Show Schedule


Planetarium and Rock Laser

 Star Show Times through September 2!

Monthly Special Event - Family Astronomy Night

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. (Sunset 7:40 p.m.)

7:00 p.m. |  Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing featuring the Moon, Jupiter & Saturn (weather permitting)
8:15 p.m. |  Ring World

Planetariums offered the very first form of virtual reality.  However, to get the full astronomy experience, everyone should spend time under and observing the real sky as well. Barlow Family Astronomy Night offers such an experience. Each month on the Saturday evening on or after the First Quarter Moon, the Barlow offers a full astronomy experience: planetarium shows and telescopes all in one astronomy-packed evening.

After each show, weather permitting, Barlow astronomers (laser pointers at the ready) and telescopes are available for showing you the real nighttime sky. Expect to see Moon, planets (when available), constellations, star clusters and nebulae. Telescope viewing is free with admission to any the Barlow shows.

Please note regarding Barlow Family Astronomy Night:

  • Since all shows are not age appropriate for all visitors, each show is priced individually

For visitors who are interested in seeing all the shows, there are multi-show discounts available at the box office


Saturday, September 30, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Sunset at 6:36 p.m.)

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Sunset at 5:49 p.m.)

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Sunset at 4:19 p.m.)

Saturday, December 30, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Sunset at 4:24 pm p.m.)

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Sunset at 4:37 p.m.)

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Sunset at 5:36 p.m.)

Star Show Admission

  • Barlow members: Free admission
  • Adults: $8 
  • Students (age 13-18): $7 
  • College students (with ID): $7
  • Children (age 3-12): $6
  • Seniors (age 60+): $6

Multi-show discounts are available
Group discounts are available
Free for eligible Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) passport members!

ASTC Pass Program Restrictions

  1. Based on your science center’s or museum’s location: Science centers/museums located within 90 miles of each other are excluded from the Travel Passport Program unless that exclusion is lifted by mutual agreement.
  2. Based on residence: To receive Travel Passport Program benefits, you must live more than 90 miles away from the center/museum you wish to visit. Admissions staff reserve the right to request proof of residence for benefits to apply. Science centers and museums requesting proof of residence are marked by (Check IDs).

Laser Show Times - Laser Shows will return on October 6!


  • Barlow members: Free admission
  • Single feature:  $TBD  per person
  • Double feature:  $TBD per person (if purchased before the first show)
  • Triple feature: $TBD per person (if purchased before the first show)
  • Pink Floyd Double Feature: $TBD per person

Multi-show discounts are available
Group discounts are available
Discounts available for eligible ASTC passport members

Box Office Hours

  • Tuesday - Saturday: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Evenings: 1/2 hour prior to first show
  • Phone and recorded information: 920-832-2848

NEWSTAR Astronomy Club

  • Date: Wednesday, August 16
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: UW-Fox Valley

NEWSTAR is the Fox Cities local astronomy club. Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at UW-Fox Valley. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings usually include lectures, demonstrations, or discussions on all things astronomical. Additional information about NEWSTAR can be found on the NEWSTAR web page.