Field Trips

Planning a trip to the Science Dome with your class

Who: The Science Dome is open to pK-12 classes, homeschool groups and other youth groups for field trips.  Private party shows (birthday, retirement parties, etc) must be booked using a separate form.

Cost: $35 per group for up to one hour in the dome. Large groups that must be split into smaller groups will be $35 per small group.

Seating Capacity:

  • 58 seats
  • 2 wheelchair accessible seats
  • Additional space on the floor in front that is perfect for small children
  • Preschool visits are limited to no more than 25 children.


  • Field Trips last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour (longer time slots may be available for additional cost)
  • Available times:
    • M-F from 9 am- 3 pm
    • Evenings and other times may be available upon request (pending staff availability)

How:  Please fill out this form or call Hillary Stephens at 253-964-6540 to request a field trip.  Allow one week for us to respond to your request.

What: The content is flexible.  We will try to match your needs.    If you have an idea that isn’t listed let us know and we can work with you to see if it is possible.  There are two types of field trip presentations:

  1. Fully live/interactive presentations done by science dome staff  (~1 hour) covering 2-3 topics
  2. Half live/interactive presentations done by science dome staff (~1/2 hour) covering 1 topic and a fulldome video (20-40 mintues). (Total time ~ 1 hour)

Field Trip Conduct Expectations


Fulldome Videos – please check out our fulldome video catalog


Live/Interactive Topics

You can choose any of the topics below OR suggest something new.

  • Daily MotionsHow do the Sun, Moon and Stars move across the sky?  Learn why the answer depends on where you are!
  • Seasonal StarsThe fall night sky is not the same as the spring night sky. Learn why the stars we see change with the seasons.
  • Moon phasesWhy can we see more of the moon at some times than others?  Why do we never see a full moon at noon or a crescent moon at midnight? Learn how the sun-earth-moon monthly dance drives what we see.
  • Reason for the SeasonsLearn why Earth’s tilt, Earth’s orbit around the sun and the sun’s path in our sky determine our seasons.
  • Light, Electromagnetic SpectrumVisible light is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, learn what we could see if our eyes could detect more of it.
  • Planetary ExplorersVisit the eight planets and some of their moons in our solar system. (recommended for preschool – K)
  • Our place in the UniverseLearn about the size and scale of the universe.
  • Aurora (Northern/Southern Lights)See the aurora and investigate their causes by looking at global magnetism and solar activity.
  • Night Sky TourIdentify Constellations, nebulas, and other deep sky objects in our current night sky.
  • Strange SpaceWhat are the really crazy things out in space? Supermassive black holes, diamond planets, planets with two suns!
  • Comets & MeteorsWhat is that thing up in the sky?  What’s the difference between a comet and a meteor and how are they related?
  • Our SunLearn about the lifecycle of our sun and how it compares to other stars.
  • Pluto: The Forgotten PlanetLearn why Pluto is no longer considered a major planet & discover other dwarf planets in our solar system. 
  • Biology from SpaceWhat evidence of Life on Earth can we see from space?  What is it like to live in space?  What challenges do we need to overcome if we want to plan long trips in space?
  • Science On a Sphere: 
    • Planetary data can be projected on to 3D models of Earth and other planets. Over 300 datasets are available from NOAA, NASA, several universities and other organizations.
    • The data sets are comprised of 6 main categories: Atmosphere, Ocean, Land, Astronomy, Models and Simulations, and Extras
    • Course ideas: Astronomy, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Geography, Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography
    • A full list of the Science on a Sphere data available.
    • More information at