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Dipper’s Adventure

Dipper the Bear takes young students on a fun-filled, interactive camping adventure to discover constellations, our moon, and other daytime and nighttime objects in the sky. This live, educator-led program is great for first-time visitors to the planetarium.

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show

Join Miss Trudy, along with her puppet pals Sheldon the Sheepdog and Frederick the Mouse, on an imaginative, multidisciplinary exploration of the art and science of the seasons. Young students will enjoy songs, stories, and educational activities sprinkled with laughter and fun as they discover the exciting surprises awaiting them in Miss Trudy’s Trunk!

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Flight of the Butterflies (Planetarium Show) and Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies (Class).

Available to Grades: PS, Pre-K, K

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.50 per student & chaperone

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Elmo’s friend Hu Hu Zhu visits Sesame Street and discovers that Elmo can see the same stars that he sees in China. He and your students will also learn how to locate the Moon, the Big Dipper, and the North Star.

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Winter/Spring Exhibition - Finding Vivian Maier Guided Tour

What are the odds of a camera-toting babysitter becoming a famous photographer? Vivian Maier (1926-2009) worked as a nanny for about forty years on Chicago’s North Shore, taking candid shots of people while on field trips with her young charges. Children playing tag, ladies admiring shop windows, and men waiting for the bus are among the approximately 100,000 photographs by Maier, which were shot in black and white and later color film. Maier became an instant celebrity posthumously when an anonymous trunk of undeveloped film came up at auction in 2009. The purchaser later posted the images on the Internet, catching the attention of art critics world-wide. Students will discuss the difference between traditional photography and digital imagery, learn what makes a successful composition, and talk about the art tradition of street photography.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Bright Light (Class) and Seeing! (Planetarium Show). 

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Guided Tours   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, History & Social Studies
Cost: $1.50 per student & chaperone