June 18 – September 1
Tuesday – Sunday at 3:30pm
Every week during the summer a different full-dome planetarium program will be featured. This program will run Tuesday – Sunday at 3:30pm. Mondays the 3:30pm show will be Virginia Skies.
Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.
June 18- 23: Habitat Earth
Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.
June 25- 30: Lars the Little Polar Bear
What happens when a frisky little polar bear named Lars ventures out on the first day of spring? He explores his Arctic home, meets new friends, and saves some endangered whales. Lars the Little Polar Bear is the beloved star of a children’s book “Little Polar Bear and the Whales” authored by Hans de Beer in 2008. It’s the perfect basis to teach young children about nature, climate change — and a little astronomy.
July 2-7: Spirit of America (laser show)
Spirit of America mixes great patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll and songs that have defined American music. Rock on to great artists like John Fogerty, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood and so many, many more.
July 9-14: 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.
July 16- 21: Saturn and Beyond
In 2004, the Cassini spacecraft reached Saturn and sent back volumes of data. Learn the history of the discovery of Saturn’s rings and explore the mysterious features seen by the Cassini spacecraft. The program features current, up-to-date science.
July 23- 28: Life: A Cosmic Story (narrated by Jodie Foster)
Take a high-speed ride through the 14-billion-year saga of how we came to be. It’s a journey from the microscopic view inside a plant cell to the vastness of our universe populated by billions of galaxies swirling in space.
July 30- August 4: The Great Planet Adventures
With muscles and bones made on Earth, you’ll be a super star on the solar system’s low-gravity worlds. Imagine zip lining on the scorched Mercury or snowmobiling when it really snows on Pluto. Bungee jumping into outer space from an asteroid is like low-g diving from the tallest cliff or rappelling into deepest canyon in the solar system. Without gravity’s strong pull, you can glide over the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan, jet-pack in a geyser’s spray on Triton, or even drive a monster truck along a steep lunar crater wall.
August 6- 11: Incoming! (narrated by George Takei)
Explore the past, present, and future of our Solar System and the landmark discoveries scientists have made sending spacecraft to visit tiny worlds.
August 13- 18: Planet Nine
Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they discover evidence of a Juiper Belt object 10 times more massive than Earth, and embark on the search for a new ninth planet far beyond the orbit of Neptune.
August 20- 25: Fragile Planet (narrated by Sigourney Weaver)
Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe. Float up through Earth’s atmosphere, and gain an astronaut’s view of your home — the only planet currently known to support life. Then travel to the Moon, Mars, and even beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life.
August 27-September 1: Larry Cat in Space
Take off on a lunar adventure with a curious stowaway cat! A delightful cartoon feature for children of all ages!
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601