Space...the final frontier. Well, today we're in Flint and at the Longway Planetarium but it's still a way to explore space and all it's magic!
Longway Planetarium is where kids can delve into the depths of the universe and the stars, and their feet don't even need to leave the ground!
The planetarium holds classes on the solar system, as well as general science where kids can learn in an inspirational setting. Who knew learning could be fun! The planetarium also hosts laser shows to both schools and the general public which are pretty cool!
Did you know that they have radically renovated too, which means shows everyday! These shows rotate too, which means you can always go back and see something new time and time again. It's a brilliant way for kids to learn. Maybe they will go home experts in the Moon phases, or be able to just look up an recognize the constellations around them.
They have a 16m dome, new epicentric seating, barrier-free access and a pretty impressive Dolby sound system!
Throughout the year, planetarium shows are offered to schoolchildren as well as adults. During the school year, weekend public shows are offered. In summer, there are shows during the week. Just check ahead to see what you want to experience!
The shows can teach you about the planets, or explain how the sun is so hot. You can uncover what lies past our own solar system, or even explore the skies right above your head in Michigan!
During the holiday season (Halloween and Christmas) special holiday-themed shows are offered too. The planetarium staff also conducts telescope workshops, star parties and laser rock shows.
So kids - are you ready to go where no man has gone before? Well, are you ready to visit a place where many families can gone before, to explore that final frontier you hear so much about?
Great family fun with magic, wonder, amazement and plenty of learning. Sounds like the perfect family day out to us!
Longway Planetarium is located on the Flint Cultural Center Campus.Get directions
$4 (Ages 2-11)
Seniors $4 and members
Groups bringing lunches can eat in the Halfway Café, a 1950s style diner inside Sloan Museum, adjacent to Longway Planetarium.
The first Friday of every month at 6pm they host a fun event or interesting lecture!
Longway Planetarium’s gift shop offers science-themed souvenirs, educational toys, and everyone’s favorite… astronaut ice cream! YUM!
Longway Planetarium hosts 60,000 schoolchildren during field trips per year. Choose from a variety of hands-on science and history programs for your school group. Programs are aligned with Common Core State Standards. Call 810-237-3409 to book field trips, or visit Longway.org to view their education guide.
Longway Planetarium is handicapped accessible, with barrier free access to the dome.