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KIDs! What did the world look like before I was here? Who shares the earth with me? How do things work? What does art say to me? Who do I want to become?

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Hands-on activities! Imagination Stations located throughout the Museum feature fun craft activities based on current BAM exhibitions. And with two to four rotating exhibitions on view at any one time, there’s always something new to see, explore, and be inspired by.

BAM is the perfect size to explore with kids. Big enough that it’s still an adventure, but not so large that you’ll feel like you need to rush to see everything. Plus free parking and lots of kid-friendly restaurants nearby.

MUSEUM info Address: 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004 Website: Hours: Wednesday –Sunday: 11am – 5pm, Free First Friday: 11am – 8pm Cost: Discount & Adult: $12 – $15, Family: $35, Members & kids under age 6: FREE Free/Discounted Museum Days: Free First Fridays & Student Wednesdays Special Events for Families/Kids: Seasonal Free Family Days Summer Day Camps/Classes:

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Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: Imagination Stations, Family Guide


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Sealife Room

The Sealife room reflects Dale Chihuly’s deep love of the sea. Find one of the sea creatures immersed in the Sealife Tower. How many colors of the sea are there?

Persian Ceiling

An exploration of pattern and color, the Persian Ceiling is the only gallery in the Exhibition with white walls. Ten putti, or glass cherubs, are hidden in the ceiling, can you find them all?

Float Boats Inspired by Japanese fishing floats, Dale Chihuly created the glass floats in the Float Boat. Pick your favorite colored Float.

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For kids, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a wonderland of colors, shapes, plants and bright flowers. With inside and outside areas full of art, Chihuly Garden and Glass offers many ways for kids to fuel their imagination.

Parents, don’t let the word “glass” worry you! Chihuly Garden and Glass is meant for all ages. With a kid’s guide, Education Station, live glass demonstrations, free photo opportunities and even a kids’ section in the Bookstore, we are the perfect place for families to enjoy the wonder and beauty of art.

MUSEUM info Address: 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109 Website:

Viola Crystal Tower

Secret! The Viola Crystal Tower is neither crystal nor glass. The tower is made out of polyvitro, a type of plastic. Can you find it?

Hours: Mon–Thurs 8:30am–5pm, Fri–Sun 8:30am – 9:30pm Cost: $32 Adults, Youth 5-12 $19, Children 4 and under are FREE Free/Discounted Museum Days: Discounted daily after 6pm. King County residents receive a discount on Adult admission (on-site only)

Special Events for Kids/Families: Daily live glass demonstrations Museum Café: Yes Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: Kid’s Guide, Education Station, Theater showing educational movies about Dale Chihuly and the art of glassmaking, free photos, kids’ section in the Bookstore, kid’s menu in the Café, snacks in the Art Plaza.


Explore the Garden for a Chihuly Rose. The Chihuly Rose was named to honor Dale Chihuly and offers buds of brilliant yellow which open to reveal flashes of bright orange and pink.

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Children's Museum of Skagit County MUSEUM info Address: 432 Fashion Way, Burlington, WA 98233 Website: Hours: Sun noon–5pm, Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Toddler Tuesday 8:30am-10am

Cost: $6.25/person, $5.75/Military & Senior, Free for kids under 12 months of age (admission prices subject to change)

Free/Discounted Museum Days: Community Free Day, 2nd Tuesday of the month

Special Events for Families/Kids: Full STEAM Ahead, Summer family nights, Planetarium shows, movie nights, Winter Wonderland. See our website!

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After-School/Weekend Classes: Coming soon! Programs for Schools/Homeschoolers: Field trips always welcome — call to schedule

Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: Interactive exhibits and activities for kids of all ages to learn through hands-on play. Spring, summer and winter break camps. Party packages. Special events throughout the year. Museum store. Memberships available.

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New space! New location! Hands-on exploring of science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts for all ages! Spend the day learning through play. Phase 1 open now, Phase 2 opening summer 2019.

The exhibits are as much fun for adults as they are for kids! The museum is geared towards kids and learning through play, but grown-up kids can have fun too! Come now for Phase 1, come back again for Phase 2!

