Celebrate human space exploration and honor the first man in space Yuri Gagarin!

As part of our Yuri’s Night celebration, help us celebrate human space exploration with daytime family activities, local space organizations, virtual reality, 360° photobooth, and so much more! Costumes encouraged! (See our Costume Policy.)

Family activities will include:

  • Meet ‘N Greet with Astronauts & Space Experts
    • Spacesuit designer Bill Ayrey
    • Astronaut Nicholas Patrick
    • NASA Solar System Ambassadors Charlotte Kiang and Dan Abramov
    • Planetary scientist Tanya Harrison
    • Blue Origin engineer and Inspiration 4 astronaut Chris Sembroski
  • Weekend Family Workshops 
    • 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Seattle Area LEGO® Users Group (SEALUG) Displays
  • Kids Story Time
    • 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM — There Was a Black Hole That Swallowed the Universe
    • 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM — Mousetronaut Goes to Mars
    • 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM — Margot and the Moon Landing
    • 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM — The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
  • Kids Dance Party!
    • 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM
  • 360° Photobooth
  • VR Experiences:
    • The Mars Society MarsVR Project - Experience to Mars
    • Europa Prime Experience (sensory-friendly)

Special Presentations include:

  • The Mars Society Tech Demonstration
    • The Mars Society demonstrates how VR technology can allow remote researchers to “explore” the Utah-based Mars Desert Research Station with on-site field explorers.
    • 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
  • Spacesuits: Past, Present and Future with spacesuit designer Bill Ayrey
    • Bill Ayrey will discuss the history of the extravehicular spacesuits with a focus on the Apollo era suits as well as the space shuttle and space station suits. 
    • 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM (NEW TIME)
  • Spacesuits: What it's Like to Wear One with astronaut Nicholas Patrick
    • Astronaut Nicholas Patrick will share his first-hand experience using extravehicular spacesuits. Nick flew to space onboard Space Shuttle on two separate occasion (STS-116 and STS-130), accumulating more than 18 hours in extravehicular suits during three spacewalks.
    • 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
  • Combined Q+A with Bill Ayrey and Nicholas Patrick
    • Stick around for a follow up Q+A in with Billy Ayrey, veteran spacesuit designer and Nicholas Patrick, engineer, astronaut and pilot.
    • 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Exhibitors will include:

  • The Mars Society
  • Seattle Area LEGO® Users Group (SEALUG)
  • R2Northwest: Pacific Northwest R2 Builders Club

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Are you 21+? Continue the festivities with our annual Yuri’s Night 21+ spaceflight party!

Don’t miss this 21+ space-themed spectacle that joins art, dance, music and technology in tribute to everyone’s celestial journey.

Learn More About Yuri's Night