Private Events & Facility Rentals

Private event at Flandrau Science Center

Choose Flandrau as the venue for your next private event! We offer a variety of facility rental options to suit your needs, with a fun and unique atmosphere that your guests are sure to remember. We can be the host for small meetings, receptions, lectures, private and after-hours planetarium shows.

Private event at Flandrau
"Flandrau provided Reach For The Stars donors with an awe-inspiring experience into space, allowing adults the opportunity to release their inner child. The feedback was out of this world."

-Kira Reid
Co-Founder, Reach For The Stars


Scheduling and Availability

  • Private event start time 6PM or later
  • Daytime opportunities may be available. Additional fees apply.

Group or event size: Maximum number of guests varies by space. In general, Flandrau cannot accommodate groups larger than 145. See below for details.

Available Spaces

  • Science Center Exhibit Halls
  • Eos Planetarium Theater
  • Galaxy Room
  • Dino Room
  • Insect Room

Price Range

$150 to $850 base rate depending on spaces rented and activities selected. See "Available Areas and Costs" below. 


  • 20% University of Arizona Departments
  • 10% Active Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium members (learn about memberships)
  • 10% Non-Profits and Title I  

Available Spaces and Costs


Private event at Flandrau Science Center

Science Center Exhibit Halls

Enjoy science exhibits and interactives as you mingle.

Private events in exhibit halls are available after-hours only

Rental Rate

  • $850 base rate includes two hours of guest event time
  • $300 for each additional hour

Tables, Linens, and Chairs

  • Additional cost applies for rental of tables, linens, and chairs (not included in rental rate)
  • All scheduling and coordination of table, linen, and chair rentals is the responsibility of the customer booking the private event. Rentals are available through a local vendor of your choice

Seated Dinners vs. Cocktail Style Receptions

  • Seated meals can only be accommodated for smaller groups (around 40 guests)
  • For groups larger than 40, we can only accommodate Cocktail Style Receptions.

Maximum Number of Guests

  • 100 Guests
Included in the Rental Rate Optional Add-ons (Additional Fees Apply)
One hour for set up, one hour for clean up Additional set up/clean up time
Access to science center exhibits on the main and lower levels (except for Undersea Discovery) Undersea Discovery may be added for $150. Includes one 30-minute touch tank experience for guests
Cocktail style reception floor plan is included with the base rate Customized event floor plans
  Catering through Arizona Catering Events & Co., or a local vendor of your choice
  Bar service for private events must be provided through Arizona Catering Events & Co. Wine and beer only permitted, see below.
Guests being seated inside planetarium

Eos Foundation Planetarium Theater

Perfect for private presentations, shows, awards, and other affairs.

Private events in Eos Foundation Planetarium Theater are available after-hours only

Rental Rate

  • $500 base rate includes two hours of guest event time
  • $200 for each additional hour
  • Includes half hour for set up, half hour for clean up

Audio Visual

  • A/V equipment includes microphone, sound system, and standard projector
  • Slides, videos, etc. must be received at least 48 hours in advance of event.
    • If using your own computer, adaptor/connection needs to be communicated at least 48 hours in advance.

No Food or Drink

  • Due to the nature of the theater and its seating and equipment, there is a strict NO food and drink policy inside the theater.

Maximum Number of Guests

  • 145

Check out our show catalog

Rental Rate

  • $200 after hours theater rental free plus the group rental rate for your party ($5 to $10 per person depending on non-profit, etc.)
  • Includes planetarium operator to facilitate star talk or laser show

Maximum number of guests

  • 145 guests

Check out our show catalog

Dino and insect discovery labs

Dino, Insect, or Galaxy Room

Meeting or small reception rooms with fun science themes.

Available during the day and after hours

Each of these three available spaces are priced separately.

Birthday parties are a whole different affair! See our Birthday Party page.

Rental Rates

  • During business hours: $150 base rate
    • Includes one hour of guest event time
    • $100 for each additional hour of guest event time
  • After hours: $200 per hour

Included in the Room Rental

  • Half hour for set up, half hour for clean up
  • Use of refrigerator/freezer
  • Sink in the Galaxy Room and Insect Room
  • Display monitor with wireless and HDMI connectivity available for use in the Dino and Insect rooms

Maximum number of guests for each space varies based on seating layout

  • Dino: 24-32 guests
  • Insect: 24-30 guests
  • Galaxy: 36-45 guests

Available Rooms

Dino Room

A dinosaur birthday party room

Insect Room

A insect themed birthday party room

Galaxy Room

Galaxy Room

Alcohol at events

bartender at flandrau science center serves drink

Yes, you can have alcohol at your event when you go through the proper process. Please be aware of University guidelines and sufficient notice.

  • Only beer and wine are permitted
  • No hard liquors, spirituous drinks, or kegs
  • Two drink per guest maximum
  • All groups have to go through Arizona Catering Co. for alcohol.
  • Bar service must include complimentary beverages and catered food with the cost covered by the customer. Cash bars are not permitted.