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Charles Z. Horwitz

Located in the Retzer Nature Center




All General Admissions - $4

Reservations for large groups appreciated:
Waukesha County Department of
Park and Land Use,
Parks System Division
(262) 548-7801

Waukesha County's Retzer Nature Center

All public programs begin with a brief tour of the current evening sky.  
This includes, visible planets, finding directions, locating the moon,
and identifying some favorite seasonal constellations.

Public  Planetarium Shows


2016 / 2017 Winter Shows!

All shows $4.00 per person
Unless otherwised noted.

Star divider

3,   10,   17

rocket blast off

11:00 am
Childsen's Show
“3-2-1 Blastoff”

This children’s space adventure transforms a video game
into an exciting tour of the solar system.
Join us as we fly past the sun,
land on the planets and fly through the rings of
Saturn before returning safely back to earth.


1:00 pm
General Public
“Tis the Season”

Was the “Christmas Star” really a star?
Was it a bright planet, a comet or a meteor?
This program takes the audience back 2000 years to
investigate the true date for the birth of Christ.
It then explores possible explanations
for the “STAR” seen and described by the “Wisemen.”


Star divider

7,   14,   21,   28

card board rocket

11:00 am
Children Show
“Secret of the Cardboard Rocket”

This space fantasy takes the audience on a voyage past the sun,
moon and planets.  Children make a refrigerator box into a cardboard rocket.
Their pretend blast-off turns into a realistic solar system journey.             

foot steps on moon

1:00 pm
General Public
“Footsteps – A Race to the Moon”

This program begins by highlighting some of the ancient legends about the moon.
It then features the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo NASA space programs
leading up to the flight of Apollo 11, the first landing on the moon.


January 22
“Waukesha Jan Boree”

Programs each half-hour:
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Park event admission applies

“The First Stargazers”

This program shows how ancient stargazers marked reindeer
bones to track the cycle of the moon.
Find out how scientists investigate the mysterious
alignments of the pyramids.
Travel with us to Stonehenge and other giant astronomical sites,
to explore the incredible structures, made by the first stargazers. 

Star divider

February 11
“Wild Winter Night”


Programs each half-hour:
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Park event admission applies

“Winter Sky Legends”

Look up into the winter sky and imagine stories of long ago.
This program introduces the audience to constellation
characters in the winter sky, such as,
“Orion the Hunter,” “Taurus, the Bull,” and “Gemini, the Twins.”
Watch each of these wonderful characters come
alive to tell their fantastic adventures.

mr rogers


4,   11,   18,   25

11:00 am
Children's Show
“The Skies over Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”

This program uses the scenes and show characters
from the famous television show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”
to introduce our young students to the wonders of the day and night sky.


1:00 pm
General Public
“Rainbows in Space - Cosmic Colors”

Relax and enjoy how colors display their personalities.
See how scientists use the vast wavelengths of the
electromagnetic spectrum to study the mysteries in deep space.

stars divider

March Shows

4,   11,  18,   25

solar system

“Solar System Adventure Tour”

 11:00 am

You won’t believe how fun learning about the
planets can be when you step aboard the 
“Star Traveler” spaceship on your interactive journey
past the sun and planets in our solar system.

huble telescope

“Hubble Space Telescope”
1:00 pm

Images from the Hubble Space Telescope have
revolutionized modern astronomy.
Learn how this famous telescope is designed
and how it was launched into space.
Follow the lifespan of the telescope and find out what
scientists are planning for its future.