The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

"Solar System Odyssey"

Sometime in the future…

A time has come when humans have depleted our home planet's resources.  Multi-billionaire business tycoon Warren Trout, seeking to secure new frontiers for Trout Enterprises, recruits former Space Fleet Command pilot Jack Larsen for a mission to find a suitable extraterrestrial location for human colonization.  Now Jack finds himself searching the solar system, but he isn’t alone.  It seems that Trout’s daughter, Ashley, has stowed away onboard his spaceship.  Together they embark upon a wild ride through the solar system trying to answer these questions: How are the worlds of the solar system alike?  How are they different?  What features must a world possess for humans to live there?

Will Larson and Ashley find a suitable location?  Will they even survive this mission?  Find out in this action-packed adventure.

Show Times (March 24th - April 4th)

  • Tuesdays through Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 & 7:00
  • Saturdays: 2:30 & 4:30 PM

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"

Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo, and Elmo’s friend from faraway China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they learn about the sky in this fun adventure, best suited for children ages 4-6.  The three friends learn about sunsets and finding starry patterns like the Big Dipper in the night sky.  Using their imaginations, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu even travel to the Moon, where they discover they can jump higher and kick a soccer ball farther, but can't fly a kite, and must wear space helmets to breathe.  Returning to Earth, they realize they can see the same stars from their homes in the United States and China.

Special Spring Break show times:

  • Wednesday, March 25th: 1:30 PM
  • Friday, March 27th: 1:30 PM

"Astronaut" (with live sky tour)

Mankind’s greatest endeavor is the exploration of space.  What does it take to become an astronaut, and participate in the incredible journey?  Find out in the this program by experiencing a rocket launch from inside an astronaut's body.  Explore both inner and outer space in this exciting show.  Join test astronaut "Chad" as he's subjected to the perils lurking beyond Earth's protective atmosphere and magnetic field.  Does Chad have the right stuff?  Would you?

After the show, a live show presented takes you on a tour of the current night sky, including tips for locating the planets, how to find constellations, and ancient myths about the stars.

Show Times

  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

"Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity" (w/ live sky tour)

There's a place from which nothing—not even light—escapes, where time and space literally come to their end.  It's here, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos…and our imaginations.  Zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness how a giant star's violent death gives birth to a black hole.  Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein's theories provide the most complete picture yet of this mysterious phenomenon.  Can you feel the pull?

After the program, a live show presenter will show you the stars, constellations, and planets currently visible in the evening and pre-dawn skies, and tell some of the ancient stories about them.

Show Times

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 7:00 PM

"Earth, Moon & Sun" (w/ live sky tour)

Coyote has a razor-sharp wit and thinks he knows a lot about the sky, but as it turns out, he’s a little confused.  Coyote, adapted from American Indian oral tradition, gets set straight with his many misconceptions about lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles of the sky.  What is the nature of the sun and moon?  How do their movements and interactions affect their appearance in the sky?  Find out in this entertaining and informative family program.

After the show, a live show presented takes you on a tour of the current night sky, including tips for locating the planets, how to find constellations, and ancient myths about the stars.

Show Times (March 24th through 27th)

  • Tuesday through Friday: 3:30 PM

"Rock On Demand"

It's time for some good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, but with a twist.  "Rock On Demand" has one name, but it's four different shows, and you get to vote on which one you'll see.  Your ticket buys a customized poker chip with which you'll vote for the show you want.  Votes will be tallied minutes before show time, so you won't know which lineup you’re about to see until the lights go down!  Will it be the "60s, 70s & 80s" show, the "80's and Beyond" show, the "British Empire" show, or the "North American/Aussie" show?  Programs may feature The Doors, The Beatles, CCR, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Rush, U2, Van Halen, Metallica, or Midnight Oil.  Which version will you vote for?  Which version will you experience?  Bring your friends and "rock the vote!"

Show Times

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM

"Sea Monsters"

Eighty million years ago, the Great Plains lay beneath a shallow sea, populated with terrifying predators and strange wonders.  This National Geographic program, with narration by Liev Schreiber and an original soundtrack by Peter Gabriel, shows how paleontologists use fossil clues to reconstruct how "Dolly," a dolphin-like dolichorhynchops, navigated this perilous underwater world, long before humans walked the earth.

Show Times

  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

"Perfect Little Planet"

Travel along with an alien family as they search for the perfect place in our solar system to get away from it all.

Show Times (March 24th through 28th)

  • Tuesday: 1:30 PM
  • Thursday: 1:30 PM