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LOTT's WET Science Center

500 Adams St. Northeast, Olympia, WA



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Down the Drain and Then What?

Community Event, History/Science, Green/Environmental

What happens to the water you send down the drain? Celebrate Septic Smart Week by learning about wastewater treatment and the importance of clean water. Join us for a 1pm presentation followed by a tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant! Tour participants must be 10 or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. Water-related arts & crafts all day.


• Sat 9/22/18 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Salmon Saturday

Community Event, Nature

It’s a special time of year. Local salmon are finishing up their long, tiring journey and returning to their home streams to spawn. Come honor this amazing fish by creating salmon-inspired artwork to take home. Create fish prints, make a salmon button or hat, and more!


• Sat 9/29/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Family Fun for Arts Walk

Art Show

Fall Arts Walk is here! We’re open 10 am-8 pm on October 5 and 10 am-4 pm on October 6. Enjoy art activities and view student artwork on display both days. Join us 6-8 pm on Friday evening for an art reception with musical performances by Olympia Piano Studio, Pacific Lutheran University’s Opera Program, and jazz with Denise Daverso & Jennifer Bowman. Light refreshments provided.


• Fri 10/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sat 10/6/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

All About Apples

Talks/Lectures, For the Family

Come celebrate National Apple Month! Washington State produces 2.5 million tons of apples a year. Where did our love for apples come from? Dive into the world of apples at a 2 pm presentation to have a fruitful experience. We’ll taste test a variety of apples and learn about the fascinating history of apples. Apple related crafts and activities all day.


• Sat 10/13/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Discovery Speaker Series: Marine Biotoxins


Ever wonder what those red and yellow signs you see at the beach sometimes are? Why are there times of the year when it isn’t safe to eat shellfish? Join the Puget Sound Estuarium for a 7 pm presentation with Audrey Coyne from the Washington Department of Health, who will explain the mysteries of marine biotoxins. Doors open at 6:30 pm.


• Thu 10/18/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wonderful World of Water

Tour, History/Science

At 1 pm, attend a program about water in our lives and what happens to the dirty water you send down the drain. Then take a behind the scenes tour of LOTT’s Budd Inlet Treatment Plant to see how water is cleaned and restored. Tour participants must be 10 or older and wear sturdy closed shoes. Throughout the day, create water-inspired works of art.


• Sat 10/20/18 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Bioluminescence & Spooky Creatures of the Deep

For the Family

Some of earth’s spookiest creatures live in the deepest parts of the ocean. Throughout the day, get inspired by enchanting photos and videos of mesmerizing bioluminescence. Then get creative and make anglerfish hats and other bioluminescent crafts that are perfect for Halloween.


• Sat 10/27/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oly Outdoors

For the Family

Join City of Olympia Park Stewardship staff for a 2 pm presentation on getting to know your local parks. Cool trails, beautiful beaches, volunteer opportunities, and more! Did you know that you can find five species of owls locally? Make a pinecone owl to take home….it’ll be a hoot!


• Sat 11/3/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Rain Rain Go Away

For the Family

November is Olympia’s wettest month of the year! Escape the rain and participate in rain-inspired crafts and activities all day.


• Sat 11/10/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Discovery Speaker Series: Marine Birds of the Sound


Join the Puget Sound Estuarium and local expert, University of Puget Sound Professor Peter Hodum, for a 7 pm presentation about the birds of Puget Sound, from buffleheads to bald eagles! Doors open at 6:30 pm.


• Thu 11/15/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The World of Birds

Talks/Lectures, Animals

Come hang out with bird nerds to learn about birds of the Puget Sound region. Check out amazing taxidermy specimens and learn all about bird identification and natural history. Join us for a bird workshop 1-2 pm followed by a birding walk. Great for ages 8 and up.


• Sat 11/17/18 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Waste-Free Holidays

Talks/Lectures, Holiday

The holiday season is full of consumerism and waste. Join us for a 2 pm presentation to better understand the story behind the things we buy, use, and toss to help us make more informed purchases. Leave with tips on how to host a waste-free holiday. Waste-free holiday crafts and activities all day.


• Sat 12/1/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tinkering Studio

For the Family

Come build, invent, and “think with your hands”. These drop-in activities seek to inspire the next generation of inventors, engineers, and tinkerers by engaging visitors of all ages in fun, hands-on design challenges. The supportive environment encourages out-of-the-box creations.


• Sat 12/8/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sensory-Friendly Sunday

For the Family

In partnership with the Hands On Children’s Museum and the Exceptional Families Network, we’re offering a comfortable environment for kids and adults with sensory differences. Visit the Children’s Museum next door 9-11 am. Then 11 am-1 pm, visit the WET Center to enjoy a variety of activities, crafts, hand fidgets, a book nook, quiet spaces for taking a break, and all of our hands-on exhibits. You can also connect with Exceptional Families Network at their resource table.


• Sun 12/9/18 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Science of Chocolate


Delicious. Sweet. Irresistible. Come explore the complex world of chocolate during a 2 pm presentation. We’ll have plenty of samples to try. Leave with a mind full of science and mouthful of chocolate. Related crafts and activities all day.


• Sat 12/15/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Reptile Zoo

Talks/Lectures, Animals

The Reptile Zoo is bringing live animals to touch and learn about! Join us at 1:30 pm for a special reptile presentation. After the show, you’ll have an opportunity to handle the animals. Related crafts all day.


• Sat 12/22/18 at 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

New Year’s Around the World

Children's Arts/Crafts, Holiday

What are your New Year’s traditions? Take a closer look at cherished traditions from around the world. Find out why people wear polka dots, eat 12 grapes, and more. Create a variety of New Year’s Eve crafts such as noisemakers and hats!


• Sat 12/29/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM