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

April 18: SOS: Saving Our Seas - THIS EVENT IS FULL

There has been an oil spill in the ocean, and it’s up to you to save the day for birds, fish, and other marine wildlife! Examine what happens when oil contacts materials such as water, feathers, and fur, then discover which materials and solvents you can use to clean up the spill. Once you have found the solution to pollution, celebrate with a scoop of liquid nitrogen sorbet and a live science show.

May 16: Wreck It!

Boom! Crash! If you love to build it then break it, this evening of construction is for you! Investigate the physics behind pendulums and design your own structure that can withstand the force of a wrecking ball. Collaborate with your construction crew to create a catapult, then get ready to rock out at a smashing private laser show. After your hard work you will take a break with a delicious liquid nitrogen treat.

June 13: Mission to Mars

Get ready to blast off on an expedition to the red planet! Investigate the craters on Mars and discover what’s beneath the surface. Find out what it would take for life to exist on Mars and imagine your own Martian mission as you fly through the stars in the planetarium. Once you reach your destination enjoy a bowl of liquid nitrogen ice cream that’s out of this world!

July 11: Molding a Masterpiece

Put your design to the test as a scientific sculptor in this evening of arts and imagination. Investigate the center of mass by building a balancing sculpture and get creative with chemistry as you concoct your own recipe for clay. Be dazzled by a live science show and cool off with a colorful bowl of liquid nitrogen fruit sorbet before taking your masterpieces home to put on display.

August 15: The Nose Knows

Did you know that the human nose has millions of cells that are used for detecting smells? Put your smeller to the test in this evening of scented science! After a mystery scent challenge, create your own scratch-n-sniff paints and scented candles.  Check out a private laser show and take a whiff of a vanilla liquid nitrogen treat.

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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 2015. Have the following available when you register:

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