Events & Programs

Polar Science Weekend

March 2-4, 2018

Journey to the ends of the earth at Pacific Science Center’s next Curiosity Days: Polar Science Weekend, March 2-4. Partake in hands-on activities, watch live science shows and chat with local scientists about the poles. This year, Polar Science Weekend will have a new twist as scientists and experts tackle the complex effects that climate change has on the Polar Regions.

In partnership with University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, the Science Center is bringing cutting-edge research, interactive exhibits and the nation’s top polar scientists to the event. Buy your tickets to experience one of our most popular Curiosity Days events!

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Tinkering with Wind l Tinker Tank

Design a wind turbine to catch air and spin around and around as fast as possible!

Brine Channels (Saturday and Sunday only)

Explore the differences between frozen saltwater and frozen freshwater and learn about the tiny ecosystems that can be found within the ice.

Where Does Arctic Ocean Water Come From? l Polar Science Center

Where Does Arctic Ocean Water Come From? is an interactive game showing visitors how water moves around at the top of the world.

Glacier Flow & Greenland Ice Core l UW Applied Physics Laboratory

Learn about the movement of the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, and about how we can use cores taken from these ice sheets to learn about Earth’s climate thousands of years ago.

Living with Penguins — Our Fascination and Our Impact l UW Megellanic Penguin Project

Touch a real penguin flipper, play penguin bingo and try your hand at being a penguin scientist.


Shows and Movies

To the Arctic in PACCAR IMAX Theater

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure “To The Arctic” tells the ultimate tale of survival. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

Laser Winter Storm in the Laser Dome

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

Laser Winter Storm is in the Laser Dome for Polar Science Weekend! Take a journey through snow, wind and rain… all while lying under our dome with friends and family. Always performed live, this show is filled with snowy favorites that are fun for the whole family!

Sponsored by Pemco Insurance with Special Thanks to the Applied Sciences Lab and Polar Science Center at the UW


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