Tuesday, January 18, 2022

RVCC Planetarium Slates Star Shows, Laser Concerts, Children’s Programs in January

The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium will present in-person laser concerts and star shows for all ages on Saturdays in January

  • Face masks are required in all campus buildings, including in the Planetarium. 
  • The Planetarium also will have reduced capacity seating and social distancing will be followed.
The following shows will be offered at the Planetarium in Branchburg:

Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Saturday, January 22, 3 p.m.

Join Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more. Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"? This show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)

Laser Kids laser concert, Saturday, January 22, 4 p.m.

The show features a new song mix with music to entertain kids and kids at heart while lasers “dance” on the dome overhead. Songs include “Bright” by Echosmith, “YMCA” by the Village People, “Mia” by Bad Bunny, and “Waka Waka” by Shakira. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

First and Farthest, Saturdays, January 22 & 29, 7 p.m.

From the first rockets to the first man on the Moon, “First and Farthest” celebrates humanity's great accomplishments in the Space Race. The show may bring back memories for those who experienced the Space Race and inspire new generations to keep exploring the universe. With its discussion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical concepts, “First and Farthest” supports a STEM-focused pursuit of knowledge. The presentation is made possible with a grant from NASA’s New Jersey Space Grant Consortium. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Laser Grateful Dead, Saturdays, January 22 & 29, 8 p.m.

This show features a psychedelic experience of light, sound, and color. Join us on a musical journey with Grateful Dead’s classic hits including “Truckin’,” “Touch of Grey,” and “Sugar Magnolia.” (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Saturday, January 29, 3 p.m.

Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. A lively experience for young people, the show offers selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

SkyLights, Saturday, January 29, 4 p.m.

Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride,” “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy (“Moon Rock Rock,” “The Planet Song”). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while other songs feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

TICKETS: Planetarium tickets cost $10 for one show, $18 for two shows back-to-back on the same day. Reservations are recommended, but all ticket sales are done at the door on the day of the show. Late admission to Planetarium shows is not permitted. 
WHERE: RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.

For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805. For additional information, visit