On the first Monday of each month through April, the first 200 guests receive free admission to exhibits and a documentary IMAX film at the Pacific Science Center courtesy of Cigna. Adult tickets to the museum normally cost $16 or $20 if you want to include the IMAX film. Kids 3-5 are $9 or $13 with the film. What a considerable savings!

We had a great time at the museum today. There was ample 4 hour street parking available (@ $1.50/hour) so we were able to skip the $10 garage fee. We did get the very last of the free tickets when we arrived at 10:45 so I would recommend arriving earlier (the museum opens at 10am).

The museum has a lot for the toddler and pre-school set. We started with the Dinosaur exhibit, then moved into the Space area which is probably better suited for older kids or children who don’t mind standing still to listen to their adults read them placards.


Then off to the tot play area for some climbing and  water exploration.


We stopped for the 11:45 IMAX presentation of Born To Be Wild in 3D, which was about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them (yes I cried). Bonus: we ate our packed lunch in the theater!

Next stop: Butterfly House! Image

Rounded out with a 20 minute presentation just for 2-5 year olds in the planetarium with dance and maraca shakers. What a way to learn about the moon and night sky.

At this point we were done with our day and walked back to the car checking out the Space Needle along the way.


Fabulously free way to explore and learn about science. Highly recommend!!