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Explore the changing Arctic landscape with a curious little polar bear in this full-dome movie adventure.
Lars the Little Polar Bear offers a charming story about the adventures of a curious little bear and his friends, and explores the habitats of their real-life counterparts in the Arctic.
Lars the Little Polar Bear is the beloved star of a children's book "Little Polar Bear and the Whales" authored by Hans de Beer. It's the perfect basis for a multimedia show to teach young children about nature, climate change — and a little astronomy.
The show combines illustrations from the book with a tour of the Arctic. Visit some of the animals who live there, through photographs taken by scientists on polar expeditions. Get to know the Arctic night sky, including the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, as well as Polaris, the North Star, and the star patterns of the Big and Little Dipper.
Throughout the show, young audiences will gain an appreciation of nature and learn that the polar bear's wonderful habitat is well worth preserving.
Housed in the Museum’s original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium (formerly the Nature Dome featuring Grandpa Tree), the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium® Zeta planetarium system, with bench and floor seating around the dome.
Planetarium shows are included with Museum admission. Due to limited seating, tickets are required for entry. Please request planetarium tickets at Admissions upon arrival. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be requested online or in advance.
|10:00 a.m.||Lars the Little Polar Bear||Planetarium|
|11:00 a.m.||Puppet Show: The Shadow Knows||N/A|
|11:00 a.m.||Story Time||Dragonfly Theatre|
|12:30 p.m.||Lost in the Woods||Dragonfly Theatre|
|12:30 p.m.||Sherwin the Box Turtle||Wildlife Lab|
|1:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|2:00 p.m.||Live Animal Encounter||Dragonfly Theatre|
|3:00 p.m.||Seasonal Stargazing||Planetarium|
|Jan 23||Lost in the Woods|
|Jan 23||Sherwin the Box Turtle|
|Jan 25||Star Party|
|Jan 26||Guided Nature Walk|
|Jan 30||Leaf Rubbings|
|Feb 02||Groundhog Day|
|Feb 06||Cosmic Journey|
|Feb 09||Wild Valentines|
|Feb 16||Winter Animals|
|Feb 23||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Mar 11||Senior Science Days: Wildlife of North Carolina|
|Mar 19||Merit Badge Workshop: Interpreting the Sky|
|Apr 06||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|
|Apr 23||Merit Badge Workshop: Flora & Fauna of the Carolinas|
|May 03||Discovery Place Nature Exploration Weekend|
|Jun 01||Merit Badge Workshop: Environmental Science|