Bring quarters and a sweet tooth to Full Tilt Ice Cream (multiple locations; fulltilticecream.com). Indulge in tasty homemade scoops with distinctive flavors (hello, Thai iced tea), plus pinball and—for adults—beer. Or hightail it to the Seattle Pinball Museum (*508 Maynard Ave S; seattlepinballmuseum.com), which features more than 50 pinball games from 1934 to present day.
There are marine mammals to meet and touch tanks to explore at Seattle Aquarium (*1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59; seattleaquarium.org), where interactive exhibits allow kids to get up close with sea stars, octopus, and adorable otters.
The hands-on fun continues at Pacific Science Center (*200 Second Ave N; pacificsciencecenter.org) with science encounters galore. Be sure to visit the toasty Tropical Butterfly House, animatronic dinosaurs, and the six-story IMAX—Seattle’s largest screen—for a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.
Innovation takes center stage at the Museum of History & Industry (*860 Terry Ave N; mohai.org). Pick up a family-friendly Exploration Pack at the front desk to guide your discovery of the events that shaped the city’s rich history.
Woodland Park Zoo (*5500 Phinney Ave N; zoo.org) has a delightful, nature-themed indoor play area: Zoomazium. Little ones can explore a mountain cave, climb a massive tree, ride the slides, or put on a puppet show. Get ready to participate in a “snowball fight” if you visit during wintertime.
Nature is also the scene at the flagship REI (*222 Yale Ave N; rei.com), a staple for outdoor enthusiasts and a cool destination for kids. Courageous youths can tackle the 65-foot-tall climbing wall; younger children will enjoy the forest-inspired play structure
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