Birthdays

Come celebrate you or a family member’s birthday with us! Your group will have a stellar time blasting by colorful planets, learning about heroes and monsters in the sky, and exploring cosmos with friends to find cool constellations. Come down to Earth to wrap up the celebration in a provided room where you can open presents and have a blast.

Important: Although our programs are family friendly, there are not intended for children under 4 because they might find the darkness alarming.

“Thank you so much for a fantastic planetarium experience yesterday. My daughter loved it as well as the rest of the kids. Parents were very impressed and also learned a lot from your presentation.” – Jason


Show Format

The planetarium program is 55-60 minutes long and costs $150 for parties under 20 children. If there are between 20-40 kids, the cost is $175. The program consists of:

  1. Introduction and a brief activity (turn your name into a personal constellation) (10 minutes)
  2. Live presentation that includes a tour of the current night time sky in the city and in the country (15-20 min) and one of the topics of your choice from this selection.
  3. Want to extend your visit? Add on one of our out-of-this-world activities to make your birthday party complete! The activities start at $40 depending on the activity and the size of the group.
  4. You can request a free room for presents that you bring. Please note, we do not provide food or beverages for your party.

How do you sign up?

You go to this form and provide:

  • Contact information and approximate number of guests.
  • Dates and times you’re interested in (please choose a date at least 2 weeks from today’s date).
  • Your choice of show.
  • Choice of optional activities.
  • Optional request of a party room (30 minutes before the program begins and 45 minutes after the program is over).

After you submit your request, you will receive an email usually within 1-2 business days confirming the available time and date with an invoice.


Show Options

Show

Solar System Exploration
Blast off into our solar system and see close up powerful storms, beautiful ring systems, and fascinating moons. After exploring the solar system and how it came to be, enjoy a gorgeous clear night in the planetarium away from city lights. Look for familiar constellations like Orion and maybe some new ones like Pegasus or Leo. Our show will be a beginner’s guide to the constellations and will equip you to enjoy the beauty of the night sky.

Greek Mythology
Crash onto the shores of ancient Greece and learn where the gods and heroes rest in the sky. Follow the hero Hercules as he completes his labors and clashes with mythical creatures such as Leo the lion and the multi-headed serpent, Hydra. Shield your eyes from Medusa as Perseus attempts to behead the beast. Learn to identify the constellations that immortalize the myths. Bring the stars to life and party with demi-gods for your next birthday.

Space Highlights (astronomical wonders)
Get the cosmic highlights from the solar system to the farthest corners of the universe. Check out the Northern Lights and see how they are caused by solar flares. Travel with New Horizons and Curiosity to explore planets and distant moons up close. Once our own solar system is behind us, marvel at exoplanets in different systems and peer into a black hole while learning about gravitational waves. See the future when our own Milky Way collides with our galactic neighbor Andromeda. Finally, go back in time into the depths of space with the Hubble Deep Field telescope and see the earliest times of our universe.

Starry Safari
Take a trip with us as we travel though space finding the animals of the night sky and hearing their stories! We’ll test out our animal finding skills by finding the animals in the stars. A great show for ages 4 and up.

***Please note that stargazing requires complete darkness. You if have a child that is afraid of the dark we invite you to come with your child. Even feel free to bring a blanket or a favorite stuffed animal (please nothing that lights up or makes noise)!

Activities

Show

Uniview
Zoom around the universe and look at your favorite space objects and see them up close. Our Uniview software simulates space travel in real time and allows us to visualize stellar beauties near and far.

Cup a constellation
Make your favorite constellation on a cup with tacks and use a flashlight to shine your constellation on the dome for everyone to see! (Activity not suggested for children under 10)


Print your own Invitations/Thank You

Invite-PDF Thank You (Text Box)

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the show?
Our shows run around 60 min. This includes stargazing and questions.

How long can I have the party room?
You can have the party room 30 min before your program starts and 45 minutes after it’s conclusion.

How far in advance should I book a Birthday Party?
We ask that you book at least two weeks in advance.

Does UWM cater for birthday parties?
We do not offer food or beverages for parties.

Does the Manfred Olson Planetarium offer membership discounts on Birthday Parties?
We do not at this time.

Am I allowed to decorate the planetarium before guests arrive?
You are not allowed to decorate the Planetarium itself, but you are allowed to decorate your party room. Please leave the party room in the same or better condition than you found it.

Does the Planetarium provide invitations or thank you notes?
Yes! We provide both!

How early should your guests arrive?
Please arrive 10 minutes before the show start time. Please allow your child time to use the restroom.

How far in advance should I pay for a Birthday Party?
We ask that we receive your payment two weeks before your private show.