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Seattle Children's Museum, Seattle
(3/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
Treat your kids to an array of imaginative, engaging activities at Seattle Children's Museum, where each exhibit is designed to be interactive, entertaining, and developmental. Kids can explore the science behind motion in Cog City, build a fort with everyday materials like sheets and shoeboxes, get comfortable with eye exams (using play materials) at the eye clinic, and search the indoor mountain for native Washington plants and wildlife. Keep in mind entry requires a child younger than ten years old. Check the website for a calendar of daily programs and events. Add Seattle Children's Museum to your Seattle travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Seattle vacation route planner.
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  • Brought my 2 1/2 year old. Had previously bought a groupon and then once there paid $25 for 3 hours of parking outside of the museum. Was overwhelmed with the size and amount of exhibits at first but ...  more »
  • Got a groupon coupon for $13 and then another $9.50 for the other grandparent to get into the museum. Seattle Children's Museum used to be a fine, fun, interactive place. Now it is shabby, has exhibit...  more »
  • I would not recommend this place. There are many exhibits that are merely a shell with no real interactive items inside. There is an international section where you can go and learn about homes in oth...  more »
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  • Great place for parties especially if you need a larger place for kids. Very reasonable prices for renting the whole facility for an after hours party. But cons for that are that there is no drop-off place for your food and timeframe is short, only 2 hrs of party time. I would still recommend it though!
  • I love the new changes they made to the theater. It now has a dressing room area with vanity mirrors and costumes to change into. They added a sound and light board and a new seating area. This is a great place to bring young kids to explore and play. My kids never get tired of it even though they've gone a ton of times. The art station has clay making, painting, coloring, crafts, a squeegee board, chalk table and a light table with blocks that have see-workugh geometric colored shapes. There's a ball room where you can play with ping pong balls and chutes. They also added bouncy balls and hoops. I think they're still working on their ranch exhibit which I'm looking forward to. For now you can dress up in cowboy apparel, ride stick horses and pretend you're in the wild west. The international exhibit has a bunch of play areas set up in different countries. You can explore homes and towns based in the Philippines, Japan, Africa. I personally love the mock supermarket based off of Metropolitan Market. The check out stands actually work and will scan the boxed or canned products and show it on the screen. Sometimes they'll also have fresh flowers and you can take one and donate/pay on the honor system. There's a construction area where you can build with tools and screws. There's a mock restaurant that was originally based off a real restaurant that used to be in the Armory. There's a mock eye exam room. There is a mock forest where kids can do a scavenger hunt for birds. There's also a big play area to build forts and run around. It's also great for infants and toddlers. There's a specific area for younger children and nursing moms if you want privacy. It has a small slide and other toddler friendly toys. I also love the book room. They will have story times throughout the day or you can explore on your own. There are tons of areas to relax and tons of books to read to your kids. If you're there the whole day, there is a small eating/stroller parking area or you can stamp your hand and head up to the Armory to eat. It's right next to the train tables and mock light rail station. You can also host birthday parties here. If your kids or you have a Washington medical services card (medical coupon) you can visit for free. If you have SNAP, just show your card for discounted entrance fee. There's also an hour at the end of the day where you can visit for free or basically donation based where you give what you can.
  • To be honest I wouldn't go back here if it were free. I was so disappointed because there's not much to do here compared to the cost of admission. It was very expensive in my opinion. The play areas were disorganized and neglected. Pieces of exhibits were missing and broken. I was so excited to visit, but left feeling very disappointed.
  • Great place for small children to explore. They create a whole world sized just for 2.5 to 4 foot tall kiddos. There is nothing out of reach and nothing they can break. I remember going as a child and I am so happy that it is an experience I now get to share with my son.
  • We live in walking distance so we got a membership which is a money saver if you go at least 7 times in a year. My son is only one and gets immediately distracted and has fun being able to run around and possibly interact with other children. I've noticed children over 8 aren't impressed by the museum but it takes a lot to impress that age group in the first place. Staff has never given me problems, overall they are nice. Pretty outdated equipment but overall fun for little ones.