Sunday, September 9 is National Grandparents’ Day! President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation creating a special day for grandparents in 1979. Here are some fun ways to celebrate with your grandparents in the Seattle area.

Imagine Children’s Museum
Sunday, September 9
1:00pm – 4:00pm
1502 Wall Street
Everett, WA 98207

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Grandparents are Tops Day! Learn to spin with top collector, Allan Rumpf. See the largest top collection in the Pacific Northwest. Watch a master woodturner make a top just for you!

Snoqualmie Valley Railroad
Saturday and Sunday
September 8 and 9
38625 SE King Street
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Take the grandparents out for Grandparent’s Grand Excursion. Grandparents ride free with a paying grandchild of any age on Grandparent’s Day Weekend. Take a 75 minute ride aboard real antique railroad coaches. The five mile trip trip departs from Snoqualmie Depot or North Bend Depot. $12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/ages 2 to 12, free/younger than age 2.

The Old Spaghetti Factory
Sunday, September 9
2801 Elliott Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Kids, bring a grandparent in for lunch or dinner to the Old Spaghetti Factory on Sunday, September 9, and his or her entrée is FREE (dine-in only). Please go to for additional information and for location’s specific hours as lunch service is limited in some restaurants. Locations in Tacoma, Lynnwood, Tukwila and Seattle.

American Girl Seattle
Sunday, September 9
Alderwood Mall
3000 184th Street
Lynnwood, WA 98037

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A Great Day with Grandparents! Spend a wonderful day with your granddaughter! You’ll enjoy a delicious meal and special time together. Includes an American Girl book, a commemorative photo and frame, and keepsakes to take home as a reminder of your day. Tickets: $35 per person. Reservations required at 877.247.5223. For girls ages 6 and up.

Pottery Barn
4627 26th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Pottery Barn is offering Grandparent’s Day activities and workshops for children. Come in to your local Pottery Barn and draw a picture or write a letter to Nana and Papa and Pottery Barn will mail it for you (just bring them the address). Locations in Seattle and Bellevue.

Saturday, September 8
10:00am – 12:00pm

Come in and purchase a wood frame, and your child can decorate it just for Grandma and Grandpa. For ages 3 and up at participating Michaels stores.

Grand-Mummies & Deadies Day
Sunday, September 9
11:00am – 2:00pm
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Celebrate Grandparents Day by exploring the favorite wonders of the History Museum. Make a mummy mask, hunt for treasures, and discover the life and times of Ankh-Wennefer, the oldest Grandpa in town.