Exhibits & Programs


Polar Science Weekend: March 3-5, 2017

Investigate a real ice core from Greenland, survey microbes from the coldest parts of the world, compare an arctic ice camp with a research tent used in the Antarctic, take the salinity taste test and join a spectacular smashing ice demonstration as you meet and talk to polar researchers. It’s all part of Polar Science Weekend at Pacific Science Center, returning for the twelfth straight year March 3-5, 2017. Here are just some of the many activities happening over the weekend:

  • Extreme Cold – Polar Science Center’s Dr. Mike Steele investigates what it’s like living in the Arctic Ocean and who lives there with the help of liquid nitrogen.
  • Keep It Cool For Polar Bears – Touch real polar bear fur and find out ways on how you can help these endangered creatures with Heather Detwiler from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
  • Ice Under Fire – Live on the Live Science Stage.
  • Try on a survival suit and discover what it feels like to live on an icebreaker.
  • Discover the Polar Regions and explore the different types of ice found in each location with Science On A Sphere shows.
  • See paintings and sketches of the polar regions by artist Maria Coryell-Martin
  • Strap up in a harness and pull a sled just like polar explorers used to do!
  • Complete your visit with special screenings of the IMAX documentary, To The Arctic 3D playing in the PACCAR IMAX Theater.

Learn more about this year’s event in this PacSci Podcast:

Presented in partnership with the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, students, families and guests of all ages will enjoy three action-packed days of hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and more – all transporting you to the extreme environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. You will also meet polar scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging places on earth.

Polar Science Weekend is included with price of general admission – FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.

IMAX is a registered trademark of the IMAX Corporation.  Polar Science Weekend is funded through the support of the Applied Physics Laboratory and PEMCO Insurance. Polar Science Weekend is a partnership between Pacific Science Center and the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center and Applied Physics Laboratory, with additional support from the College of the Environment’s Future of Ice Initiative and the Quaternary Research Center. Visit psc.apl.uw.edu.

Photos courtesy of Ignatius Rigor and Chris Linder.