Credit: JiaYing Grygiel
The new Burke Museum
The old Burke was definitely a dino destination, but at the new Burke Museum, kids can get even closer to real paleontologists at work on real dinosaur bones. Dino fans should head straight to the third-floor Fossils Uncovered gallery to check out the evidence of ancient life. And you might get the chance to see archaeologists continue their work on the Burke's 3,000-pound skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex, which is one of the best T. rex specimens on display anywhere.
You'll also want to cruise by the new Burke's two play areas.
Find it: 4300 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle, near the northwest corner of the University of Washington campus
Cost: $22 adults, $14 for youth ages 7–17, ages 3 and younger free
Money-saving tips: Street parking and campus lots are all free on Sundays. You can reserve a free museum pass (good for two people) through the Seattle Public Library, or visit on the museum’s free day, First Thursday. UW faculty, staff and students also get in free so lucky you if there's one of those among your crew. Military, AAA members and Microsoft Prime Passport holders get a discount.
Bonus: Archie McPhee (1300 N. 45th St., Seattle) is just 10 minutes west along 45th, and it is stocked with all kinds of random plastic fun. Two-inch plastic dinosaurs start at 50 cents each, so it won’t break the bank to grab a handful for the next airplane trip/long car ride/random toddler tantrum. Other dinosaur goodies included plastic dino skeletons, a mini dinosaur viewer and dinosaur gliders.