Burke Museum of Natural History.
A natural for budding fossil hunters and dino bone enthusiasts. Members
receive discounts, exhibit previews, a newsletter subscription and
reciprocal membership with Stonerose Fossil Center in Republic and the
Port Townsend Marine Science Center. $20-$55. 206-616-6057, www.washington.edu/burkemuseum
Children's Museum Seattle.
Activities include a recently updated area for tots, a play restaurant
and theater, plus artist-led arts and crafts and special exhibitions.
Membership includes store and party discounts, newsletter subscription
and free admission to other children's museums in the Pacific
Northwest. $40-$75. 206-441-1768, www.thechildrensmuseum.org
Imagine Children's Museum.
Everett's renovated space turned a year old in October, and it just
opened Rooftop Adventure, an outdoor play space that's open weather
permitting. Membership includes discounts on activities such as Kids'
Nights Out, members-only hours on Saturdays, newsletter subscription
and invitations to members-only events. $45-$110. 425-258-1006, www.ImagineCM.org
Museum of History and Industry.
Kids can explore the interesting (and odd) aspects of our region's past
through hands-on exhibits about Seattle's boom during the 1880s and our
salmon fisheries. Members receive store discounts, a quarterly magazine
and invitations to members-only events. Family membership $40.
Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center.
Find out all about our region's connection to maritime industries via
displays, exhibits and hands-on activities. Membership includes a
newsletter subscription, discounted birthday party packages and free
admission to visiting vessel tours. $30-$60. 206-374-4000, www.ody.org
Pacific Science Center.
Permanent and special science exhibits, plus planetarium, IMAX films
and tots' play area. Members receive discounts, guest passes,
subscriptions to a newsletter and Natural History magazine and free
admission to other science centers across the country. $45-$250.
View tropical and Pacific Northwest fish and marine mammals, birds and
invertebrates. Kids can touch creatures such as sea stars and sea
anemones in attractive touch tanks. Membership includes five free
passes, 50-percent discount for up to two guests per visit,
members-only events, special rates for programs and classes, and a
quarterly newsletter. $50-$85. 206-386-4300, www.seattleaquarium.org
Woodland Park Zoo.
World-class naturalistic zoo exhibits include the new Willawong Bird
Feeding Station. The zoo is also a great place for a simple walk; paths
are smooth enough for strollers and lush plantings change with the
seasons. Members are entitled to half-price admission for up to five
guests per visit, invitations to special events, free admission to
other zoos across the country, magazine subscription and free winter
parking. $45-$135. 206-615-1024, www.zoo.org