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School’s Out! Winter Break Activities for Kids in Seattle

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Don’t just let your kids’ brains turn to mush over Winter Break…. Let them experience a fun and exciting exploration into space, the arts, history or nature! And pssst…. they’ll be having so much fun, they won’t know they’re learning!

Pacific Science Center
December 19 – 23; December 26 – 30
8:30am – 4:00pm
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
206.443.2001
http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org

The Pacific Science center is pleased to announce a huge variety of cool Winter Camps for kids in grades 1-8! At the Mercer Slough camps in Bellevue, learn about animal tracking, geocaching or how to snowshoe! At Seattle’s Pacific Science Center, learn about wetlands, snow or how to make gingerbread! Space is limited and you must pre-register. Classes range from $60 to $300. One day to five days in length. Click HERE to read more about the classes and register.

Seattle Children’s Theatre
December 19 – 23; December 27 – 30
201 Thomas Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.443.0807
http://www.sct.org

Seattle Children’s Theatre provides Winter Break Programs for kids in grades 1 – 12. From theatrical comedy classes, to one day intensives on make-up, backstage handlers and audition skills, to exploring friendships with the delightful adventures of Frog and Toad. Arnold Lobel’s award-winning series will inspire our classes in art, movement and drama. Extended care hours are availalble. Classes range from $75 – $275, and from one day to five days in length. Click HERE for more information and to register online.

Museum of Flight
December 26 – 30
11:00am – 3:00pm
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
206.764.5720
http://www.museumofflight.org

Gliders, robotics or rockets–what will it be? Join us for aerospace-themed activities during Winter Family Fun at the Museum of Flight. Explore the Museum’s new Space Gallery, the future home of the NASA space shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer! And on Friday, December 30, you can register to become and astronaut for a day! Between 11:00am and 3:00pm, you can take a Voyage to Mars. In this mission, your group is travels to Mars to replace a crew of astronauts who have been living there for the past two years. In addition to landing on the Martian surface, the team collects and analyzes geologic samples and launches exploratory probes to the two moons of Mars. Cost: Member: $7.00/youth (under 18); $12.00/adult; Non-member: $10.00/youth (under 18); $15.00/adult (Includes museum admission). For ages 10 and up. Youth under 16 years old must be accompanied by adult participant. One adult minimum per 5 youth. Pre-registration is required. Call 206.764.1384.

Seattle Aquarium
Sunday, December 18
December 26 – January 1, 2012
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
206.386.4300
http://www.seattleaquarium.org

Parents, bring your kids to the Seattle Aquarium for a holiday full of fun and ocean discovery. It’s Sea Star Sunday — A Holiday One Day Camp for children ages 5 – 12 years. Sunday, December 18 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Aquarium members $50; Non-members $60. FREE PARKING on the Waterfront on Sundays! Click HERE to register.
Then, it’s hands-on activities, special talks and opportunities to learn more about the care and feeding of the Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide pool animals and marine mammals during the Seattle Aquarium’s Winter Fishtival Decmeber 26 – January 1. Each day a different sea animal and activity will be highlighted. Plus, come see Santa diving in the Windows on Washington Waters exhibit! Check the website for more information.

Washington State History Museum
December 26 – January 1, 2012
10:00am – 5:00pm
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
888.238.4373
http://www.washingtonhistory.org

While Santa’s elves produce a lot of train sets each holiday season, they can’t hold a candle to the quality and scale of the ones on display each year at the Washington State History Museum’s Model Train Festival. The 16th annual event will showcase eight model train displays designed and assembled by model train enthusiasts from across the state. The displays will occupy every floor of the museum and include the largest permanent model train layout in the state! Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors age 60 and older, $6 for students and military with valid ID, children ages 5 and under and members of the Washington State Historical Society are free.

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