Hands On Children's Museum MUSEUM info Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501 Website: Hours: Daily: 10 am to 5 pm Cost: General admission (18 mo–64): $14.95, Seniors (65+): $12.95, Military/First Responder/Foster (with valid ID): $12.95, FREE for members

Free/Discounted Museum Days: Access Admission (EBT Cardholders): First 2 guests free/each add. $2; First Friday Nights: First 2 guests free/each add. $2

Special Events for Families/Kids: Summer Splash! (June-Aug), Boo Bash (Oct), Noon Year’s (Dec 31), Ice Adventures (Jan), and Spring Break Weeks (Mar-April)

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Museum Cafe: Yes Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: Preschool, Sensory Friendly Special Mornings of Play (Sundays), Birthday Parties, Private Events, Adult Event Series


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150 interactive exhibits including new Megan D Schooner, Art Studio & MakeSpace, two-story Climber and Stream Slide, Ballcano, Emergency! and more. Plus, unique Outdoor Discover Center, Lighthouse Lookout, outdoor tinkering stations, and water play inside and out. Summer long Summer Splash! event features themed adventures, special guests and activities.

Washington’s award-winning museum on Olympia’s waterfront adjacent to WET Science Center and Plaza with 250’ interactive stream. Near downtown, Farmer’s Market, and Percival Landing. Clean and beautiful facility with fresh foods in the Play Day Café. First place winner of King 5’s Best of Western Washington for Kid-Friendly Fun!

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Traditionally, longhouses were homes made from cedar planks that were used for gatherings and communal living. Today, Tulalip Tribes has one central longhouse that is still used for ceremonies.

Helmet This helmet belonged to a tribal member who served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He had 600 hours of flying as a helicopter pilot.

Dentalium shells Dentalium shells were used as currency and regalia. Mostly used for trade, these small, tubular mollusks were symbols of wealth and were commonly incorporated in traditional wear.

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Stories are given as gifts to make one more knowledgeable. Young people can immerse themselves in the stories, music, canoes, cedar and salmon interactive exhibits of the Tulalip people’s past and present at the cultural center.

Our senior curator described the cultural center as the intellectual and cultural soul of the Tulalip people. The center incorporates history, language, science and art in the hands-on activities for a unique, enjoyable learning experience.

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Teaching pole Teaching poles were carvings that represented stories and the morals behind them. In the winter months, grandparents would tell stories to children in the longhouse.

Address: Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, 6410 23rd AVE NE Tulalip, WA 98271, 360-716-2600

Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday noon-5 pm. Free the 1st Thursday of each month, open until 8pm

Admission: Adult (18 and over): $10, Senior (50+): $7, Student (6-17): $6, Military & Veterans: $6, Child (5 and under): FREE, Family: $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Special Events for Families: Yes Summer Day Camps/Classes: Summer Tour programs offered Afterschool/Weekend Classes: Yes

Stone net weights

Programs for Schools/Homeschoolers: Yes Family-friendly features: Interactive exhibits, hands-on activity options

Stone net weights were used to weigh down nets for beach seining and fishing. These weights helped the net sink down to catch fish, or to anchor nets in place.

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Mouse House

This tiny mouse house is an homage to the shadowboxes in KidsQuest’s original Factoria location.

Story Tree Characters

Once home to the Roaslie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, KidsQuest has a number of display cases filled with toys and dolls that once filled this entire building.

Climber Sequin Boards If you make it to the pinnacle of the museum’s Atrium Climber, take a look around for a special surprise. Small discoveries are sometimes s. found in the most unusual place

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Kids will love that every corner of the museum offers new opportunities for hands-on play. They can drive a real truck, climb 2 ½ stories, or get soaked in water. Looking for something new to do? Free activities are offered every day, from Science Hour to Musical Storytime to Play with Paint.

Parents will love that their children are engaging in thought-provoking play. The day is made a little easier because beverages are allowed in lidded containers, and indoor snack spots allow for sitting and refueling kiddos without leaving the building. There are also adult-only events like Clay & Cocktails!

MUSEUM info Address: 1116 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Measuring Marbles Math makes its way through many of KidsQuest’s exhibits. One hidden gem is a measuring wall. How tall are you in marbles?

Website: Hours: Mon 9am–5pm through August 26, Tue-Thu 9am–5pm, Fri 9am–8pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun noon–5pm

Cost: Single admission: $12.50, Members and children under 1: FREE, Museums for All: $3

Free/Discounted Museum Days: Free Low Sensory Evenings the first Wednesday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm

Special Events for Families/Kids: Wild NW Weekends, Halloween Spooktacular, Gingerbread Workshops

Recycle Rebuild Ferris Wheel

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Family-Friendly Features: Low sensory bags are available at the front desk, and discounted parking is available at nearby lots. A small snack selection is available in the Museum Store.

