RVCC Planetarium Slates Special Show for Children with Autism, Developmental Disabilities

The Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Planetarium in Branchburg will present “The Sky Above,” Sunday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. The astronomy and music show is specially designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities.

The sensory-friendly show, which is appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level. The show will include music, laser lights, stories and information about the planets, the Moon and constellations. All material will be presented on a very basic level.

Admission is $7 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. For additional information about the show and to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

The show is being presented with support from PNC Institutional Investments.

In 2015, the Planetarium at RVCC is celebrating 25 years of bringing astronomy to the children and adults of New Jersey.

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