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Curiosity at Home

Experiences and Activities for the Curious

Virtual Field Trips

Enrichment Activities for Your Class

Fun, Educational Activities

Experiments, Live Science Shows, Tinkering and More

Grades K-8 Learning Opportunities

Activities for All Ages

Curiosity at Home

Ignite your curiosity at home with streaming live science shows, hands-on STEM activities, tutorials, interviews, and more. Explore educational activities and resources by age and topic, meant to inspire and excite all people about science. Please consider making a donation today to help us continue to provide free resources for families, educators, and the community. Any amount helps. Thank you!

 
Programs for Kids & Early Learners from Pacific Science Center

Early Childhood

Explore scientific topics with your little learner. Make artistic insects, take the bubble blower challenge, find patterns in nature, and more Learn more

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Grades K-2

Find age appropriate, hands-on activities that help foster scientific discovery for kids in Grades K-2. Learn more

kids looking at a snake at mercer slough

Grades 3-5

Have fun while learning! Try science experiments in each of the STEM subjects that are appropriate for kids in Grades 3-5. Learn more

Teen making oobleck for a science experiment

Grades 6-8

Dig deeper into scientific topics through hands-on activities while having fun. Check out these experiments appropriate for kids in Grades 6-8. Learn more

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Virtual Programs

Pacific Science Center is going virtual! Are you looking for hands-on activities, learning-based inquiry, exciting experiments, and fun? Try one of our STEM Virtual Programs and ignite your curiosity from anywhere. Learn more

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Virtual Field Trips

Bring one of PacSci’s field trips to your students virtually! Participate in workshops and demonstrations featuring some of your favorite STEM activities. Learn more

 

PacSci Streaming Videos

Curiosity never closes, which is why we’re bringing your favorite PacSci experiences to you. Watch new butterflies emerge, check in on the mole rat colony, try your hand at an at-home Tinker Tank activity, or watch a Live Science Show.

 

Live Science Shows

See experiments, theatrics, and tricks in action during one of PacSci’s Live Science Shows. See shows on PacSci Now or live with a rotating selection at the science center. Each promises to inspire curiosity, enlighten, and entertain people of all ages.

View the full video playlist

PacSci Now: Experiences On-Demand

PacSci Now: Experiences on Demand brings you into daily life at PacSci with behind-the-scenes content. See the butterflies flutter, listen to interviews with staff, try STEM activities, meet STEM professionals, and learn about a wide variety of scientific topics. Get to know the fun and quirky side of PacSci, while learning about scientific topics.

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Early Childhood Explorations

Check out these fun ways for preschool aged kids and families to investigate science. Inspire your early learner’s curiosity with hands-on activities, dynamic, touchable exhibits, opportunities to experiment, and of course learn.

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Share Your Experiences

Share these Curiosity at Home activities with friends, family, and schoolmates. Then, try experiments together over virtual chats and share the things you’ve learned with the community. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, then share your experiences on social using #pacsci and #curiosityathome. We love seeing what you’ve done!

 

Additional Resources

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Talking To Kids About Race and Racism
Talking About Race

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation. Learn more

 

Town Hall on Racism

Sesame Street and CNN
CNN’s Van Jones and Erica Hill partner with “Sesame Street” for Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families. Watch the Town Hall

 

Diverse Children’s Books

Embrace Race
Get ideas for diverse children’s books from this important reading list for all children. Learn more

 

Kids’ Books to Celebrate Juneteenth

New York Public Library
Read these great books to introduce Juneteenth’s stories and traditions to the youngest readers. Learn more

 

Slavery and Freedom Exhibit and Tour

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Watch this exhibit tour with NMAAHC’s Founding Director Lonnie Bunch III through their Slavery and Freedom exhibition to celebrate Juneteenth, highlighting stories behind some of the exhibit’s most important artifacts. Watch the tour

 

#BlackLivesMatter: K-8 Distance Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd

Colorful Pages
These learning activities aim to help you talk about Black Lives Matter and Justice for George Floyd as a family or classroom for students in Grades K-8. Learn more

 

Colorful Pages

This site, “aims to help educators, families, and librarians explore the use of multicultural literature/diverse books to cultivate cultural empowerment and crosscultural empathy in our students.” Learn more

Featured All Ages Activities
2019 Summer Science Club Workbook

Try some of the activities from our 2019 Summer Science Club. Each week science-related activities to spark kids’ curiosity. Download the 2019 Summer Science Club Workbook

Coloring Page: PacSci’s Arches

Be an artist and color in our Arches! Make sure to share your creations using #pacsci.

Games Activities 

Be curious and get your game on all year long in playful games activities.

Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden

Pollinators have a very important job in sustaining ecosystems: they fertilize plants as they travel ensuring that we and other animals and food and flowers. Support pollinators and Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden.

Handwashing Challenge

How does handwashing prevent the spreading of viruses? Watch this video to find out.

Hand Hygiene Science

Try your hand at this germ-busting hygiene activity.

Home Mini Golf

Make a mini-golf course using everyday household items.

Illusion of Forced Perspective

Experiment in the Illusion of Forced Perspective activity and make a small object look bigger than you are in a photograph.

Make a Lava Lamp

Learn about fluid dynamics by making a lava lamp.

Make a Spirograph

Create mathematical art with a homemade Spirograph.

Making Oobleck

Discover with the PacSci team! Become a material scientist and make Oobleck and investigate its weird properties.

Make You Own Kazoo

Hum your favorite tune and amplify it with your own kazoo!

