Friday, August 10, 2012

Morehead Planetarium Show: One World, One Sky

A few months ago now a gang of us moms took our preschoolers to see the Sesame Street show at the Morehead Planetarium: "One World, One Sky."  To be honest, I was not going to do a blog write up about it since we try to keep content as evergreen as possible.  Yet there has been so much buzz and I have been asked about it so often that I was clearly wrong - you all want to know!

This show is directly from Sesame Street Workshop and, as such, it is great quality.  Big Bird and Elmo are the main characters and bring a long a new friend for the adventures in space.

Just seeing a show at the planetarium is a treat.  It is a dome that goes all the way around (note this for kids that might get vertigo easily) and all planetarium flicks take advantage of that so this one is no different.  My son and his friends were thrilled and awed to watch Elmo go 360 degrees around them.  The content was easily accessible and appropriate for their age.

As I mentioned, we had preschoolers but there were children up to young grade school level who were intrigued (recommended for ages 3-6).  After the show the staffers led a Q&A and discussion session related to constellations, finding them in the night sky, and other topics.  Our kids were uninterested in this and wanted to take off (especially after dancing in the aisles to the Sesame Street songs).  But the thing I have always loved about Morehead is how laid back they are, so no one minded that we left at all and, in fact, we were instructed before the show even began as to where the quick exits were.

Many of us moms as "littles" along for the ride and strollers fit quite nicely and without problems.  Volume can seem a little loud at times so if you have any kids with noise sensitivities bring headphones or something to help them.

Note on scheduling: you can see this show in the mornings up until August 17th.  At that point the planetarium takes a little break until after Labor Day, when showings resume again.

It does cost to see this show.  Kids ages 3 and up are $6.  Worth it, to me, to hear my toddler saying "Mommy, remember when we saw Elmo and he was on the moon in space?"

Morehead Planetarium's "One World, One Sky" Sesame Street Show
Currently playing through 2012- check website for times


At August 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM , Blogger laura said...

I took S & B last week! Almost 5 year old S was mesmerized. She LOVED it. B just thought it was cool to see Elmo. But when Elmo was gone, then he was done. I enjoyed how engaging it was. Everyone in the audience singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star together was very endearing. We paired it with a run around the Quad, lunch at McAlister's and dessert at Sugarland. :)

At August 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

I want to take the kids.

At September 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM , Anonymous Jennifer said...

Planning on going tomorrow. Do you remember how long it is?

At September 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM , Blogger allison c said...

We were out in under an hour easy, but we left shortly after the show portion was done and while the nice guy was leading the Q&A session. Hope you enjoy(ed)!


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