Imagine Children's Museum's outdoor play area. Photo courtesy Imagine Children's Museum
Imagine Children’s Museum: three stories of imaginative fun
Why go: Snohomish County residents would love you to not know about Imagine, their beloved, three-story museum in downtown Everett, which includes a 9,000-square-foot "Tall Timber" outdoor space on its rooftop. Kids can act on a stage; drive trains on the Monte Cristo mining railway; study X-rays in the vet clinic; build in the construction zone; and even dig for dino bones outdoors in the shadow of a life-size stegosaurus skeleton. My son’s favorite: the air maze, where you can feed handkerchiefs into the suction tubes and try to catch them at the other end. Head to the lower level to create in the art studio or eat your snacks.
Fees and discounts: Admission is $12; membership options start at $100 for an adult and child and include a cool grandparents’ option for $115. Every Thursday is half-price admission from 3–5 p.m.; and every third Friday evening of the month offers free admission from 5:30–9 p.m.
Good to know: Every third Sunday, Imagine Children's Museum offers a free-admission sensory playtime program from 9–11 a.m.
Nearby fun: Under-the-radar Everett has plenty of family attractions. In late spring, head to Forest Park to enjoy the playground and petting zoo. In summer, play on Jetty Island; it's a five-minute ferry ride away and one of the best family beaches around. Schack Art Center (just across the street from the museum) lets visitors watch glass structures being made.