Events & Programs

Parents’ Night Out

Each month offer parents the opportunity to spend a night out (or in!) while your child enjoys private, after-hours exploration of our exhibits, hands-on activities, and a live science, planetarium or laser light show. Your child will enjoy a light snack upon arrival and a science-themed treat later in the evening. Participants will be supervised in age groups by our outstanding and experienced staff all evening.


  • Grades: K-5
  • Drop-Off: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Pick-Up: 10-11 p.m.
  • Cost: $45, or $35 for Members

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable. We reserve the right to cancel a session if enrollment is insufficient and will contact registrant for a full refund. We will notify registrant at least 48 hours prior to the event start time.

Registration for each session closes on the Thursday before the program date at 11:59 p.m.

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Parents’ Night Out in 2019

February 16: The Science of Hearts
It’s going to be a heart-thumping, cardio-crazy night at PacSci! Listen to your heart with real stethoscopes and build a heart pump. Explore the properties of blood and learn why your heart is one of the strongest muscles in your body. Don’t miss a beat!

March 16: Mystery at the Museum
It’s been over fifty years since the 1962 World’s Fair at Pacific Science Center, and a major discovery has just taken place! A message was hidden among the exhibits, and we need your help to uncover the mystery. Spend the evening hunting for clues in our exhibits and analyzing your findings back in the lab. Search for a secrets among the stars in the planetarium and reveal invisible signs to crack the code. As a reward for closing the case, enjoy a scoop of liquid nitrogen ice cream.

April 20: To the Moon!
Tranquility Base, PacSci here. Learn about the Apollo missions as we get ready to step into the shoes of astronauts and scientists as we design rockets, simulate moon regolith, and try our hands at repairing instruments on the fly using duct tape! End the night with a treat that’s almost as cold as the empty void of space.

May 11: Molecular Mayhem
Join us for an evening of mayhem as we learn about the molecular world. From atoms to molecules, we will learn how they move and how that affects our bigger world. Bounce around exhibits before ending the nights with a treat made by our favorite molecules – liquid nitrogen.

June 15: Slithering Serpents
Slither into the science of snakes, as you explore movement, anatomy and what serpentine life is like. Debunk the common myths and confront fears that surround these legless creatures. Meet one of our PacSci resident snakes and learn about the local species in our communities.