Winter Break Programs

Child playing in the snow.
2019 Winter Break Activities

Winter Breaks
December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020

Museum Hours:

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Opening at 1 p.m. on January 1 and 3, 2020

Winter Break Family Performances

12 p.m.
Free

Benjammin playing a guitar.
Benjammin

December 27, 2019
Sing, dance, and play instruments in this interactive concert for the whole family.

Gemini with one twin holding a violin and the other twin holding a guitar.
Gemini in Concert

December 30, 2019
This musical duo will entertain the whole family with their music and songs.

Joe Reilly sitting cross legged on grass holding a guitar.
Joe Reilly

December 31, 2019
Sing along to songs about nature and finding peace.

John Dudley holding a toy raccoon and a magic wand.
John Dudley

January 2, 2020
Be amazed by this magician extraordinaire! You will laugh and wonder how he did that.

Special Planetarium Shows

Title graphic for the planetarium show George and Oatmeal Save Santa. A snowman, Santa Claus, and a wizard are pointing up to the sky.
George and Oatmeal Save Santa
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.
Grades pre-K to 3rd
Santa Claus is missing! Mrs. Claus is worried and asks Oatmeal the snowman to help find him. Join Oatmeal and his friend George, the planetarium wizard, as they travel the world and learn constellation stories from different cultures.

Title graphic for the planetarium show Season of Light.
Season of Light
Monday-Friday 1 p.m.
Explore how fires, candles, Christmas trees, and even Santa Claus became a part of our holiday season. Learn about astronomical events that may account for the Star of Bethlehem.

Title graphic for the planetarium show Space Shapes.
Space Shapes FREE!
Monday-Friday 12 p.m.
There are many shapes in both the day and night sky. Within this short program aimed at young children, our narrator introduces his audience to the motions and shapes of objects that make up our solar system.

Title graphic for the planetarium show Ice Worlds
Ice Worlds
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m.
Grades 5 and up
Ice is found in the rings of Saturn, the mountain-sized dirty snowballs we call comets, the moons of the outer solar system, and the polar regions of the Earth. Studies of this frozen material help us better understand our world.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Michigan Winter Skies. Image of the State of Michigan from space showing lights from the cities.
    Michigan Winter Skies
    Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m.
    November 30, 2019-January 2, 2020
    Grades 4 and up
    Within this live, participatory program, come learn about some of the "celestial wonders" that can be seen overhead here in Michigan. From constellations to passes of the Space Station, you'll be able to enjoy the sky from your own backyard.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Mystery of the Christmas Star.
    Mystery of the Christmas Star.
    Daily at 3 p.m.
    Grades 3 and up
    Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the Magi followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

    Title graphic for the planetarium show Let It Snow.
    Let It Snow
    Monday-Friday at 4 p.m.
    All Ages
    Celebrate the winter season with this holiday music show. Artistic impressions of various popular holiday music come to life on the dome, transporting the entire family to a magical wonderland of music and light.