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Schools & Groups

A field trip to the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center is an interactive learning adventure for groups of all ages. The shows at Delta's Planetarium bring science to life and encourage an excitement for learning.

Children at the Planetarium

Groups

At the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center, your group will explore facts about the universe that will stay with them long after they've left. We offer a wide library of full dome movies for school and group visits. Each program is approximately one hour in length, and features a full dome movie and a live tour of the night sky by a show presenter. Full dome movie length varies, but is approximately 30 minutes. The live portion may also feature discussion of recent events, hot topics in astronomy, and a questions-and-answers session. Each show usually concludes with a virtual rollercoaster ride. We also have a small library of physical science demonstrations available upon request when you make your reservation.

Scouts

Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center's Scout program features an hour long live, interactive planetarium show led by one of our planetarium show presenters, focusing on age appropriate astronomy and space science for your Scouts. Any of our programs can be adapted to include content geared towards a particular merit badge or award, or any other content relevant to your particular Scout group.  

Scouts in Grade 1 - 2

This program will help the youngest scouts to identify different kinds of objects in the night sky, such as stars, planets, constellations and Moon. It will also go into some brief detail about scientists and explorers that helped further our understanding of outer space. This program can be modified to meet the requirements for a merit badge or award as needed.

Scouts in Grade 3 - 6

Designed for younger scouts, this program focuses on identifying objects in the sky, such as stars, constellations and planets, and the scientific explanations of their behavior as observed in the night sky. A discussion of the different methods humans use to explore the universe will culminate in a journey to three planets in our solar system to compare and contrast their properties. This program can be modified to meet the requirements for a merit badge or award as needed.

Scouts in Grade 7 and Up

This program for older scouts will focus on the scientific explanations for phenomenon observed from Earth (e.g. the motions of Sun and Moon, the seasons, phases of the moon, planetary motion, etc.). The program will spend time identifying constellations and planets in the night sky and pointing out some of their properties. We will also examine the surfaces of Moon and Sun, as well as explore the nature of the Sun and how it relates to the stars. This program can be modified to meet the requirements for a merit badge or award as needed.

Make Your Reservation

All groups from schools or other organizations must have reservations. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance of when you would like to come. 

Before you call

Check our Group Show Schedule at the bottom of this page to see when programs are offered.
Check your transportation availability.
Have a first and second choice of possible dates and times.
Schools and private groups can choose any title from our Show Library.
Please note:  A minimum of one week notice is required for any cancellations. Failure to cancel in advance will result in being charged a $75 fee, except for weather issues or other verifiable reasons acceptable to Delta College.

Reservation information

  • Age level
  • Number of children, adults, seniors in group
  • Name of person in charge of group
  • Organization name, address and phone number
  • Preferred dates and times with first and second choices
  • If you have a group with disabled individuals, please inform us when you make reservations so we may plan with you to try to meet their special needs.
  • Show you would like to see. Visit our Show Library for complete list of shows.

Before you come

  • If you have children or students, please arrange for 1 adult chaperone for every 10 children. Chaperons are required to supervise groups at all times.
  • Review expected behavior with your group if you have children.
  • Collect admission fees prior to your arrival.

When you arrive

  • Allow at least 15 minutes before the scheduled program start time.
  • Person(s) in charge of group must check in at the Gift Shop to verify numbers and pay fees.
  • Enter the building at the Water Street main entrance (across from Wenonah Park) if you are arriving by bus. Buses may drop groups off at this door and park there during your visit. Water Street in Bay City is a two way street and signs indicate the best location for bus loading and unloading. Cars should park in the Planetarium parking lot off Sixth Street.
  • Attend to personal needs prior to being seated in the Planetarium Theater.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in the theater
  • Before and after the show, you are welcome to take pictures in the theater. Once the show starts, however, please refrain from taking pictures or using your cell phone.
  • Due to dark conditions during the program, anyone who leaves will not be readmitted. Chaperons must supervise children using restrooms.
Group Admission Costs
Private Group Admission

Private groups can pick from any of the Dome360 shows.
For private groups of 20 or more people, ticket prices are $7 per person, regardless of age.
There is a $140 minimum charge per show for all private groups with numbers of 20 or less.
Payment is due prior to or on the day of your scheduled program. Please make checks payable to Delta College. Discover, MasterCard and VISA are also accepted.
Our theater seats 146 plus we have an additional 6 handicap accessible spots. Due to Fire Codes, standing is prohibited.

School Group Admission

School groups can pick from any of the Dome360 shows.
Ticket prices are $3 per student. One free teacher per class, all additional adults are $3 per person. 
Payment is due prior to or on the day of your scheduled program. Make checks payable to Delta College. Checks from schools written in advance for reserved headcounts will be deposited for that amount. Change will not be tendered.  Discover, MasterCard and VISA are also accepted.
School groups of similar ages may be combined from multiple schools.  Our theater seats 146 plus we have an additional 6 handicap accessible spots. Due to Fire Codes, standing is prohibited.
We do not have rooms available for dining. 

Scouts

Ticket prices are $5 per person.
The group leader will be responsible for collecting ticket fees for individual scouts, so that there is only one payment made from the scout group to the planetarium. 
Payment is due prior to or on the day of your scheduled program. Make checks payable to Delta College. Checks from scout leaders written in advance for reserved headcounts will be deposited for that amount. Change will not be tendered. Discover, MasterCard and VISA are also accepted.
Our theater seats 146 plus we have an additional 6 handicap accessible spots. Due to Fire Codes, standing is prohibited.

Group Show Schedule
September - May

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – 10:30am & 12:30pm

June - August

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – Time arranged with group leader

Scouts

Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm to 6pm