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Seattle’s Best Stuff For Tweens (9-12)

December 8, 2010 2:28 PM

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Coyote Central worked on two bus shelters honoring the diversity and social history of the Central Area. (Credit: coyotecentral.org)

Coyote Central worked on two bus shelters honoring the diversity and social history of the Central Area. (Credit: coyotecentral.org)

Seattle has an abundance of activities for tweens, from the creative to the scientific. Sneak in a little learning with all the fun – they’ll never know. - by Nicki Callahan

pacificsciencecenter Seattles Best Stuff For Tweens (9 12)

The IMAX Theatre, Laser Dome and Planetarium shows add even more fun to the Pacific Science Center. (Credit: pacsci.org)

Pacific Science Center

220 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2925
www.pacsci.org

At the Pacific Science Center, tweens can spend a day exploring permanent offerings, such as the Tropical Butterfly House, Body Works or Adventures in 3Dimensions. Many rotating exhibits are also featured throughout the year. The IMAX Theatre, Laser Dome and Planetarium shows add even more fun to this scientific outing. Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Closed.

ridetheducks Seattles Best Stuff For Tweens (9 12)

Ride the Duck has been a local tradition for more than 14 years, showcasing the landmarks of Seattle with a backdrop of fun. (Credit: ridetheducksofseattle.com)

Ride the Duck

Two departure locations
(206) 441-3825
www.ridetheducksofseattle.com

Ride the Duck has been a local tradition for more than 14 years, showcasing the landmarks of Seattle with a backdrop of fun, infused by energetic, music-blasting sea captains. A tour on this amphibious vessel lasts 90 minutes through downtown Fremont and along the Seattle waterfront, while the captain dispenses fun facts and local folklore. Near the end of the tour, The Duck will splash into Lake Union; here you can see the many floating homes on the lake and take in a skyline view of the city. Hours: Tour schedule varies by season.

empsfm Seattles Best Stuff For Tweens (9 12)

The Experience Music Project is housed in a building designed by Frank Gehry. (credit: empsfm.org)

Experience Music Project

325 5th Avenue N.
Seattle WA 98109
(206) 770-2700
www.empsfm.org

Turn the tweens loose in Seattle at Experience Music Project (EMP), and they will have a blast making music and may even come away with a little more appreciation for the music of your generation. Housed on the Seattle Center campus in a space-aged building designed by Frank Gehry, EMP is both an exploration and a history of rock and roll and science fiction. Tweens will love the interactive exhibits where they can play instruments, experiment with studio techniques and even record a mini CD. Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

coyotecentral Seattles Best Stuff For Tweens (9 12)

Coyote Central worked on two bus shelters honoring the diversity and social history of the Central Area. (Credit: coyotecentral.org)

Coyote Central

2719 E. Madison #201
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 323-7276
www.coyotecentral.org

Coyote Central cultivates a relationship between professional artists and students interested in various forms of art. Through projects in the studio and out in the community, artists encourage students to think creatively to solve problems while encouraging their enthusiasm for the arts. Offering a myriad of workshops in creative fields such as fashion illustration, cartoon animation, photography and cooking, Coyote Central is a hit with artistic tweens. The program is available to all students 10-14 years old who are passionate about art, regardless of income. Through a scholarship program, Coyote Central offers many possibilities for funding from reduced payments to trade. See website for classes and schedules.

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