Explore is the expanded Seattle's Child guide to enrichment opportunities available to schools, homeschoolers, scout leaders and others offering programs for kids in our Puget Sound community.
Whether you're planning outings for preschoolers, educating a third grader at home, running a day camp or teaching high school science, you'll find a truly remarkable variety of ways to enlarge and expand on your curriculum – field trips, classroom visits, homeschooler programs, and teacher education, to name a few.
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Bellevue College Planetarium
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Room B-244
Bellevue, WA 98007
The Bellevue College Planetarium is open for school trips as well as regularly scheduled public evening shows. At the BC planetarium they are able to recreate the clear night sky, which enables students to explore the stars and constellations as well as the sun and planets in our solar system. The live presentation is suggested for 2nd grade students and older. Available show topics include stars, black holes, comets and more.
1501 4th Ave., Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101
Code.org provides educational resources for all ages, free of cost. The online courses on Code Studio are meant for use in all settings — in-school, home-schooling, after-school — and can be taught by teachers, parents or volunteers. We offer teacher professional development workshops and school district partnerships to bring computer science into the classroom and make it accessible to all students.
Creative Coding 4 Kids
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
Creative Coding 4 Kids teaches the joy of computer programming by helping kids create their own customized computer games, using a fun, project-based curriculum for grades 3 through 6. Classes are taught on-site at more than 20 schools through after-school enrichment programs, and during regular school hours for homeschool groups. A limited number of free events and scholarships are available. Teachers and parents may email to discuss a custom class or event for their school or community group.
DigiPen Institute of Technology
9900 Willows Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052
In addition to summer workshops, DigiPen’s ProjectFUN program offers other exciting year-round programs that are available after school, on weekends, and during the school day. ProjectFUN Homeschool provides students in grades K through 12 with opportunities to study video game programming, art and animation, game design, engineering, and music and sound design. Starting in 2017, DigiPen will have new weekday courses that teach general science, applied math, and even basic reading and writing!
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
8415 Paine Field Blvd.
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Boeing Everett factory tours are conducted to showcase The Boeing Company and the 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner. Visitors walk through parts of the largest building in the world by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet) and see airplanes in various stages of assembly.
349 Tukwila Parkway
Tukwila, WA 98188
An iFLY wind tunnel is a marvel of math, science and engineering that connects what students learn in school to what can be achieved in real life. The STEM education programs at iFLY use the wind tunnel to make STEM exciting, relevant and accessible to all students. The curriculum has been designed by teachers and STEM professionals to support STEM learning in the classroom. Every field trip includes a Teacher Guide, presentation, lab activity, safety lesson, flight and post-field trip activity packet.
Institute of Flight (formerly Future of Flight Foundation)
8415 Paine Field Blvd.
Mukilteo, WA 98275
425-438-8100 ext. 220, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute of Fight offers a variety of education programs highlighting STEM and STEAM, including in-school, after-school and teacher development opportunities. Aerospace Maker Project, Engineering Career Tours, and Xenoplanes are some of the programs available to school students.
Living Computer Museum + Labs
2245 1st Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98134
Assembled by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen, the Living Computer Museum collection presents the meaningful milestones in the evolution of computers. Their vintage computers are restored to working condition, so visitors can interact with them in a variety of ways. Write your own BASIC programs, play vintage computer games like Lunar Lander and Pin Ball or experience what it was like to use a Teletype. Special activities are available for field trip groups.
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
The Museum of Flight collection includes more than 150 historically significant aircraft and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn—the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Company. The museum’s education programs include the Aviation Learning Center, the Challenger Learning Center and the Apollo Moon School. The museum also offers a portable planetarium program, the popular "Flying Gizmos Show" and interactive rocketry and robotics workshops.
Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
A field trip to Pacific Science Center is a time-honored tradition for students of all ages. Ignite your students’ curiosity for science with a day of exploration and discovery at PSC. The hands-on exhibits and programs engage students of all ages and spark lifelong interest in science, math, engineering and technology. Field trip add-ons include IMAX shows and planetarium programs. PSC also offers ecology programs at the Mercer Slough Nature Park, teacher education, Science on Wheels Outreach Programs, science curriculum, camps, workshops and more.
University of Washington Planetarium and Observatory
Seattle, WA 98195
The astronomy department at UW has several outreach programs including their planetarium, observatory, mobile planetarium, high school curriculum, and educator clearinghouse. Planetarium shows are given on a volunteer basis and only on Fridays. Several recent upgrades have made it a truly interactive and immersive planetarium experience available to UW groups, school groups, and clubs and Scout groups. The UW Mobile Planetarium is available for secondary schools and the community. The Jacobsen Observatory is open on the first and third Wednesday evenings, April through October. If the sky is clear enough, the dome is opened for viewing celestial objects through the antique refracting telescope. School and Scout groups can arrange activities and labs with the program.
U.S. Naval Undersea Museum
1 Garnett Way
Keyport, WA 98345
The Naval Undersea Museum holds the country’s most comprehensive collection of U.S. Navy artifacts, documents and reference material related to torpedoes, mines, diving and salvage, submarine technology, and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). Groups of more than 15 people may request a guided tour of the museum. STEM-based programs for groups and a museum scavenger hunt are available as well. NUM also offers STEM activities for school and community events.