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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. 206-324-1126, www.seattlehistory.org

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. 206-443-2924, www.pacsci.org

Seattle Aquarium. 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

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