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7 Great Children’s Museums for Northwest Families

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

Author Elisa Murray
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Published on: March 14, 2022

7 Great Children’s Museums for Northwest Families

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Playing around at KiDiMu. Credit: Jennifer Jones, Sparkson Photography

6. KiDiMu, Bainbridge Island

Overview: Location, location. Just a short walk from the Winslow Ferry Terminal on Bainbridge Island, small-but-mighty Kids Discovery Museum — call it KiDiMu — 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. “You are able to keep track of your kids here because of the layout of the museum,” says Krzysztofa McDonough, communications and marketing director for KiDiMu and mom.

Kids always love the pirate treehouse, the huge Lite Brite and electric car; KiDiMu also has a tot space and Imagination Playground blocks. Older kids will be drawn to the second floor’s “Motion Madness” exhibit, featuring balls and ramps for physics lessons. The small outdoor area includes a climbing wall.

Fees and discounts: Admission is $7–$8; membership options include family membership for $125 (two adults, all kids); and a grandparents’ membership for $105.

Good to know: KiDiMu’s exhibits are designed for kids from 6 months old to 8 years old.

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.

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