Sensory Friendly Shows.

The Abrams Planetarium offers sensory friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. These shows will run with the lights up, the sound down, and the theater doors open so people can move about as needed. We also provide a place to "chill out" in our lobby. All shows include a live star talk about what is up in the sky that night. We will include a short break between the main show and star talk. Information about what to expect during the show will be provided when you purchase tickets.

Admission prices for all shows are:

  • Adults, $4.50
  • Students and senior citizens, $4.00
  • Children (age 12 and under), $3.50

Show tickets are not sold in advance. Ticket sales begin 30 minutes prior to showtime. All shows include a current sky talk and last about an hour.

Feature Show.

11:30 a.m.

In a feast of colors and sounds, Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe makes a tour of 6 Mayan temples: San Gervasio, Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Edzná, Palenque and Bonampak where the spectator dives into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like the Sun, the Moon and Venus.

Sensory Notes:

The show is in a vivid virtual world talking you into the dense forest to ancient Mayan temples. There are several instances where you will see large plants swaying over you and it can feel looming at moments. Generally, the motions and lighting effects are slow and more subtle though. The sound levels remain fairly constant.


Family Show.

1:00 p.m.

You don't need a spaceship to learn about the sun, moon, and stars-just a little imagination! When Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take an imaginary trip to the moon, they learn amazing things along the way.

Sensory Notes:

Generally the show makes you feel like you are in the middle of Sesame Street or the moon. At times you only see the night sky and characters will pop in an out of the scene in a green circle. This show uses directional sound, so sound levels will change as a character moves around the dome. This show also stars Elmo, the red monster, who can get very excited sometimes and his voice gets louder.


Sensory Notes for All Shows:

During the Star Talk, it will get quite dark, but some lights will remain on. We will end our show with our Mobius loop that feels like a very fast, spinning roller coaster. We will give a warning before starting and give people a chance to leave if they wish.


Before you visit the Abrams Planetarium, take a virtual tour of our building: