September’s Children’s Show: Magnificent Moons

Is Earth the only planet with a moon? Are all moons simple rocks like ours? Make sure you’re buckled up because we’ll be visiting some of the solar system’s strangest and most unique locations as we explore its many magnificent moons!

This program is specially designed for our youngest audience members aged 3-12.  Runs Saturdays through September at 12:30 and 2 pm.  Cost $6 per child, adults free.

Space Camp at the Science Dome


WHO: Youth ages 6-12 are welcome to participate.

WHAT: A one day Space Camp, including activities with rockets, robotics, tours through outer space, and more! This camp includes numerous indoor and outdoor activities designed to engage learning through observation, reasoning, and hands-on experience.

WHEN: Thursday August 2, from 9 AM—4PM (SOLD OUT) OR Friday August 10, from 9 AM- 4PM (new date added!) Participants can be dropped off any time between 8 and 9 AM, and picked up any time between 4 and 5 PM, with supervised care at those times.

WHERE: Pierce College Ft. Steilacoom Campus, located at 9401 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498. Our home base will be the Science Dome, in the Rainier Building.

COST: $40 per child, snacks provided. Please pack a lunch.

HOW: Fill out the registration packet (Word or PDF) and send completed packets to Stella Kemper skemper@pierce.ctc.edu.  When your completed packet has been returned you will be given an access code to pay online. Packets are due by August 6th.

QUESTIONS?  Please direct questions to Stella Kemper skemper@pierce.ctc.edu  (253) 302-7938 or Hillary Stephens hstephens@pierce.ctc.edu (253) 964-6540.

Double Feature Wednesdays

Looking for something to do this summer?  Come to the Science Dome!  In addition to our regular Friday and Saturday public shows we also have public shows on Wednesdays at 1 pm and 2:15 pm.  Each of these all-ages shows consists of a half hour live astronomy presentation and a half hour fulldome video.

Make it a double feature!  $6 for one show or $10 for two.  Pierce College Students are always free.

To purchase the special double feature price click on the link below for the date you want.

Single tickets can be purchased through the button below.

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!

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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.