Novins Planetarium Hosts Special Events for Kids in April

Mar 26, 2018
Source: Ocean County College

Take the kids for a celestial experience next month at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium on the Ocean County College campus in Toms River. On Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 28, the planetarium presents “Harold Shale: The Comet with No Tail,” for ages 3 and older. The event includes crafts at 10:30 a.m. and a show at 11 a.m.

“Way out in space, far from Earth, there’s a place called the Ort Cloud where baby comets are born,” Novins staff explains. “Once they learn what they are, baby comets – also called puppy comets – need to get an orbit and a tail. Take a trip through the solar system with Harold as he makes friends searching for his orbit and help Harold discover the way to get his tail.”

And on Saturday, April 7, ages 5 and older can attend “The Aurora Borealis: What Are Those Cool Lights?” PJ Party, with crafts at 1:30 p.m. and the show at 2 p.m.

“Join us for this fun-filled variety show,” the planetarium staff encourages. “We’ll learn about science and astronomy while singing, dancing to laser songs and viewing the wonders of the night sky. Don’t forget to wear your PJs!”

Tickets for both kids shows are $10 for all seats. Advance purchase is recommended as these shows often sell out.

Other special events next month include Roman Zavada: Résonances Boréales – a live 360-degree piano performance inspired by the aurora borealis of the Northwest Territories – at 2 p.m. on April 20, 21 and 22, and at 7 p.m. on April 20 and April 21. Also, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21, the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area will offer free activities as part of Astronomy Day.

The planetarium has a number of additional shows, for all ages, scheduled throughout April.

To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit ocean.edu. Tickets also go on sale at the door a half hour before the day’s first show. Call 732-255-0342 for recorded show information. —J.K.H.

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