Questions or Ready to Book a Visit?
Once you've reviewed the information and steps on this page, give us a call:
Remember that show information and teacher resources are available in the Theater/Show Description section of our website and also in the Science Exhibit Section. You'll find teacher guides, student worksheets and puzzles related to each show
topic and exhibit.
Important EFSC Planetarium Storm-Related Notice
The EFSC Planetarium and Observatory on the Cocoa Campus is temporarily closed because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma. It will remain closed until a comprehensive engineering study of the building is complete.
For questions about the EFSC Planetarium contact Mark Howard at 321-433-7292 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Trip Planning Information
Our educational study visits are flexible and can easily be tailored to meet your specific needs or time constraints. We've made it easy for you to choose between planetarium shows and large-format movies with show descriptions for each in the theater section of our site. That's also where we've put special teacher resources connected to each show, plus cross-references to the Florida State Standards. That complete listing of grade-specific programs will help you choose programs that will most benefit your class and help to achieve your teaching goals. You can also click here to find classroom resources to download for our science exhibits.
Once you've looked over those show and exhibit descriptions, here are the steps to book your visit:
Step 1: Plan the contents of your study trip, which usually consists of:
• Star show (Planetarium Theater)
• Large-format movie (Discovery Movie Theater)
• Time to experience the hands-on Science Quest Exhibit Hall and/or Science Store
A full program schedule requires a minimum of two hours, although a typical visit lasts 2 l/2 hours. If you are pressed for time, please advise the planetarium staff when booking your visit and we will work with you to tailor a program that will make the best use of your available time.
Step 2: Determine group size
If your group meets the minimum requirement of at least 25 students, you may choose from any of the shows in our library (1 planetarium show and 1 movie). Groups of less than 25 students must tag with another group that has already booked for the same day. Your program will then consist of the shows which the group you are tagging with has chosen. Be assured that we will make every effort to match groups according to age & grade level.
Step 3: Call us to reserve a date
When you call to make your reservation, you will be asked for: grade level, approximate number of students & chaperones and the time you expect to arrive at the Planetarium. To book a visit for your class, please call 321-433-7292, Monday through Thursday between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM. In order to facilitate scheduling, please have alternate dates chosen before calling. We book several months in advance so call early to ensure the best date for your group. Keep in mind that Fridays and dates in March & April are generally the first to fill up.
Step 4: Pricing & Payment Information
Basic Study Visit Group Fees
$200 minimum for school groups; over 25 students, $8 per person
$300 minimum for adult/civic groups; over 25 adults, $12 per person
Complimentary admission will be granted to all teachers with their classes. Additionally, we allow one complimentary adult chaperone per ten (10) students. All additional adults will also pay the student rate.
We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards. Please note: when writing a check
(institution or personal) please make the check as close to the correct amount as
possible as we do not offer refunds for absent students.
Step 5: Tips for the day of your visit
Buses should park in the circle around the flag poles. A staff member will greet your group and escort you inside the building for orientation.
The Planetarium Science Store will be open to all groups who wish to shop. We stock items ranging from 50 cents and up. All purchases in our gift shop directly support our programs and exhibits.
Please make every effort to arrive on time. If for some reason, you know you will
be arriving late, it is important that you contact a planetarium staff member at 321-433-7292
or 321-433-7373 so we can plan accordingly and minimize the impact on other school
groups’ study visits. If you need to cancel or reschedule your visit, you must do
so at least 48 hours prior to your visit or you may be charged.