Seattle With Kids: Hand-On Fun For Family @ Pacific Science Center

Seattle With Kids - Pacific Science Center

The Pacific Science Center in Seattle is one of our list of things to do with kids in Seattle and is highly recommended by my local friends. So after a good night sleep at the Hotel Monaco Seattle, we headed out for a fun day at the Pacific Science Center Seattle.

Seattle With Kids - Pacific Science Center Monorail

With its convenient location at Seattle Center, we can get to the Pacific Science Center easily via Seattle Monorail. We hopped on the Monorail from the Westlake Center to the Seattle Center. Mr. Z and Miss J couldn’t be more excited to get to ride on the monorail. The elevated track allowed them to enjoy the sight of Seattle homes and building. The ride was quite short but fun nonetheless. I love the large window in the monorail that allows us to enjoy the view even more. Get your camera ready to take the snap shot of the Space Needle as the monorail approaches the Seattle Center.

Always a Big Hit for Kids at Science Centers

Seattle With Kids - Pacific Science Center Exhibits

We have been to many Science Centers in the US from San Diego Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to Orlando Science Center but the kids still had a blast every time we visit a new science museum. This time is no difference. They enjoyed pushing, pulling and touching all the buttons at various exhibits from BodyWorks to Science.

Seattle With Kids - Pacific Science Center Bike

If you use the entrance in the Seattle Center, you will enter through the outdoor exhibit which is one of my favorite. There are a few water exhibits that were closed for the season. It was not yet summer after all. Guess it will be a good excuse for us to go back to Seattle again!

Mr. Rojo even tried the High Rail Bicycle where he rode a bicycle on the 1-inch wide rail that sits 15 feet above ground. Well, I will see if we can get a video up soon. It was pretty cool! And for those who don’t know, Mr. Rojo doesn’t really like height so it was very brave of him to do this. I couldn’t try it out because I wore skirt and even though many have manage to ride bike wearing skirt, I’m not one of them.

More Fun with Inside Exhibits

Inside exhibits offer plenty of hand-on experience for kids of various ages. I love the fact that they have a section blocked off for little ones. Now that my kids are older, I could sympathize to parents of younger kids that have to watch out for their little ones from getting knocked down by overzealous learners.

Seattle With Kids - Pacific Science Center Touch Pool

Mr. Z loved that he is now tall enough to be able to finally touch starfish and asked many questions about the animals of the Puget Sound. But even for smaller kids, they provided many step up platform for kids to be able to experience the tide pool without much problems.

Live Butterfly in the Tropical Butterfly House

Seattle With Kids - Pacific Science Center Tropical Butterfly House

As typical to the Q kids whenever they went to the science museums, they bounced from one station to the next with little time for me to go after them. The one exhibit that slowed them down was the Tropical Butterfly House.

After listening to rule of engagement for the butterfly house, we were ready to embrace an eighty degree environment where 500 butterflies from South and Central America, Africa, and Asia enjoy their day in this 4,000 square feet tropical house.

Seattle With Kids - Pacific Science Center Butterfly Sheet

It was fun to walk around the Tropical Butterfly house with kids and try to identify them all. We grabbed the butterfly information sheet at the entrance of the exhibit that helped us learning and looking for various types of butterflies.

Many of these butterflies were so friendly and they would literally land on your hand but just remember not to touch them. Yes, they can touch you but you CAN’T touch them.

When we left the butterfly house, we had to inspect ourselves to make sure that our friends didn’t try to hitch a ride outside of their own house.

There are many exhibits that we didn’t check out like the Laser Dome or the Dinosaur. By this time, we were all exhausted from a long day of walking and walking. So we decided to leave those exhibits for the next trip. Yes, there will definitely be a next trip for us to visit Seattle again.

Family Tips:

  • The Pacific Science Center is located at the Seattle Center where there are other attractions like the Space Needle, The EMP and Seattle Children’s Museum so you can plan your trip accordingly to enjoy other attractions in the same area.
  • If you want to watch IMAX show, makes sure you check the schedule first so you can plan your visit.
  • This is a perfect place for a rainy day in Seattle. Fortunately for us, the weather was perfect all week during the time we were there with only one or two rainy days.

Have you been to the Seattle Pacific Science Center? What is your favorite part?

So today I dream about going back to visit Seattle including the Pacific Science Center again. Check out other travelers Mondays are for Dreaming at Mother of All Trips.

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets from the Pacific Science Center. However, this post is based solely on my experience and my opinion without any outside influence.

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Looks like fun! We are hoping for a trip to Seattle soon and this looks like just the place for my kiddos.


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