Exhibits & Programs

Parents' Night Out, kids-only evenings of fun and discovery.

Parents’ Night Out

Pacific Science Center offers monthly Parents’ Night Out events all year round for kids in grades K-5. 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. When you come back for pick-up, be prepared for enthusiastic stories about the evening’s activities. For questions, call (206) 443-2925.

To register, participants must complete a Medical and Liability form to ensure our records are up to date. You will only have to fill out this form once per child and it will be valid for a year. When registering for future Parent’s Night Out events, select the “Already Registered?” link on the registration page and enter the confirmation number from your last registration confirmation email.

Transfer & Cancellation Policy: There is a $10 processing fee per child for transfers to another Parents’ Night Out date. There are no refunds.

Dec. 19: Parents’ Day Out Under The Arches

Colossal Fossils
Join us on an excavation adventure where you are the paleontologist. Uncover clues from prehistoric Earth by investigating fossils and making your own casts and molds of early plants and animals. Devour a well-balanced lunch before digging into chocolate liquid nitrogen ice cream. Roar and stomp your way to an educational IMAX movie and discover dinosaurs in Pacific Science Center’s exhibits.

  • 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • $55, or $45 for Members

Jan. 23: Star Explorers

Grab your space helmet and prepare for take-off because this intergalactic Parents’ Night Out is going to be out of this world! Have you ever wondered if aliens could exist? Or thought about how cold it really is on Pluto? Experiment, discuss and learn about the many wonders of outer space through hands-on activities and an intergalactic planetarium show! Take-home your very own alien creation and complete the night with ice cream frozen in liquid nitrogen!

  • 5:30 – 11 p.m.
  • $45, or $35 for Members

Jan. 16: Parents’ Day Out at Mercer Slough

Winter Wonderland
Why is it so cold in the winter? Come to Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center to explore the wetlands during the dark and rainy season. Investigate the sun’s changing effect on Earth as you hunt for signs of winter animals, observe changing plants, and experiment with ice and temperature. Then warm up with a steamy cup of hot cocoa as you discover why winter is so cool!

  • 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • $55, or $45 for Pacific Science Center Members

Feb 13: Marshmallow Mania

Welcome to an evening filled with marvelous marshmallows! Perform scientific experiments on marshmallows and peeps to understand how they compare to each other using a variety of experimental liquids. Engineer tasty, toppling marshmallow towers and create your own marshmallow masterpiece to take home. Watch a show in our Laser Dome and end the evening with liquid nitrogen ice cream… topped with marshmallows, of course!

  • 5:30 – 11 p.m.
  • $45, or $35 for Pacific Science Center Members