Welcome to Polar Play Days at The Tech Interactive, where we’re ready to chill out and have some STEM-tastic fun!

Get ready to slip and slide your way into the coolest winter event around.

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Check out our Polar-themed exhibits like Glacial Glider where you can build your own virtual roller coaster alongside some penguin friends. Visit The Tech Studio’s Just Wing It Winter migration or learn more about NASA’s ICEStat-2 satellite to measure sea ice thickness. Kids of all ages will love the Polar Play Zone, exclusive winter activities or feeling like a real astronaut in the Jet Pack Chair. And when you need a break, come to the IMAX Dome Theater to experience some Arctic thrills. Of course, we can’t forget about the treats. Our ICEEs will give you that “brrr” factor, and our themed drinks will warm you up in no time.

So don’t be left out in the cold! Come to Polar Play Days at The Tech Interactive and get ready for a winter wonderland of STEM-tacular fun that's sure to be a “snow-stopper.” We promise it’ll be “snow” much fun, you won’t want to leave!

Buy Tickets

Your general admission ticket includes access to Polar Play Days Experience.


Polar-themed Exhibits

Open Daily

Polar Play Day’s Hands-on Activities & Labs

Drop into one of our hands-on activities during Polar Play Days. 

Polar Animal Scavenger Hunt

Dive into the icy world of polar animals with our thrilling Polar Animal Scavenger Hunt! This engaging activity promises fun for all ages through the frigid realms of the North and South Poles.

BioTinkering Lab

Open Daily, check Today at The Tech Interactive for the daily schedule.

  • BioTinkering Lab: Algae String: Design and create your own colorful string using biological building blocks from seaweed and a dash of chemistry. Final products can be used to create festive garlands, snowflakes, and so much more!
  • Cabbage Paints: Cabbage isn’t just for eating! In this activity, explore the color changing properties of paints created from red cabbage. Use your vivid color palette to create your own wintry works of art! Available Dec. 23 - Jan. 7, 2024

Cabbage Inks


The Tech Studio

Open Daily

Polar Play Zone



The Everbright is a modern re-imagining of the giant Light Bright, making creativity accessible to everyone.

Gravity Wall

Gravity Wall

Build a giant ball run on the walls of The Tech Interactive!

Jet Pack Chair

Jet Pack Chair

Take a ride in a chair resembling a NASA manned maneuvering unit (MMU). Feel like a real astronaut as you float and navigate your way around an enclosed arena using jets of compressed air.


IMAX Day & Night!

Your Polar Play Days ticket will sweep you into so many worlds! Whether exploring the frozen tundra to the delicious world of chocolate, The Tech Interactive’s IMAX Dome Theater is brimming with edu-tainment all winter long! Enjoy a daily documentary as part of your admission to Polar Play Days. Looking for a way to extend your visit? Purchase a ticket to see one of our family friendly feature films this holiday season.


Feature Films

Experience Hollywood Magic in IMAX at The Tech Interactive’s Premier Dome Theater!

Looking for a way to extend your visit? Purchase a ticket to see one of our family friendly feature films perfect for the holidays!

*Movies subject to change. Check back for confirmed showtimes and tickets.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots logo

The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity which was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps in 1991.
  • We are accepting donations from Dec 1 through Dec 15
  • Gently used toys and gifts for children and teenagers
  • Toys can be given to our Visitor Services staff at the front desk
  • 1 free large popcorn (limit of one large popcorn per party)


Toys for Tots will not accept:
  • Realistic looking weapons  
  • Gifts with food