Looking for something to do with the kids?
Kid Tip #1 - Take them to the Seattle Children's Museum!
There are many kid friendly places near the Space Needle, one of which is the Seattle Children's Museum where children ages 10 and under engage and learn in a space boasting over 4 NBA basketball court's worth of play and activities 'where imagination comes alive...'!
There are 13 main 'exhibits' with activities for kids explore. Programs, such as art, scavenger hunts & story time, are included in the cost of admission. Remember that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Now go have fun!
Kid Tip #2 - Plan ahead - Visit on a weekday.
This venue is pretty popular so visiting on a weekday ensures your children have a bit more space to run around. Also, the museum's staff creates programs each day and lists them on a convenient calendar so you can schedule your outing in advance. Their calendar calls attention to seasonal activities as well, such as the annual Festival of Light exhibit from Thanskgiving to New Year's - an exploration into various holiday traditions from around the globe.
Children under 3 are free for the Seattle Children's Museum as well as the Space Needle!
Kid Tip #3 - Stress-free Birthday Parties.
OK, this year let someone else do the work. The museum staff takes care of everything - catering, activities and clean up! Also, you and your guests receive all day admission. So relax, and enjoy the fun.
Kid Tip #4 - Pack a Snack or check out the new Bean Sprouts Café.
Packing light snack for the kiddos and yourself is always a great idea and there are benches in the museum where you can have a quick picnic. But if you’re short on time, the Seattle Center food court is just upstairs. There your family can experience the newest addition to the Armory, the Bean Sprouts Café.
This eatery caters to little tykes and is mirrored by the newest exhibit at the Seattle Children’s Museum, only the food is real! Absolutely adorable child in mind design with nutritious food your kid will want to eat. Bean Sprouts has even been featured on Martha Stewart! Read a recent review.
Kid Tip #5 - Become a Member.
Hey Seattle moms, dads and grandparents - become a museum member and receive special perks year-round. Membership is also a great idea for babysitters and nannies. "Like" the Seattle Children’s Museum Facebook Page to answer trivia and win free tickets and other prizes!
Check out a Few Recent Reviews
"Great Museum" - posted on Trekaroo.com
"This is a great Children's Museum in a great location- right underneath the Seattle Space Needle!
We've been members of this museum for 15 months now, visiting at least once a week since my son was 11 months old. The museum is huge- ranging from a kid sized-grocery store to a building area, to a craft room to rooms with a glimpse of life in Japan/the Philippines/Africa. The museum also hosts fun traveling exhibits like Curious George and Sesame Street. And it has a separate play area for its littlest visitors (ages 0-3) with a water play area and lots of toddler sized toys.
I would recommend this highly for any family with small kids visiting Seattle, they will love this museum!"
"Kid-At-Heart" - posted on InsiderGuru.com
"When you're anxious to occupy the kids' time for most (if not all) of a day, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than a museum that's just for them. They can learn about Northwest forests, "sail" to foreign lands, play fireman, explore their artistic sides, see how well they can act in a faux theater, and many other things sure to delight them (and the kid-at-heart in you)."
“Grandchildren love it!” - posted on TripAdvisor.com
"We have been taking our grandchildren here for over 15 years now. So many great interactive exhibits to keep them busy and entertained. Love the building area where a kid and adult can construct anything from a car to a rocket to a house! Very cool in every way."
* Photographs courtesy of the Seattle Children's Museum.