March 29th, 2017
Waxing Crescent Moon

Field Trips

Group and school reservations

  • Must be two  weeks in advance with 20 people or more.
  • Due to high demand, many of the school time slots for spring, 2016 are already filled, but we have other options for groups.
  • Group or School reservations Mondays to Fridays 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM: 385-468-1227or email
  • Can be made up to 12 months in advance.
  • Reservations are a “first come, first served” basis.
  • Please know that your field trip is a request for now.  You will receive your final reservation confirmation sheet in your email 2 to 4 weeks prior to your scheduled visit.

Here is the Group Visit Reservation Guide for SY 2015/16. It will answer most questions regarding group visits to Clark Planetarium.

Here is the Leader Reservations Microsoft Excel form to be filled out and returned to Clark Planetarium. Save the document, complete it, then attach it to an email to

Please note: these forms have specific drop down lists and questions. If you do not have Microsoft Excel, you will need to call the Reservationist to make your reservations. It will not help to submit these forms in any other format (PDF, GoogleDocs, etc.)

Here are the Rules and Tips that everyone in the group needs to be aware of and follow. All teachers and adult chaperones are responsible for supervision and behavior of all students.

Group or Schools Pricing and Requirements

All groups must arrive 15-30 minutes prior to first presentation – allow for inclement weather or traffic

Utah Public and Charter Schools – 

  • Free Admission to Hansen Dome Theater for educational shows (no laser shows) and Science on a Sphere presentations.  One free adult (teachers count first) for every 10 students, then adults are $6 each as long as they are part of the original reservation.  Any last minute adults are $7 and are NOT guaranteed a seat.
  • Orbital ATK IMAX Theatre shows are also free to schools (limit 1 show), with one free adult (teachers count first) per 10 students, and $6 per adult per show thereafter, as long as they are a part of the original reservation. Additional adults not on the reservation must pay $7 per show and are NOT guaranteed a seat.
  • We must have a signed and currently dated (2014-2015) copy of your tax-exempt number on a TC-721G form,
  • Required chaperone ratio is 1 adult (teachers count first) for every 10 students.

Utah Home schools affiliated with a Utah Public School District –

  • We must have a copy of your home school affidavit certificate with the school district signature.
  • Free admission to Hansen Dome Theatre for educational shows only (no laser or night shows) and Science on a Sphere presentations.
  • One free adult (teachers count first) for every 10 students, then adults are $6 each as part of the original reservation.  Any last minute adults are $7 and are NOT guaranteed a seat.
  • ATK IMAX Theater is $6 for all schools.
  • Suggested chaperone ratio is 1 adult for every 10 students.

Private schools with Utah tax-exemption –  

  • Hansen Dome Theater shows are $5.62 each ($6.00 ticket, less sales tax).
  • Orbital ATK IMAX Theater is $6 for all schools (no sales tax included or added).
  • Science on a Sphere is $3 each (no sales tax included or added), but free if your group books a screening of a Dome or IMAX theater show.
  • We must have a signed and currently dated (current or prior year acceptable) copy of your tax exempt number on a TC-721 form,
  • Suggested chaperone ratio is 1 adult for every 10 students.

Groups without a Utah tax exemption, including Utah private schools without exemption and out-of-state schools:

  • Must be two weeks in advance with 20 people or more, your group gets $1 off the regular public price of any Dome or IMAX theater show.
  • Suggested chaperone ratio is 1 adult for every 10 students.

For all schools –

  • This pricing is available to all schools during that time period. This pricing is available when reserving two weeks in advance with 20 or more people. 
  • Suggested chaperone ratio is 1 adult for every 10 students.


Information about Clark Planetarium Shows and Activities

Free Exhibits –

Exhibits Exploration Worksheet (all grade levels)

6th grade only

Hansen Dome Theater Shows – 

The Hansen Dome Theatre (aka Star Theatre or Planetarium Theatre) is a domed theatre 50 feet in diameter. Our Dome Theatre seats 190 people, with room for up to four wheelchairs. Dome Theatre programs involve state-of-the-art animation and the latest in planetarium virtual-3D projection. Many programs, especially for schools, include live interactions with our trained presenters and education specialists.  All of these titles are available for school schedule. Not all of them are on the current public schedule.

Must have 40 people or more to pick a show (‘Teacher’s choice’) during school morning hours:

  • 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM (year-round)
  • 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM (approximately Labor Day through Memorial Day each year)

Skywatch for 2nd/3rd grade – Experience sunrise and sunset and watch the moon change shape over time. See how Earth’s rotation causes the motions of the Sun, Moon, and stars, and see the spherical Earth, Moon, and Sun from Space.

