Our showtimes are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 am-1:30 pm.
Friday show times are 9:30 am and 10:30 am. (see Note for Friday bookings below for exceptions).
Our field trip events start on the half-hour and last 45 minutes. Each event consists of the show title you select, a live presentation on the current night sky (that is the stars and constellations visible at 9pm of the day you attend), and a virtual roller coaster ride (see note below regarding late arrival). Seating and dismissal takes about 15 minutes more. Teachers should allow about 1 hour for each show.
Schools are asked to arrive 30 minutes or more prior to show time, to allow for bathroom breaks and such.
Note For Late Arrivals: If your school is late, time constraints may require us to shorten your events by foregoing extras such as the roller coaster. Consider travel time, road conditions, traffic, etc. before booking show time
We require a minimum of 20 paid tickets to book a reservation. Free tickets do not count against the minimum.
Note for Friday bookings: For Friday showtimes later than 10:30 am, we require a minimum purchase of 50 or more paid tickets. Free tickets do not count against the 50 minimum.
Note for Small Groups (less than 20): We accept reservations for groups less than 20 only as follows:
Call us at (254) 526-1768 to see if the date and time you want is available.
Pick any show(s) from our catalog. Click here to see what shows are available.
Each reservation lasts about 1 hour and includes a show of your choice, a live presentation on the constellations (Star Talk) or planets (Uniview), and a virtual roller coaster ride, plus about 15 minutes to seat and dismiss your students. (Please see Note for late arrivals, above. )
Book two shows on the same day and receive 20% off the regular ticket price. The price drops to $8 per student for both shows. That's only $4.00 per show! And teachers are still free.
Tickets are $5.00/ticket for one show. Book two shows booked for the same day is 20% less ($4.00/ticket equals a total of $8/kid).
Tax : Sales tax is not included in price.
Notes for Parents and Guests: Guests are admitted space available, meaning that we seat all school kids and teachers (including other schools) before selling to parents and guests. This means that:
Coupons are not accepted for school groups.
The form is available here.
We will send you a confirmation letter within 2 days from the date you submitted your reservation. (Note: If that doesn't happen, call or email us.)
Check your reservation immediately and make sure the Confirmation Letter matches your plans.
You must notify us at least 2 or more school days in advance. If you don't, you will be billed the total amount of your reservation as booked.
Collections and final headcount should be made before you arrive.
Payment is due at or before showtime.
One payment only for the entire group. If the kids are paying for their own tickets, one person must collect all the money and turn it in as one payment.
We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards. Checks and cards are preferred to speed things up. Make checks payable to Central Texas College, not Mayborn Science Theater.
Arrive at least 30 minutes early. If you're going to be late, call us at (254) 526-1768 or, if no answer 526- 1799. We may have to cut your reservation short if you are late!
Group Leader must check-in and make the payment, and at the same time students can be getting briefed on our rules of behavior.
Students must be quiet upon entering the building. Turn off all electrical devices that emit light or make noise. Please remember - the planetarium building is part of the college and so may have classes in session when your school arrives.
Make sure you don't park in a reserved parking spot. After you drop off the students at the front door please park the school buses in the parking lot across the street from the Mayborn Science Theater.
Enjoy the show!
In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will not hold any public events until further notice.