The Little Star That Could


Sometimes, being average can also be special

A tradition in St. Louis for over 30 years! Developed for our youngest stargazers, experience the timeless story of an “average” star in search of what makes him special. Along his journey, we will discover the differences of stars, planets, and galaxies in the night sky.

Runtime: 35 minutes

Note: Not a live performance


A Heartwarming Star

“The Little Star That Could” is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star is introduced to basic information about our Solar System.

This show is recommended for grades K-2.

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Star Show Pricing

This is a paid experience.


Members FREE*
Children (ages 2-12) $5
Adults (ages 13-59) $6
Seniors (ages 60+) $5
Military $4

Up to 8 Free tickets every day based on membership level
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Sat. Sep 26
Mon. Sep 28

Saturday, September 26

The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am

Monday, September 28

The Little Star That Could
Planetarium: The Little Star That Could
10:15 am

Star Shows take place in the Star Bay, the 2nd floor, of the Planetarium. Access is available through the stairs or elevator from the main Planetarium lobby.


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Elevators and ramps serve all public areas of the McDonnell Planetarium.

We also offer hearing assist devices for Planetarium star shows. When ordering tickets, please let your reservationist know you’re interested in a hearing assist device, or speak with a Planetarium team member before your program begins.

With advance notice, the Planetarium offers Feeling the Stars, a custom tactile program for visitors with vision impairments that pairs with The Little Star That Could.

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