What happens when a frisky little polar bear named Lars ventures out on the first day of spring? He explores his Arctic home, meets new friends, and saves some endangered whales. Lars the Little Polar Bear is the beloved star of a children's book "Little Polar Bear and the Whales" authored by Hans de Beer in 2008. It's the perfect basis for a fulldome show to teach young children about nature, climate change — and a little astronomy.
The first part of the show features illustrations from the book, enhanced by clever animations. Lars spends the first day of spring exploring near his home, discovering a ship wreck, and cavorting with a cormorant. Then, he makes friends with a group of beluga whales and a giant sperm whale.
We learn about how real polar bears live, why they have small ears and tails, what they eat, and how the melting of Arctic sea ice is affecting their habitat. A short star talk section introduces the Arctic night sky, the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, as well as Polaris, the North Star, and the star patterns of the Big and Little Dipper.
You can also purchase your tickets at the door via a credit card. We are not able to handle cash transactions. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Seating is on a first-come basis. No late arrivals! We cannot admit guests after show has started. Please arrive on time.
Our planetariums shows are open to all ages but here are some things to consider. Matinee shows are usually geared for kids 7 and under. Evening shows are generally geared for ages 8 and up, lasting anywhere from 60 - 90 minutes. Weather and time permitting we will include telescope viewing. Dress appropriately for the weather. The Cosmic Concert Music Series shows are definitely best suited for young adults and adults. All guests should be comfortable with sitting in the dark for an extended period of time. We want everyone to have a great time and be inspired by the awesomeness of the universe.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 633 - 4455 ext 4923 with questions.