Science Fact or Science Fiction?


June 8, 2013

Ever wonder if warp drive is actually possible?  Will we ever have flying cars and  genetically engineered humans?  Join us to watch some favorite science fiction movies in the Science Dome and learn about the science behind them.

Fun for ALL ages! 

Click Here for a  FULL SCHEDULE and LIST OF Exhibits

Exhibits, demonstrations and talks (FREE):

  • noon-5:30 pm
Featured Movies $5
(purchase now until June 8th at the Science Dome or online through Eventbrite for a small fee)
Eventbrite - Science Fact or Science Fiction? - June 8th 2013
  • 10:45 am Treasure Planet (PG)
  • 1 pm Back to the Future (PG)
  • 3:15 pm Jurassic Park (PG-13)
  • 5:55 pm Serenity (PG-13)

Costume Contests (FREE):

  • 12:30 pm 12 & under
  • 5:30 pm 13  & up


This event is being offered in conjunction with the Seattle Science Festival! For full details visit


Spring 2013 Public Shows

Starting the week of March 18th we are moving our evening public show from Wednesday evenings at 7 pm to Friday evenings at 7 pm.

We also have a new show Dynamic Earth that will be debuting that first Friday March 22nd.  A few new shows will also pop up on our schedule a little later this spring in mid-April!

For a detailed show schedule checkout the calendar on the side bar or our Shows page.

General Audience Shows

Fridays 7 pm
Saturdays 3:15 pm
1 hour

Children’s Shows  (Ages 3-8)

Saturdays 2 pm
45 minutes


$6 per adult
$3 per youth (3-18 yrs)
$3 per Pierce College student

Dynamic Earth – Coming Soon!


Starting March 22nd!

The award-winning Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.
Dynamic Earth is the result of a two-year long collaboration between Spitz Creative Media, the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, and Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

A Walk on the Moon, A New Children’s Show


This interactive expedition through our solar system is specially designed for our youngest visitors (Ages 3-8).  Explorers will take a flight to the Moon with the crew of Apollo 11.  Explorers will get a chance to leave their mark on our nearest neighbor, bound about, plant a flag and drive around the surface!

It is currently running on Saturdays at 2pm.  Just $3 per child.


Landsat Launch Party

Join us on February 11th from 9:30 – 10:30 am to watch the 8th Landsat satellite launch!

  • Learn about Landsat!
  • Watch the Launch live on the Dome!
  • See some of Landsat’s “Greatest Hits”
This event is FREE and open to anyone!

What is Landsat?

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the USGS. Landsat satellites have been consistently gathering data about our planet since 1972. They continue to improve and expand this unparalleled record of Earth’s changing landscapes for the benefit of all. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) will become the 8th satellite in  the Landsat series and is launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on February 11th 2013.

For more information on Landsat visit .

A Sneak Peek

We are getting excited for the grand opening this Saturday January 19th, 11 am-4:30 pm!

If you are feeling bummed that you didn’t get seats to one of the shows on Saturday stop by and put your name on the waiting list.  See that floor space up in front?  We have some cushions to make that some of the best “seats” in the house and they aren’t reserved!  So we’ll have room for a few more on Saturday.

In addition to Dome shows we have plenty to do!  The Tacoma Astronomical Society will have hourly presentations on Black Holes and the Apollo Missions to the Moon.  You can “taste” a comet, make your hair stand on end, extract DNA and much more at the hands-on exploration stations.  Watch a Chemistry Demo show and learn how to make the best science fair project. Our Dental Hygiene Clinic will be there too providing free screenings and the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse will have robots to show off!

Can’t make it Saturday?  Check out our Public Shows.

Winter Public Show Schedule

Our Winter public show schedule has been announced.  Check out Shows for more information. Starting Wednesday January 23rd.

General Audience Shows

Wednesdays 7 pm
Saturdays 3:15 pm
1 hour

Three Rotating Shows:

  • Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
  • IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
  • Wonders of the Universe

Children’s Shows

Saturday’s 2 pm
45 minutes


$6 per adult
$3 per youth (3-18 yrs)
$3 per Pierce College student

Grand Opening

  • January 19, 2013
  •  11 AM – 4:30 PM
  • FREE

Join us for a fun filled day to celebrate the Science Dome’s Grand Opening!  See a show in the brand new dome, participate in hands-on exploration stations and watch live science demonstrations.  This event is FREE and open to all ages!

Schedule for the day:

11-11:30 am – Ribbon cutting ceremony

11:30-4:30 pm – Hands on Exploration stations

11:30-4:30 pm – Science Dome shows (Reserve seats now!):

12:50 pm AND 3:00 pm – Chemistry Demo show