Happy Earth Day 2018

We will have FREE showings of Habitat Earth and Dynamic Earth in the Science Dome on Friday April 20th during Pierce’s Earth Day Carnival.  The Earth Day Carnival features hands-on science Earth Day activities in the Rainier Building Winter Gardens from 10am – 2pm.

In the Science Dome:

  • Dynamic Earth 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm
  • Habitat Earth 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm

All FREE, first-come, first-served opportunity.  No advanced reservations.

Pi Day Celebration 2018!

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Join the fun with hands-on math and science activities, a Pi recitation contest, a STEM professionals Q& A panel and a mathematical symphony!  FREE and fun for all ages!

Hands-on activities & Pi recitation contest: How many digits can you type in 30 seconds? 10 am – 1 pm AND 5 – 7 pm

STEM Professionals Panel: noon – 1 pm, first-come first served – seating is limited!

Chaos and Order: A Mathematical Symphony: Fulldome video in the Science Dome! 5 pm, 5:40 pm, 6:20 pm, 7 pm  Reserve seats!


Do math equations have a color? Do they have a sound? Media-artist Rocco Helmchen and composer Johannes Kraas try to answer these questions in their latest fulldome edutainment show Chaos and Order: A Mathematical Symphony. Structured into four “movements” from geometric forms, algorithms, simulations to chaos theory, the show explores breathtaking animated visuals of unprecedented beauty in the realm of math. Experience the fundamental connection between reality and mathematics, as science and art are fused together in this immersive celebration of the one language of our universe.

We are BACK!

The Science Dome will be open again Starting February 20th for regular business!  Our first public shows will be Friday February 23rd at 7pm.  You can find our full schedule here: Schedule

Thanks to everyone for your patience while everything was rebuilt!

Science Fact or Science Fiction? 2017

December 1st 5-8pm
-Hands-on activities
-Planetarium presentations
-Free admission
-Fun for all-ages

Registration is not required for the hands-on activities, but we recommend reserving your seats for the planetarium ahead of time.  Reserve Seats

Planetarium presentations “SciFi Worlds: Fact or Fiction?” are at: 5pm, 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm.

“SciFi Worlds: Fact or Fiction?”
Science Fiction is full of many out-of-this-world planets. Is it possible for any of these worlds to actually exist?​ During this live planetarium presentation, we will travel to some of our favorite fictional planets and compare them to some of the planets that have in fact been discovered so far. (~35 minutes)

Motions & Patterns – November’s Children’s Show

Motions and Patterns –  How do the sun, moon and stars move across the sky?  Why does it dark so early in the winter yet the sun is still up at bedtime in the summer? Discover motions and patterns in the sky, make and take your own constellation and travel around the world to see how other see the sky.

This show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-12.  Cost: $6 per child.  Adults free.  Runs Saturdays in November at 12:30 pm and 2 pm.  Approx. 45 mins.

Haunted Night Sky returns this October!

This show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-12.  Use your imagination to find creatures in the night sky, build a Frankenstein satellite, and take a tour of the Sea of Serpents on the Moon, the Witch’s Head Nebula and other spooky places in the Universe.  Saturdays in October @ 12:30 pm and 2 pm.  Approximately 45 minutes.  Price is $6 for children and free for adults.

Solar Eclipse – FAQs

We are VERY excited about the upcoming eclipse, are you?  Join us on eclipse day!  Here are some details.

  • You do NOT need to buy or reserve tickets for the eclipse viewing.  Just show up.
  • We will be viewing the eclipse outside both in front and behind the Rainier building.
  • The planetarium presentation inside the Science Dome explaining the ins and outs of solar eclipses is at 8:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am  and 11:45 am, first-come, first-served – no reservations (Red times just added so we can accommodate more people.)
  • Parking – The “A” parking lot is the closest to the Rainier building/eclipse viewing, but be prepared to walk across campus if it is full.  Here is a campus map. Please do not park in the employee parking.  All other parking is fine.

We will provide:

  • SAFE ways to view the eclipse (eclipse glasses, pinhole cameras, sun spotters, telescopes with solar filters, etc)
  • Hands-on eclipse related activities
  • A live stream of the eclipse from the path of totality

Some facts about the eclipse:

  • From Lakewood we will see a partial eclipse, the moon will cover 94% of the sun.
  • Eclipse starts at 9:08 am, is maximum at 10:20 am and ends at 11:38 am.
  • People from every part of the United States will be able to see at least a partial eclipse.

Safety tips:

  • Even with 94% of the sun obscured it is NOT safe to look at the sun without proper equipment.
  • Sunglasses are NOT good enough to protect your eyes.
  • The only thing you can see in proper eclipse glasses is the sun, they block out more than 99% of the light.
  • If you can’t make it out to join us and do not have eclipse glasses you can make a pinhole camera to view the eclipse safely.

We will be handing out eclipse glasses on eclipse day but cannot do so before then.

Solar Eclipse Viewing August 21, 2017

Save the date for this, you don’t want to miss it!

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. This is the first time a total solar eclipse will cross coast-to-coast since 1918!
We are just outside the path of the TOTAL eclipse. From Lakewood 94% of the sun will be blocked by the moon! Join us in viewing this spectacular event!

-We will provide SAFE ways to view the eclipse*
-Live stream of the TOTAL eclipse rain or shine
-Presentations in the Science Dome describing what happens during a solar eclipse

*DO NOT look directly at the sun on your own without proper equipment

Pre-eclipse planetarium presentation in the Science Dome at 8:30 am

Eclipse begins at 9:08 AM
Eclipse is maximum at 10:20 AM
Eclipse ends at 11:38 AM

Post-eclipse planetarium presentation in the Science Dome at 11:45 am

Additional planetarium presentations added at 9:15 am and 11 am! All are first-come, first-served.

The event is totally FREE and totally AWESOME.

If you have a chance to drive down to Oregon and see the eclipse on the path of totality DO IT.  It will be absolutely amazing.  If not, join us and it will still be pretty cool.