Wild Weather! A New Children’s Show.


Wild Weather is our newest children’s show.  It is specifically designed with our youngest audience members in mind (ages 3-8).  We encourage kids to explore weather with hands on activities and demonstrations. 

Travel around the solar system in search of wild weather! What is rain made of on Venus? Does it snow on Pluto? Join us as we find out!

Wild Weather starts Saturday November 7 and runs Saturdays at 12:30 and 2 pm through the first part of the new year.  Please see our schedule for details as we have some breaks for the holidays.

Cost: $6 for children 3-8, All others are free!


Changes coming November 1, 2015!

As of November 1, 2015 we will be using the same ticketing service (Vendini) as all other Pierce College events.  So if you have been buying or reserving tickets online this will be new but hopefully convenient for you. Just clicking  the button below will take you to the site to select and purchase tickets.


Along with this new ticketing service comes price changes.  Good news is that there will no longer be any additional fees for reserving tickets online!!

Pricing structure:

  • All ages shows – $6 general admission – ages 3 and up.
  • Children’s shows – $6 ages 3-8, all other ages are free
  • Pierce College Students are free with ID
  • Free events – still free!

We are also hoping to offer year long family and individual memberships for frequent customers soon.  More details on that will come later!

Haunted Night Sky – this October!

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A Children’s Show: Haunted Night Sky!

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.  Best for children 3-12 years old.  Cost $3 per child.  Adults free.  Approximately 45 minutes. Every Saturday in October at 12:30 pm AND 2 pm.

Get tickets through the third party Eventbrite for a small fee.  Tickets are also sold at the door with no extra fees.
Eventbrite - Children's Show: Haunted Night Sky



  • Saturday August 8th, noon – 4 pm
  • Hands-on Astronomy Activities
  • Planetarium Presentations
  • Everything you knew about Pluto and more!!

The New Horizons spacecraft is finishing an almost decade long journey out to the dwarf planet Pluto. This historic mission will make its closest approach to Pluto on July 14th and send back the only detailed pictures of Pluto and its moons ever taken!  We will be presenting the latest from the New Horizons mission on the enigma that is Pluto!

Register for free planetarium shows:

2015 Summer Schedule

Our summer schedule starts this week! Yeah, we know summer doesn’t officially start until Sunday but we’re starting a little early.  That means in addition to our Friday and Saturday shows we have two extra all-ages shows every week on Wednesdays at 1 pm and 2:15 pm.  We are also bringing back some old favorites that we haven’t played in a while and starting new shows toward the end of the summer. Stop on by all summer long if you are looking for a way to beat the heat and learn something at the same time!

The US Open is in town June 15-21.  The Pierce College parking lot will be used as overflow parking so please be aware that you may be directed to park across campus from the Science Dome if you visit this week. It is expected that the Pierce parking lot will get little use on Wednesday and will be clear in time for our Friday evening show however Saturday parking may be difficult.  Please plan accordingly.

Plutopalooza, August 8, noon – 4 pm  The New Horizons spacecraft will be the first to fly-by the dwarf planet Pluto on July 14, 2015.  It will send back the only detailed pictures of Pluto and its moons ever taken.   These images will take awhile to get back to us, be processed, and released so we’ve set aside August 8th to fill you in presenting the latest from the New Horizons mission on the enigma that is Pluto!


MakerFest 2015, Saturday May 2nd


Pierce College Science Dome will be offering FREE presentations during MakerFest offered on a first-come, first served basis.  See schedule below.

Science Dome Schedule:

All presentations are 20-25 minutes unless otherwise stated.  

11 am – Flight Adventures (fulldome video)

11:30 am – Dying Earth (live planetarium presentation)

12 pm – Two Small Pieces of Glass (fulldome video)

12:30 pm – Possible Places for Life in the Solar System (live planetarium presentation)

1 pm – Back to the Moon For Good (fulldome video)

2 – 4 pm – Light Painting with Greg Farley (presentation and drop-in workshop)

4:30 pm – Flight Adventures (fulldome video)

What is MakerFest?

MakerFest is an event where makers can show off what they have made and how they made it. Think of it as a big-show-and-tell event. It provides an opportunity for people to gather, connect, and explore the processes, products, and joys of making. MakerFest is inspired by MAKE magazine’s annualMaker Faires, but is not affiliated with or endorsed by the MAKE brand or company. Features of the Fest include; displays, demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on activities.

Our Manifesto:

MakerFest is a festival-style celebration of makers. A Maker is a person that engages in the process of making or producing something. Makers run the gamut from woodworkers, tinkerers, coders, crafters, to robot builders. The Maker movement includes amateurs, enthusiasts, hobbyists, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

MakerFest is a free, non-commercial, non-competitive, community-building event. It provides an opportunity for people to gather, connect, and explore the processes, products, and joys of making. The goal of MakerFest is to engage and excite youth, families, and adults to explore Maker/DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture and become Makers themselves.

