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1819 N. Main St.
San Antonio TX, 78212

The Scobee Planetarium Programming June 2017 

Friday evenings parking is readily available on the SAC campus which leads to our public programming being offered on this one night of the week.  Parking is available in Lot 21 of the San Antonio College campus from San Pedro Ave and W. Park Ave. While there are signs that indicate student decals are required, this is not the case in either Lot 21 or Lot 29.  Parking tickets may be issued for vehicles that park in areas or spaces reserved for staff and faculty. 

The doors to the center open at 6:00pm on Friday evenings and tickets are sold on site only 30 minutes prior to each program.  We currently provide credit card, cash and check sales.

6:30pm  "Little Star That Could"  Family presentation open to all ages  Little Star is an average yellow star on a search to find planets of his own to protect and warm.  Journey with Little Star as he travels through the galaxy to meet other stars to discover what makes each of them special.  This presentation introduces young children to the concepts of the solar system and life cycle of stars.   Tickets go on sale as soon as the doors open at 6:00pm.


7:30pm  The Sky Tonight Live  Children must be 6yrs or older for this presentation  This is a Live presentation of the night time sky as seen from San Antonio that highlights the moon, planets and the brightest constellations and stars visible during this season.  Tickets go on sale at 7:00pm for this popular presentation.

9:00pm  Double Feature "Two Pieces of Glass" and "Robot Explorers"   Children must be 6yrs or older for this presentation    These tickets go on sale at 8:30pm

Two Pieces of Glass:  Galileo's telescopic observations began a revolution, transforming our views of the cosmos and our place within.  It is a revolution, which more than four hundred years later, continues.  Two Small Pieces of Glass puts you in the middle of a modern era star party.  Discover the wonders that even a small telescope may provide.

Robots Explorers:  Robotic Explorers have been traveling our celestial neighborhood for decades now and some have even left the solar system!  Robot Explorers pays tribute to these robots who have explored in our stead and experience what they have taught us about our solar system.  Narrated by Brent Spiner of TV's Star Trek:  Next Generation.  

The Scanlan Observatory is only available after the 9:00pm planetarium presentation, if weather and staffing permits.  

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 are Credit, Cash & Check Sales only, no debit at this time.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.  

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 planetarium will be closed to the public on September 1st & 8th. The entire Scobee Education Center and planetarium are closed on the following dates for college vacations, holidays and private events:  November 24, December 22 & 29, 2017.


Scobee Planetarium Summer Wednesday Matinees

For nine consecutive Wednesdays this summer, the Scobee planetarium will open for an additional one hour public program.  Tickets will go on sale at 12:30pm and the presentations will begin promptly at 1:00pm being completed by 2:00pm.  The same Ticket prices posted for Friday night presentations will be applied for Wednesday matinees.  $4/child, seniors, & active military w/ID, $5/adult and $2/Alamo Colleges Students & Employees with "Current" ID

The summer schedule is posted as follows: Only 100 seats will be made available for this programs.  First come, first served basis.

    June 28th:  Little Star That Could ( no age restriction)  This program is expected to sell out.  There is am ISD group included in this public program.

    July 5th:  Violent Universe & Secret Lives of Stars (Children must be 6yrs or older)

    July 12:  Black Holes (Children must be 6yrs or older)

    July 19:  Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (No age restrictions)

    July 26:  Dynamic Earth & Seven Wonders (Children must be 6yrs or older)

    August 2: Extreme planets & Robot Explorers (Children must be 6yrs or older) 

    August 9:  Perfect Little Planet (no age restrictions)


Contact Information

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

Rick Varner, Center Director/Reservations
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 physical location)

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. Parking in non-reserved spaces in Lot 21 and Lot 29.  Look for the large blue Charlie Cheever Jr Star Tower.