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Winner: Pacific Science Center
It’s no surprise that Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center has swept this category for several years running. Readers with kids of any age can find something to do and learn about: laser dome shows, dinosaurs, the butterfly house, hands-on fun at the Tinker Tank, the outdoor waterwheel, crazy-real IMAX 3-D movies and so much more. Added to these year-round features are world-class special exhibits. The museum has hosted China’s terra-cotta warriors and treasures from ancient Egypt. This year, learn about endangered species and the science of smell.
The Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun interactive exhibits and programs with all-ages appeal. One reader confesses, “Honestly, my husband has just as much fun as the kiddo!”
Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett is a hidden pearl beloved by in-the-know readers. Beyond its fun interactive exhibits, there’s a large rooftop outdoor space, an art studio and programs ranging from I-engineers to Cartoon Corner. (Trouble-free parking is a perk for parents.)
Voters adore Bainbridge Island’s KiDiMu – Kids Discovery Museum, a hands-on environment with eclectic attractions, from the Waldorf-inspired Totally Tot space to the Science and Literacy Hall, the Pirate Tree House, an outdoor play area and more!
Tucked in the heart of downtown Bellevue, KidsQuest Children’s Museum is a fantastic place where learning feels a whole lot like play. Highlights include an exciting climbing sculpture adjacent to the museum entrance, a fun outdoor space, hands-on studios for building and making art, and new STEM programs.