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Family STEAM Day

July 20 & August 17 | Noon – 4 pm ther as you explore Design, build, tinker and learn toge ion to science, relat the world of automobiles and its math. technology, engineering, art and

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In addition to the very cool cars, trucks & motorcycles on display, kids can get in the driver’s seat of a racing simulator or on the slot-car track in the Speed Zone. In the Family Zone, children of all ages can compete in Pinewood Derby races or climb into a car from the 1920s and pretend to drive!

America’s Car Museum aims to inspire curiosity and imagination. Visitors are surrounded by vehicles ranging from horseless carriages to modern-day race cars. This non-traditional classroom provides a unique learning experience exploring the science, technology, engineering, art, history and math of automobiles through discussion and engaging hands-on projects.

MUSEUM info Address: 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 Website: Hours: 10am - 5pm | 7 days a week Cost: ACM Member: FREE | Adults: $18 | Seniors (Age 65+): $16 | Active Duty Military: $16 | Students: $14 | Youth (Ages 6-12): $10 | Child (5 and under): Free

Special Events for Families/Kids: Design, build, tinker, and learn together as you explore the world of automobiles and its relation to science, technology, engineering, art and math. On the third Saturday of each month, you and your child, grandchild, or family can spend quality time together exploring activities throughout the Museum during Family STEAM Day.

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Take A Spin

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Museum Cafe: Yes Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: Family Zone - learn/family-zone, Photo Car - Speed Zone -

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Code a Robot Beep! Boop! Beep! Use block-based coding to help our Dash robots navigate obstacles, light up, or spin around. You can even change colors!

Ride in a Self-Driving Car

Jump into our 3D-printed car and take a digital drive. Navigate through lanes of traffic for 30 seconds before the computer takes the wheel.

Play an Arcade Game

Take a walk through the 80’s and explore The Bit ns Zone arcade! Featuring free toke and unlimited plays, you’ll get a e real #throwback experience insid our Totally 80s Rewind exhibit.

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What’s better than an arcade or science center? Both experiences in one! Whether they’re tinkering with robots, playing retro video games, or experiencing computing history first hand, kids will have a blast while they learn about computers. Let their curiosity and creativity run wild as your kids discover technology at their fingertips.

Imagine taking the kids someplace where parents can enjoy themselves too… Say hello to Living Computers! With great membership rates and nostalgia around every corner, parents won’t find a better place to connect with their kids — or with technology. With a full schedule of tours, events, and workshops, Living Computers helps both parents and kids beat the summer slump.

MUSEUM info Address: 2245 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 Website:

Make a Punch Card

Way before cloud storage and USBs, computers used punch cards to store and process data. Experience these early days of computing first-hand and . make your own souvenir punch card

Survive the Oregon Trail

Grab your parents — we’re taking a journey across the uter Oregon Trail! In this beloved comp se game, you’ll gather supplies, choo ed a path, and keep your fingers cross that no one dies of dysentery.

Hours: Summer Hours, Tuesday–Sunday from 10am–6pm (Closed Monday) Cost: General Admission $18; Children (Up to age 5) Free; Discounted (Student, Senior, etc.) $16. Public tours included with admission (11:15am, 1:15pm & 3:15pm daily).

Free/Discounted Museum Days: Free First Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm. Access Program provides low cost admission & memberships for those who receive government assistance. Visit for details.

Special Events for Families/Kids: From educational tours, demos, and workshops to events like our Living with Tech: Speaker Series (every 3rd Thursday), we’ve got programs that geeks of all ages will love! Visit to learn more about our upcoming exhibits and events.

Summer Day Camps/Classes: After-School/Weekend Classes: Programs for Schools/Homeschoolers:

Museum Cafe: Yes Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: Limited FREE museum parking, tech store (museum shop), and café/eating area. Group reservations, private tours, and venue experience rentals are also available.



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National Nordic Museum MUSEUM info Address: 2655 NW Market St. Website: Hours: Tue: 10am–5pm, Wed: 10am–5pm, Thu: 10am–8pm, Fri: 10am–5pm, Sat: 10am–5pm, Sun: 10am–5pm, Mon: Closed

Cost: General admission: $15, Seniors (65+): $12, Students (with ID) and youth (K–12): $10, Members and children (0–4): Free

Free/Discounted Museum Days: First Thursdays Special Events for Families/Kids: Bamse Day (July 30); Nordic Stories (August 1); Nordic Sól (August 22-25)

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Museum Cafe: Yes Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: Free Kids’ Passport; Sense of Place immersive experience; interactive digital exhibit kiosks; videos; enclosed garden space; café; Museum Store

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Kids love our free Kids’ Passport activity book, which helps them write, draw, and color their way through the museum, while kidheight exhibit drawers and digital kiosks are perfect for young learners to explore. Our East Garden (with Viking ship!) is a great place to stretch little legs.