MakerFest is an inclusive event; gathering folks of all ages, ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations.

Are you a Maker? Feature your DIY process in a family-friendly, hands-on, interactive exhibit at MakerFest, FREE.

Remember, you don’t have to be a maker to participate, simply Attend and Explore!

Hubble Space Telescope turns 25!

April 24, 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope was blasted off of Earth on the space shuttle Discovery.  Since then it has continuously taken images of the cosmos that have revolutionized our view of the universe and our place in it.  Celebrate Hubble’s 25th birthday Friday April 24th at the Science Dome!


The best part… there will be FREE cake!

In anticipation of the celebration check out this beautiful montage of Hubble images arranged by Griffith Observatory.  Music by Michael McCuistion from Griffith Observatory Samuel Oschin Planetarium show, Time’s Up


Rethinking Green – Earth Day 2015

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On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, all faculty, staff, students, and the general public are invited to a videotaped presentation of “Rethinking Green”.  The presentation, sponsored by the Library and Student Life,  will be in the Science Dome (RAI 263) from 1:00 to 2:30,  followed by 30 minutes of discussions in the lobby over snacks provided by Student Life.

Rethinking Green was a lecture given by Stewart Brand at a seminar hosted by The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco, October 9, 2009.

Stewart Brand is a long-time environmentalist.  Between 1968 and 1972 he produced The Whole Earth Catalog which focused on self-sufficiency, ecology, do-it-yourself and holism.  The cover showed a picture of Earth taken from space after Brand had initiated a public campaign to have NASA share the image.

In 2010, his most recent book, Whole Earth Discipline, was published.  This book proposes solutions to many problems, based on current understandings.  They do not necessarily agree with typical environmentalist positions.

In 1996, Brand was one of the founders of The Long Now Foundation.  The Long Now Foundation focuses on long-term thinking which they consider to be the past 10,000 years through the next 10,000 years (hence, their dates have 5 digits instead of 4).  Among their activities are monthly seminars by leading thinkers.

The goal of this presentation is to share ideas that do not typically exist in the media with the hope of generating a robust follow-up discussion for those who enjoy engaging with different ideas.

Please join us for a thought-provoking talk and stimulating discussion!


Are you a Maker? Feature your DIY process in a family-friendly, hands-on, interactive exhibit at MakerFest, FREE.

Makers have until Friday, April 17th to join in the fun. Register Here and Spread the Word!

Remember, you don’t have to be a maker to participate, simply Attend and Explore!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
11am-5pm –  FREE
Pierce College – Fort Steilacoom
Rainier Building & Science Dome

Pi Day of the century!!! 3/14/15


Pi Recitation Contests!!

Free planetarium presentations (reserve seats online):

Hands on activities by Pierce College math and science students:

  • Pi Launching, Pierce College Society of Physics Students
  • Make-A-Moon!, Raven Barbera, Alexandra Strobin
  • The Rings of Saturn, Billie Edwards
  • Split in Half: Hot or Cold?, Peyton Schwartz
  • The Bernoulli Bag Challenge, Phillip Munoz
  • What do you see?!, Shelly San Nicolas
  • Cryovolcanos: Space’s Icy MysteriesMaria Addison
  • Too Hot & Too Cold: Blast off to Mercury, Songo Wawa
  • Density in Our Solar System and Beyond!, Oliver Amyakar, Skylar Brooks
  • Ridin’ the Waves, Arianna Lawes-Wiseman, Katreece Moses
  • The Rising Tide, Avonlea Werdell

Solar Viewing with Tacoma Astronomical Society (Weather Permitting)

Lectures (in Rainier 235):

  • The Failure of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge A brief history of the original Tacoma Narrows bridge  as well as an exploration of a report of the 1940 collapse compiled from investigations by previous experts. Different expert theories will be addressed and analyzed leading to a hypothesis created by the student researchers. Some original mathematical modelling by students of Pierce College on the collapse will also be presented. (~1 hour) noon and 2 pm
  • Earthquakes & a Building’s Harmonic Resonance We are investigating the differential equations used in understanding how a building reacts to an earthquake’s effects. Using a simple mathematical model, we explored two hypothetical buildings and an actual building (Pod A of the Rainier building at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom) to find their harmonic frequencies to predict their survivability in an earthquake. (~ 1 hour) 1 pm and 3 pm

Activities continue after the main Pi Day celebration with the Tacoma Astronomical Society in the evening.  The Tacoma Astronomical Society Students will be presenting the Solar System in the Science Dome at 7:30 pm.  This will be followed by a TAS public night star party (weather permitting).