A Variety of January Shows / February Valentine & Scout Day Special Events at Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College


TOMS RIVER – 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.

Laser Led Zeppelin – Sat, Jan 21 at 8:30 p.m. Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock; their 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. Relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery. NOTE: May contain lyrics that some parents find objectionable. Not recommended for ages under 15.

Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon – Sat, Jan 28 at 7:00 p.m. Dark Side of the Moon offers a mix of psychedelic, rock, and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric sound-scapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall – Sat, Jan 28 at 8:30 p.m. Always a crowd favorite, The Wall is considered to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time. It’s a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

Wonders of the Winter Sky: Live Sky Talk – Sat, Jan 21 at 7:00 p.m. Join our live Planetarium presenter for an in-depth tour of our 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.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure – Sat, Jan 28 at 11:30 a.m. Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Zhu, a Muppet from China. Our live presenter will also give a brief tour of the night sky over New Jersey so kids can learn where to look for some of the constellations and visible planets of the season.

The Little Star That Could – Sat, Jan 21 at 11:30 a.m. Little Star is an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Will Little Star ever find his planets? Join us for this adorable full dome production and find out!

The Stars from My Backyard – Sat, Jan 21, 28 at 12:30 p.m. Beginning with a beautiful sunrise, children learn about the sun, moon, weather, constellations, and planets visible in the current sky. Along the way, fun stories, songs, and even a passing rainstorm help make this an exciting introduction to the sky for young children.

Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef – Sat, Jan 28 at 2:00 p.m. Children will be transported to a tropical reef where they join Jake and Shorty, two adventurous and humorous fish, on an animated quest to restore the magic of their reef that will protect it from man’s destruction. Visitors will witness a one of a kind underwater world that is full of adventure, danger, and riddles. In addition, our live presenter will show kids how to find constellations and planets visible in New Jersey’s night sky.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket – Sat, Jan 21 at 2:00 p.m. Join two adventurous children as they use their imaginations, a refrigerator box, and a helpful animated astronomy book to take a tour of the solar system. Travel to the planets and learn why each one is unique. Our live presenter will give a brief tour of the night sky over New Jersey so kids can learn where to look for some of the constellations and visible planets of the season.

Pre-K Valentine Crafts – 11:00 a.m. (Free with purchase of show ticket.)
Pre-K Valentine PJ Party – 11:30 a.m. (30 minute version of our PJ Night show for our littlest astronomers! See below for description.)

Valentine Crafts – 6:30 p.m. (Free with purchase of Valentine PJ Night show ticket.) Valentine PJ Night – 7:00 p.m. Get your jammies on and get ready for some fun! We’ll visit the planets and hear stories about the characters that can be founded in the night sky. We may even have time for music and dancing … maybe even lasers! Join us for this fun filled variety show … and don’t forget to wear your pajamas!

SCOUT DAY – Sat, Feb 25
The Stars from My Backyard: Scouting Edition – 11:30 a.m., 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.
Astronomy Demonstrations – 11:00 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. (Free with purchase of show ticket.)

Admission: (per show) $10 adults, $8 seniors (60+) and OCC Rewards Members with card, $7 children (12 and under). Family Pack $35 (a $41 value) includes two adults and three children. To see more than one show on a given day, ask for our Multi-Show Discount!

To purchase tickets, visit the Novins Planetarium webpage at www.ocean.edu. Tickets also go on sale at the door ½ hour before our first show. We accept all major credit cards. Sorry, we are unable to accept checks.

Please call ahead to confirm show dates and times! All shows, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Check out our webpage for updated show information – new shows may be added!

For recorded show information, call 732-255-0342. For the latest news, events, show trailers, laser song playlists, and schedules, visit www.ocean.edu or like us on Facebook.

Submitted by RoseAnn D'Urso

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