The Science Dome hosts free and low-cost special public events approximately once a quarter that include planetarium shows and hands-on science demonstrations appropriate for all ages.

Transit of Mercury

Transit of Mercury Science Dome Event Image
 For the first time since 2016, and the last time until 2032, Mercury will pass in front of the sun! We will have SAFE ways to view this event live, and a planetarium show explaining the phenomenon. PLEASE DO NOT VIEW THE SUN WITHOUT PROPER PROTECTION.
  • Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
  • 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Advance tickets not required, but helpful for a headcount estimate.
  • Come anytime between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., planetarium shows will start roughly every 20 minutes 
  • This is a free event. Donations are welcome!

Family Science Night

Family Science Night Science Dome Event Image
 Join us during this free family science night for fun and educational hands-on science activities and a planetarium show!
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Hands-on activities will be available outside of the Science Dome 
  • Free live planetarium show at 6:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. Seats can be reserved ahead of time.

Space Camp at the Science Dome

illustration of rocket leaving a planet


Youth ages 6–12 are welcome to participate.


A one-day Space Camp, including activities with rockets, robotics, tours through outer space, and more. This year's camp will focus on Mars and includes numerous indoor and outdoor activities designed to engage learning through observation, reasoning, and hands-on experience.


  • Friday August 2, 2019 for 6–9 year olds
  • Friday August 16, 2019 for 10–12 year olds
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants can be dropped off any time between 8 and 9 a.m., and picked up any time between 4:30 and 5 p.m., with supervised care at those times.


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 Room 263.


$40 per child, snacks provided. Please pack a lunch. Some scholarships are available. Contact Hillary Stephens ( for more information.


Complete the registration packet online:

When your completed packet has been returned Stella Kemper (, we will contact you with an access code to pay online.


Please direct questions to Stella Kemper,, 253-302-7938 or Hillary Stephens,, 253-964-6540.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

apollo 50 next giant leap

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon with FREE hands on activities and planetarium shows.

  • Saturday July 20, 12–4 p.m.
  • Great for all ages
  • Learn about the past and future of space exploration
  • Free live planetarium show: From Moon to Mars 
    • Times: 12 p.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 4 p.m.
    • Reserve Seats​

Pi Day – March 14, 2019

pi day text and pi symbol on chalkboard