Portable planetarium comes to Snoqualmie
July 5, 2012
By Sebastian Moraga
There will be no red carpet or paparazzi, but the stars will show up in Snoqualmie regardless the afternoon of July 10.
A portable planetarium will make constellations, planets and galaxies available to Valley children, courtesy of the Pacific Science Center.
“They have an inflatable room that they will bring and put inside our meeting room,” said Jennifer Loomis, children’s librarian at the King County Library System’s Snoqualmie branch. “It will be like having our own planetarium show inside the library.”
The show, free to all, will be split in two parts. Starting at 2:30 p.m., “Up In the Sky,” will target children ages 4 and older. “Star Search,” starting at 3 p.m., will target children 8 and older.
The younger children’s program will include a giant connect-the-dots picture in the sky, Loomis said.
“It’s a nice introduction for the younger set to look at the night sky,” she said.
The “Star Search” program will teach older children how to look at constellations and how to identify them.
All children should come with an adult who should at least remain in the building, Loomis said. Adults, depending on a child’s comfort level with the planetarium’s darkness, should accompany the child.
“The only little thing that would be scary is if they weren’t comfortable in the dark,” Loomis said. “Parents have to use their judgment of how comfortable the kids are. If they are not comfortable, they can always leave.”
The planetarium houses up to 32 children or 20 adults at one time, according to the Pacific Science Center website.
Children need not be budding experts on stars and planets to enjoy the show, Loomis said.
“They can be complete greenhorns,” she said. “It’s open to anybody.”
Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or email@example.com.