Exhibits & Programs

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 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.


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

Transfers & Cancellations: There is a $10 fee per child for transfers to another date. There are no refunds.

September 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 you 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.

October 21: Mission to the Moon
Do you have what it takes to send something to space? Get a feel for life off Earth in an exciting journey within our planetarium and design a space habitat with your newfound inspiration! Of course, we’ll need someone to live in that habitat; help to outfit a pumpkin for the journey. Find out just how hard it is to grab something in low gravity, and keep exhaustion at bay by having a pumpkin-inspired treat. Prepare for blast off!

Parents’ DAY Out at Mercer Slough: Take a Hike
November 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Get ready to take a hike around the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Gather your 10 essentials, put together a first aid kit, and follow your map and compass. Practice Leave No Trace rules as you complete scavenger hunts and play games in the field. Eat a healthy hiking snack on your journey, and then see if you can follow the treasure map to the surprise at the end. This day will be a trip!

November 18: Corny Science
Why is corn such a good listener? Because it’s all ears! Ear-d that one before, well shucks! Join us for an evening of corny science and popping fun as we discover everything the starch has to offer. Make biodegradable plastic, watch jumping kernels and taste some extremely cold corn.

Parents’ DAY Out: Candy Cane Chemistry
December 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
What is red and white and hooked at the end? You got it! Candy Canes! Join us for a day as we swirl through pepperminty experiments and fresh exhibits. Test which liquid disolves a Candy Cane best and learn why sugar give you energy! Take some time to see an IMAX documentary before you indulge in our traditional treat with a tasty twist.