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     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 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.  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 show section.

 

The Planetarium Experience

$3 per student; $4 chaperone

1 show presentation

1 activity per group

Groups over 87 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:

One World, One Sky Big Bird’s Adventure     • The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket     • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

• Wonders of the Universe     • Secrets of the Sun     • New Horizons     • Planets Quest     • Force 5: Nature Unleashed

• Star Signs     • Attack of the Space Pirates

 

*There will be a minimum fee of $150.00 for a total group of fifty (50) or less.

 

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 Explorers package. 

Classroom Activities:

Activities are offered ONLY for the Planetarium Experience package. Most activities meet the National Science Standards. 

Catering Services:

Aramark has exclusive rights at Texas A&M International University. Sack lunches are permitted, but they MUST be provided by the School District. NO other 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.

Planetarium Rules:

• NO Gum or Candy

• 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 or video recording is allowed during the presentation.

• Must be here 20 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.

• 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 Academic Testing.

• 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, Master Card – are accepted.

• There are no refunds.

• There are no free admissions. No exceptions. Fees are tax-exempt.

 

     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 or download the appropriate reservation request form for your group and fax it to (956)326-2459.  Upon receipt of your reservation request form a confirmation will be sent to you.  If you have any questions please contact our reservations office at (956)326-2463. 

 

 

School Reservation Request Form                Private Organization Request Form

 

 

Groups are asked to please arrive 20 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 and those who leave the planetarium cannot be readmitted due to extreme dark conditions.  Please call (956) 326-2463 if you know you are going to be late.

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