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November 29, 2017

New Schedule for Holiday Shows December 26-31 Plus Holiday Shows Each Weekend Throughout December 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, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23 at 7:00 p.m. – Season of Light with Free Star Talk & Laser Song! (Ages 7 & up). Explore the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the Star over Bethlehem. This is an elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons – a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. The show recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice – Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican, and Hopi.

Sat, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23, & Dec 30 and Tues, Dec 26 at 2:00 p.m.; and Sat, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23 at 8:30 p.m. – Laser Holidays. This laser concert features classic holiday favorites, modern hits, and unique renditions of timeless songs. A fun experience for everyone! Playlist: Sleigh Ride, Up On the Housetop, Winter Wonderland, Deck the Halls, Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas, The Chipmunk Song, All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Feliz Navidad, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Frosty the Snowman, Carol of the Bells, The Christmas Song, All I Want For Christmas Is You, and more.

Sat, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23, & Dec 30; Tues, Dec 26; and Fri, Dec 29 at 12:30 p.m. – Let It Snow with Free Star Talk & Laser Song! This delightful show features a new variety of festive classics and includes a stunning multi-media finale. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects, and all-dome scenery. This show is a fun and entertaining experience for all ages, especially families. Playlist: Let It Snow, Run Rudolph Run, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and more.

Sat, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23, & Dec 30; Tues, Dec 26; and Thurs, Dec 28 at 11:00 a.m. NEW MOVIE! Khrumka's Adventures in the Winter Forest. On their way through the fairy tale winter forest, little Khrumka and his friends watch the Northern Lights, witness the flight of an asteroid, and admire the constellations of the winter sky. Thrilling rides, magic, and surprises await them on their fantastic full dome journey. NOTE: From 11-11:30, children will create a fun craft that they can use as part of the show! An interactive and beautiful new film, Khrumka’s Adventures in the Winter Forest is sure to become a holiday tradition for all patrons at the planetarium. 

Sun, Dec 31 starting at 10:30 a.m. – 2nd Annual “Noon” Year’s Eve Party & Show! Let’s Ring in the New Year at the Stroke of Noon! Come for a celebration of the New Year that won’t ruin bedtimes. Our “Noon” Year’s Eve Show will be a fun-filled blast into space as we talk about the planets and stars, see lasers, dance, and ring in 2018 at noon. Wear your jammies and come early for games, giveaways, and crafts – all free with the purchase of a show ticket! 10:30 a.m. Free Noisemaker Craft and 11:00 a.m. “Noon” Year's Eve Party Show.


Wed, Dec 27 at 12:30 p.m., – The Stars from My Backyard: Live Star Talk for Kids! (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.

Wed, Dec 27 and Fri, Dec 29 at 11:30 a.m. – 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.

Thurs, Dec 28 at 12:30 p.m. – DinoStars! Live Star Talk (Ages 10 & under). Learn about the skies above New Jersey and the “dinosaurs” constellations that can be seen! Will you be able to find your favorite dinosaur among the stars?

Thurs, Dec 28 at 2:00 p.m. – 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!

Fri, Dec 29 at 2:00 p.m. – Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef (Ages 4 & up). Kaluoka’hina is the enchanted reef whose magic protects it against humans finding it. Colorful inhabitants have always lived in peace ... until a volcano erupts and the spell is broken! Now it’s up to the young sawfish, Jake, and his paranoid pal, Shorty, to restore the magic. Children will witness a one-of-kind underwater world that is jam-packed with adventure, danger, and riddles!


Wed, Dec 27 at 2:00 p.m. – 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, Dec 30 at 7:00 p.m. – 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, Dec 30 at 8:15 at 9:45 p.m. – 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.                                                              

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 Seniors/OCC Alumni, $7 children 12 & under (unless otherwise noted). To purchase tickets, visit the Novins Planetarium webpage at or call 732-255-0343, Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm, or Saturday from 11:30am to 8:30pm. Tickets are available at the door but advance purchase is recommended.