Parents love our mix of artifacts and objects complemented by videos and engaging text panels, which make learning possible at every level. They also love the convenience of our on-site parking and café, as well as our Museum Store with the perfect memento for every age.

Northwest African American Museum MUSEUM info Address: 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144 Website: Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am-5pm, Open late on Thursdays 11am-7pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday

Cost: Adult (13-61) $7, Child (4-12) $5. Student (w/student ID) $5, Seniors (62+) $5. Members and children 3 and younger FREE

Free/Discounted Museum Days: Free First Thursdays, Visitor Admission Partnerships and Special Offers

Special Events for Families/Kids: Every January, we have an amazing Family-Friendly Dr. King Day for the full family to enjoy music, films, arts and crafts. Grandparents Day will be September 8, 2019 and we will have a ton of family-friendly activities for youth and the entire family.

Programs for Schools/Homeschoolers: K-12 Tour & Youth Curator Program

Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: FREE parking; Black Santa Days every December; Located next to a beautiful, sprawling green park, named after rock legend Jimi Hendrix; We have volunteers that read to children; We occasionally offer MixxedFit which is an all ages, public dance and fitness class for $10

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NAAM is an exciting educational destination with interactive and inquiry-based tours providing an in-depth look at the history, art and culture of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Explore the Journey Gallery with our knowledgeable docents as they take you on a fascinating adventure through space and time.

Children get a glimpse of the vibrant experiences of the African American community in the Northwest from the 18th century to the present. There is always a rotating schedule of engaging and educational exhibitions featured throughout the Museum’s Legacy, Northwest Gallery and PACCAR Gallery which offers something new and exciting during every visit.

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Seattle Art Museum MUSEUM info Seattle Art Museum: 1300 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 Olympic Sculpture Park: 2901 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Website: Hours: Wed–Mon 10 am – 5 pm; Thu open til 9 pm Cost: Kids 14 and under are always FREE! SAM Members are always FREE! | General Admission for Adults: $19.99 | Special Exhibitions + General Admission: $29.99

Free/Discounted Museum Days: The first Thursday of every month, admission to collection galleries and special exhibitions is free for ages 19 and younger.

Special Events for Families/Kids: Family Field Day is Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Olympic Sculpture Park from 11 am–3 pm.

After-School/Weekend Classes: Join us on Sundays July 14–August 25 from 11 am–1 pm at SAM for free, all-ages, drop-in art making inspired by the current special exhibition:

School/Homeschool Programs: Museum Cafe: Yes Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: We offer free Family Fun Guides to lead you through our galleries, Gallery Reads that pair children’s books with art in our collection, and Kids Activity Guides for selected special exhibitions.

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Spaces for rest and play! Kids can get creative with art supplies in Chase Open Studio, curl up with a book in the Ann P. Wyckoff Education Resource Center, and build with blocks in the Knudsen Family Room. Children’s imaginations soar at SAM.

Children 14 and under are free at SAM! With three separate family spaces for children to play and learn and activity guides to help you explore the galleries, there are endless ways to spark your child’s inner artist.

Wing Luke Museum MUSEUM info Address: 719 S King St., Seattle, WA 98104 Website: Hours: Tues – Sunday, 10 am –5 pm; open until 8 pm on First Thursdays

Cost: $17 Adult, $15 Senior, $10 Youth, $12.50 Student, Free for child under 5

Free/Discounted Museum Days: First Thursdays of the Month

Special Events for Families/Kids: July 18, 2019 (JamFest) Learn more:

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Parent & Kid-Friendly Features: An interactive kid’s exhibit on Lunar New Year celebrations around the world “New Years All Year Round.”



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Kids will have fun learning about Seattle history and Asian American culture by being immersed in the history of the Seattle’s ChinatownInternational District. The Historic Hotel Tour is a must-see with its living quarters of early Asian pioneers. From hands-on exhibits to neighborhood tours, kids are encouraged to explore to pique curiosity and activate senses.

Give your kids an experience that opens their eyes to new cultures and perspectives in a way that textbooks can’t. Exhibits currently on display include the expanding universe of Asian Pacific American science fiction, Bruce Lee, and the ways people celebrate Lunar New Year across the world. The museum also offers food and walking tours to help navigate this historic neighborhood.

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A unique exhibit of life-like dragons brings to life facinating dragon myths and lore from around the world. $8 for ages 2 and over. Kids under 2 are FREE. Does not include gate admission.





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