Children’s Museum of Skagit County's hands-on diner exhibit.
7. Children’s Museum of Skagit County, Burlington
Why go: If you’re headed to or through the Skagit County area, the Children’s Museum of Skagit County is a solid get-the-wiggles-out stop for families with younger kids. Previously located inside Burlington’s Cascade Mall, a couple of years ago the museum moved malls to the site of The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington.
Kids love the diner space and other hands-on exhibits here. Special events include a snowy Winter Wonderland event in December where the museum brings in real snow from nearby Mount Baker. Facilities include a party and classroom space, a breastfeeding room, a family restroom and more.
Fees and discounts: $9.75 per person; babies younger than 12 months enter free. Memberships start at $125 per year.
Good to know: On the second Tuesday of the month the museum offers Community Access day. Admission is “pay what you can,” and the museum is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Nearby fun: Time your trip for one of Skagit County’s signature events, the Tulip Festival, happening every April. Take a walk on a kid-friendly nature trail or stay overnight at a trendy unplugged cabin destination. Foodie haven Bow/Edison beckons with great eats and Padilla Bay Estuarine Center offers hiking and environmental education.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2018 and updated most recently for 2024. Hooray for play!