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. 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.

October is the beginning of the 2015-2016 Parent’s Night Out season!

Each year we ask that participants fill out a new 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 the 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.

October 17: Bats All Folks!

Grab your flashlight and spelunking shoes and get ready for an adventure into the world of bats! Find out why these mysterious mammals are fascinating and not frightening. Experiment with echolocation and create your own bat wing model to wear and take home. Enjoy a bat’s-eye view of the October nighttime sky in the planetarium and enjoy a dish of our seasonal pumpkin liquid nitrogen ice cream.

NEW! Parents’ Day Out at Mercer Slough

Wednesday, Nov. 11: Planet of Decomposers

Where do all the dead leaves go? Why does old food in the fridge get moldy? Join us at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center as we investigate the role of decomposers in our ecosystem. Hunt for millipedes and beetles in the soil, observe worm behavior and make a mushroom monster to take home. Then, enjoy a “dirt”-y treat to celebrate the hard work that fungus, bacteria and invertebrates do for us every day.

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

November 14: Balloon-a-palooza

Join us as we float up, up, and away in this evening of balloon-inspired science! Discover the amazing power of air in a live science show, help mini hot air balloons take flight, and use engineering skills to build a balloon-powered vehicle. Enjoy a quick liquid nitrogen ice cream treat before the evening ends with a pop!

December 19: Parents’ Day Out

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

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.

Program Details
  • Grades: K-5
  • Drop-off: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Pick-up: 10 – 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $45 per child, or $35 for Pacific Science Center Members

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

You will need to fill out a one-time medical liability form that is valid for all Parents’ Night Out events through December 2015. Have the following available when you register:

  • Emergency contact name and phone
  • Child’s insurance information
  • Child’s medications/dosages/prescribing physician’s name