Seattle Center (*305 Harrison St; seattlecenter.com), under the shadow of the Space Needle, is a hub for family fun—find museums, concert venues, outdoor spaces, restaurants, and more on the grounds. Seattle Children’s Museum (*305 Harrison St; thechildrensmuseum.org) provides little ones with interactive exhibits like Imagination Studio for art lovers and Fort Adventure for builders. Pacific Science Center’s (*200 Second Ave N; pacificsciencecenter.org) exhibits and displays are for science-loving folks, with special programs for specific age groups. Permanent attractions here are interactive and divided into different science-centric groups (Health & Wellness, Environmental & Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Living Sciences). Be sure to take the kiddos out to splash around in the International Fountain, a popular attraction on hot summer days.
Pike Place Market isn’t just for grown-ups—venture downstairs away from the crowds to visit several kid-friendly spots. At Market Magic (1501 Pike Pl, Ste 427; marketmagicshop.com), laughter comes easily as storekeepers do sleight-of-hand tricks for customers. Peruse the shelves of magic supplies for your budding David Blaine. If you’re looking for a silly stop, the shoe probably doesn’t fit at the Giant Shoe Museum. The tiny museum, which is essentially a wall display, is exactly as its name indicates—a collection of large shoes. For a sugar rush, treat the family to some gummies, chocolates, or a number of other favorites at Sweetie’s Candy Land (1501 Pike Pl, Ste 435; facebook.com/sweetiescandyland).
Woodland Park Zoo (*5500 Phinney Ave N; zoo.org) in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood beckons visitors to explore the animal kingdom through its expansive exhibits. Enjoy lions, zebras, and hippos from the African Savannah and Malayan tigers, orangutan, and sloth bears from tropical Asia. The zoo places a special emphasis on conservation, with talks and programs available throughout the year for kids of all ages.
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