Find out about all of the exclusive members-only events and programs

We advertise members-only offerings on our website and through member emails. If you're an Aquarium member and would like to start receiving this information (and more!), email

Members-only movie nights at the Aquarium: Fun for the whole family

Enjoy a night out at the movies, Aquarium-style! Before the show starts at 7:30pm, you’ll have the opportunity to see, touch and explore the animals in our tide pools. You’ll also have time to load up on popcorn, candy and beverages before the lights go down. Come in pajamas for even more fun!

The next members-only movie night will be in July 2018. Check back in June for registration information!

RSVP early! Space is limited and this event fills up quickly.

Please note: You will be asked to verify your membership after clicking the button below. After successfully verifying your membership, you will see a registration option for members-only movie night. Only Aquarium members active on the date of the movie night are eligible to attend and non-members are not able to accompany a member to this event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

ATTENTION: We will charge a non-refundable $3 processing fee for each member (age 4 and older) registering for this event.

Moviegoers are invited to visit our Life on the Edge exhibit before the movie begins; access to other exhibits is not available.

Members-Only early openings

Members-only early openings

Join us for members-only early openings throughout the year, when we open our doors half an hour early exclusively for members. Join us at 9am to beat the crowds and experience the Aquarium as it’s just waking up. The kids can enjoy a free cocoa or lemonade* in our café that day. And remember, City of Seattle meter parking is free on Sundays!

Upcoming dates:

March 10 and 11 - Learn more about our Birds & Shores exhibit
March 17 and 18 - Explore our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit
March 24 and 25 - Talk with an animal expert at our Windows on Washington Waters exhibit

*Drink vouchers are available at the front desk between 9 and 9:30am and redeemable at the cafe; anytime that day.

March is for Members

We’re grateful for our members! To show our appreciation, for the entire month of March we’re featuring special members-only benefits and programs:

    • Members-only movie night featuring Toy Story*
      March 9, 7pm. Registration opens February 20 – tickets sell out fast! See more details above.
    • Three weekends of members-only early openings, 9-9:30am**
      March 10 and 11 - Learn more about our Birds & Shores exhibit
      March 17 and 18 - Explore our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit
      March 24 and 25 - Talk with an animal expert at our Windows on Washington Waters exhibit
    • Members' night out, 21+ only
      March 29, 6:30pm. Eat, drink and explore after hours at the Aquarium! See more details and register here.

*Aquarium members active on the date of the event are eligible to attend and non-members may not accompany a member to this event. Member cards and photo ID are required for entry.

**Our biology staff may still be working during these events. Please be on the lookout for their equipment.

Additional benefits:

  • A chance to win an exclusive, personalized tour of the Aquarium. Receive one entry per membership, per visit through the entire month of March. Entry forms are available at the admissions counter.
  • A bigger discount in our gift shop and café—instead of the usual 10 percent, you will receive 15 percent off your purchases for the month of March.
  • Membership referral perks: two free guest passes to current members and referred members when memberships are purchased in person at the Aquarium.

If you're a member and not already receiving our newsletters, email to sign up!

Pacific coral reef and Salish Sea activity backpacks: Available exclusively to members

Check out our activity backpacks, filled with games, activities and books that provide family fun and offer engaging ways to learn more about the Pacific coral reef, the Salish Sea, and the animals that live there. Detailed instructions for each activity are included as well as an adult guide to provide you with additional information and ideas while exploring our exhibits. Perfect for kids between ages 4 and 6.

Activity backpacks are available for member use every day from October 1 through March 31 with the exception of all federal holidays and the following blackout dates:

December 26-January 1—Winter Fishtival
January 13-15—Hawaii in Your Own Backyard
February 17-25—Octopus Week

You can check one out at the member desk on a first come, first served basis. A credit card number is required to check out a backpack and will be given back to you at the end of checkout. Please note: backpacks are for use only while you're in the Aquarium and cannot be taken home.

You will be asked to complete a short survey when you return the backpack so we can learn from your experience. Your participation and feedback will be greatly appreciated and will help guide us in future activity plans. If you fill out the survey, you will also have a chance to win a FREE FAMILY MEMBERSHIP renewal.

Our survey prize winner will be contacted by April 16, 2018. Only existing members will be eligible to win.