Winter Break Programs

Winter Break Programs
2017 Winter Break Activities

December 26, 2017 - January 5, 2018
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Theater Performances at Noon

    Adam Mellema, Stories
    December 27, 2017
    12 p.m.
    Storyteller, actor, and children's movie and television producer Adam Mellema returns to Kalamazoo with warm, cozy stories perfect for counting down to a new year!

    Joe Reilly, Music

    December 29, 2017
    12 p.m.
    Joe Reilly, singer-songwriter and educator from Ann Arbor, uses his music as an invitation to heal our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth. Joe will perform environmental songs for kids of all ages, including songs from his most recent children's album, The Circle.

    Steve Barber, Music
    January 3, 2018
    12 p.m.
    Steve Barber is a retired teacher and elementary principal who will share stories and songs from his life and his family to help others talk about their own families and their own stories.

    Jenifer Strauss, Stories

    January 5, 2018
    12 p.m.
    Join storyteller and Michigan Touring Artist Jenifer Strauss for a storytelling program sure to warm your toes. In this interactive program for kids and their families, find out how rabbit tricks fox, meet a family that lives in a snowflake, and learn why Thomas always wrestles with his snowsuit!

Planetarium Shows for Families

  • Family Program: Season of Light
    Monday-Friday at 11 am
    November 24, 2017 - January 5, 2018
    Near the time of the winter solstice we experience the longest nights of the year. During this season we engage in traditions that can be traced back to distant ancestors who celebrated the Sun’s annual return to the North. 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.

  • Family Program: SpacePark 360
    Monday-Friday at 2 pm
    Through January 5, 2018
    Travel through an amusement park that spans our solar system. Computer-generated graphics create unique but somewhat familiar rides at each of the planets and some of their moons. Nine breathtaking rides will lead us to each planet as we learn a few facts about each one.

  • Stargazing Program: Orion Nights

    Monday-Friday 3 p.m.
    Through January 5, 2018
    During cold winter nights, the bright stars of Orion the Hunter twinkle overhead. In this autumn constellation program, learn to find stars within the constellations and how they go through a cycle of birth, aging, and death as their fuel is consumed.

  • Music Light Show: Let It Snow
    Monday-Friday 1 p.m.
    November 24, 2017 - January 5, 2018
    "Let It Snow" is a treat for the eyes and ears, featuring festive full-dome video images choreographed to classic Christmas music. Enjoy seasonal tunes by Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives, and Brenda Lee, and a finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This fun animated show will have kids, parents, and grandparents humming or singing along to some of the classics associated with the holiday season. This show is both fun and suitable for any age.

  • Music Light Show: Journey to Space
    Monday-Friday 4 p.m.
    Through January 5, 2018
    Humans have an inherent need to explore what lies beyond the horizon. This drive combined with emerging technologies has opened up new vistas for us to contemplate. Where will humans go after the Space Shuttle Program has ended?