Public Events

Public Events

Fright Light Halloween Laser Shows and Scary Science Open House!

Looking for a unique way to add more fun to the Halloween weekend?

Come celebrate with an assortment of "spooky" songs and scary science. The very popular Fright Light laser show is entertaining from start to end. It will definitely have you "screaming" along with the familiar Halloween tunes. Then spend some time in our la-bor-a-tory and play with an assortment of science that's so cool, it's scary!  Join us......if you dare!


  • Friday, October 27th from 6-8 p.m. (last show at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 28th from 5-7 p.m. (last show at 6:30 p.m.)


Doors will open 15 minutes prior to show time.

Shows will run every half hour, beginning at 6:00 pm on the 27th and at 5:00 pm on the 28th.

Theater doors will not be opened after the show begins.

No reservation needed.


Star of Bethlehem Christmas Planetarium Show!


Friday, December 15th at 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.  (two shows)

Saturday, December 16th at 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  (three shows)

This 60-minute popular holiday program presents a full dome planetarium show The Star of Bethlehem followed by a highly entertaining holiday laser show.  Guests will want to sing along!

The Star of Bethlehem is about the biblical rendition of the Wisemen following the rise of a new star in search of the Christ Child, and offers scientific explanations for what this phenomenon might have been. It also gives examples of how the movements of heavenly bodies in the skies were used at different times throughout history to place and design structures, or even predict events on Earth.

Join us for this event that will surely bring the holiday spirit in all!

Valentines Date Night, Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon!

Saturday, February 10th, 5:00 p.m.

Why should the kids get all the fun?

Join us for our very popular annual adult event, Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon! This is a 90-minute simulated space mission, where you and your partner will spend time in our unique Spacecraft environment, and work on tasks designed to see if you have "The Right Stuff"! You'll also experience an amazing Laser Show in our full-dome Planetarium. There are special treats for participants as well.

Astronomy Day Open House!

Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

To celebrate National Astronomy Day we host a FREE Hands-on, family-friendly activity open house for kids ages 3-94! Learn about the Great American Solar Eclipse as well as other relevant astronomy topics, all through easy interactive activities that spark your child's interest in science, engineering and more! Throughout the day we will run Planetarium shows every 15 minutes. 

Sponsored by our Partners in Education


Coming September 2018 - GLOW Space Race!

 - InSpIrInG. EXpLorInG. LeArNiNg. -

The Challenger Learning Center proudly invites you to sponsor its mission by supporting the 6th annual GLOW SPACE RACE 5K RUN/WALK. This family-friendly, glow-in-the-dark run/walk will "blast off" the evening of Saturday September 23rd  from the Challenger Learning Center in Hammond. Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages will see that you support our mission to INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXPLORERS!