What happens from August 12 to 18?
Believe it or not, the Pacific Science Center hosts a range of events for adults only, no kids at all. I visited PacSci Summer Nights: Happy Hour last month, and I can confidently say this is the perfect place to embrace your own inner child (or even bring a date).
A $20 ticket ($25 at the door) buys admission to the museum’s Tropical Butterfly House and shows at the Laser Dome and Planetarium. Visitors can also explore the mini exhibits between shows, grab some food, or even play giant chess or checkers while listening to music from KEXP’s DJ Evie, all with a drink in hand.
After arriving at 6:30 p.m., I grabbed a Pacific Science Center-themed cocktail ($11) and headed straight for the burn show after hearing others excitedly announce, “The burn show is starting. in three minutes, hurry over there!”
The audience watched captivated, as if we had all been transported on a field trip to elementary school, except this time we can actually understand why combustion needs oxygen, heat and fuel and we we cheer enthusiastically after each fire demonstration.
“The Pacific Science Center and science in general is for everyone – it’s fun for all ages,” said Tracy Sawan, marketing communications manager for PacSci. Events like Happy Hour provide a fun night while providing learning opportunities, she added.
With my curiosity piqued, I grabbed Pineapple Pork Sliders ($7) and made it my personal mission to check anything and everything before the night was out. I toured the planetarium and the laser dome, put my drink aside to watch the butterflies in the tropical butterfly house, and ventured outside to the human-sized hamster wheel and jet streams. ‘water.
I headed back inside, past the dinosaur exhibit, and headed to the Tinker Tank, the hands-on craft space where guests can tinker with paper planes, Legos, architecture wood and more.
My favorite finds from Tinker: the Stream-Motion Wheel, where the rotation of a wheel creates different currents in the fluid within, and Whispers, where your voice seems to magically reflect and spread across the room toward the one listening on the other side.
Although the museum is family-friendly during the day, opening it to adults only after hours “is a great opportunity for parents and other adults to take their time, delve into science and research, and discover their inner souls. child and their soul. scientists without the kids around,” Sawan said.
If you can’t make it to Happy Hour, the Pacific Science Center hosts a handful of other 21+ events: Brewology, where guests sample different beers and ciders and have the chance to talk directly to the brewers; Spectra, the museum’s New Year’s Eve party with drinks, fireworks, music and more; and Science in the City, a series of lectures on current issues in STEM.
“We want science to be accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability and background. That’s why a lot of our content is also produced in Spanish and we’re looking to translate it into other languages as well. But really, accessibility is so important to us, and science learning isn’t just for kids, it’s really for adults too,” Sawan said.
The next Happy Hour will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on August 17. Buy tickets and find more information online at: pacificsciencecenter.org/events/pacsci-summer-nights-happy-hour
What else is going on
Here are some other events happening August 12-18 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to [email protected]
U District Summer Movies by the Bay – August 12
Listen to live music at 7 p.m. and “Whale Rider” at dusk at the new Fritz Hedges Waterway Park hosted by The U District Partnership, Scarecrow Video and Agua Verde Café. Attendees can grab a bite to eat at nearby Agua Verde Cafe or grab takeout from a local U District business, bring a picnic blanket or chairs, and settle in for the movie. Free. 1117 NE Boat St., Seattle; districtseattle.com/summermovies
Vashon Island Film Festival — August 12-14
The Vashon Film Institute presents its first Vashon Island Film Festival, featuring 10 feature films, 10 short films and a selection of other cinema-centric films.
guest events, including an opening gala, a Saturday night party and two seminars hosted by notable guests from the film industry. Buy your tickets online; $10 to $117. Location varies; vashonislandfilmfestival.com
Celebrate Lakeridge Playfield & Play Area — August 13
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to celebrate the renovated Lakeridge Playground and Playground 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy games, food, music, activities and a chance to explore all improvements. Free. 10145 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; 206-684-4075; seattle.gov
Hey ! Japantown – August 13
Join the Wing Luke Museum and other organizations in the Chinatown International District to celebrate the life, culture, art, and businesses of Japantown at the annual Block Party from 1-5 p.m. Enjoy free shows, a beer garden, games, giveaways and more. Free. Location varies; 206-623-5124; wingluke.org
Seattle Arab Festival — August 13-14
The Seattle Center Festál continues with the Seattle Arab Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Armory Food & Event Hall and the Mural Amphitheater. This in-person event features Arabic cuisine food trucks, children’s activities, live music and folk dance performances, a hookah lounge, art exhibits and workshops, and a traditional bazaar market. Free. 305 Harrison Street Seattle; 206-684-7200; seattlecenter.com
Capitol Hill Garage Sale – August 14
The Cal Anderson Park Alliance presents the return of the Capitol Hill Garage Sale after a two-year hiatus. Seattle’s longest-running community garage sale will feature more than 75 vendors in Cal Anderson Park, as well as nearly 20 independent garage sales at Capitol Hill homes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A DJ, drinks and sweets will also be available at the Capitol. Hill Neighborhood Farmers Market right next to the garage sale (11am-3pm). Free. 1635 11th Avenue, Seattle; capitolhillgaragesale.org
Othello Park International Festival — August 14
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the annual Othello Park International Festival returns from noon to 6 p.m. The Othello district will share its authentic cultural variety of music, dance, vendors and art. This year’s performers include Washington Diamond Drill Team, Lion Dancer Mak Lai, Samoan Siva Dance Group, Northwest Martial Arts Wushu, Copoeira, JAKO Warrior Fire Dancers and Moreover. Free. 4351 S. Othello Street, Seattle; othellopark.org/2022-festival
Tacoma Battle Games: Battle of the Bows – August 14
Join this outdoor activity for youth and adults in which two or more groups engage in a simulated archery fight using padded-tip arrows at 1 p.m. Work as a team to eliminate your opponents with team tactics and archery skills. All players must be 14 years of age or older and must be mentally, physically, socially and emotionally mature enough to play on the battlefield (all players 14-17 must have a legal guardian present). Free. 1501 S. Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma; allsfaire.org/battle-games
Ukulele Start-Up for Beginners at the Federal Way Library — August 16
King County Library System is hosting a class presented by award-winning songwriter Wes Weddell where attendees will learn to play the ukulele at 6 p.m. Go from zero to song, no prior experience necessary. There will be 15 uke available; first come, first served. Register online; free. 34200 First Way S., Federal Way; 253-838-3668; kcls.org