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.
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.