I usually associate Laser Light shows with Pink Floyd or classic rock bands. They never seemed like a kid-friendly event to me. So, I was surprised when I saw that the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College had a Laser Kids show. We were planning on going to a star show, so I thought it might be fun to watch the Laser Light show directly after it.
Before the Laser Show, we watched The Little Star That Could. It was a kids’ show that explained the differences in stars, and why our Sun is special. While we waited for the Laser Show to begin, the kids and I talked about the show. They really learned a lot. Leah remembered that red stars are cool, and stars can sometimes run out of fuel if they are hot stars. Luke was interested to learn that there are dwarf planets in the asteroid belt.
After a short break, the Laser Show was about to begin. As soon as the show started, the kids were mesmerized. Luke kept looking back at the projectors to see where the lasers were coming from. Leah was singing along to the first song.
Sitting in complete darkness for two back-to-back shows might not have been my best decision. Leah was enthralled in the lasers for the first 5 minutes, but as soon as the DJ slowed down the music and played Disney’s “When You Wish Upon a Star”, she fell asleep. She woke up briefly when the crowd was clapping and stomping to “We Will Rock You” and climbed into my lap to continue her nap.
She felt so cozy snuggled into my lap, but I was slightly disappointed that I couldn’t sing and bop to the music like Luke was. He was having a lot of fun. The lasers were blinking a little too fast for my eyes, and I had to turn away. So, every few minutes, I gave my eyes a break and watched Luke enjoying the show. He didn’t seem to mind the blinking at all.
At the end, he told me that his favorite song was “Proud to be an American” because he liked how the lasers made a map of the U.S.A. and the Statue of Liberty. Leah said she liked the show, but the lasers made her too sleepy. We joked saying that her New Experience was napping in a planetarium. She had never done that before!
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