Exhibits & Programs

Parents’ Night Out

Pacific Science Center holds monthly Parents’ Night Out events all year round for kids in grades K-5. Recently we have expanded our Parents’ Night Out program and in addition to our evening events, we are proud to offer Parents’ DAY out and School’s Out events both at the Science Center in Seattle and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. For questions, call (206) 443-2925.

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

For all events beginning in October 2016, participants must register for a new account and complete a new medical form to ensure that our records are up to date. You only have to fill out this form once per child per year. 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.

Parents’ DAY Out at Mercer Slough

While parents spend an entire Saturday out, kids spend the day at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center getting hands-on with nature science!


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

December 3: Water Water Everywhere
Earth might not be the only planet in the universe with water, but its the most important to us! Explore water in all its forms during your water filled day. Watch water flow in pipes and gutters, paint pictures of clouds, and look for life in the pond. It will probably be raining, so put on those rain boots and dance the water cycle boogie.

Parents’ Night Out at Pacific Science Center

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

December 17 (DAY OUT): Short Circuit
Prepare to be shocked as we explore the world of electricity. Experiment with a variety of circuits, design a greeting card that uses LED lights, and watch your hair raise with a Van de Graaff generator. Snack on a frozen treat using Liquid Nitrogen and explore The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes before this electrifying evening ends!

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

January 21: Art of the Snowflake
Does your scientific mind inquire about the uniqueness of each snowflake? Do you dream of playing in the snow and on the ice? Design your own experiment to melt an icicle, then create your own ice sculpture. Cut away at a snowflake to take home and hang in your window. Get chilly with our Cold science show and finish your night with our signature frozen treat!

February 11: Technicolor
Do blue and yellow always make green? Come spend the evening experimenting with colors all around you. Observe the differences between colored light and colored paint and make your own rainbow to take home. Be dazzled by colors in a Laser Show, and enjoy a tie-dyed frozen treat. It will be a colorful evening!

March 25: Muscle Madness
Fool your muscles and test your reflexes as we dive into the human body to discover how our muscles create force and produce motion. What is muscle memory and how does it affect old age? How does adrenaline affect your ability to keep moving? Create your own model muscle, watch a stunning show in the Planetarium and snack on a tasty frozen treat all while moving your muscles!

January 30: School’s Out  at Mercer Slough

When school is out for kids in Bellevue and Seattle school districts, Mercer Slough has you covered! We will spend the day exploring environmental science on your child’s day off from school.

Animals Inside-Out
Animals are more than the sum of their parts. Spend the day building an animal from the inside out as you explore what is the same and what is different about all kinds of animals. Build a strong skeletal system, compare your senses to other animals, and experiment with how animals stay warm in the winter. Use everything you know about the insides of animals to make up the coolest animal ever!


  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • $85, or $75 for Members