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.

Upcoming Dates

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

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July 21: Imaginopolis

Let your imagination come to life as you explore the world behind the game! Delve into creative storytelling and check out some of the games that were created during Global Game Jam right here at Pacific Science Center. Use the inspiration to create a choose-your-own-adventure game before eating a cool treat. End the night in style as you make your own mechanical game to take home and share with friends and family.

August 11: Bittersweet Science
Join us as we explore the world’s favorite food: chocolate! See how the food is harvested and learn about its unique history and role within the rainforest ecosystem. We will take a closer look at the science behind texture and taste, and make a special treat from fermented and roasted cocoa! We hope to see you in the chocolate lab!

September 15: Metamorphosis Mayhem
Ever wonder how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, or what a baby dragonfly looks like? Step into their shoes and learn how they grow and mature in their lifetime.

October 20: Fall Harvest
What sort of food crops grow in the fall? Use your senses and discover the anatomy of a pumpkin. How do such small seeds grow into orange giants? Learn about engineering of the machines that help farmers harvest – and even make a simple machine of your own!

November 9: Parents’ DAY Out at Mercer Slough – Colors of the World
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Bellevue  |  $45, or $35 for Members
Do blue and yellow always make green? Why do leaves change color in the fall? Come spend the day at Mercer Slough experimenting with the colors all around you. Observe the differences between colored light and colored paint, hunt for a rainbow of colors in the wetlands, and explore the colors in kitchen chemistry. Today will be a colorful day of fun.

November 17: Bat’s All Folks
Grab your flashlight and spelunking shoes and get ready for an adventure into the world of bats! Experiment with echolocation, debunk some common misconception about bats, and discover why these mysterious mammals are fascinating without frightening. Enjoy a tasty treat before heading home with your newly created bat model!

December 15: Parents’ DAY Out at the Science Center – Go Green: Recycle, Reduce and Reuse
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Science Center  |  $45, or $35 for Members
Come spend the day with Pacific Science Center and learn how you can reduce your waste by creatively reusing recycled materials around your house. After an evening of learning how to be a lean green recycling machine, enjoy a cold and tasty treat!


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