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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offers exciting special activities throughout the year. These range from guest speakers addressing innovations in science to LEGO-palooza to special editions of our popular Carolina Skies planetarium show. There is something for everyone!

Students in a Discovery Class.

Discovery Classes are hands-on, minds-on learning experiences designed specifically for school groups visiting Morehead. These interactive classes add an exciting dimension to any school visit. 

Programs Offered

Round and Round We Go

Get ready to move as we explore the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun in this highly interactive and kinesthetic class. Why does the Moon’s shape seem to change? Why do we have day and night? What causes eclipses? We’ll answer these questions and more as we “dance the night away.”

Family Science Day - Catapult Challenge

Parents and kids, come investigate your world during a Family Science Day. On Family Science Days, we offer our regularly schedule programming but add a special program around one topic. This time it is "Catapults." Are you ready to build your very own mini-catapult? In this family workshop, you’ll work together on an engineering challenge as we explore how to harness elastic potential energy to launch projectiles! Each participant will get their own catapult. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Hidden No More: STEM Women of Color Tour

Historically, women of color have faced considerable challenges pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "Hidden No More: STEM Women of Color" tour lets you hear from five women who, despite these challenges, have made significant contributions to their fields and are pushing society forward.

Since 2005, the North Carolina LEGO Users Group has put on LEGO-palooza at Morehead Planetarium & Science center. Intricate LEGO exhibits are displayed throughout the building for a weekend -- scenes of outer space, trains, amusement parks, city landmarks and more! There is something for everyone to enjoy. LEGO-palooza will also have LEGO activities so kids can come up with their own creation, food trucks, activities, and more. 

Tickets and schedule times are required to LEGO-palooza for 2019. 

Join us on Friday, April 26 as Apollo Spacecraft Operations Engineer, Jerry Trachtman, gives us a behind-the-scenes presentation of the Apollo Missions. Mr. Trachtman's presentation will include video, photos, Apollo artifacts, and of course, a once in a lifetime perspective on an accomplishment the world had never seen before.  

Friday, April 26, 2019
7 - 8:15 p.m. 

Capacity is limited, register now! 

General Info

Sensory Friendly Science

For families and visitors requiring special accommodations, Morehead will be hosting a Sensory Friendly evening on Friday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m. There will be activities that engage the senses throughout the evening. Some activities include an accessible show in the GSK Full Dome Theater catered towards the needs of the audience. Other activities include a hands-on sensory experiment working with “oobleck” slime based on Dr. Seuss’ book Bartholomew and the oobleck. You will also be able to experience the wonders of the Science Stage, one aspect will include learning about liquid nitrogen through demonstrations.

This will be a fun family based event that encourages children with sensory sensitivities to feel comfortable learning in a non-traditional educational setting. We will have support staff trained by UNC TEACCH to help this event run smoothly and ensure a great experience for all.

Carolina Skies: Special Editions in the planetarium.

Throughout the year Morehead offers special editions of the popular Carolina Skies planetarium program. These are "live" star shows led by a Morehead educator. Come learn about celestial objects, myths and legends or current astronomical events of interest.

Programs offered

Carolina Skies: Scare-olina Skies edition

Join us on October 27 for two special viewings at 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM. 

STEMville Science Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore different types of STEM careers!

STEMville Science Symposium is a half-day science conference for children in grades four through seven. They meet and talk with scientists and researchers, participate in workshops and conduct experiments - constructing solar cells, extracting DNA from strawberries, building catapults and more.

Morehead hosts a yearly event in partnership with Professor Brian Sturm's storytelling class from the UNC's School of Information and Library Science. This year's event will be on Sunday, November 10, at 4:30 PM. The program will last approximately 1 hour. 

Tickets will be $3 each + tax, and will go on sale 1 month in advance.

If you're buying more than 2 tickets, use the discount code STORIES for a $1 off all additional tickets purchased.

Recommend for ages 7+.


2019 UNC Science Expo

About the UNC Science Expo

The UNC Science Expo is an annual opportunity for students and faculty at UNC – as well as our partners from around the triangle – to share their research with families via hands-on science demonstrations and activities.

Illustration of figure in astronaut helmet, posing in standing yoga pose


Yoga Under the Stars is back!

Begin your fall mindfully in Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Full Dome Theater, beneath an array of stars. We will be partnering with yoga instructors from the Triangle to bring you four evenings of community and yoga. 

Please note the date and time of each session below. 

Wednesday, October 2, 6-7 PM with Karen Shelley