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Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon 50th Anniversary

Pink Floyd’s iconic album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, originally released in March 1973, turns 50, and what more fitting a place to celebrate it and experience it than in a Planetarium, through the music set to visuals. With the help of modern technology, the idea of a show combining breath-taking views of the solar system and beyond, played out to 42 minutes of The Dark Side Of The Moon in surround sound, has been embraced by the band. NSC Creative have led the visual production efforts, working closely with Pink Floyd’s long time creative collaborator Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.

 

Each song has a different theme; some futuristically looking forward and some a retro acknowledgment to Pink Floyd’s visual history, all relating to a time and space experience, embracing up to the minute technology that only a Planetarium can offer. A truly immersive and all-encompassing surround sound and visual treat that will transcend reality and take you way beyond the realms of 2D experience. 

Friday, April 26, 2024   7:45 PM
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Friday, May 3, 2024   7:45 PM
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Saturday, May 4, 2024   6:30 PM
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Friday, May 10, 2024   7:45 PM
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Saturday, May 11, 2024   6:30 PM
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Friday, May 17, 2024   7:45 PM
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Saturday, May 18, 2024   6:30 PM
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04/26/2024 - 05/18/2024
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Magnificent Moons, A Children's Show

Is Earth the only planet with a moon? Are all moons like ours? Make sure you’re buckled up because we’ll be visiting some of the solar system’s strangest and most unique locations as we explore its many magnificent moons!

This live and interactive planetarium show is specially designed for our youngest visitors.  It does get dark in the planetarium and it is not recommended for children younger than 3.  

Saturday, April 27, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, April 27, 2024   2:45 PM
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Wednesday, July 31, 2024   11:00 AM
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04/27/2024 - 07/31/2024
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Moons: Worlds of Mystery

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Moons: Worlds of Mystery

 

Experience the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our solar system. Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds. Journey to the outer planets and their moons, returning home with newfound wonder about the dynamic and intricate solar system in which we all live.

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Friday, April 26, 2024   6:00 PM
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Saturday, June 15, 2024   4:30 PM
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024   1:00 PM
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Friday, August 9, 2024   6:00 PM
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04/26/2024 - 08/09/2024
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Habitat Earth

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Habitat Earth

 

Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ latest original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

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Saturday, April 27, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, June 14, 2024   6:00 PM
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Saturday, July 13, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, August 16, 2024   6:00 PM
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04/27/2024 - 08/16/2024
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Secret Lives of Stars

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Secret Lives of Stars

 

Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films.

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Friday, May 3, 2024   6:00 PM
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Saturday, June 22, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, July 19, 2024   6:00 PM
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Saturday, August 17, 2024   4:30 PM
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05/03/2024 - 08/17/2024
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Our Sun is a Star! A Children's Planetarium Show

Did you know the sun is a star? Have you ever wondered what stars are made of? Why are stars different colors? Come learn all about stars in this children’s show!

This live and interactive planetarium show is specially designed for our youngest visitors.  It does get dark in the planetarium and it is not recommended for children younger than 3.  

Saturday, May 4, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, May 4, 2024   2:45 PM
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Saturday, May 11, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, May 11, 2024   2:45 PM
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Saturday, May 18, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, May 18, 2024   2:45 PM
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Saturday, May 25, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, May 25, 2024   2:45 PM
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Saturday, June 1, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, June 1, 2024   2:45 PM
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Saturday, June 8, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, June 8, 2024   2:45 PM
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Saturday, June 15, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, June 15, 2024   2:45 PM
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Saturday, June 22, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, June 22, 2024   2:45 PM
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Saturday, June 29, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, June 29, 2024   2:45 PM
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05/04/2024 - 06/29/2024
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Experience the Aurora

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Experience the Aurora

 

Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, E&S crews captured time-lapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fish-eye lenses. The results are spectacular. For the first time the aurora has been captured as it was meant to be experienced, as a display that covers the entire sky. This immersive show shares the science behind the aurora and tells the story of our quest to find and photograph the aurora for wraparound display in full-dome theaters.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024   4:30 PM
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05/04/2024
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Birth of Planet Earth

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Birth of Planet Earth

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet's origins.

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system's violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?


Produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA's Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, In, in association with Tellus Science Museum. This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Friday, May 10, 2024   6:00 PM
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Wednesday, June 26, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, July 27, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, August 30, 2024   6:00 PM
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05/10/2024 - 08/30/2024
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From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

Inside NASA, experience the excitement of today’s space missions as you journey from NASA’s test facilities all the way to Pluto. Immerse yourself in the adventure and extremes of spacecraft engineering—from the design of missions like the James Webb Space Telescope and New Horizons, to the rigors of testing, launch, and space operations. When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, June 21, 2024   6:00 PM
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Saturday, July 20, 2024   4:30 PM
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Wednesday, August 14, 2024   1:00 PM
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05/11/2024 - 08/14/2024
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Hidden Universe

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Hidden Universe

 

An extraordinary journey deep into space, the documentary adventure Hidden Universe brings to life the farthest reaches of our universe with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes-seen on-screen. Stunning, high-resolution images of space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars, and witness images of distant celestial structures including stunning views of the Sun.

