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6 unexpected things you’ll find at Pacific Science Center

Maybe you and your kids have seen some of the exhibits and the hands-on fun, but there's more than meets the eye. Check it out!


Ever been to Pacific Science Center? Walked around the floor and tinkered with the exhibits? It’s known as a place for kids to be curious and learn about science in fun and engaging ways. Sure, there are countless exhibits and hands-on activities to keep them entertained for hours, but there’s more than meets the eye. From weekend offerings and natural wonders to nighttime events and summer camps, here are six things to make you think twice (in a good way) about Pacific Science Center.


Birthday parties

Curious minds of all ages can celebrate their birthday under the arches at PacSci. Experience a day filled with exciting educational and hands-on activities, surrounded by close friends. You’ll even see a live liquid nitrogen demonstration using the power of chemistry to create ice cream before your eyes! When the festivities are over, spend the rest of the day exploring tons of interactive exhibits.


Living exhibits

These experiences allow guests to explore the natural world. It’s not every day you come across a Naked Mole Rat colony resting in their sleeping chamber or gathering food. There’s even a 24/7 Naked Mole Rat Cam.


If water is more your thing, check out a rare and special amphibian that never comes out of the water – Axolotls. Watch as they swim through their habitat, breathe through their gills and search for food in their aquatic lake homes.


Science on Wheels

Can’t make it to PacSci? Let them come to you! Science on Wheels is an educational program serving low-income communities in an effort to make science education accessible to all. Educators travel across the Pacific Northwest to bring interactive workshops, live stage shows and portable exhibit sets that build excitement for science, math, engineering and more.


PacSci at night

Parents deserve a little fun too, right? Call the babysitter and then head over after hours to see PacSci come to life for an exciting night without the kiddos. Check out their monthly 21+ events and sip on cocktails as you explore the latest exhibits. Or take your drinks to a movie in their two state-of-the-art IMAX theaters.


Expand your mind at the Science in the City lecture series, with panel discussions on everything from the importance of global health and how science relates to sports and entertainment, to the future of transportation and innovative ideas to tackle homelessness.


Don’t forget to explore the world of virtual and augmented reality, without the daytime crowds, on the last Friday of each month. End the night at the Laser Dome and be carried away by a symphony of lights expertly paired with your favorite music.


Sensory-friendly camps

In addition to PacSci’s robust camp programs, several sensory-friendly camps are offered throughout the summer to make the experience accessible to all. These camps are specifically adapted for children with sensory processing disorders and/or on the autism spectrum and feature lower camper to staff ratios, supported transition times, reduction of loud sounds and much more. Inspire the inner scientist in your child at one of the eight locations in the greater Seattle area.


Discovery Corps

Teens can get involved at PacSci as well. Discovery Corps is a youth development program that puts youth ages 14-18 on the front line of PacSci’s mission. They build science literacy, gain professional and life skills, and are exposed to a variety of STEM professions. Your teens can even improve public speaking abilities, complete research internships at local universities, and access a vast network of alumni, all while fostering a love for science.


OK, that may be more than 6 things. But it’s just a taste of what PacSci has to offer and what they’re doing to support science education in our community. Learn more at and then come down and see for yourself (at  200 Second Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109)!


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