In preparation for our trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, where the stargazing is truly amazing, we stopped off in Salt Lake City to visit the Clark Planetarium. All in all we were very impressed by this planetarium. While not huge, the great thing about it is that all the exhibits are free. The only attractions that require tickets are the IMAX movies and shows in the Hansen Dome Theater.
Being members of a museum that participates in the Association of Science and Technology Centers’ Passport Program, we secured free tickets to a show at the Hansen Dome Theater. While we waited,we explored the two floors of impressive exhibits that are free to the public. Some of the kids favorite exhibits included the interactive scale that calculated our body weights on planets, moons, and stars. The boys especially loved the audio-kinetic sculpture called “Newton’s Daydream” which was created by artist and sculptor George Rhoads. They would have stayed there all day watching the balls move through the two story maze-like structure. Five of Hearts for her part was especially taken with the interactive space quiz which she almost passed 100% (thank you Magic School Bus)!
However, the highlight of our trip was definitely the exciting feature called “Perfect Little Planet“. This is a great pick for families with younger children. It is funny, informative, and quite a thrill as the dome theater and movie animation make you feel like you are flying through outer space. If you are in the Salt Lake City area we definitely recommend a stop by the Clark Planetarium to learn more about our perfect little planet and the other members of our solar system.