Members-only events and programs

Member 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!

Reservations are recommended, but not required. Log in to your account to reserve your spot and expedite your entry.

Summer Sunday early openings:

Every Sunday from May 29 through September 4 at 9am.

*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


Two backpacks, one with a colorful shark design, the second with a colorful fish design. An unfinished puzzle of an octopus is in front of both backpacks.

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’s guide to provide you with additional information and ideas while exploring our exhibits. Activities are 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 dates:

November 24–26
December 26–January 1

You can check out a backpack at the front desk on a first-come, first-served basis. A credit card 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 are greatly appreciated and will help guide us in future activity plans. Plus, all survey respondents will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to our gift shop!

Our survey prize winner will be contacted by April 15, 2022.

Note: To protect the health and safety of our guests, all backpacks will be sanitized after each use.