Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

Tanque Verde Elementary School students take their seats inside the theater for a projection show about the solar system.

photos by Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

Here's something to add to your list of Tucson holiday traditions — planetarium shows at Flandrau.

The kids will love the "Laser Holidays" show, which features laser lights dancing across the planetarium to popular seasonal songs like "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey and more. 

"Season of Light" will get you in the spirit by exploring the many festivals of light, including Christmas and Hanukkah, that celebrate the spirit of renewal around the Winter Solstice. You'll learn about how the festivals of light were inspired by the darkness of winter and how those traditions connect back to astronomy.

While you're there for the show, check out the Science Center Exhibits and the UA Mineral Museum. There are hands-on exhibits and cool things to look at and learn from.

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Mia Moon, 8, and Rutvik Pateo, 8, from Fulton Elementary School, help prevent a mock “uranium leak.”

Details

What: Holiday Planetarium Shows

Where: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd.

When: The Science Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays (Closed on Christmas and New Years day)

Cost: $16 adults; $12 children 4 to 17; free for children 3 and under. Price includes admission to the Science Center exhibits, UA Mineral Museum and one planetarium show. (Single item pricing is available)

Holiday show schedule

When: November 24, 2016 - January 7, 2017

Monday

*2 p.m. Season of Light

4 p.m. Laser Holidays

Tuesday

*2 p.m. Season of Light

4 p.m. Touring the Solar System

Wednesday

*2 p.m. Season of Light

4 p.m. Black Holes

Thursday

*2 p.m. Season of Light

4 p.m. Tucson Sky and Beyond

Friday

*2 p.m. Season of Light

4 p.m. Perfect Little Planet

5 p.m. Mysteries of the Unseen World

6 p.m. Touring the Solar System

7 p.m. Season of Light

8 p.m. Tucson Sky and Beyond

9 p.m. Laser Holidays

Saturday

Noon We Are Stars

1 p.m. Touring the Solar System

2 p.m. Season of Lights

3 p.m. Tucson Sky and Beyond

4 p.m. We Are Stars

5.p.m. Mysteries of the Unseen World

6 p.m. Laser Holidays

7 p.m. Season of Lights

8 p.m. Asteroid: Mission Extreme

9 p.m. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

Sunday

1 p.m. We Are Stars

2 p.m. Touring the Planets

3 p.m. Season of Light

4 p.m. Laser Holidays


*2 p.m. shows do not begin until Tuesday Dec. 12th

Note: There will be no shows on December 18, 19 and 20.

Angela Pittenger | This Is Tucson