Exhibits & Programs

Research Weekends at Pacific Science Center.

Research Weekends At Pacific Science Center

Life Sciences Research Weekend: Nov. 6-8, 2015

Pacific Science Center is excited to present three days of live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and talks for school children, families and citizen scientists interested in learning more about the exciting world of life sciences and the key role research plays in our daily lives.

The ninth annual Life Sciences Research Weekend at Pacific Science Center takes place Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8, 2015. This experience promises guests hands-on science and face-to-face time with the nation’s top research scientists from companies and research institutions across Washington state.

Participating Companies & Organizations


Entry to this event is included with the price of general admission – FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.

Model Railroad Show: January 16-18, 2016

42nd Annual Model Railroad Show

A Northwest family tradition, the Annual Model Railroad Show, now in its 42nd year, is one of our most popular events.

  • Explore dozens of model railroad displays and layouts.
  • Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts for people of all ages.
  • Discover the history of Pacific Northwest Railway museums.
  • Take a ride on the Iron Horse Railway kid-sized train.
  • Check out custom train displays made of LEGO® pieces. Create your own trains and tracks using LEGO® pieces at this interactive station.

2016 Model Railroad Show Exhibits To Be Announced

Entry to this program is included with the price of general admission – FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.

Produced in cooperation with the National Model Railroad Association, Pacific Northwest Region, 4th Division.

Polar Science Weekend: March 4-6, 2016

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, returning to Pacific Science Center for the eleventh straight year March 4-6, 2016. 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.

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.

Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend: May 6-8, 2016

Huskies of all ages are invited to join University of Washington scientists and researchers for fun, interactive activities and exhibits at Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend, May 6-8, 2016 at Pacific Science Center. Learn about the boundless research breakthroughs happening in our own backyard. Don’t miss out on special appearances made by Harry the Husky, the Husky marching band, the cheer team and Dubs. UW alumni, students, faculty and staff will also enjoy a 20 percent discount on admission.

Paws-on Science is included with the price of general admission — FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.