We are delighted that you would like to use the Hardin Planetarium for your celebration!
Here are some options for you to consider.
Both! You want "BOTH-A-SHOW-AND-A-PARTY":
Many groups will start with one of our regular, age-appropriate shows in the star chamber. Then they move to the tables in the Planetarium Ring for their food, presents, etc.
We provide a show: $120 for first forty-five minutes; $80 for each additional half-hour. There is a party in the Ring afterwards (or before) at $40 for each half-hour.
Often, parties like to come here for a show and then go to a local nearby venue for their meal (there are plenty: CiCi's Pizza, and Chaney's Dairy Barn are within a 10-15 minute drive, just to name a few examples). Essentially, the Planetarium provides the "edutainment," on site, and the rest of the party is off site and up to you.Please follow this link for a list of all the shows we offer.
Our fees for a presentation of one of our regular shows, outside regular business hours:
$120 for first forty-five minutes; $80 for each additional half-hour
Custom shows are available: prices will be quoted depending on choice of material.
Occasionally, parties just need the space. We do not allow parties with food inside the Star Chamber, but the Ring hallway around the outside of the Chamber is a well-lit, temperature-controlled, indoor space, with museum exhibits to look at, and is available.
If you would like to use the Planetarium Ring for your party, it's a Do-it-yourself Option. (We are not set up to do catering at this time.) Bring in your own food (even your own caterer), presents, etc. We can provide the tables and chairs, garbage cans, a rest room, etc. for a limited size party of up to 30 kids. There are some strict regulations:
- Any group bringing their own party food and using the Ring space must do their own clean-up afterwards. We have a very small regular staff and this facility will need to be presentable for the public show the following day.
- Games which involve lots of motion (running, jumping, etc.) are not permissible inside the building.
- Museum exhibits must be respected and not touched.
- Children must be supervised while in the Ring, and there must be enough adult supervision for the size of the party.
Our fee structure for use of the outer Ring for party only (no show), outside regular business hours, is:
$60 for first forty-five minutes; $40 for each additional half-hour
We hope this answers most of your questions! If there are special interests beyond what we have mentioned, please contact the Planetarium so we may discuss your needs more specifically.