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: Moon Adventure

Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.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 will interact with the sky and space in the planetarium through observations of the Earth and Moon. Best for ages 2-5.

Sky Watch

Time: 11:15 a.m. (Weekends only), 2:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. (Wednesday-Sunday)

Run Time: 25-30 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! Best for ages 5 and older.

Space Explorers

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Run Time: 30-40 minutes

Description: Blast off on a journey comparing NASA’s past Apollo missions and the present day Artemis program! Discover the incredible feats of engineering that made it possible for humans to travel to the Moon, and see how modern innovations are shaping our next giant leap in space exploration. Best for ages 4 and older.


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 on-site on a first come, first served basis for the general public and members who do not book advanced tickets.

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.

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