Events & Programs

Programs for Kids & Families

From PacSci to Mercer Slough, there are countless ways for kids of all ages and families to investigate science. Programs inspire curiosity with hands-on activities, dynamic, touchable exhibits, opportunities to experiment, and of course learn.

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Curiosity at Home

Ignite your curiosity at home with streaming live science shows, hands-on STEM activities, tutorials, interviews, and more. These educational activities and resources are for all ages of learners. Learn more

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Understanding COVID-19

View curated, timely, and relevant information about our growing understanding of COVID-19 as well as wider perspectives about the possibilities in a post-COVID-19 world. Learn more

Playdates at Pacsci

Start your day at PacSci while exploring with your early learner. Have fun in the Just for Tots exhibit with other families. Learn more

Play Lab

Ignite curiosity in the littlest scientist in these sensory-friendly family workshops! Play Lab gives your family tools to engage preschoolers in hands-on science activities. Learn more

Tinker Tank

Test hypotheses and create innovations in our hands-on tinkering space that offers daily engineering and design challenges. Learn more

Parents’ Night Out

Spend a night out (or in!) while your child enjoys private, after-hours exploration of our exhibits, hands-on activities, and a live show. Learn more

Family Science Night

Visit our exhibits after hours, perform hands-on experiments and learn while you play as a family. Learn more

Girls' Night Out

Girls’ Night Out aims to inspire curiosity in girls and nurture careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Learn more

Railroad Show

All aboard! Meet dozens of model railroaders and experience these magical displays. Learn more

Meet A Scientist

Discover current research from leading local organizations and the scientists themselves. Learn more

Artist in Residence

Observe, learn, and interact with a working artist at the Artist Living Studio with our Artists in Residence. Learn more

Exploration For All

Once each month, all families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore during a special free morning or evening visit. Learn more

Curiosity Days

BubbleFest

Join this a fun-filled day in the sun  while playing and experimenting with bubbles in our courtyard. Learn more

Birthday Parties

Weekend birthday party packages include a variety of fun and educational hands-on activities designed to ignite curiosity in all ages. Learn more

Camps

Summer Camps

Inspire the inner scientist in your child! Summer camps for kids are available at eight locations in the greater Seattle area for grades PreK-8. Learn more

Mid-Winter Break Camps

Kids can explore and innovate at one of our innovative week-long Mid-Winter Break Camps. Learn more

 

Spring Break Camps

Ignite your child’s curiosity at one of our innovative week-long Spring Break camps. Learn more

Winter Break Camps

Try out a camp in December and January at PacSci at Mercer Slough. Learn more

At Mercer Slough

Polliwog Preschool

Nature ignites curiosity as children explore the living classroom at Mercer Slough during this school-year program.

Guided Nature Walks

Explore Mercer Slough and learn about ecosystems through nature journaling, edible plant identification, birding and more! 

Wetland Waddlers

Explore Mercer Slough during two-hour class that includes art, play and story time designed for preschoolers.

Wild B’earthday Parties

Explore the wetlands, play ecology games and celebrate birthdays at Mercer Slough.

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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"Staff were engaging, addressed our kids on their level, and seemed as enthusiastic about the place as any visitor."

"Good heavens they have upgraded the laser system and it looks great! The shows have been updated...very immersive. I will be going again."

"The staff was beyond helpful. Wow, what great attitudes. If you are in Seattle don't pass on a visit there."

"We've been to every one of the matinee laser shows since getting our Science Center membership, and we love it!"

"Take family and friends to one of the ongoing exhibits, special event or IMAX Theater...plenty of fun things to do for curious minds of all ages."

"Staff were engaging, addressed our kids on their level, and seemed as enthusiastic about the place as any visitor."

"Good heavens they have upgraded the laser system and it looks great! The shows have been updated...very immersive. I will be going again."

"The staff was beyond helpful. Wow, what great attitudes. If you are in Seattle don't pass on a visit there."

"We've been to every one of the matinee laser shows since getting our Science Center membership, and we love it!"

"Take family and friends to one of the ongoing exhibits, special event or IMAX Theater...plenty of fun things to do for curious minds of all ages."