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.

Santa Claus is missing! Mrs. Claus is worried and asks Oatmeal the snowman to help find him. Join Oatmeal and his friend George, the planetarium wizard, as they travel the world in search of Santa. Along the way they are told constellation stories from many cultures and how to use the stars of the Big Dipper to find north. This holiday show is particularly appropriate for young children and their families.

Sensory Notes:

Throughout the show, as George and Oatmeal travel the world, there are some quick, disorienting motions of the stars. Otherwise, the animation style is slow moving pictures.


Feature Show.

11:30 a.m.

Many of the familiar customs that we observe this time of year have an astronomical connection. Our holiday offering explores the traditions that we associate with this special season.

Sensory Notes:

The show has very slow series of stills on the dome and very little in the way of motion. The sound stays fairly constant except for a swell with the title in the beginning and right at the end.


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.