Closeup of a planet

Enjoy a live, immersive presentation in Pacific Science Center’s Willard Smith Planetarium. Blast-off to the outer reaches of the universe, or explore the planets in our own solar system. Discuss current astronomy news and learn about recent discoveries. Each show is live and presenters can modify the program based on interest. There is always something different to experience!

Planetarium Schedule & Shows

Preschool All Stars

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Run Time: 15-20 minutes

Description: Written with our youngest guests in mind this show is an opportunity for children of all ages to be introduced to the wonders of astronomy. Guests interact with the sky and space in the planetarium through dance, song, and storytelling. Best for ages 2-5.

Earth: Pole to Pole

Time: 1:15 p.m.

Run Time: 30-40 minutes

Description: Join us on a journey to Earth’s polar regions to explore the unique role they play in shaping our planet’s climate. Discover how observations from space are helping scientists study changes to the poles and their global impact.

Sky Watch

Time: 11:15 a.m. (Weekends only), 2:15 p.m.

Run Time: 30-40 minutes

Description: From night sky star gazing to touring the planets of our solar system, the science of astronomy brings a galaxy of topics to explore. Join the PacSci planetarium team on an interactive journey that may have you finding patterns in tonight’s stars, or getting up close with our planetary neighbors. Each presenter will showcase space in uniquely fun and exciting ways!


All planetarium shows are free with General Admission but do require timed tickets for entry. 50% of all planetarium tickets are reserved for advanced booking by PacSci members and 50% of all planetarium tickets are available for day-of booking by anyone. Tickets remaining from member pre-booking are also available day-of to all visitors.

  • Members: To reserve tickets as a member, members must login to their online account to reserve free General Admission tickets and select desired “Add-on Experiences” in the online checkout process.
  • Non-Members: To reserve tickets as a non-member online, guests must buy same-day General Admission tickets and select desired “Add-on Experiences” in the online checkout process. Non-member planetarium tickets become available online and in-person by 10 a.m. the same day.

All visitors can inquire about planetarium tickets on-site upon their arrival. Availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis so we do recommend reserving tickets online prior to your arrival. For access to advanced planetarium bookings and to unlock an entire year of curiosity, save 10% on membership by joining online today!

Virtual planetarium Shows