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Scobee Planetarium Friday Public Programs - July 2018

While the San Antonio College closes on Fridays during the summer months, Friday evenings the Scobee Education Center planetarium opens at 6:00pm for public programming.  Tickets are sold 30 minutes prior to the start of each presentation in the Lackey Camp-Casper Ticket Booth located in the center.  Online advance sales and reservations are not available. Seating is first come, first seated and the theater has a 101 seat capacity.  Please, do not request that staff waiver the age restrictions for the 7:30 & 9:00pm programs.

 July Presentations:

6:30 Secret of the Cardboard Rocket 36 min. This is our animated family presentation with no age restriction. 

7:30 Summer Sky Tonight Live! 40-50 min. Children must be 6yrs or older to attend.

9:00 Double FeatureTwo Pieces of Glass & Seven Wonders  55 min. Children must be 6yrs or older to attend.

Ticket Prices:

         $2.00  Alamo Colleges District students and employees with a current ID

         $4.00 Children 4-17, Seniors 65+ & Military with ID

         $5.00 Adults

Parking is available in unreserved spaces in Lot 21 off of San Pedro Ave. and W. Park Ave.   Look for the distinctive blue Cheever Star Tower at the corner of our building.

The Scanlan Observatory telescope may be available following the 9:00pm presentation at no fee if weather and staffing permits. On the First Friday of the month the SAAA astronomy club sets up for a free Star Party on the front terrace of the center, if the weather permits.  Cloudy skies prevents the use of telescopes.

Monday through Thursday, the Challenger Learning Center and Scobee Planetarium provide programming by reservation only for community and school groups of 25 to 101.  Reservations: or 210-486-0100.


 Summer Thursday Matinees at Scobee

On Thursdays during the summer, the Scobee Education Center will open its doors at 12:30pm for ticket sales to the 1:00pm planetarium matinee showing.  Presentations last less than an hour and the center closes to the public for special events and camp programs.  On weeks when special events or camp programs are taking place, the animated children's features will be shown with a second 2:00pm presentation scheduled for a separate ticket.  Ticket prices are the same as Friday evening programs.

July Thursday Matinee Schedule:

  7/19 - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Family Program with no age restriction) 1:00pm & 2:00pm  

  7/26 - From Earth to the Universe (Children 6 yrs+) 1:00pm 

  August Thursday Matinee Schedule:

  8/2 - The Dark Matter Mystery (Children 6yrs+)  1:00pm    8/9 - The Little Star That Could (Family Program with no age restriction)  1:00pm & 2:00pm 


Ticket information 

The Scobee Planetarium ticket sales have been brisk during the 30 minutes prior to show times.  It is encouraged that visitors arrive early, if they plan to be seated.  There are only 101 seats in our theatre and the shows often sell out. 

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office inside the Scobee Education Center 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets may be purchased with credit card, cash or check.

Seating is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.   Groups should be together at the time of ticket purchase to ensure that all members of the group are present when the doors close. Shows start promptly at the designated times and due to the nature of the planetarium theatre, late entry is not permitted.   Shows last 40 to 60 minutes in length.

Birthday parties renting the spaces in the Scobee Education Center are provided 25 seats in the planetarium show following their gathering.  These individuals are seated first as a result of this agreement. The Scobee Education Center does not sell advance tickets or take reservations separate from these birthday party agreements for Friday night shows.  Birthday reservations are subject to availability of the Briefing Room, Mays North Lobby or programming.  

See show schedule for age restrictions.  Age restrictions will not be waived for the 7:30 and 9:00pm programs.

Ticket Prices 

 Children (ages 4 - 17) - $4.00 per show
 Adults (18+) - $5.00 per show
 Seniors (65+) and military with ID - $4.00 per show
 Alamo Colleges District personnel with ID - $2.00 per show


 The Scobee Education Center is located within the San Antonio College campus and, while the campus address is 1819 N. Main Ave, this will bring you to the east side of campus with no direct access to our center.

It is far easier to locate San Antonio College's west side of campus and San Pedro Avenue.  From San Pedro Avenue, you will turn east onto W. Park Avenue.  This will bring you into the campus and you will see the large, blue Cheever Star Tower on your left.  This iconic architecture is located on the corner of our center and the "front door" to the center is on the terrace closest to this tower.  You may park free in Lots 21 or 29 without a decal, but should not park in Lots 20 or 22 as these are reserved for faculty and staff.  Lots 20 & 22 may result in a ticket.


Public programming is available on Friday Evenings only.  School, camp and community group programs are available by reservation only during other times and dates. It is recommended that large scout and community groups prearrange their own programs instead of meeting at the public presentations in order to have everyone in their group seated.  If you are coordinating a large group, please, contact our center to make special group arrangements during weekdays prior to the Friday evening public performances.  210-486-0100  or  

Educators may download a summary of the planetarium presentations through the Scobee Educator web site at: 


The Scobee Education Center will maintain its regular hours on Fridays this summer through August 10th.


Contact Information

For more information or to make a field trip reservation, contact:     

Monica Gutierrez, Administrative Services Specialist

Phone: 210-486-0103

Reservations Email:


Rick Varner, Center Director
Phone:  210-486-0402

For information regarding sponsorship of events, programs or exhibits,  contact:

Natasha Sobers, Coordinator of Program Development

Phone:  210-486-0956

For more information about the Scobee Planetarium, contact:

Michelle Risse, Planétarium Coordinator 
Phone: 210-486-0101


For more information about Challenger Learning Center missions and education programs, contact:

Jennifer Becerra,
Lead Flight Director/Academic Program Coordinator
Phone:  210-486-0955


Celina Terrones, Academic Program Specialist
Phone: 210-486-0095

Location:  (Campus mailing address - not the physical location)

San Antonio College campus

1819 N. Main Ave

San Antonio, TX  78212

Physically located approximately 1 block east of the intersection of San Pedro Ave. and West Park Street. Enter campus east on W. Park Ave. Free parking in non-reserved spaces is available in Lot 21 and Lot 29.  Look for the large blue Charlie Cheever Jr Star Tower across Lot 21 to your left.  Google Map: