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Planetarium Rental Information Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age recommended for a children’s planetarium party? Children should be at least 6 years and older, please keep in mind that your group will be inside a dark room for about one hour and for some children this can be a bit scary.

When is the Planetarium available for rental?
The Planetarium is available for rental on Friday Evenings between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. All reservations are based on staff, date and time availability. The Planetarium is closed during August and September each year and on Sundays.

Can I reserve the Planetarium during a weekday?
No - the Planetarium is not a standalone facility and serves as the main classroom for the college Astronomy Department, therefore it is not available for private events when classes are in session which is Monday to Thursday

Can I reserve the Planetarium on a Saturday evening?
No, during our regular public programming of Astronomy and Laser shows (which are presented from late September to early April) we are unable to reserve private events on Saturday evenings.

How can I reserve the Planetarium for my event?
Call or email our office and let us know the date and time you are interested in. Once date and staff are available we can then reserve the facility. We highly recommend inquiring a month or more in advance.

Why do I need a month or more in advance to reserve the Planetarium?
We need a month in advance notice to ensure that our staff is available for your rental and for better chance of date availability.

Why can't I just call and reserve a party for this weekend? Why do you have to check if staff is available?
The Planetarium does not have regular staff for private rentals and since our presenters are only scheduled as needed we require time to check their availability.

When is my reservation secure?
Once a presenter is available for your date, a rental agreement is emailed or faxed to you. When the rental agreement and deposits are returned to our office, your reservation is then secure. As a courtesy we will hold the date and time while the rental agreement is returned to our office.

Is there a limit on the number of guests that may attend my party?
Yes - due to space limitations The "Basic" Fee allows for up to 139 attendees but no use of lobby for food or beverage.

The "Birthday Celebration" Fee rental, which allows you use of the lobby for sit down service of food and beverage, is limited to a maximum number of 65 and includes all children and adults in your party – please note that due to space limitation in lobby, seating is only available for 30 people.

Can I bring additional tables and chairs and set them up outside?
No - additional tables and chairs cannot be set up outside the Planetarium Facility. All walkways and exit ways must be kept clear at all times.

Why are the limitations on the number of people allowed to attend?
We need to allow for exit ways to remain clear of obstacles in case of emergency, in addition the lobby area is not sized to accommodate large groups of people.

Do you have a kitchen area where food can be prepared?
Unfortunately we do not have a kitchen prep or cook area, we recommend serving foods that do not require on site preparation such as pizza, sandwiches, finger foods, etc.. or food that is catered.

Do you allow piñatas and or bouncy houses at Planetarium parties?
No – piñatas or bouncy houses are not allowed.

Do you allow magicians or character impersonators at Planetarium parties?
You are welcome to have them at your party, but please let our staff know in advance.

What do I get when I reserve the Planetarium?
Based on the type of event being held, you and your guests get private use of the Planetarium, a Full Dome Star Show of your choosing and a tour of the night sky and use of the lobby.

Does the rental include food, beverages, cake or any other items?
No, the rental only grants you private use of the Planetarium, a Full Dome Star Show, a tour of the night sky and use of the lobby depending on the rental option you choose.

What is the difference between a Full Dome Star Show and a Laser show?
Full Dome Star shows contain fun, engaging and educational information about the solar system, the stars, the constellations, etc... Laser light shows only contain music which is accompanied by images created by Laser lights, these are projected onto the dome (minimum recommended age for Laser light shows is 15 years and older).

How long are the Full Dome Star shows?
Our shows vary in length, some are 30, 35, 40 or 45 minutes long, but we add a tour of the night sky to each one, which brings the entire presentation to about an hour long.

What is a "tour of the night sky"?
A tour of the night sky is a live presentation inside the Dome where our Astronomer displays the Stars using the Star Projector and identifies constellations and planets that are visible at night, during any given season.

If I want to have a Laser show for my party, instead of an Astronomy show, what is the cost?
Arrangements can be made to have a Laser show instead of an Astronomy show for your party. Please add $200 in addition to the current rental rate.

If I reserve the Planetarium and want a Laser show do I also get an Full Dome Star Show?
When you reserve the Planetarium and you choose a Laser show, your presentation will be a Laser show instead of an Full Dome Star Show and not both presentations.

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