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Use the Planetarium for Your Special Event!

You Can Book the Planetarium for:Special event at planetarium

  • Birthday Parties (with or without a personalized show)
  • Special educational needs (for your class or educational group) 
  • Group Meetings
  • Corporate Events
  • Camp Recreational Events
  • Weddings and other special events which require space
  • School field trips (go to the School Programs page: click here)

To see our fees for use of the Planetarium space for differing functions, click here.

Parties:

Birthday partyThe Planetarium has accommodated groups of various sizes for special parties.  Birthdays are always a favorite, and can include use of the outer ring to set up refreshments and other party activities which you bring in, but may also include, if you choose, a planetarium show to help make the occasion truly memorable. Click here to read more.

 Recreational Events - Camps, Youth Groups, Clubs

 What child doesn't remember fondly the amazing first trip they ever took to a planetarium?  Your group of youngsters or adults will be thrilled to enjoy a special presentation at the Planetarium, which can be one of our regular offerings, or a show tailored to your group's special interests.

 

Weddings and Other Celebrations

 A young couple who loved astronomy, booked the Planetarium for their wedding for a memorable occasion.  They enjoyed a service in the Star Chamber, under the virtual stars, a reception in the Planetarium's outer ring, and even a special group entertainment in the form of a Planetarium presentation chosen by them from the Planetarium's special offerings. And the nice part... despite being under the night sky, there was no chance of inclement weather inside the dome!

 Special Educational Classes:

Are you studying something with your class or educational group that would benefit from a specialized presentation by a physicist or astronomer in the Planetarium? Take advantage of our full-dome image capacity to display slides or video clips, and even use the planetarium projector to demonstrate different concepts in space.  We can design a custom show for you on a topic of your choosing, or you can bring your concept to us and we'll help integrate it into the Planetarium software to make full use of our incredible visual technology. Whether you design it or we design it, it's bound to be a memorable experience for your audience.

 Corporate Events

 An engineering firm was using WKU as a site for its annual "retreat" and training seminars for its staff, and booked the Planetarium for a special entertaining presentation which had educational overtones. The Planetarium staff arranged for a custom show tailored specifically to the group's interests and presented by professional astro-physicists. Whether it's space for a meeting, a place to use the Planetarium's incredible full-dome visual technology for an impressive workshop presentation, or simply and exciting, enthralling and educational show, the Planetarium can serve your group's needs.

Group Meetings

The Planetarium building is used for its space capability by outside groups wanting a lobby area for a social get-together or reception, a group auditorium seating 110 adults (more for small children), and a small classroom for a more intimate group. A restroom is on the premises, along with running water, as well.  If it's just a space you need for your group gathering, consider the Planetarium building for a quiet, aesthetic location.

School Programs

The Planetarium is available to present special educational programs to schools during the school day. Programs are also available during non-school hours for a nominal charge.  For more information, click here.

 

For further information, call 270-745-4044 or email us at hardin.planetarium@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 9/24/14