Parents' Night Out

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Kids-Only Evenings of Fun and Discovery!

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Pacific Science Center offers Parents' Night Out events all year round. Spend a night out (or in!) while your child enjoys private, after-hours exploration of our exhibits, hands-on activities, and a live science, planetarium or laser light show.

Your child will enjoy a light snack upon arrival and a science-themed treat later in the evening. Participants will be supervised in age groups by our outstanding and experienced staff all evening. When you come back for pick-up, be prepared for enthusiastic stories about the evening's activities.

Upcoming Events

November 15: Swimming with Sharks
Sharks invade Pacific Science Center for a night of sharp teeth and fin frenzy. Spend the evening exploring some of the largest fish in the sea. Investigate fossilized teeth and discover how sharks are able to detect blood in the water from miles away. Experience a live science show and sink your teeth into some liquid nitrogen ice cream.

December 6: Glow Factor
Light up the night! Explore the properties of phosphorescence and fluorescence as your chemistry experiments shine in the dark! You'll discover how glo-sticks work and concoct your own glow-in-the-dark playdough. Be dazzled by the lights at a private laser show and top off the night by dipping into some glowing fruit sorbet. 

NEW! Parents' DAY Out - December 13: Chocolate Factory
Did you know that chocolate actually comes from a fruit? Learn about the origins of chocolate and its amazing journey from seeds on a farm to sweet treats from experts. Use measurement and chemistry to create a chocolate treat of your own and pair this concoction with a well-balanced lunch. Go on a botanical garden hunt for Pacific Science Center's live cacao tree in our exhibits and experience an educational IMAX film on the big screen.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • $50, or $40 for Pacific Science Center members
January 24: Roaming the Rainforest
Join us for a journey into the jungle where we’ll uncover the secrets of life in the rainforest. Design a terrarium that models the layers of plants in a rainforest ecosystem and discover amazing animal adaptations like the sticky feet of a tree frog. Experience a live science show and top off the evening with some tropical coconut liquid nitrogen ice cream.
February 14: Gummy Lab
Join us in the chemistry lab, where we’ll be investigating your favorite gummy snacks. From taste tests to stretch tests and size-changing experiments, you will become an expert gummy-ologist! Pair gummy creatures with a liquid nitrogen treat and enjoy a private laser show before you find the perfect formula for your own gummy creation to take home.
March 21: Volcanoes Rock!
Are you ready to blow your top? We’re gearing up to delve into the world of volcanoes to explore Earth’s eruptions. Experience oozing lava, see combustion in a live science show, and build your own model of an erupting volcano. Discover where Seattle lies on the Ring of Fire, and end the evening with a cool liquid nitrogen treat to beat the volcanic heat!
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Program Details

  • Grades: K-5
  • Drop-off: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Pick-up: 10-11 p.m.
  • Cost: $40 per child, or $30 for Pacific Science Center members
  • Transfer/Cancellation Policy: There is a $10 processing fee per child for transfers to another Parents' Night Out date. There are no refunds.

Online pre-registration is required for all Parents' Night Out events.

You will need to fill out a one-time medical liability form that is valid for all Parents' Night Out events through December 2014. Have the following available when you register:

  • Emergency contact name and phone
  • Child's insurance information
  • Child's medications/dosages/prescribing physician's name