Features and Attractions
PLANETARIUM AND MEGA DOME CINEMA SCHEDULE: NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2023
Saturday at 11:00 a.m. One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure (Running time: 27 minutes)
Join Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu as they locate the Big Dipper, the North Star and the moon in the night sky.
Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Nine Planets and Counting (Running time: 35 minutes)
How many planets are in our solar system? We'll examine each planet individually then look at the big picture. What is a planet anyway? The answer may surprise you.
Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Dream to Fly (Running time: 35 minutes)
Learn how generations of dreamers pursued the ancient impulse that has taken us from the ground to the stars.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Season of Light (Running time: 30 minutes)
Learn the history behind many of our holiday traditions and explore the sky at the time of Jesus' birth in this heartwarming planetarium show.
Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Laser Holidays (Running time: 45 minutes)
Frosty, Rudolph and other holiday favorites are brought to life through laser lights and music. Hear classics from Nat King Cole to the modern melodies of Mariah Carey.
Planetarium show tickets are $6 (Adults), $5 (Seniors 60 and over), and $5 (Children 2-12 yrs.) per show and include admission to the Rivertown Space Science Complex on Saturdays. Multi-show discounts are available.
*Join us on Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a day of special programming! Our Eclipse Preparation Party aims to get you prepped and ready to view the next total solar eclipse happening on April 8, 2024! Admission is free and activities will include guest speakers, STEM activities, solar telescope viewing and more. Thanks to our partners at the American Astronomical Society, NASA's PUNCH Mission, and the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society!
RIVERTOWN SPACE SCIENCE COMPLEX
Rivertown Science Center
Explore the world of science through interactive hands-on exhibits dedicated to weather, rivers, insects, optical illusions and more. Test your skills at forecasting the weather in an exhibit sponsored by WWL-TV Channel 4 that incorporates green screen technology, or have fun digging for dinosaur bones in a tabletop sand pit. The Rivertown Science Center strives to make learning fun for everyone.
Space Station Kenner Exhibit
Tour a life-sized prototype of NASA's International Space Station in this one-of-a-kind exhibit dedicated to space travel and technology. Explore the history of NASA rocketry, view spin-off technology with "Sput-Nick" the robot, or walk through a historical timeline of the 20th century.
Admission to the Rivertown Space Science Complex is included with the purchase of any planetarium show on Saturdays or stand alone tickets can be purchased for $5 (Adults), $4 (Seniors 60 and over), and $3 (Children 2-12 yrs.)
Field Trips & Group Information
Field trips are available at the Kenner Planetarium and Rivertown Space Science Complex, Tuesdays through Fridays. We are closed on Mondays. For reservations, Email Heidi Glorioso or call the office at 504-468-7231.
If you are a teacher/camp/group organizer and would like to see Rivertown's field trip options and special group pricing, see the Rivertown Field Trip Packet (PDF) now updated for the 2023-2024 school year!
Kenner's Heritage Park
Celebrate Kenner's history in a replicated village of days gone by. Stroll down landscaped walkways and admire reproductions of a turn-of-the-century packing shed, ice house, and 1930's era gas station. The site also features a pond and bridge near a replica of St. Mary's Church, the first Catholic church in Kenner.
LaSalle's Landing is located at the southernmost end of Williams Boulevard at the foot of the levee. This area is believed to be the site where the French explorer, Rene'-Robert Cavalier, sieur de La Salle landed on his way to the Gulf of Mexico. It boasts historical significance as well as:
- Louisiana history as the flags of ten different countries, all of which at some point governed our home state, fly above the central plaza.
- A newly rehabilitated butterfly garden that is registered as one of the 42,280 monarch waystations with Monarch Watch, a national program dedicated to the creation, education, and conservation of monarch butterfly habitats. To learn more about the Monarch Waystation Program, see their official webpage.
- A bronze statue commemorating the first ever World Heavyweight Prizefight Championship in the United States which was held in Kenner on May 10, 1870. At the center of the square, stands a statue of Tom Allen and Jem Mace to mark their historic match.
- Beautiful views of the mighty Mississippi River and the magnificent ships, tugboats and other vessels that regularly navigate the river. A well maintained bike and walking path that stretches for miles in both directions also sits atop the levee.
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Theatre 13 is proud to present a wonderful line up of productions at the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts! The mission of Theatre 13 is to bring new and exciting productions to the New Orleans area while providing local theatre artists an opportunity to perform, create, and be compensated for their work.
Rivertown Theaters is located at 325 Minor Street in Kenner's Rivertown. See the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts official webpage to learn more about its current features and attractions or call 504-461-9475 for more information.