Enjoy a celestial holiday experience at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium, on the Ocean County College campus in Toms River. The facility is hosting a number of new and special events this month, including a Dec. 31 show to usher in the new year.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, bring the youngsters to see “Khrumka’s Adventure In The Winter Forest” at 11:30 a.m., with a magic wand craft session a half hour prior to the show. Join Khrumka and his friends as they journey through the fairytale winter forest, watch the Northern Lights, witness the flight of an asteroid and admire the constellations of the winter sky.
Then, the brand-new “Harold Shale’s Christmas Sing-Along” debuts at 12:30 p.m. on the 8th, preceded by ornament craft-making.
“Let It Snow,” at 2 p.m.; “Season of Light,” at 5:30 p.m.; “Wonders Of The Holiday Sky,” at 7 p.m.; and “Laser Holidays,” at 8:30 p.m., cap off that Saturday’s shows.
The following Saturday, Dec. 15, also features “Khrumka’s Adventures” and craft, as well as the Harold Shale program and craft, at the same times as the weekend before.
A sensory-friendly showing of “Let It Snow” is scheduled for 2 p.m. on the 15th. As the planetarium staff explains, “Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming environment for families with children who are on the autism spectrum or may have sensory sensitivities.”
“Season of Light” – movie and star talk – plays at 5:30 p.m., followed by “Wonders of the Holiday Sky” at 7 p.m. and “Laser Holidays” at 8:30 p.m.
The lineup for Saturday, Dec. 22, mimics that of the 8th, as do the shows scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 26, minus the 5:30 presentation.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, see “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” at 10:30 a.m.; “Secret Of The Cardboard Rocket” at 11:30 a.m.; or “Laser Holidays” at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 28, features “DinoStars!” at 10:30 a.m., with a dinosaur hat craft and dino dig at 10 a.m.; “The Little Star That Could” at 11:30 a.m., preceded by a craft at 11 a.m.; and “The Stars From My Backyard” at 12:30 p.m.
The following Saturday, Dec. 29, “Khrumka’s Adventures” and craft starts at 11 a.m., followed by “The Stars From My Backyard” at 12:30 p.m., “Let It Snow” at 2 p.m., “Laser Holidays” at 3 p.m., “Laser Beatles” at 5:30 p.m., “Laser Zeppelin” at 6:45 p.m., “Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of The Moon” at 8 p.m. and “Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall” at 9:15 p.m.
And on the last day of 2018 – Monday, Dec. 31 – Novins will host three “Noon Year’s Eve” shows, at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. All three shows will be preceded by a noisemaker craft event that begins a half hour before each program.
“Join us for a New Year’s celebration that won’t ruin bedtimes!” the staff encourages. “This year’s show will be a laser-filled party, complete with a countdown ending.”
The planetarium has a number of additional shows, for all ages, throughout the winter.
To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit ocean.edu. Although advance purchase is recommended as shows often sell out, 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.