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Rev Your Engines: 7 Great Outings for Car-Crazy Kids (and Dads!)

Car shows, touch-a-trucks and more for road-ready Northwest families

Published on: June 11, 2019

Rev Your Engines: 7 Great Outings for Car-Crazy Kids (and Dads!)

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A car on display at LeMay — America's Car Museum. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel

LeMay — America’s Car Museum

Le May — America’s Car Museum opened in 2012, and everything inside is sleek and modern. The building is intuitively laid out with gentle ramps winding down to the four levels of exhibits. Pace yourself so you save enough time for the large children’s area on the lowest level.

ACM offers lots of hands-on activities for kids that are included with admission. Snap a photo in a 1923 Buick touring car, race pinewood derby cars and play an interactive touch-screen game in a 1998 Ford Mustang. My kids’ favorite stop in the museum is climbing into a 1922 Dodge Standard A Roadster and pretending to drive. For a small fee, you can also try a racing simulator or slot cars.

The museum has more than 300 vehicles on display, from classics to sports cars to just plain unusual rides, such as the Flintmobile from the 1994 "Flintstones" movie.

Time your visit for the third Saturday of the month, when ACM puts on a family STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) day. Check the website for various ticket packages and deals.

Find it: 2702 East D St., Tacoma

Cost: $18 for adults; $10–$14 for youth and students; kids ages 5 and under are free; $5 to park in the museum’s lot

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