Science can be a frightening word, particularly when it's listed under "cause of death" and followed by three exclamation points. Overcome your fear of knowledge with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a one-year family membership at Clark Planetarium (a $99 value). The package includes:
- Planetarium membership for five people
- Admission to documentary programming at the Hansen Dome Theatre and ATK 3D IMAX Theatre
- Discounts at the Planet Fun planetarium store
Clark Planetarium exposes the wonders of outer space through interactive exhibits dedicated to such treasures as the Hubble telescope, International Space Station, and Mars landscape. A family membership earns up to five people yearlong opportunities to bask in surround sound at the Hansen Dome Theatre and ATK 3D IMAX Theatre. Both auditoriums project documentaries in high definition and the Hansen Dome present cosmic light shows boasting colorful lasers, 3D graphics, and tunes by popular bands or available crickets. Members may also peruse the Planet Fun store's ample shelves, which are clad with eco-friendly toys, science kits, and DVDs.
Within Clark Planetarium's space-exploration-themed facility, the interactive displays and immersive IMAX and planetarium shows enlighten visitors with interesting scientific facts. Spread out across 10,000 square feet, more than 15 hands-on exhibits entrance guests with artifacts such as photos from the Hubble Space Telescope and a moon rock brought back from the Apollo 15 mission.
Audio in the ATK IMAX Theatre emanates from a 14,000-watt digital surround-sound system as the 70-foot wide, five-story-high screen accommodates Hollywood hits and insightful documentaries in 3-D. More entertainment abounds in the Hansen Dome Theatre, where six high-definition projectors fill the 55-foot domed screen with seamless images during scientific films and cosmic light shows.