Events & Programs

Be Curious. Celebrate Earth.

Curiosity springs to life at PacSci. Celebrate our planet, Earth, by planting seeds of discovery and change.

Get to know your fellow Earth inhabitants, from butterflies to Naked Mole Rats. Join enlightening talks by Earth experts, dig into special at home activities, marvel at the wonders of the world during IMAX documentaries, and more. Learn new ways to celebrate our remarkable home, Earth.

There’s something new to discover, explore, and inspire you to love your planet every day.

 

Digital Activities and Experiences

Earth Day Now More Now than Ever: Into Nature and Toward Life

Watch this special livestreamed Earth Day event! Discover how, even in the city, we can deepen our interactions with the natural world, Earth’s heartbeat. Learn more

Watch Butterflies Emerging

Have you ever see the moment that butterflies emerge from a chrysalis? Watch this insider’s glimpse into some of our butterflies making their debut in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Watch Our Naked Mole Rats

Miss Elphaba, our Naked Mole Rat Queen? Watch her and the rest of the colony on the Naked Mole Rate Livecam.

PacSci Now: Meet a Tarantula

Join the PacSci team and meet Senora, an Arizona Blonde Tarantula! Learn about how arachnids see, move, feel around, how they make webs, and what those special hairs on their bodies are for.

 

PacSci Now: Meet Rigatoni and Cannoli

Get a behind-the-scenes look at animal care at PacSci! Meeting Rigatone, a Western Hog Noes Snake, and Cannoli, a Kenyan Sand Boa. Learn about their living and eating habits, and how PacSci staff takes care of their unique needs.

COVID-19 Sound Map

Have you noticed the world sounds very different right now? People are now crowdsourcing a Sound Map on Google Earth to capture how sonic environments have changed with social distancing. Submit the sounds around you! Learn more

Make a Raincloud

Create a rain cloud using items found at home. This activity involves weather and the scientific method, and is appropriate for all ages with adult supervision.

Ocean Acidification

Create your own example of carbon-dioxide rich atmosphere in a cup and watch the reaction of the water beneath it. Discover how the ocean atmosphere interacts with carbon dioxide gas and how it diffuses into water, causing the water to become more acidic.

Ecosystem Surveys

Observe a nearby ecosystem like a park or backyard in Ecosystem Surveys.

Design a Solution

Design new inventions that can solve problems in Design a Solution.

Observing Our Oceans

Investigate the impact of ice melting due to climate change and how that affects sea levels in Observing Our Oceans.

Spider Silk Hunt

Go looking for spider webs and learn about their silk in Spider Silk Hunt.

Wind Powered Cars

Design a vehicle, test it, and redesign it in Wind Powered Cars.

Oil Spill Clean Up

Become an environmental engineer and research, design, and test ways to clean up polluted bodies of water in Oil Spill Clean Up.

Test Your Spider Knowledge

How well do you know spiders? Test Your Spider Knowledge.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Explore the environment, flora, and fauna around your home and go on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt.

Make Your Own Insect Lifecycle

Learn about insect lifecycles and make your own.

Observations in Sound

Get a deeper understanding of the world around you by making a sound map in Observations in Sound.

 

Science in the City Talks

Always Book a Window Seat: Reflections of a Female Geologist

Step into the shoes of a geologist and view the world with a new perspective with Deborah Green, the 2019 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology. Hear how being a woman in a male-dominated field has shaped her experiences and how it has led her to be an advocate for diversity for the future of her discipline.

Climate Depression: Confronting Eco-Anxiety in the Age of Crisis

As our climate crisis grows, new research shows that ecological loss is taking a huge emotional toll. Watch this discussion about the emotional dimensions of our climate crisis and shares strategies for addressing grief and anxiety over environmental loss without retreating into despair. 

Mysteries of the Deep: Seattle’s Underwater Secrets

Hidden beneath the water surrounding Seattle lies hundreds of crashed airplanes, wrecked wooden ships and abandoned artifacts. See never-before-seen 3D models, photos and stories from the last century using a new technology.
 

In Person Activities and Experiences

We’re looking forward to welcoming our guests back to PacSci to enjoy all of our earth-related experiences that take place year round.

See a Lush Ecosystem

Ongoing
Step into the Tropical Butterfly House and experience a special world with hundreds of free flying butterflies and colorful, fragrant flowers.
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Visit Mercer Slough

Ongoing
Explore this biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of Bellevue. See the wildlife and get involved in special programs.
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Stroll Through Our Historic Courtyard

Ongoing
See different flowers bloom each month that support native pollinators throughout the year. Learn about plants that humans have cultivated for food, medicine and other products.
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Science on a Sphere

Ongoing
Investigate the atmosphere, land and oceans in interactive presentations, and learn about the science behind complex environmental processes such as hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanoes and other natural disasters.
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Tinker Tank

Ongoing
Experiment and innovate while building wind powered vehicles or a city of the future, try stop motion animation, build hoot-i-tats and more.
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Meet Animals

Ongoing
Learn about generalists (rats) and specialists (axolotls) and the naked mole rat colony, hissing cockroaches, a hog nosed snake named Rigatoni and an array of marine life at the Salt Water Tide Pool.
Learn more

Visit PacSci as a Group

Ongoing
Bring the wonders of our natural world to life for your group. Receive a discount when scheduling a group reservation for 10 or more with advance reservations.
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See a Planetarium Show

Ongoing
Get “an out of this world” view of Earth and see how polar regions affect the rest of the planet in the live show: Earth: Pole to Pole. Blast-off and explore planets and galaxies in our live, immersive shows.
Learn more

 

Curiosity Never Closes: Support PacSci

While we are closed to the public, we are still serving the community. We depend on support from you.

Members Get More

Ignite your curiosity day after day! Members enjoy unlimited free admission for a year, discounts on events and programs, invitations to exclusive events, as well as passes and discounts on IMAX and Laser shows, and ticketed VR experiences.

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