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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How to Detect Animals on Ice Using Infrared Thermal Cameras | FRI & SAT ONLY

An infrared thermal camera demo, a “Make Your Own Ice Seal” station, and an activity to pair up color and thermal images.


The Influence of Polar Seas on the Global Ocean | FRI & SAT ONLY

Explore how temperature and salt influence ocean currents.


Listening to the Arctic | FRI & SAT ONLY

Eavesdrop under water and ice to the sounds of whales and seals.


Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium | FRI & SAT ONLY

Explore biofacts (furs, antlers, tusks, skulls) from Arctic Wildlife.



Come learn about CGC HEALY, the U.S. Coast Guard, and our involvement in science operations in the Arctic.


Polar Microbiology | SAT ONLY

Demos of polar ice microbiota and adaptation.


Polar Slideshow | SAT ONLY

This is a photographic tour of scientific research conducted from the drifting sea ice.


Waves in the Arctic Ocean | SAT ONLY

Test your skill as an ocean wave observer. How does ice change the size of waves in the Arctic Ocean?


Arctic Boat Challenge | SAT & SUN ONLY

Guest can race RC boats around our ponds avoiding icebergs and completing a challenge.


Below Zero: Looking for Life in the Coldest Places | SAT & SUN ONLY

Learn how microbes & viruses live in ice, from the Arctic to outer space!


Brine Channels | SAT & SUN ONLY

Explore the differences between frozen saltwater and frozen freshwater and learn about the tiny ecosystems within them.


Narwhal Mysteries! | SAT & SUN ONLY

Learn about narwhal biology and migration by becoming a narwhal yourself!


Where Does Arctic Ocean Water Come From? | FRI, SAT, SUN

An interactive game showing visitors how water moves around at the top of the world.


Glacier Flow & Greenland Ice Core | FRI, SAT, SUN

Greenland & Antarctica’s ice sheets; learn about their movement and ice cores and how they tell us about Earth’s climate thousands of years ago.


Living with Penguins: Our Fascination & Our Impact | FRI, SAT, SUN

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


Ocean Watchdogs | FRI, SAT, SUN

Learn how scientists retrieve a 13,000-foot-long string of scientific instruments anchored to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.


Polar Science Technology | FRI, SAT, SUN

Build and test your very own Seaglider!


Salinity Taste Test | FRI, SAT, SUN

Just how salty is the ocean? Your tongue will tell you! Can you taste the difference between the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean?


Sea Ice vs. Freshwater Ice | FRI, SAT, SUN

Drop food dye on ice samples—one is fresh water ice, one is salt water ice. Which is which?


Stinky, Slimy Fish Stomachs | FRI, SAT, SUN

Look inside a fish stomach!


EarthGames | FRI, SAT, SUN

Play video games about the Arctic by UW students, based on real polar science research!


Polar Adaptations | FRI, SAT, SUN

Join us as we use hands-on activities to explore the ways animal have learned to adapt and survive in the cold!


Tinkering with Wind | FRI, SAT, SUN

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

Shows and Movies

Live Science Stage | Building 1

  • Extreme Cold: SAT, SUN 1 p.m.
  • Arctic Marine Mammals: SAT 11:30 p.m.
  • It’s all about Polar Bears!: SAT 4:30 p.m.
  • Ice under Fire: FRI 1 p.m., SUN 11:30 am. & 4:30 p.m.
  • Supercold: FRI 11:30, SAT & SUN 3 p.m.


To The Arctic 3D | PACCAR IMAX® Theater

This film takes audiences into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as never before captured on film, as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

Ticket required, available at Bldg. 1 Info Desk.

FRI, SAT, SUN: 1, 2:15 & 4:45 p.m.


Laser Winter Storm | Laser Dome

Take a journey through snow, wind and rain. Performed live and fun for the whole family.

Ticket required, available at Bldg. 1 Info Desk.

FRI, SAT, SUN: 4:15 p.m.


Planetarium | Building 2

Program details and schedule posted at Planetarium entrance.

FREE ticket required, available at Bldg. 1 Info Desk.


Story Time | Building 2– Just for Tots area

Stories and activities for our youngest guests.

FRI, SAT, SUN: 11 a.m., 12 & 1 p.m.

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


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