Naked Mole Rat Observations

Observe and scan sample our Naked Mole Rat colony, then record your findings in the Naked Mole Rats Observation activity.

Oil Spill Clean Up

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

PacSci Now: Interview with the Laser Dome Team

Watch this behind-the-scenes look at PacSci’s Laser Dome, learn about its history and how the lasers work.

PacSci Now: Laser Dome Performance 360

Watch this special 360° video of a laser performance by our Laser Dome artist, MoTown.

PacSci Now: Making Slime

Yucky, gooey slime! Make slime using everyday materials with the PacSci team.

PacSci in Planet Minecraft

PacSci has joined fellow Crafters on Minecraft! Download a map of PacSci and explore.

Pin Plinker

Build and play your own thumb piano to learn about pitch and the history of this percussive instrument in Pin Plinker.

Ready, Set, Don’t Run! 

Find ways to get to the finish line and get ready for a race, but not any race! 

Rock Candy

Become a crystallographer by making sugar rock crystals and seeing how they form.

Stop Edits

Create a movie with fantastical illusions using special effects in Stop Edits.

Tinker Tank at Home: Build a 3D Hologram Projector

Build 3D hologram projector using a smart phone with Tinker Tank at Home.

Coloring Pages

We love seeing your work! Make sure to share your creations using #pacsci.

 

PacSci’s Arches

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Bee

Download the sheet

 

Beetle

Download the sheet (for our littlest learners)

 

Butterfly and Habitat

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Color with Curio

Download the sheet (all ages) 

 
Dinosaur Fossils

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Pollinators

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Poppies and Their Pollinator Friends

Watch and follow along (Grades 3 and up)

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Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Tardigrade

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Documentaries

We’re happy to bring you some of our educational documentaries available on streaming services at a no- or low-cost. Watch some of the old favorites as well as new adventures.

 

America’s Musical Journey

Available on: YouTube (free) as well as Apple TV and GoUSA TV via Roku
Go on a cross-country journey celebrating the unique diversity of America’s musical heritage.

Download the Educator’s Guide

 

Coral Reef Adventure

Available on: Amazon Prime
Explore the world’s most beautiful and endangered coral reefs across the South Pacific. Follow filmmakers on an expedition documenting coral reefs, their ecosystems, and the importance of the creatures that live there.

Download the Educator’s Guide

 

Decoding the Weather Machine

Available on: PBS, NOVA Season 45 Episode 7 (free)
Recently, earth has been experiencing extreme weather events, and many scientists agree: something’s up with the weather. Climate change is causing weather to be hotter and more erratic. Cut through the confusion around climate change in this documentary.

 

Dolphins

Available on: Amazon Prime
Wondering how dolphins communicate? Watch this Academy Award nominated documentary to get a playful, up-close look at the dolphins of Alaska, Patagonia and the Bahamas. Discover new perspectives on their remarkable intelligence.

Download the Educator’s Guide
View additional educational resources

 

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Available on: Vimeo on Demand
Transform how you think about engineering in this documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges. See the inspiring stories of innovations big and small and the engineers behind them while thinking about ways to create a more sustainable future for us all.

Download the Educator’s Guide
View additional educational resources

 

Hubble

Available on: Amazon Prime
Journey through distant galaxies, and go with astronauts as they attempt the most important task in NASA’s history. This film, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, gives an inspiring look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy.

Download the Educator’s Guide

 

Humpback Whales

Available on: Vimeo on Demand
This extraordinary journey, narrated by Ewan McGregor, takes you into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Get an up-close look at how humpback whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.

Download the Educator Guide
View additional educational videos

 

National Parks Adventure

Available on: Vimeo on Demand
Looking for an adventure? Robert Redford takes us on an ultimate off-trail journey into the nation’s untamed wilderness in places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and many more. Soar over red rock canyons, hurtle up craggy mountain peaks, and venture into other-worldly realms.

Download the Educator’s Guide
View additional educational resources

 

St. Helens: Out of the Ash

Available on: PBS Documentaries (free)
On May 18, 1980 Mt. St. Helens erupted and captured the attention of the world. Watch the story of the cataclysmic events of that day, and the miraculous resiliency of Nature as life returns out of the ash.

 

The Living Sea

Available on: Amazon Prime
This mesmerizing Academy Award-nominated film brings together the sounds of Sting and the voice of Meryl Streep with the wonders of the ocean. Celebrate the beauty and diversity of the ocean and explore our relationship with this complex and fragile environment.

 

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius

Available on: Amazon Prime
Retrace Van Gogh’s artistic journey from the time of his first canvases at age 27 to his death 9 years later—a period during which he painted more than 900 paintings. See his art take on new life in this experiential film. 

 
 

Tinker Tank at Home

Design, build, test and repeat! Continue experimenting and innovating with Tinker Tank at Home. Check out these instructional videos of do-it-yourself activities. Build a milk carton boat, create a carbon-dioxide rich atmosphere, make squishy circuits, and more.

View the full video playlist

Watch the Naked Mole Rats

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

Learn more about our naked mole rats

Virtual Planetarium Show

Blast-off to the outer reaches of the universe, or explore the planets in our own solar system. Discuss current astronomy news and learn about recent discoveries. Each show is live and presenters can modify the program based on interest.

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Pacific Science Center provides Curiosity At Home for educational and informational purposes only. All activities should be done in an appropriate environment with adult supervision while following the safety guidelines associated with all materials used. In no event will Pacific Science Center be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the information contained on the Pacific Science Center or Curiosity At Home website.