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Activity Stations

Look out for Science Center staff at Activity Stations throughout the exhibit halls demonstrating exciting, fun-filled science activities! Each station highlights a science topic inspired by one of our exhibits and our knowledgeable presenters are eager to help you learn new things.


  • Touch Tank

    Touch Tank

    Get a closer look at rocky shore organisms such as sea stars, limpets, sea urchins, anemones and more. Is that crazy creature a plant or an animal—or neither? How does it eat? A friendly Science Center educator will answer your questions as you peer into the touch tank, or even touch a creature or two. The Touch Tank is open daily from 10am-5pm.

  • Curators Lab in the Kelp Forest

    Curator's Lab

    See real people doing science! Experiments available for guest participation may include examining brine shrimp and moon jellies bred at the Science Center, learning about sustainable seafood practices and more.
    The Curators Lab is open:
    Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 12:00pm and 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Weekends and holidays: 11:00am - 12:00pm and 1:30pm - 4:00pm
    (times subject to change)

World of Life

  • World of Life

    Heart Cart

    Uncover the mechanics of your ticker by investigating a model heart. An examination of the cardiovascular system illustrates the components of blood and how it travels through your body.

  • World of Life Brains on Parade exhibit

    Brain Cart

    Breathing, eating, dancing, singing.  Your brain controls all of the actions, but how?  Investigate how the brain works with experiments and demonstrations.

  • Child with Magnafying Glass Blue Shirt

    Cell Theater

    Step into the Cell Theater to take a look at real microorganisms. See how they live, and learn what you have in common with these tiny living organisms.

Creative World

  • Infrared image of lizard from See the Heat exhibit


    Focus on light and how it behaves. Experimenting with mirrors, lenses and prisms allows you to change light’s direction, spread it out and break it apart. A high-"light" of any visit.

  • Slime

    Slime Bar

    Polymer science gets gooey as you make your very own batch of creepy, squishy slime. Discover how tiny molecules get together to form long chains of goopy ooze. What could be more fun?

  • Child with telescope


    Learn about various types of telescopes by experimenting with different lenses and lighting for a close up view of the world around you.

  • Van de Graff Generator


    Explore electromagnetic force with hands-on magnet and electricity activities including a Van de Graaf generator demonstration about static electricity guaranteed to be a hair-raising experience.
    Located on the 2nd floor in the Tech Revue Theater.

  • Scouts exploring light

    Light and Sound

    See sound and listen to light! Investigate how we communicate. 
    Located on the 2nd Floor in the Tech Revue Theater.

  • Creative World Materials Bar

    Air Pressure

    Modern life sure is stressful. Perhaps it’s because we are under pressure by the very air we breathe. Discover its strength through a variety of "high pressure" activities.