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7 Great Children’s Museums for Northwest Families

Guide to kids’ museums to visit around Seattle, the Eastside, North Sound and South Sound

Author Elisa Murray

Published on: January 01, 2024

7 Great Children’s Museums for Northwest Families

Young boy playing at the Mission to the Moon exhibit at KiDiMu
Playing at the Mission to the Moon exhibit at KiDiMu. Credit: KidiMu

6. KiDiMu, Bainbridge Island

Overview: Location, location, location! Just a short walk from the Winslow Ferry Terminal on Bainbridge Island, the small-but-mighty Kids Discovery Museum — call it KiDiMu ("kiddie-moo") — works well as part of a day trip to the island. And for some families, its small size — 5,000 square feet — will be a big draw. 

Fees and discounts: Admission is $8–$9; membership starts at $125 (one adult and one child); Museums for All memberships (or single-day admission) are available for families who participate in EBT, CHIP, Provider One or WIC, or who are foster families. The membership covers the cardholders and all dependent children in the household. Visit the website for more detail. 

Good to know: KiDiMu’s exhibits are designed for kids from 6 months to 8 years in age. The museum offers a variety of fun camps and special events and you can even hold your birthday party here!

Nearby fun: Next door to KiDiMu, the Bainbridge Art Museum is always free and always has something geared towards kids. A short walk away, the Bainbridge Historical Museum features sculptures and artifacts outside that kids enjoy exploring. Mora is a must-visit scoop shop. If you bring a car, cruise over to terrific and accessible Owen’s Playground, the one-of-a-kind ferry play structure at Battle Point Park or the lovely Bloedel Reserve. Kid-friendly trails help families explore the island, too.

Info: Go to KiDiMu’s website for hours and details; find the museum at 301 Ravine Lane N.E. on Bainbridge Island.

Next stop: Go north, young kids

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