dec 27.

LASER HOLIDAYS (Family Show) This laser concert features holiday favorites like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and unique renditions of timeless songs.  11:30 a.m.: Tues, Dec 24 – Thurs, Dec 26.  //  4:00 p.m.: Fri, Dec 27 – Sat, Dec 21, 28; Jan 4 – Tues, Dec 24, 31 – Thurs, Dec 26 – Mon, Dec 30.  //  5:30 p.m.: Sat, Dec 14.  //  8:30 p.m.: Fri, Dec 13, 20; Jan 3.  //  9:45 p.m.: Sat, Dec 21, 28 – Fri, Dec 27.

SKY SHOWS

WONDERS OF THE SEASONAL SKY (Ages 8 and over) Join our live Planetarium presenter for an in-depth tour of our current sky over New Jersey.  This ever-changing program explores the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep sky objects, and celestial highlights.  1:00 p.m.: Sat, Dec 14, 21, 28; Jan 4, 18; Feb 1 – Tues, Dec 24.  //  7:00 p.m.: Fri, Dec 13, 20, 27; Jan 10, 17, 24, 31.

LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT SKY: ORION (Ages 8 and over) After our presenter gives a brief tour of our current sky over New Jersey, we use our Laser Projection System to bring the mythical story of Orion’s constellation to life in this fun-filled adventure.  We follow Orion as he grows to manhood, battles beasts, foils the plot of an evil king, and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess.  1:00 p.m.: Thurs, Dec 26 – Fri, Dec 27 – Mon, Dec 30 – Tues, Dec 31 – Sat, Jan 11, 25.  //  7:00 p.m.: Sat, Dec 14, 21, 28; Jan 4, 11, 25; Feb 1 – Fri, Jan 3.

ASTRA STAR WATCH (Admission: FREE.) Join planetarium staff and the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (A.S.T.R.A.) for an enjoyable time investigating amateur astronomy, space exploration, and the wonder of the real night sky.  Club members will set up a variety of telescopes on the lawn next to the Planetarium, providing you with an opportunity to view the moon, planets, and other celestial objects.  This event is weather permitting and will be cancelled in the event of rain or significant cloud cover.  7:00 to 11:00 p.m.: Sat, Dec 21.

FULL DOME SHOWS

DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE (Ages 10 and over) Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of Sputnik, to the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs.  In addition, learn about the International Space Station, private space exploration, and the future of human exploration.  2:30 p.m.: Sat, Jan 11, 18, 25; Feb 1.  //  8:30 p.m.: Fri, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 – Sat, Jan 11, 25; Feb 1.

WINTER LASER FEST

LASER BEATLES (Family Audiences) The “Fab Four’s” best music spanning six years and 11 albums becomes the background for dazzling laser-art and spectacular digital and analog effects.  Visit our website for playlists.  7:00 p.m.: Sat, Jan 18.

LASER ZEPPELIN (Not recommended for ages under 15.  May contain lyrics that some parents find objectionable.)  Enjoy some of the amazing rock of Led Zeppelin accompanied by incredible laser imagery.  Visit our website for playlists.  8:15 p.m.: Sat, Jan 18.

PINK FLOYD - THE WALL (Not recommended for ages under 15.  May contain lyrics that some parents find objectionable.) The Wall is considered one of the best classic rock albums of all time.  Visit our website for playlists.  9:30 p.m.: Sat, Jan 18.

PINK FLOYD: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (Not recommended for ages under 15.  May contain lyrics that some parents find objectionable.) A mixture of psychedelic, rock, and jazz, with an assortment of sound effects, all accompanied by an unusual display of laser art.  Visit our website for playlists.  10:45 p.m.: Sat, Jan 18.

All shows run about one hour.  Shows begin promptly.  Please plan to arrive at least 15-minutes prior to show time as there is no admittance or re-admittance once the show has begun.  Note: The Planetarium building does not open until 11:00 a.m. for daytime shows.

Separate ticket needed for each show.  If you’d like to see more than one show on a given day, just ask for our Multi-Show Discount, $1 off per show!

Special Group Rates ($7 per person) are available for groups of 15 or more with advance contract.  Please plan on at least two weeks advance notice.  For more information, call 732-255-0343, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets online at tickets.ocean.edu.  Tickets also go on sale at the door 1/2 hour before our first show.  We accept all major credit cards.  Sorry, we are unable to accept checks.

For recorded show information, call 732-255-0342.  Visit www.ocean.edu/planet.htm.

 

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