Events & Programs

Field Trips to Pacific Science Center

Ignite your students’ curiosity while enhancing your curriculum with a field trip to Pacific Science Center.
Our hands-on exhibits, planetarium shows, live demonstrations and documentary IMAX® movies make for an educational and memorable field trip for students of all ages.

Call (206) 443-2925 to book your field trip today.

Registration is now open for the 2017–18 school year.

You’re invited to our Educator Movie Night on September 28!

Kick off the school year with an exclusive educator screening of a documentary IMAX movie and discover what we have in store for your 2017-2018 field trip.



To schedule your field trip, call (206) 443-2925 Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at least two weeks prior to your desired visit date. We will contact you within two business days to set up your field trip. For out-of-state school admission rates, call (206) 443-3611.

Field Trip Packages Price Per Student
Exhibits Only$8
Package 1Exhibits plus choice of one experience$10
Package 2Exhibits plus choice of two experiences$12
Package 3Exhibits plus choice of three experiences$14
One complimentary adult general admission for every ten paid students (excluding IMAX documentary). Additional adults will be charged the student admission rate. All adults (including those in the 1:10 chaperone-student ratio) will be charged $4 to see an IMAX documentary.


To schedule your field trip, call (206) 443-2925 Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at least two weeks prior to your desired visit date. We will contact you within two business days to set up your field trip. For out-of-state school admission rates, call (206) 443-3611.

Exhibits Only

Price Per Student: $8

Package 1

Exhibits plus choice of one experience*

Price Per Student: $10

Package 2

Exhibits plus choice of two experiences*

Price Per Student: $12

Package 3

Exhibits plus choice of three experiences*

Price Per Student: $14

One complimentary adult general admission for every ten paid students (excluding IMAX documentary). Additional adults will be charged the student admission rate. All adults (including those in the 1:10 chaperone-student ratio) will be charged $4 to see an IMAX documentary.

*Choose from the following experiences:


Exhibits are included in all field trip packages. Click here for a full list of exhibits.

Featured Exhibits

The Studio
The Studio showcases current health-related research occurring in the Pacific Northwest. The featured theme and content changes every six months, giving guests an opportunity to learn about new advances in health research and the methods, challenges, and opportunities associated with scientific innovation.

Portal To Current Research
Get up close and personal with fascinating research happening in our region. We showcase local scientists’ advances in current research through a combination of digital media, graphics, objects and interactive displays and programs. Content and themes will change several times throughout the year. Entry is included with the cost of general admission – FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.

Featured IMAX Movies

Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World
Playing September 2017
All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Created in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers, Dream Big will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along the way the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D 
Playing Winter 2018
Flight of the Butterflies 3D is a scientific adventure story that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations. It’s about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.

Born to be Wild 3D
Opens Fall 2017
Born to be Wild 3D documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time. This heartwarming adventure transports audiences into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their team rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.

The Search for Life in Space 3D
Opens September 5, 2017
Journey from the depths of the Pacific Ocean into the far reaches of space on a quest to find something that changes everything…signs of life, somewhere else in the universe. With cutting-edge imagery from the world’s most powerful telescopes, The Search for Life in Space 3D takes audiences from the surface of Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, to the extreme lava fields of Hawaii and thermal vents deep beneath the sea. In these harsh environments, astrobiologists look for clues to how life takes hold.

Amazon Adventure 3D
Opens November 10, 2017
Amazon Adventure tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates’ 11-year journey through the Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850’s. Audiences will experience the compelling clues Bates unearths in his discovery mimicry, where certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators to survive. Bates made other crucial contributions to biology: identifying 8,000 new species and presenting the first case for the creation of a new species, which Charles Darwin called the “beautiful proof” for natural selection.

Planetarium Shows
Field trip experiences in the Willard Smith Planetarium allow students to explore space science concepts. Each live, interactive show can be customized to fit your lesson plan. For customization questions please call (206) 443-2925. Shows in the Willard Smith Planetarium align with Washington State Content Standards and support most K-12 astronomy curricula.

Preschool All-Stars
Designed for our youngest learners. Students in Preschool All-Stars practice pattern recognition while discovering their first constellations. 15 minutes (Content can be added for grades K–1)

The Sky Tonight (Grades K–12)
Focusing on observational astronomy, students in The Sky Tonight learn the basics of the night sky. They will recognize the patterns of the constellations, the planets, and seasonal changes. 30 minutes

The Planets (Grades K–12)
In The Planets, students use Earth as a model while making observations of the other planets in the solar system. This planetary science focused show can help students understand how comparing the planets to our knowledge of Earth helps scientists construct explanations for their observations of these other worlds. 30 minutes

Jupiter and its Moons (Grades 6–12)
This show focuses on the mission of the Juno spacecraft. Students learn of the solutions devised for challenges facing the mission. They’ll also use observational skills to compare Jupiter’s moons to the earth. 30 minutes

Let’s Explore Light (Grades 6–12)
In this show, students learn about the nature of light and the processes used by scientists who study light. They use spectroscopy to identify the building blocks of stars, and also discover how spectroscopy has helped us understand the nature of the universe. 30 minutes

NEW! Exploration Labs
Join a Pacific Science Center educator for a guided hands-on experience. All of our Exploration Labs encourage students to use the science and engineering practices highlighted in the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will apply critical thinking and observation to dive deeper into a content area of your choice. Content is tailored to the grade level of students participating. Below is just a sample of our offerings. Exploration Labs are available most weekdays from September – February. For an up-to-date listing, and information about our spring programs, call (206) 443-2925.

TinkerLab: Inventors (Grades 2–6)
Dive into the world of invention! We will tinker with everyday objects and use mathematical and computational thinking to design solutions for fun, zany challenges. 55 minutes

TinkerLab: Engineers (Grades 6–12)
Build and tinker with everyday supplies to tackle some classic engineering challenges. Using mathematical and computational thinking, students will work through the design process: creating, prototyping and iterating on their ideas. We will generate and analyze data from our investigations while solving some fun, real-world engineering problems. 75 minutes

InquiryLab: Insects (Grades K–8)
Explore the miniature world of insects! Use observation and hands-on activities to discover amazing explanations for insect characteristics. Work together to explore what makes this group of animals so uniquely adapted to their environments. Plus, meet a real live insect! 40 minutes

InquiryLab: Human Body – Genetics (Grades 6–12)
What makes us human? Learn how DNA and genetics work to make you who you are. Extract DNA from a strawberry, build DNA models, and discover how genetic traits are passed on to future generations. 40 minutes

InquiryLab: Human Body – The Brain (Grades 6–12)
Coming Soon! Available beginning October 2017
How do we experience the world? Explore the nervous system and discover how our brains process information. Look at a sheep brain to identify the different parts of the brain. Take a memory challenge and use your five senses to discover more about this amazing system! 40 minutes

Education Resources



Amazon Adventure 3D Resources

Born to be Wild 3D Educator Guide

Dream Big Educator Resources

Flight of the Butterflies 3D Educator Guide and Classroom Activities

The Search for Life in Space Educator Guide


Astro Adventures is an educator’s guide for astronomy activities created to answer the high demand for a space science unit for elementary teachers. Elementary and Middle School lesson guides are available for educator use through our printable curriculum order form. Sample Activities:


Autism Resources:

To help teachers with children who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pacific Science Center, along with the University of Washington’s Department of Rehabilitation Therapy, has created downloadable and printable resources geared to prepare you for your visit to Pacific Science Center. Learn More

Field Trip Topics

Animals ($10 per student) – available through February 2018

  • Born to Be Wild 3D (available September-November) or Amazon Adventure 3D (available November-February) in IMAX
  • Saltwater Tide Pool exhibit
  • Animal exhibits and Naked Mole Rats

Astronomy ($12 per student) – available through January 2018

  • The Search for Life in Space 3D in IMAX
  • Planetarium show or Science On a Sphere show
  • Space exhibits

Biology/Health & Wellness ($12 per student) – available through February 2018

  • Inquiry Lab: The Human Body (grades 6-12 only)
  • Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness exhibit
  • Body Works exhibits
  • Laser Show

Insects ($12 per student) – available through January 2018

  • Amazon Adventure 3D in IMAX
  • Inquiry Lab: Insects
  • Insect Village exhibits
  • Tropical Butterfly House

Engineering ($14 per student)

  • Dream Big in IMAX (available through September)
  • Tinker Lab: Inventors or Engineers
  • Planetarium show: Let’s Explore Light
  • Science Playground exhibits

Marine Life ($10 per student)

  • The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea in IMAX (available October through December)
  • Saltwater Tide Pool exhibit
  • Puget Sound Model exhibit

Note: The prices above apply only to students. Adult chaperone prices vary.

Not sure which Field Trip Package to choose? Our sales team can help you create a field trip package that best fits your class size, schedule and curriculum.

Recommended packages for spring 2018 field trips will be available in late fall 2017!

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Complete the form below to keep up with new programs, experiences and educator opportunities at Pacific Science Center. We will also email you with one free teacher preview so you can explore the Science Center any weekday this school year.