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January 26, 2018

Valentine’s Shows For Adults (2/14) & Kids (2/4)

Plus Special Events, Laser Fest, & Star Shows This February At Novins Planetarium

Enjoy a celestial experience at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Bldg #13) on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please park in Parking Lot #2.  Enjoy a variety of laser, kids, and holiday shows!


Sat, Feb 3, 1:30pm – Scout Show! This special Scout Edition of the popular Stars from My Backyard star talk is recommended for ages 12 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations.

Sun, Feb 4 – Pre-K Valentine’s PJ Party Crafts & Show (11am Party Crafts & 11:30am Show). For our littlest astronomers (Ages 4 & under), this shorter 30-minute show is just right for the Pre-K crowd! Learn about the stars and planets, see some laser songs, and have a great time! Don’t forget to wear your PJs! Tickets: $10 all seats, ages 3 and up. Advance purchase is recommended as this show often sells out.

Sun, Feb 4 – Valentine’s PJ Party Crafts & Show (12:30pm Party Crafts & 1pm Show). For kids (Ages 5 & up), this 45-minute show will feature the stars and planets, laser songs, and, of course, a great time! Don’t forget to wear your PJs! Tickets: $10 all seats, ages 3 and up. Advance purchase is recommended as this show often sells out.

Sat, Feb 17 – Solar System Craft & The Little Star that Could (11am Craft & 11:30a.m. Show) (Ages 3 & up). Will Little Star ever find his planets? Join us to see! Tickets: $10 all seats, for ages 3 and up. Advance purchase is recommended as this show often sells out!


Wed, Feb 14 – A Valentine’s Reception & Evening under the Stars Sky Show (6:15pm Reception & 7pm Show). Spend the evening with your special someone under the stars! Refreshments followed by a Sky Show presented by a local astronomer. Hear the stories of love and romance immortalized in the stars and delight to the sights and sounds of romantic laser songs interspersed throughout the hour-long program. Tickets: $15 all seats. Advance purchase is recommended as this show often sells out.

Sat, Feb 17 – 80’s Night Reception & Laser Retro Show (7:30pm Reception, Big Hair Contest, Trivia, and 8pm Show). Grab your leg warmers, tease your hair, and brush up on your valley-girl slang, the Planetarium is going back to the 80’s! Reminisce then enjoy a laser light tribute to 80’s music. Like, totally, you should, like totally come! Tickets: $15 all seats. Advance purchase is recommended as this show often sells out!


Five of our most popular laser shows back-to-back! Multi-show and group discounts are available. Advance purchase is recommended as these shows often sell out!

Sat, Feb 24, 5pm – Laser Beatles. The “Fab Four’s” best spanning six years and 11 albums becomes the background for dazzling laser-art and spectacular effects. All ages will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles.

Sat, Feb 24, 6:15pm – Laser Zeppelin. Proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, Led Zeppelin’s individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the ’60s and ’70s. The group has been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative, and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2, and The Beatles.

Sat, Feb 24, 7:30pm – Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon. This is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful, and thought provoking with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art. Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock, and jazz sounds.

Sat, Feb 24, 8:45pm Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall. Pink Floyd is always a crowd favorite and The Wall is considered to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second top seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

Sat, Feb 24, 10pm – Laser Metallica. Metal meets lasers! And it is intense! The theater shakes with Metallica’s awesome tempos, instrumentals, themes, and sounds that are joined with laser lights. Your pulse and body will pound as the music fills both your ears and eyes


Sat, Feb 3 & Feb 10, 7pm – Wonders of the Winter Sky. Join our live Planetarium presenter for an in-depth tour of the current sky over New Jersey!  This ever-changing program explores the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep sky objects, and celestial highlights. Constellation mythology and recent events are also included. Prepare to ask questions and even answer them as our live presenter creates an informal atmosphere for your enjoyment of the current seasonal sky.

Sat, Feb 17, 2pm – Did An Asteroid Really Kill The Dinosaurs? (Ages 7 & up). Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Cosmic collisions are abundant in our solar system. See the numerous craters on worlds like the moon, Mars, and even distant Pluto. Explore the dinosaur disaster up close, supported by evidence from the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Geology Department in this planetarium production.


Sat, Feb 10, Feb 17, & Feb 24, and Mon, Feb 19, 12:30pm – The Stars from My Backyard (Ages 4-10). Learn about the sun, moon, weather, constellations, and planets visible in the current sky. Fun stories, songs, and a passing rainstorm help make this an exciting introduction for young children.

Sat, Feb 10 & Feb 24, and Mon, Feb 19, 11:30am – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (Ages 4 & up). Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street! Follow along with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take you on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, North Star, Sun, and Moon.

Sat, Feb 10, 2pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Ages 5-12). From the boiling surface of the Sun to the icy rings of Saturn, children of all ages will be mesmerized by the incredible scenery as they discover the wonder of discovery! Embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the planets alongside their ship’s navigator, a plucky astronomy book. Learn fun and interesting facts!


Sat, Feb 3, 8:30pm – Laser Vinyl. A fantastic musical concert representing the best of classic rock with some of the most stunning laser art! Enjoy a fantastic audio-visual event that will rock your body, mind, and soul!  Artists include AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, Kansas, Kiss, Aerosmith, Boston, Journey, Pink Floyd, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Sat, Feb 10, 8:30pm – Laser Bon Jovi. After ushering in the era of pop-metal, Bon Jovi grew out of the big-haired ’80s to become one of the biggest American rock bands of its time. Bon Jovi became second only to Bruce Springsteen in defining the spirit and sound of New Jersey Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Mon, Feb 19, 2pm – Laser iPop. Music from your MP3 player in a spectacular laser light show! New music from today’s Pop charts mixed with a classic from the Jackson 5.                                                                                    

TICKETS: $10 adults, $8 Seniors/OCC Alumni, $7 children 12 & under/students with ID (unless otherwise noted!). To purchase tickets, visit or call 732-255-0343. (For groups of 20 or more, a Group Discount may be available. Call or enter promo code GROUPDISCOUNT when ordering online.) Tickets are available at the door but advance purchase is recommended as many shows sell out!