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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

Published on: March 12, 2019

7 Great Children's Museums for Northwest Families

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

KiDiMu: Bainbridge fun

Overview: Location, location. Just a short walk from the Winslow Ferry Terminal on Bainbridge Island, small-but-mighty Kids Discovery Museum — abbreviated 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 to a young child. Kids always love the pirate treehouse, the huge Lite Brite and electric car; KiDiMu also has a tot space that’s been remodeled, and Imagination Playground blocks have recently been added for building fun. 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. First Thursday admission is free.

Good to know: Sensory Sundays is a monthly program that supports children with autism. Keep an eye out for volunteer days with KiDiMu, where you can join a beach clean-up or planting day on the island.

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 lovely Bloedel Reserve or Fay Bainbridge Park.

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

Editor's note: Thanks to Jennifer Jones of Sparkson Photography for the use of her photo. 

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