Upcoming Shows - December 2020
LET IT SNOW - A holiday music show celebrating the winter season. Artistic impressions of popular winter holiday music come to life on the dome transporting the entire family to a magical wonderland of music and light. Experience bells and reindeer, presents and cookies, snow and nutcrackers in colorful spectacles of fun!
Mystery of the Christmas Star - Journey back in time to see the night sky 2000+ years ago. What was it that brought the Magi from the East to a little town in Palestine? Who were the wise men? Were there just three? Did they come from Persia, Babylon or Ethiopia? Did they follow a visible star to Jerusalem? How many years ago was Jesus born? Is December 25th his real birthday?
Mystery of the Christmas star takes you to the time of mystery that answers these questions and more, as audiences search for a celestial object that could have led the wise men to the Christ child. A planet was called a "wandering star." A meteor was a "shooting star." And a comet was a "hairy star" because its tail looked like a beard. These are all candidates in our search. See the new research of a triple conjunction that may have been the sign in the East of the new Messiah.
COVID Related Information and Policies
Visitors must wear a Mask
Limited number of seats available due to social distancing guidelines.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.
No at the door tickets at this time.
Drake Planetarium may cancel shows due to COVID at any time and refund ticket holders.
Refunds are only applicable if Drake must close the facility.
Cleaning procedures take place before and after each show.
Shows Returning in 2021
One World, One Sky. Big Bird's Adventure :
Follow Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.
One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the sun to set. The show aims to nurture a child's natural sense of wonder about the night sky while forging cross-cultural connections, and bridging kids across nations through a common bond in learning about the sky together.
Follow the Drinking Gourd:
A wonderful story of human determination, hardship, and innovation based on the book by Jeanette Winter.
Many African American slaves managed to escape to the North by following the Big Dipper, which they called, "The Drinking Gourd."
According to legend, the song was used by a conductor of the Underground Railroad, called Peg Leg Joe, to guide some fugitive slaves. Learn all about this and more! (Live Sky Show beforehand that will teach you how to Follow The Drinking Gourd!).
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.
The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Drake Planetarium is proud to offer one of the most popular space journeys for children and their families, “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” Thanks to our creative and talented friends at Clark Planetarium, you’ll see and feel the highest levels of detail and animation of any planetarium in the world.
Crazy Cosmonauts! :
Follow the adventures of a couple of young cosmonauts, their pet, and a witty computer, as they take a mission into space! Join the excitement and quest with these adventurers on the Moon! Check out a solar storm and achieve a new perspective on the world!
(Appropriate for all ages).
Back to the Moon
A program sponsored by Google, review our lunar exploration past and then learn about current efforts to return to the Moon..
"In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good."
From Earth to the Universe -
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.
The Dark Matter Mystery -
What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to answer these questions. We know today that approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery?
Out There --
The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds -
Tells the story of how human curiosity has driven us to look outwards for millennia, to discover and explore new and distant worlds and to find the unfamiliar and extraordinary forms of life that could exist in the mysterious realms of the Universe.
The Quest will transport viewers from this world to entirely new and foreign ones. The show features the primitive science fiction of early civilizations, to the future space missions that will observe the Universe in greater-than-ever detail and travel to the surfaces and oceans of moons in our Solar System
FRACTALS ROCK! :
Zoom into the infinite world of fractals in this dramatic and beautiful live fractal show. Accompanied by original music in stunning surround sound, Fractals Rock is an awe-inspiring immersive journey that will expand your mind and delight your senses
Expedition Reef :
Embark on a journey into the hidden world of coral reefs in this all-digital planetarium show exploring some of our planet’s most biodiverse—and critically threatened—ecosystems.
Dive into the heart of the iconic Philippine coral reef as thousands of tropical fish flutter by. Travel the globe to explore coral reefs teeming with life and learn how scientists are racing to develop sustainable solutions to protect these vitally important ecosystems for the future.
Along the way, discover how corals live, breathe, and reproduce, supporting a quarter of all marine life on Earth and providing critical benefits to human communities in our ever-changing world.