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Best Bad Weather Activities For Kids In Seattle

December 13, 2013 4:00 AM

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Seattle EMP museum (Dan Levine/
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Seattle EMP museum (Dan Levine/
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Residents know that fall and winter in Seattle can mean days and days of rain. Kids can get restless indoors and need to be able to blow off steam while parents can always use a break. The activities below can be enjoyed by kids during the rainy season, and hopefully offer something for adults to enjoy as well.

Klondike Gold Rush Museum
319 2nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 220-4240
www.nps.gov/klse/index.htm

The Klondike Gold Rush Museum is actually a national park and is free to the public. The Museum contains great interactive exhibits telling the story of Seattle, from the fire that burned it to the ground to the gold rush that helped build it up. There are displays of artifacts and a great collection of photographs telling the story of the dynamic time period. Be on the lookout for Junior Ranger Days which offer kids the opportunity to pan for gold, among other activities.

Related: Best Activities To Do With Dad In Seattle

Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001
www.pacificsciencecenter.org

The Pacific Science Center is literally the perfect activity for a rainy day. There are exhibits for both kids and parents alike including the permanent dinosaur feature, tide pool and insect village. But should the storm roll on, there is also a full IMAX theater on site, showing the latest in 3D films. The planetarium has laser light shows which can be a real hit with the teenagers. Through 2014, the rotating exhibits feature “RACE: Are We So Different” and “The Photography Of Modernist Cuisine.”

Woodland Park Zoo 
750 N. 50th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500
www.zoo.org

An outdoor zoo may not seem like the perfect activity for a rainy day, but Woodland Park Zoo has the bad weather covered. It has developed an entire route around the zoo for rainy days and offers maps to show people around the over 300 species without getting them all wet. The maps are available in both paper form and on the zoo’s mobile app. As an added feature, the zoo also reduces admission prices by half for days where the weather is expected to bring down attendance to pre-set thresholds.

Related: A Guide To Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo

Kids Discovery Museum
301 Ravine Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 855-4650
www.kidimu.org

The Kids Discovery Museum makes a perfect day trip if rain arrives in Seattle. It is just a quick ferry ride across the water; a trek that is always a hit with the kids. Once on the other side, it is a quick drive or a two-minute walk to the museum. The museum contains various exhibits meant to challenge the kids and help them learn through experiences. Currently featured are the Art Studio, Our Town, Science Hall, Totally TOT and the Pirate Tree House. Each display offers kids of all ages a chance to play and learn at the same time.

Lynnwood Recreation Center
18900 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98046
(425) 670-5732
www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/PlayLynnwood/RecCenter.htm

The Lynnwood Recreation Center features a pool that is perfect for a rainy Seattle day. The warm water pool features two giant water slides, a lazy river and the beach area including play equipment. The whole pool is made for kids to get their energy out and have a great time in the water. The slides twist outside the facility and back in again, giving all of the excitement of a full water park. Depending on the child’s age, admission is between $4 and $5 for a day pass while adults are $5 for daily entry.

Megan Knight resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. During the day she works in IT Management and at night is a royal news junkie. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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