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Private Parties

Private Parties

UTA Planetarium atrium
A private party in the UTA Planetarium atrium

A family reunion under the Texas sky... Star-gazing on your daughter's Sweet 16... Roasting your favorite co-worker with a rock-and-roll light show... Presenting a life-time achievement award to a star volunteer.

You can have it all at UTA Planetarium!

The dome and atrium are both available to you and your guests as a unique venue for a truly memorable private event experience!

The dome seats 150 and is the perfect setting for presentations, ceremonies, and other gatherings. If you'd like a show projected onto the dome during your event, we'll work with you to select one that will complement your occasion.

The atrium is a perfect event space for receptions, dinners, or informal gatherings and can hold 50 people seated comfortably or up to 75 standing.

UTA Planetarium ShowBook

The ShowBook is a full list of all the shows we offer.

Click to open the UTA Planetarium ShowBook

  • Astronaut
    See what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect the environment of space has on the human body.
  • Astronomy 101
    Special lecture by an Astronomer about popular topics.
  • Back To The Moon For Good
    Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good immerses us in the Google Lunar XPRIZE race to the Moon and the human stories of both the competition and the collaboration it inspires.
  • Bad Astronomy
    Bad Astronomy will interest both new and experienced astronomers of all ages as it examines bad science wherever it can be found.
  • Black Holes
    Take the ultimate journey in space and time! Learn how mammoth stars make a black hole and help figure out where they might lead.
  • Cosmic Colors
    Take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color.
  • Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
    Discover Hubble Space Telescope's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (CoS) instrument, the nature of light, spectroscopy, the use of quasars as background light sources, material identification by spectrum, and the cycling of material within and surrounding galaxies.
  • Dark
    The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time, the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years through the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.
  • Dynamic Earth
    Explore the inner workings of Earth's climate engine with visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations.
  • Europe to the Stars
    Europe to the Stars takes the viewer on an epic journey behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory in the world, revealing the science, the history, the technology and the people.
  • Experience the Aurora
    Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular!
  • Extended Star Talk
    This will extend your "Texas Stargazing" experience. It will cover more subject matter and any specific topics that you would like covered during your private show, also ensuring that you will have plenty of time for Q&A.
  • From the Earth to the Universe
    The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity's oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today's grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.
  • Ice Worlds
    See the effect of ice in our own ecosystem, and travel to distant worlds to see how ice shapes the landscape and natural systems there.
  • Live Star Stream
    Join us online via social media for a live star talk! Our weekly online star talks cover topics from all over the astronomy and space science spectrum.
  • Magnificent Sun
    Discover our Magnificent Sun in this UT Arlington original show!
  • Mayan Archeoastronomy
    Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe is unique among planetarium shows, intertwining science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history.
  • Mayan Prophecies
    Visit the Classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and used interlocking calendars to record the past and predict the future.
  • NanoCam: A Trip Into Biodiversity
    Nanocam is a fascinating journey exploring life-forms that are invisible to the human eye and contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in.
  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
    Discover the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu.
  • Our Violent Planet
    A fulldome show about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, earth, geology and continental drift.
  • Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
    Set out on a journey to learn about other worlds much like our own oasis in the universe.
  • Phantom of the Universe
    The title "Phantom of the Universe" reflects dark matter's invisible presence everywhere in the universe from galaxies to deep inside the earth.
  • Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Pink Floyd is the classic rock that everyone loves. Combine that with the amazing CG visual effects and you have an absolutely amazing show that no one should miss.
  • Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Pink Floyd is the classic rock that everyone loves. Combine that with the amazing CG visual effects and you have an absolutely amazing show that no one should miss.
  • Rosetta
    Story of the first spacecraft landed on the comet surface. Rosetta spacecraft and "Philae" lander seek clues about the origins of the Solar System and life on Earth. Meet the challenges of a 10 year long mission.
  • Season of Light
    Discover winter solstice traditions of the Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Mexican, Hopi, Christian, and Jewish. Learn some astronomical possibilities for the Christmas Star.
  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination.
  • Spacepark 360
    Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer!
  • Spacepark 360: Infinity
    The fastest fulldome show continues with 9 all new rides!
  • Spooky Space
    Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the stars -- the stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts -- and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae!
  • Stars of the Pharaohs
    Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings.
  • The Hot and Energetic Universe
    The planetarium documentary 'The Hot and Energetic Universe' presents with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images the achievements of the modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.
  • The Sun, Our Living Star
    The Sun, Our Living Star tells the story of our nearest star — our planet’s powerhouse, the source of energy that drives Earth’s winds and weather, and the ball of light that allows the very existence of life.
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
    Four hundred years ago, a simple adjustment to a child's spyglass revealed for the first time an infinite and perplexing universe to our eyes and imaginations. Join us today, as the world's great telescopes, born of that serendipitous moment, gaze farther into the distant past - and into our future.
  • Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA
    Take a flight on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) and discover the secrets of our unseen universe.
  • Violent Universe
    The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe.
  • We Are Astronomers
    Do you know what an astronomer does? Today's astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe.

Birthday Parties

Host a birthday party for your child that's out of this world! Birthday parties start at $299 and include:

  • One hour show in the dome
  • One hour party in the atrium
  • Custom photographs programming of up to 15 pictures
  • Up to 50 guests

Dinner Under the Stars

UTA Planetarium is a great way to spend your anniversary or propose to your special someone. Eat a private dinner under a beautiful nighttime sky for a romantic night out. A three-course meal, wine service, and a custom show are included in your private two-hour dinner. Photos and music for the custom show must be submitted no later than two-weeks before your event.

Reserving UTA Planetarium Event Spaces for your Private Event

To begin, simply submit a private party request.