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Janet's Planet

August 30, 2011 10:02 ET

Janet's Planet Launches National Live Show: "Tour the Solar System"

Children's Science Education Television Program Expands to Live Audience Show, Debuts at Adventure Science Center in Nashville Before Touring the U.S.

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2011) - Janet's Planet, an innovative children's educational television show airing on public broadcasting stations across the country for more than a decade, today announced it will embark on a nationwide live tour. The show -- "Tour the Solar System" -- will premiere at Adventure Science Center in Nashville on Sept. 18.

"Tour the Solar System" follows the Janet's Planet model of marrying the entertaining and educational. Starring creator Janet Ivey, the show will take kids on a journey through outer space and incorporate sophisticated video technology to give the illusion that they are actually watching adventures unfold on the moon, Mars or in NASA's mission control room. Geared for children aged 6 to 10 years old, it employs high energy songs and functioning robots to teach science lessons. Each show lasts 45 minutes and invites audience participation to further the plot.

"I am overjoyed to be headed to the stage for my first live Janet's Planet tour, which I have dreamed about for years," said Ivey. "My goal has long been to raise kids up to stand in their own magnificence, and I am excited to bring Janet's Planet to fans throughout the country."

"Tour the Solar System" is produced by Ivey and PK Pictures, and JRA Fine Arts will take the show on tour. After its premiere at Adventure Science Center in Nashville, the show will tour 10 cities across the U.S. throughout the fall and winter, beginning in Largo, Fla. at the Performance Art Center on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Other cities on the tour include Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y., Newark, Ohio, and Wichita, Kan.

"Janet has helped children across America learn more about science, as well as themselves," said Beth Curley, President and CEO of Nashville Public Television, the presenting station for Janet's Planet. "She builds their self-confidence, their curiosity and their love of learning. We fully expect this live show to reach even more children and applaud Janet on this tremendous accomplishment."

Janet's Planet has received a multitude of awards including 10 regional Emmy awards and 5 Gracie Awards and currently airs on more than 100 public television stations nationwide.

For more information about Janet's Planet, visit or contact Janet Ivey at or 615-415-9785.

About Janet's Planet

Janet's Planet is an award-winning children's educational television program geared for six to 10-year-olds. Created in 2000 by founder and host Janet Ivey, the program currently airs as short episodes on more than 144 public television stations nationwide. The show's unique, innovative and interactive approach makes science fun and accessible, engaging children and inspiring them to learn more about the universe. Janet's Planet has been awarded four Gracie Allen Awards and nine MidSouth Emmy Awards in its decade of production. Janet's Planet recently partnered with Space Florida to create the exciting new half-hour production "Exploring Microgravity," an innovative program that has been adopted by the Florida Department of Education. For more information, visit

About Adventure Science Center

For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Located at 800 Fort Negley Boulevard, the center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors 65+. For more information, visit our web site at

About Nashville Public Television

Nashville Public Television is available free and over the air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area, and is watched by more than 600,000 households every week. The mission of NPT is to provide, through the power of traditional television and interactive telecommunications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.