Space Sciences & Planetarium


The Gladwin Planetarium is the only planetarium on the Central Coast that features live, multimedia shows. You can tour the constellations of the night sky, fly through the Milky Way galaxy, and explore the surface of the Moon. 

June 2, 2018 - September 3, 2018

Habitat Earth
Showtimes: Weekdays at 3:00 PM, Weekends at 2:00 PM
Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ latest original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. Produced by the California Academy of Sciences and distributed by Evans & Sutherland.
Run Time: 40 minutes
Age appropriateness: General audiences. Recommended for children 5 & up.

Kids' Space Adventure
Showtimes: Weekdays at 2:00 PM, Weekends at 1:00 PM
Come and ask questions about space and the universe! Kid’s Space Adventure is an interactive live presentation where you can find answers about the planets, constellations, comets, asteroids, galaxies and much more!
Run Time: 30 minutes
Age appropriateness: Families with children. Recommended for children 5 & up.

Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars
Showtimes: Weekends at 11:00 AM
This live presentation for families with children five years and under features a different topic every week. Come back, again and again, to learn about stars, planets, constellations, and more!
Run Time: 15 minutes
Age appropriateness: Families with young children.

Universe: User's Guide
Showtimes: Weekends at 3:00 PM
Enjoy a simplified explanation of the main concepts in astronomy. We will explore the how and why of eclipses, space travel, supernovas and so much more, even some astrology! Each discussion will be followed by a tour of the current night sky and, we will offer a new topic every month!
Run Time: 40 minutes
Age appropriateness: General audiences. Recommended for children 10 & up.

What's Up
Showtimes: Weekdays at 1:00 PM, Weekends at 12:00 PM
Start off this new program with a guided tour of our newly renovated observatory and take a look through our state-of-the-art telescopes. Then join us for an exciting, virtual journey through our Solar System in the Gladwin Planetarium. During this live presentation, we will be discussing recent astronomical news and discoveries!
Run Time: 40 minutes
Age Appropriateness: General audiences. Recommended for children 10 & up.

Weekend Showtimes
11:00 AM Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars
12:00 PM What’s Up
1:00 PM Kids’ Space Adventure
2:00 PM Habitat Earth
3:00 PM Universe: User’s Guide

Information: Call Javier Rivera, Astronomy Programs Manager, at 805-682-4711 ext. 173 or