It looks like La Niña is back again!  That means we are in for some crazy weather–just like last year. There is no time like the present to learn about how weather patterns work and how we all can be better prepared to face anything Mother Nature throws at us. Teach your kiddos about what’s happening all around us to explain how the world works with the help of the Pacific Science Center. An afternoon of environmental science has never been this much fun!

 

Where: 200 Second Avenue North, Seattle, Wa 98109
Phone: 206-443-2001
Online: pacificsciencecenter.org
Admission: Kids (3-5) $7, Youth (6-15) $9, Adults $14. Top: Click HERE for a Free Kids Admission coupon!
Open: Mon-Wed-Thur-Fri 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sat-Sun-Holidays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Closed Tuesdays
Parking: Street parking and public garages, 15 different bus routes available, and don’t forget the Monorail from Westlake!

What To See:
While the weather outside is frightful, visit the Pacific Science Center to learn how storms take shape in the recently installed “Science on a Sphere” exhibit. Kiddos can watch how storms form in the ocean and then make landfall, learn how the world is connected by weather, and track weather patterns across the globe.

You can also experience other environmentally focused, interactive exhibits like the robotic dinosaurs, the Tropical Butterfly House, Insect Village, and Puget Sound Tide Pool. And of course, don’t forget the Science Playground to get all of the wiggles out. For little ones, a must see is the Preschool Allstars Planetarium show for kids ages 2-5 years. 

Where to Eat:
There are lots of great restaurants all within walking distance of the science center, which makes things easy even on drizzly days. So leave the car in the lot, and break out the stroller for a spin around the Seattle Center.

Zeeks: Zeeks boasts yummy pizza and a chop salad that’s to die for. Take left over pizza home for dinner!
419 Denny Way, Seattle, Wa 98109
206-285-8646
Online: www.zeekspizza.com

McMenamins: McMenamins features a wide variety of NW fare, cozy booths (great for coats and hats and umbrella storage) and a great kids menu.
200 Roy Street, Seattle, Wa 98109
206-285-4722
Online: www.mcmenamins.com

Panos Kleftiko: Panos Kleftiko offers a tasty variety of Greek food, appetizers and a great kids menu.
815 5th Ave N Seattle, Wa 98109
206-301-0393
Online: www.panoskleftiko.com

The Centerhouse located on the Seattle Center grounds has a Food Court.  Currently parts of it are under construction but many eateries are open and should definitely be checked out. For ease and convience on the rainiest days of the season, this puts many options under one roof and cuts down on the amount of walking necessary. Tip: The Centerhouse Deli in the SW corner is a good option for kids.

Weather Preparedness: When it comes to Seattle winters, thoughtfulness is key. Now that your little ones are all schooled in the wonder of weather, be sure to check out TakeWinterByStorm.org for more tips and resources for weather information, road conditions and alerts for your area. Make sure to keep the house stocked with batteries and flashlights! Use this adventure to do some fun, weather science learning and channel it into an important preparedness activity that the whole family can do together.

–Kali Sakai