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Friday, May 17, 2024   6:00 PM
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Saturday, June 29, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, July 26, 2024   6:00 PM
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Wednesday, August 21, 2024   1:00 PM
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05/17/2024 - 08/21/2024
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To Worlds Beyond: Journey Through the Solar System

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video To Worlds Beyond: Journey Through the Solar System

 

From the fiery surface of the Sun to the icy realm of comets, travel to worlds with enormous volcanoes, vast canyons, dazzling rings, and storms that would swallow the Earth. Learn more about Mars and Pluto too!

Saturday, May 18, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, June 28, 2024   6:00 PM
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Wednesday, July 24, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, August 31, 2024   4:30 PM
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05/18/2024 - 08/31/2024
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Exo: Are We Alone?

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Exo: Are We Alone?

Humankind has always sought to understand the mysteries of the Universe and speculated about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Today we know of thousands of exoplanets — planets located outside our Solar System — that offer valuable information about our own planet, its origins and life on Earth. We’re on the cusp of making some fascinating discoveries. But how will they change our lives? 

This “feel good movie” about life is intended to be celebratory, positive and exciting. The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium team hopes to get audiences interested not only in astronomy research, but also in creating connections between ourselves and the extraterrestrial life that may be out there in the Universe.

Friday, May 24, 2024   6:00 PM
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Wednesday, July 3, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, August 3, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, September 6, 2024   6:00 PM
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05/24/2024 - 09/06/2024
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Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Black Holes: The Other Side of infinity

 

Be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. This cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations, to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

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Saturday, May 25, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, July 5, 2024   6:00 PM
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Wednesday, July 31, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, September 7, 2024   4:30 PM
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05/25/2024 - 09/07/2024
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Wayfinders: Waves, Winds and Stars

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Wayfinders: Waves, Winds and Stars

In Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars, learn how to read the stars and interpret the wind and waves as we follow the story of Hawaii’s Polynesian Voyaging Society and their efforts to recover the nearly lost techniques of traditional Polynesian navigation aboard the double-hulled canoe Hōkūleʻa. Fulldome footage and animation blend together to take viewers aboard Hōkūleʻa and demonstrate how ancient wayfinders were able to navigate halfway across the world without the use of modern instruments. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories.

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Friday, May 31, 2024   6:00 PM
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Saturday, July 6, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, August 2, 2024   6:00 PM
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Saturday, September 14, 2024   4:30 PM
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05/31/2024 - 09/14/2024
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Mars: The Ultimate Voyage

Ever wondered what it will take for astronauts to travel to the Moon, Mars and beyond? On this long journey, what challenges will astronauts face? How will they stay motivated and healthy on their spacecraft so far away from Earth? The new, Bell original planetarium show Mars: The Ultimate Voyage, explores these questions and more

On a two year journey to Mars astronauts will face extraordinary challenges—long distance, a closed environment, isolation, altered gravity, radiation. What will it take to get astronauts to Mars—and back—safely? This new, animated planetarium production highlights NASA research and training initiatives that are preparing the next generation of astronauts who will head to Mars. The film shows how creativity, collaboration, communication, and expertise in a diverse number of fields are key for the success of deep space travel—while also inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals! Witness what it takes to embark on the first human mission beyond Earth’s orbit.

The Bell Museum collaborated with NASA and the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to create this new planetarium show. The work was funded by a NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Award 80NSSC20M0028 to the Bell Museum through the Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Saturday, June 1, 2024   4:30 PM
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Friday, July 12, 2024   6:00 PM
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Wednesday, August 7, 2024   1:00 PM
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Friday, September 13, 2024   6:00 PM
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06/01/2024 - 09/13/2024
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Dynamic Earth

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Dynamic Earth

 

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.

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Friday, June 7, 2024   6:00 PM
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024   1:00 PM
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Saturday, August 10, 2024   4:30 PM
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06/07/2024 - 08/10/2024
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Destination Mars: The New Frontier

30 minute live planetarium presentation + 30 minute video Destination Mars: The New Frontier

 

THE NEXT GIANT LEAP IN HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT IS UPON US. NASA - and others - have their sights set on the Red Planet, and they’re building the technology to get us there! Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives audiences an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey.

 

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Saturday, June 8, 2024   4:30 PM
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Explore the night sky, fly through the solar system, explore the universe, and learn about new astronomical discoveries at the Pierce College Science Dome!

Public Shows

We are open on Friday and Saturday for public shows*.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.  We accept both cash and card at the door.

*No public shows November 24, 25, or December 22 or 23

Private Show or Field Trip

Book an in-person or virtual visit for your group on our scheduling page.  After scheduling you will receive a passcode to pay on this site.

If you are looking for a Tacoma Astronomical Society show, please reserve your spot through TAS.

If you would like to get tickets to Beautifica, they are purchased through a third party.

Registration for Summer Space Camps can be found through the Camps tab above.

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