Birthday Parties

An Out-Of-The-Ordinary Birthday Destination
Available at a Reasonable Price!
The Glastonbury Planetarium is an exciting spot for birthday parties. Start in the cafeteria with refreshments and presents (sorry, these are not provided!) then move to the planetarium to entertain your guests with a night sky presentation followed by a full dome show of your choosing.

What You Can Expect:

Your own, personalized guided tour of the night sky plus your choice of fulldome planetarium show. Here are a list of recommended shows for birthday parties:

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.

We learn about how real polar bears live, why they have small ears and tails, what they eat, and how the melting of Arctic sea ice is affecting their habitat.

Target Audience: 5 - 7.


Perfect Little Planet

Join a family of aliens as they explore our Solar System in search of the perfect spot for a vacation! Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose for the ultimate space vacation?

Target Audience: 5 and up.


One World, One Sky

Young audience members will be thrilled when they find themselves on Sesame Street with their famous friends, Big Bird and Elmo. The fun begins when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China and the three of them take the audience on an exciting journey of discovery to learn about the Sun, stars, and Big Dipper. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu blast off on an imaginary trip to the Moon and when they return home to Earth everyone discovers that, no matter where we live, we all share the same sky.

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 7

Cocomong - A Space Adventure

Cocomong is very curious about space. But reading about space in books makes it seem so far away. That’s when Halley, a friendly alien, drops in! Halley has come to Earth all the way from Titan in order to protect the last remaining Star Gem from the evil Virus King. If Halley wants to find the other Star Gems and rescue his parents, then he needs the help of Cocomong and his friends! However, Halley’s home Titan is by Saturn which is really far away, even farther than Mars and Jupiter. Will they be able to make it all the way there safe and sound? “I guess we won’t know until we go.” So, let’s get on the spaceship that Cocomong made and blast off!! 

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 7


Zula Patrol - Down to Earth

While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home.

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 8


Molecularium

Welcome to the Molecularium, a magical, musical adventure into the world of molecules! Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Molecularium is an exciting new animation, in a planetarium setting, created to spark interest in the atoms and molecules that constitute our world. The show follows a cast of characters, based on atoms, as they move throughout the universe from the perspective of a magical ship, also called the Molecularium. The ship can view matter on both the human and molecular levels. Travel into a cloud, watch a snowflake form, and count the number of water molecules in a raindrop.

Target Audience: Ages 7 and up.

Show Trailer

Life of Trees

In The Life of Trees a cheeky ladybug called Dolores and a quirky firefly called Mike take the audience on an adventurous journey of exploration into the wondrous world of trees. Taking the perspective of insects, the fulldome film reveals the magic of the microcosm.

On their excursion these two creepy-crawlies zip around a tree, and in doing so, playfully learn its secrets: How do plants get their food from the sun? How do they grow? How does water get from the roots to the top of the crown? And how does all this make life on our earth possible?

Target Audience: Ages 8 and up.

Show Trailer

We Are Aliens

Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life?   We Are Aliens! takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life. We Are Aliens!

We'll add a beautiful scenic tour of the universe in search of exoplanets and the possibilities for life in our Solar System.  Explore stellar birth, dying stars, mysterious nearby planets, their moons and rings.

Target Audience: Ages 8 and up.


Astronaut

What does it take to become an astronaut? "Astronaut," the latest immersive planetarium show take you from Earth into space...and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body.  Discover the perils that lurk in space as subject Chad, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.  "Astronaut" is an experience like nothing on Earth.

Target Audience: Ages 8 and up.


Dinosaurs at Dusk - The Origins of Flight

Travel back in time through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous geological periods in search of the ancestors of modern-day birds, the feathered dinosaurs.

Join a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly, as they travel back in time navigating from continent to continent, exploring an Earth teeming with dinosaurs in search for clues on the origins of flight.

Racing against time, they paraglide through ancient skies with Quetzalcoatlus, flee from raptors and traverse deserts with Argentinosaurus. They walk through rain forests, climb ice cliffs, sail over primordial seas and parachute into a huge sinkhole in their search for the first flying birds. When time runs out they even experience first-hand the cataclysmic ‘final day' of the dinosaurs.

Target Audience: Ages 8 and up.


Super Volcanoes

Travel to the center of the Earth for a front row seat of the forces that shape the Earth. See the layers of the Earth, will witness the movement of tectonic plates, and see evidence for how different geoscience processes have shaped our geologic history. The program also moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our Solar System. 

Target Audience: Ages 8 and up.


Black Holes - The Other Side of Infinity

Journey to the realm of black holes in this cutting-edge production, narrated by Liam Neeson. Travel to a place where the laws of energy, force, motion, and time are pushed to the limit.  Experience one of the most exciting applications of astronomy, mathematics, and physics in an immersive experience like no other. 

Target Audience: Ages 8 and up. 

Show Trailer


How Long Is the Program?
Your time under the dome will last anywhere from 60 - 90 minutes.  This includes the planetarium show, live sky tour and Q&A.  But don't worry, it will be out-of-this-world fun!

What is the Cost?
$240 One hour planetarium show and one hour cafeteria rental
$200 One hour planetarium show only

When May I Have a Party?
Birthday parties can be scheduled on weeknights and Saturdays but are subject to facility and staff availability.  The cafeteria is not available before 6pm on weeknights. 

How Do I Book A Party?
Requests must be made 30 days in advance of party date. To request a birthday party reservation, please review the Use of Planetarium Policy and Regulations and then click here to request a reservation

Please note: The custodian and planetarium operator are not supervisors of children or adults. Birthday party hosts must ensure that proper supervision is provided.