Skywatch for 6th Grade – (Pick two modules for your one hour Skywatch Dome presentation)

  • Skywatch 6th grade Module 1 MOON PHASES - Students will view the Moon and its phases from Earth, as well as watch the Moon as it orbits around Earth, creating the phases.
  • Skywatch 6th grade Module 2 SEASONS – Students will experience the changing height of the Sun in the sky at different times of year as well as see Earth and its tilt as it orbits around the Sun.
  • Skywatch 6th grade Module 3 SOLAR SYSTEM – We will focus on the planets and their attributes, as well as the technology being used to observe and understand our solar system.
  • Skywatch 6th grade Module 4 SCALE/CONSTELLATIONS – Learn how to find seasonal constellations and gain a new appreciation of size and distance in the universe.

Orbital ATK IMAX Movie Theater Shows –

The Orbital ATK IMAX Theatre is a large-format, flat screen film theatre. It is 55-feet high and 70-feet long. Our IMAX theatre seats 288 people, with room for up to 8 wheelchairs. Most IMAX films are shown in 3D with special glasses provided. Some are in 2D. To learn more about IMAX technology, visit

  • Free IMAX entry for Utah public schools; there is limited availability for this offering, and once we have exhausted yearly funding, normal ticketing costs will apply. Please book your reservations early to ensure that we can accommodate your free ticketing to the IMAX Theatre.

Must have 40 people or more to pick a show during school morning hours 10:00 or 11:00 AM (Teacher’s choice)

IMAX Popcorn/Drink Special Available –

  • $2.00 per person for IMAX shows only (no concessions in the Hansen Dome Theater or Science on a Sphere exhibit).
  • We will need to know the total number of popcorn/drink packages requested as part of your reservation.

Science on a Sphere (SOS) –

  • Done by our educational experts, this covers a topic the teacher chooses.  It is interactive and a fun educational experience to complement Dome and IMAX shows.
  • Lasts 20-30 minutes and showings are available Mondays to Fridays between 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • SOS shows are free to Utah Public and Charter schools, and to home schools affiliated with a Utah Public School District.
  • For all other schools it is $3/person.  When booked with a Dome show or IMAX movie, it is free.
  • Here is a list of the available subjects

Planet Fun Store –

  • The Planet Fun Gift Store offers a great variety of gifts including many science-related products.  Prices range from $2 to $50.
  • We require 1 adult for every 10 students while inside the store.

Special Needs or Accommodations –

  • We have wheelchair seating in both Hansen Dome and Orbital ATK IMAX Theatres.
  • We have 4 closed-captioning, individual monitors for the hearing impaired, for a few cc-enabled titles in the IMAX Theatre.
  • A red light on a headband is available for ASL interpreters in Hansen Dome Theatre.


What information do I need to provide when making a reservation?

Please answer all the following questions before calling or emailing the Reservations Coordinator, (385) 468-1227 or email

  • One single lump sum payment is required at the time of service for the number of participants attending a show.  This makes check-in as easy as possible.
  • Any adults paying separately are subject to the regular price of $7.
  • While we do our best to accommodate attendance number changes upon arrival, no seating guarantees can be offered for availability beyond the reserved number.
  • We need to be notified at least four days in advance of any increase in numbers (decrease in numbers can simply be reported upon check-in).
  • Payment can be made by credit card, cash, preprinted check, or purchase orders from Utah public school districts only.
  • If you bring extra people without notifying Reservations, they may be charged regular prices and are NOT guaranteed a seat.
  • Certified Home School affiliated with an Utah Public School district?
  • Title One School?
  • Dates for field trip (list 3 to 4 dates)?
  • Arrival Time, allowing time for traffic/weather (we open as early as 9:00 during the school year)?
  • What grades or ages of group?
  • Number of Students/Children?
  • Number of Teachers/Leaders and Staff?
  • Number of chaperons (not including teachers/leaders)?
  • Visit free exhibits (Yes or No?)
  • What Hansen Dome Theater Show?
  • What IMAX Movie?
  • What Science on a Sphere (SOS) Show? What subject do you want?
  • Planet Fun Store for adults and/or students? (Yes or No)
    We require a minimum 1 to 10 ratio rate of supervision in the store.
  • IMAX popcorn/drink special for $2.00 each person? (Yes or No) Number of specials for reservation ________
    (Sorry, concessions are not allowed in the Hansen Dome Theatre or Science on a Sphere presentations. Please notice that the cost has changed for this special.)
  • Any special needs people needing accommodations (see below)?
  • How many wheelchair seating?
  • How many closed-captioning readers for hard of hearing for IMAX (4 available, for selected titles only)?