Public Events

Public Events


Friday, December 15th at 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.  (two show times)

Saturday, December 16th at 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  (three show times)

COST: $10/guest ages 5 and up

Join us for hands-on, cold weather science fun. Come early and explore our Winter Wonder-LAB for "cool"  science experiments like Snowball Catapults, Ice Orbs, Snow Machines and more. Then watch the 60-minute popular holiday program presented on a planetarium dome. The program includes the media presentation, The Star of Bethlehemfollowed by a highly entertaining holiday laser show.  Guests will want to sing along!


Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.

The Star of Bethlehem is about the biblical rendition of the Wise Men following the rise of a new star in search of the Christ Child, and offers scientific explanations for what this phenomenon might have been. It also gives examples of how the movements of heavenly bodies in the skies were used at different times throughout history to place and design structures, or even predict events on Earth.

Join us for this event that will surely bring the holiday spirit in all!

Click HERE to register

Valentines Date Night, Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon!

Saturday, February 10th, 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $50.00/couple

Why should the kids get all the fun?

Join us for our very popular annual adult event, Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon! This is a 90-minute simulated space mission, where you and your partner will spend time in our unique Spacecraft environment, and work on tasks designed to see if you have "The Right Stuff"! You'll also experience an amazing Laser Show in our full-dome Planetarium. There are special treats for participants as well.


Astronomy Day Open House!

Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

To celebrate National Astronomy Day we host a FREE Hands-on, family-friendly activity open house for kids ages 3-94! Learn about the Great American Solar Eclipse as well as other relevant astronomy topics, all through easy interactive activities that spark your child's interest in science, engineering and more! Throughout the day we will run Planetarium shows every 15 minutes. 

Sponsored by our Partners in Education


September 22, 2018 - GLOW Space Race!

 - InSpIrInG. EXpLorInG. LeArNiNg. -

The Challenger Learning Center proudly invites you to sponsor its mission by supporting the 7th Annual GLOW Space Race 5k Run/Walk. This family-friendly, glow-in-the-dark run/walk will "blast off" the evening of Saturday September 22nd  from the Challenger Learning Center in Hammond. Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages will see that you support our mission to INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXPLORERS!  

Click here to view the 2017 Space Race Event Page!