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.

The story about an average yellow star on a search for planets of his own to warm and protect. Along his way, he encounters other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars can combine to form clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets, and each is introduced to audiences along with basic information about the Solar System.

Sensory Notes:

Throughout The Little Star That Could, a yellow star featured in the shown title image, travels around the galaxy. Everytime he travels there are some fairly quick motion animations including streaks of light or "flying" through the stars. Some of the other stars he visits speak suddenly with a slight increase in volume.


Feature Show.

11:30 a.m.

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes. In this show, stunning simulations of the most energetic places in our universe, and the galaxies around us, are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside IceCube, looking for traces of neutrino collisions in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, this show will take you on a journey you won't forget.

Sensory Notes:

Throughout the show, there are several large images of astronomical objects or models of planets that are zoomed in on slowly. This can leave a feeling of the objects closing in or being imposing. There are several fast "fly by" or "fly through" sequences as well. There are several spots where there are short, small flashes of light to simulate the detection of particles.


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: