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 and are meant to inspire and excite all people about science. Learn more

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Understanding COVID-19

The second decade of the 21st century will always be identified with COVID-19. View PacSci's curated timely and relevant information about our growing understanding of this virus as well as wider perspectives from global health experts, futurists and innovators 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. 

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.

Tinker Tank

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

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. 

Family Science Night

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

Girls' Night Out

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

Railroad Show

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

Meet A Scientist

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

Artist in Residence

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

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.

BubbleFest

BubbleFest is back! Join us for a fun-filled day in the sun as we play and experiment with bubbles in our courtyard.

Have a Birthday Party at PacSci

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

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.

Mid-Winter Break Camps

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

 

Spring Break Camps

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

Winter Camps

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

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."

 

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