Rowan Planetarium offers "cardboard rocket" show for children

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Have you ever wanted to build a space ship? In the family show at Edelman Planetarium on Jan. 17, two children do exactly that… and find that it works!

Have you ever wanted to build a space ship? In the family show at Edelman Planetarium on Jan. 17, two children do exactly that… and find that it works!

In The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, the children build a rocket ship out of a large cardboard box. To their surprise, the rocket blasts off and takes them on a voyage through our solar system. Moreover, an astronomy book they obtained from the local library talks to them, teaching them about the planets. After several exciting adventures, they return to Earth with a new sense of wonder about our solar system.

Cardboard Rocket plays at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger, and $3 for seniors older than 60. Family shows are suitable for children five years of age and older (very young children often do not react well to the unusual planetarium environment). The show is about 45 minutes in length.

Family shows at the Edelman Planetarium are a new type of offering, allowing families with young children to attend the planetarium during the day to see a show designed especially for them. A schedule of upcoming family shows and other planetarium information is available at the Web site, www.rowan.edu/planetarium/.

(Note to parents: if your child has attended the planetarium as part of a school field trip in the past few years, he or she may have already seen this show.)

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