Events & Programs

Preschool Family Play Lab

Tropical Butterfly House

Spend an afternoon at Pacific Science Center getting hands on with science!

At Preschool Family Play Lab, kids learn about science with their favorite person, you*. Play Lab gives you the tools to help you teach your child science. In each 1.5 hour class, you and your child will sing songs, experiment with different materials and learn together about a specific science theme in our designated Early Learning Classroom. Afterwards, explore exhibits with your child. An adult must be present with each child at all times. For more information, call (206) 269-5741.

*Any adult family members or close friends (i.e. parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles, nannies, etc.) are welcome to accompany a child.


  • Ages: 2.5 – 4
  • Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $20, or $15 for Pacific Science Center Members

March 15: Sink or Float
What makes a boat float? Come explore in the Lab as you test what materials sink and float.  Experiment with the densities of different liquids by creating your own density core! Then, participate in a boat building challenge and put your knowledge to the test!

April 26: Colorful Chemistry
Does your child love the colors of the rainbow? What happens when you mix colors using potassium iodide as a catalyst? Come teach your child how to make their favorite colors and practice your laboratory skills at the Lab.

May 17: Five Senses Party
You’re invited to a Five Senses Party! Come to the Lab for an afternoon exploring party fun using your scientist skills! We’ll use our five senses along the way to see, touch, hear, smell, and taste! Five Senses Party will include popcorn and a liquid nitrogen ice cream treat.