Members-only events

Members-only early openings

Join us at 9am to beat the crowds and experience the Aquarium as it’s just waking up! Non-member friends and family are welcome to enter early with you and pay for their admission. Plus, 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:

  • December 29, 2019—Winter Fishtival
  • January 19, 2020—Hawaii Weekend
  • February 16, 2020—Octopus Week
  • April 5, 2020—Marine Mammal Mania

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

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:

Winter Fishtival: December 26–January 5

Hawaii Weekend: January 18–20

Octopus Week: February 15–23

You can check out a backpack at the member desk on a first-come, first-served basis. A credit card number is required to check out a backpack. 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 are greatly appreciated and will help guide us in future activity plans. If you fill out the survey, you’ll also have a chance to win a FREE FAMILY MEMBERSHIP renewal.

Our survey prize winner will be contacted by April 10, 2020.

Members-only movie night

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 movie night will be in March 2020. Check back in February for registration information!

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March is for Members

We’re grateful for our members! To show our appreciation, we feature special members-only benefits and programs for the entire month of March. Events include special members-only early openings and Members’ Night Out, a 21+ evening event exclusively for members and their guests. Members will also receive an increased discount at our café and gift shop, as well as the chance to win a personalized tour of the Aquarium.

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