The Faulkner Planetarium announces a special day for the final showings of Flight of the Butterflies on Saturday, June 24 with special ticket pricing. For the past three years the monarch butterflies have flown across the 50 foot dome of the planetarium at various times. This popular IMAX film traces the story of the monarchs and their incredible story of survival and migration. It is also the parallel story of Dr. Fred Urquhart, a Canadian scientist who became fascinated with the butterflies as a boy living near Toronto. Dr. Urquhart dedicated his life to solving the mystery of where the monarchs went in the late summer and early fall as they disappeared each year. He solved the mystery, but it took him a large portion of his lifetime to solve it. These amazing creatures that delight us with their large orange and black wings overcome remarkable challenges to their long-term survival.
The Faulkner’s performance license for this program is ending so to send the butterflies off, the planetarium is offering five showings on Saturday, June 24 with reduced ticket pricing for everyone. The final showings of Flight of the Butterflies will be at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. that day with all tickets priced at half off of the regular ticket pricing. That is just $3 adults; $2.50 seniors (60+); and $2 children ages 2 through 17. Regular ticket prices apply to the 7 p.m. showing of Dream To Fly on that day. Rumor has it that some Herrett Center employees will get their butterfly on just for the occasion on Saturday!
The Faulkner Planetarium is located in the Herrett Center for Arts and Science on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls. The planetarium is the largest and most technologically advanced theater of this type in the state. Movies and shows come to life on its 50-foot dome thanks to the Evans and Sutherland Digistar 5 fulldome video system. Regular admission prices to planetarium shows are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students, including CSI students with a valid student ID; children under age 2 admitted free.
For more information, visit the Herrett Center’s web page at http://herrett.csi.edu or call (208) 732-6655.