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GROUP VISITS


Planetarium


The TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium welcomes group visits.  Groups are booked in advance by reservation only and a reservation must be made at least one week prior to your scheduled visit.  Reservations for groups are normally accepted from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.  Note: large groups may need to start later.  Special arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis for requirements outside the normal business day.  Groups may book selected shows from our show library.  You may review the current shows available for groups by visiting the shows section on our web page.        

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium offers students and teachers a world-class astronomy & space science learning experience. Join us and explore the Universe in ways you wouldn't have thought possible. Review the following packages available. Additional shows are available, packages cannot be combined.

 

Presentation Packages

The Dome Theater Experience: ($3 per student; $4 chaperone)

87 people maximum
1 show presentation
For the Dome Theater Experience you may choose a show(s) from our website.


The Planetarium Experience: ($3 per student; $4 chaperone) 

1 show presentation
1 activity per group
For large groups over 87 they will be divided into two or more groups.
For the Planetarium Experience you may choose a show(s) from our show section.


The Space Explorers: ($5 per student; $4 chaperone)

2 hour period
80 students maximum, 30 minimum
1 show presentation followed by a classroom project


For the Space Explorers you may choose a show from the following:

Accidental Astronauts       The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket      
   The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather       Zula Patrol: Down to Earth
Secrets of the Sun New Horizons
Extreme Planets Force 5: Nature Unleashed
Earth, Moon, and Sun The Little Star That Could
Aurora:Lights of Wonder Wonders of the Universe
Amazing Journeys Humpback Whales
Pandas: The Journey Home Amazing Journeys
Seven Wonders Earth to the Universe
Space Next Dolphins & Whales

 

Please read the following:

Rules:
  • NO Gum
  •  Sharp Objects such as pencils, pens, scissors and knives are not allowed.
  • Electronics such as radios, cellular telephones, and iPods should be turned off prior entering the Planetarium.
  •  No photography is allowed during the presentation unless prior authorization.
  • Must be here 15 minutes prior to show time.
  • The Texas A&M International University Planetarium holds eighty-seven people (87) with room for up to four (4) wheelchairs or other chairs.
  •  Partial occupancy groups may be combined with other groups at the discretion of the LBV Planetarium Reservations Office.
  •  There will be no campus tours scheduled during exam week.
  • Late arrivals are subject to cancellation or re-scheduled of event.
  • The payment needs to be made at time of arrival. No Purchase Orders are accepted. Cash, Checks and Credit Cards – Visa, MasterCard – are accepted. 
  • There are no refunds.
  • There are no free admissions. No exceptions. Fees are tax-exempt.

Campus Tours:

Tours are available through the Office of Recruitment and School Relations. Only groups of 90 or more are eligible. In case of late arrival may cause a cancellation of the tour. A campus tour cannot be combined with The Space Explores package. For tours please contact office of Recruitment and School Relations at 956-326-2270.

Classroom Activities:

Activities are offered ONLY for the Planetarium Experience and Space Explorers packages. Most activities meet the National Science Standards and are tied as close to TEKS as possible.

Reservation Information:

Currently the planetarium has two different types of group reservations; school groups and private organizations (this includes birthday parties, corporate parties, private events, fund raiser's etc.).  Please fill out the electronic reservation form and submit it. Upon receipt of your reservation request form a confirmation will be sent to you.  If you have any additional questions/requests please email us will complete details to planetarium@tamiu.edu or contact our reservations office at (956)326-2463.

RESERVATION FORM

Catering Services:

Aramark has exclusive rights at Texas A&M International University. NO outside food is allowed(McDonalds, Whataburger, etc).
A penalty surcharge of $150 will be charged in case of disregarding this policy.
If interested in purchasing a lunch meal, please contact Aramark at 956.326.2091. Please note that meals will not be served in the Planetarium, a space must be reserved through Event Services at 956.326.2930.




Please Note:

Groups are asked to please arrive 15 minutes early for all shows or activities.  There may be more than one group scheduled in the planetarium for the same time as your group or there may be groups scheduled after your show.  Therefore, we can not hold shows.  Latecomers cannot be admitted if with another group due to extreme dark conditions.  Please call (956) 326-3128 if you know you are going to be late.