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“Fun, Educational Family Outing”

Pacific Science Center
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US$23.95*
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Pacific Science Center General Exhibit Admission
Ranked #48 of 474 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Pacific Science Center ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Get hands-on in our Tinker Tank maker space, wander among fluttering tropical butterflies, immerse yourself in a giant-screen IMAX film, explore distant galaxies and meet local scientists and researchers. Don't miss a show in our popular Laser Dome that features a brand new laser system filling the dome with vibrant light and color! Every visit to Pacific Science Center is unique, engaging and fun for adults and children alike. In addition to our daily live science demonstrations, IMAX films, planetarium and laser shows, we feature traveling exhibits that vary throughout the year.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We visited with our seven and nine year old. They both loved it! There are four main buildings, two Imax theatres and an outdoor courtyard with water activities (you don't get wet). Building Four has rotating exhibits. I was disappointed in their current dispays about the nature of reality. Some of our favorite exhibits include: dinosaurs, the tide pools touch tank, the wellbody academy (explore hands on healthy meal planning, teeth brushing, why to cover your sneeze, smells, calorie burning and more), the new musical instrument display, grip strength test, smell test, crazy mirrors, the bubble wall, the naked mole rats, the tropical butterfly house and the giant chess board. There are many more activities as well. We spent four - five hours in the museum and that included time watching an Illusion show. There is a Just for Tots area for children under 42". Ask about tickets for the planetarium. There is no extra charge, but advance tickets are required due to limited seating.
They also offer evening laser shows for an additional cost. There is a cafe that serves sandwiches, salads and more. It's a great place to visit!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I would have loved to have access to this museum when my kids were little, I would have gone at least once a week. My teens are certainly not too old to enjoy the museum now, though. We were all engaged in many of the exhibits. My daughter loved the butterfly exhibit/experience the most. I really enjoyed the wellness exhibit. We saw an IMAX film as well. I would recommend! This is definitely worth inclusion into a 3+ day itinerary for those visiting from out of town.

Thank Jennifer R
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Lots of things to do here for all ages, children through adults, although mostly geared towards children. Interactive exhibits to explore of all areas of science. You can spend a great deal of time here. Go early if you want to go into the planetarium, IMAX, the Butterfly Room, and the Laser Dome. The Planetarium and Butterfly Room are free with your admission ticket, but IMAX and the Laser Dome have additional charges. We went in the afternoon and it was so crowded that we did no do any of these activities. IMAX and the Laser Dome were sold out. These have timed tickets. Overall, we really enjoyed the exhibits here. Lots to learn and don't forget to go outside to the fountains and pool. They a waterwheel you can try out.

Thank Cheri D
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A variety of displays relating to science and touring shows about a variety of topics such as the Xian terra-cotta warriors. The IMax theater features a variety of science/travel related films.

Thank OphSeattle
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the science center while my sister and her children were in town. We went during the week so it was not super busy. We have been going to the science center off and on over the past 17 years and have seen it change throughout that time.
The kids had a great time as did the adults. Some of the exhibits are the same (ie the body tests) and some are new like the food/health area. The areas with the tidal pool and the naked mole rats has been updated. The butterfly and insect rooms were a big hit with the kids. Especially the butterfly exhibit. The dinosaur room was also super cool. They still have the planetarium and theater. The outside water activities were also fun to do.
I think we spent about 2.5 hours there and we saw and “touched” most all exhibits. It was a great place to run off some energy and do some fun activities.

Thank 681kimberlyk
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