With scenic outdoor activities, a thriving art culture, and friendly people, Seattle is a perfect place to bring the younger ones along. Here are some activities you can easily do with the entire family:
The view of Puget Sound from the 360-degree Space Needle observation deck—and the excitement of being 520 feet (158 meters) above the city—is fun for all age groups. There are telescopes you can look into for free, and it’s a great spot for photos.
Also in the Seattle Center, which has a programmed water fountain built for the 1962 World’s Fair, is the Children’s Museum. Its exhibits are geared toward kids who are 10 months to 10 years old and include interactive programs, fun events, and educational projects.
The Pacific Science Center has a Planetarium, IMAX theater, Laser Dome and Live Science Stage. Rotating exhibits, shows, forums, camps, and festivals are always scheduled. Permanent exhibits include subjects such as dinosaurs, butterflies, and tide pools.
The Seattle Aquarium has dive shows, octopus feedings, and an Underwater Dome. The Woodland Park Zoo has 300 species, including snow leopards, pandas, monkeys, jaguars, foxes, hippos, cobras, and pythons.
Aside from the toy shops and magic shows, a tour of the Pike Place Market is also a good opportunity to teach children about the importance of local, organic, and fresh produce. They can try small samples of new flavors, help pick out snacks for the day, and even stick gum onto the communal gum wall in Post Alley.
The Museum of Flight is another great place to bring the kids, with a full-size replica of the International Space Station to climb in, air traffic control exhibits, flight simulators and cockpits.