The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Now Showing in the Faulkner Planetarium

"Dream to Fly"

Humanity's quest to break the bonds of Earth and soar like a bird has roots deep in our civilization and spanning many cultures.  Aladdin's flying carpet, the vimanas (flying palaces and chariots) of ancient Hindu Sanskrit, the Chinese invention of kites, Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific study of wings and drawings of flying machines all paved the way for the modern pioneers of human flight, including France's Montgolfier brothers, England's George Cayley, Germany's Otto Lilienthal and the United States' Wright brothers.  The invention of powered flight both shrank the world, and ushered in the era of aerial warfare.  This poetic and visually-stunning show takes you on a journey from a time when our only flights were of the imagination, to a day when all you need to take wing is a ticket.  Have you ever dreamed of flying?

Show times through July 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM

Show times July 5th through the 31st

  • Tuesdays: 10:30 & 8:00 PM
  • Thursdays: 10:30 PM

"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 isnít alone.  It seems that Troutís 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 through July 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 PM

Show times August 1st through the 17th

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

Show times August 22nd through September 2nd

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

"The Accidental Astronauts: An Earth Sun Moon Adventure" with "Sunny Bunnies on the Moon"

Follow the adventures of Cy, Annie and Armstrong (Cy's dog), as they embark upon an unexpected journey into space!  Armstrong gets the kids into a little trouble with his antics on a field trip to the science center.  From there the adventure only grows as the three are whisked into space by a wise-cracking spaceship named Halley.  It's off to the moon for a little exploring, followed by a visit to the sun.  What wonders will they discover?  Will they make it back to Earth?  This wonderful adventure show is based on a story by award-winning children's author Kristyn Crow.

Show times through July 3rd

  • Wednesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 3:30 PM

Show times July 5th through the 31st

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 3:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

Bonus action short:
"Sunny Bunnies on the Moon"

Look out Moon!  The Sunny Bunnies don't appreciate having their glorious sunshine interrupted by a solar eclipse.  What will they do?  Maybe a rollicking trip to the Moon can fix this unacceptable situation.   Join the bunnies as they pinball around the Moon and try to get it moving along and restore sunshine to Sunny Park back on Earth.  They may be cute and fluffy, but don't mess with their sunshine!

"Eclipse: The Sun Revealed"

The total solar eclipse of August 21st, 2017 will be the not-to-be-missed astronomy event of the year.  This brand-new production, from Nashville's Sudekum Planetarium, explores the history of eclipses and the special alignment of celestial bodies that makes them possible, as well as the dos and don'ts of safely enjoying one of nature's greatest spectacles.

After the recorded show, a live show presenter will offer a mini program about the eclipse in Idaho, including tips on where to go for the best views.

Show times through July 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thurdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 & 7:00 PM

Show times July 5th through the 31st

  • Tuesdays: 2:30 & 7:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM
  • Thurdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, & 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 2:30 & 4:30 PM

Show times August 1st through the 17th

  • Tuesdays: 1:30, 3:30, & 8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Thurdays: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 & 3:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30, 3:30, & 7:00 PM

Show times August 18st through the 20th

  • Friday, August 18th: 1:30, 3:30, 7:00 & 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 19th: 1:30, 3:30, 7:00, & 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 20th: 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, & 4:30 PM

"Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West"

Meticulously researched, this National Geographic large format film uses actors to recreate the Corps of Discovery Expeditionís mission to open up the West soon after the Louisiana Purchase.  Watch in awe as the movie transports you back in time to observe Merriweather Lewis and William Clark leading the expedition across the west in an effort to learn more about the land, map the new territory, find an all water passage to the Pacific Ocean and establish an American presence in this territory before Britain or other European powers tried to claim it.  Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the Corps of Discovery mission comes to life on the planetariumís 50 foot dome.

Show times through July 3rd

  • Wednesdays: 2:30 PM
  • Fridays: 2:30 PM

"Earth, Moon & Sun" (with live sky tour)

Coyote has a razor-sharp wit and thinks he knows a lot about the sky, but as it turns out, heís 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 presenter 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 through July 3rd

  • Fridays: 7:00 PM

Show times July 5th through the 31st

  • Saturdays: 7:00 PM

Bonus action short:
"Wall of China"

The Great Wall of China, a magnificent architectural wonder.  Wouldn't it be relaxing to experience this marvel from the seat of a rickshaw?  Sit back as your personal cyclist does the work while you take in the scenery.  Up and down the undulating hills, around the bends and curves, what could possibly go wrong?  What could go wrong?!  Just about everything, when a rickshaw goes out of control.  Will you survive the Wall of China?  Probably, but you might not ever forget the experience.

"Titans of the Ice Age"

Titans of the Ice Age will transport you to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization.  Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life–from saber-toothed cats and giant sloths to the iconic mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans.  The harsh and beautiful kingdom of these titans lives again on the dome: an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our ancestors, a time when humans fought for survival alongside majestic woolly beasts.

Show times through July 3rd

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 PM
  • Fridays: 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 4:30 PM

Show times July 5th through August 17th

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 PM
  • Fridays: 7:00 PM

Show times August 22nd through September 2nd

  • Tuesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 3:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:30 PM

"Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon"

The second-best selling album of all time, it has spent more time on the Billboard Top 200 than any album before or since, with the classics "Breathe," "Time," "Money," "Us and Them," "Brain Damage," and more.  You've heard it too many times to count—now see it in mind-bending full-dome.

Show times through July 3rd

  • Saturdays: 8:00 PM