Fun Things to Do in Washington

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Whether you spend the afternoon at the ocean or ride to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington state has plenty for you to do with your children.

Free Fun

In Washington, having fun with your kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Consider taking your kids to tour Chinatown in Seattle. While dining and shopping will cost money, walking around and experiencing another culture is completely free. You can also spend some time by the ocean for free.

Educational Fun

If your family is mostly children ages 10 and younger, you may enjoy an afternoon spent exploring the hands-on exhibits at one of the state’s children’s museums. These locations feature science and social science exhibits that encourage children to learn through play, experimentation, and creating their own artwork. The Hands on Children’s Museum (www.hocm.org) in Olympia and KidsQuest Children’s Museum (www.kidsquestmuseum.org) in Bellevue are two popular choices. If you have older children who have outgrown children’s museums but love science, head to the Pacific Science Center (www.pacisci.org) in Seattle for more in-depth science exhibits and hands-on attractions.

Environmental Fun

The Woodland Park Zoo (www.zoo.org) in Seattle is one of the best places to take your kids to get close to animals and learn more about the environment. The zoo has almost 300 species of animal on display in natural-looking habitats. Because of Washington’s coastal location, your kids might be curious about life under the sea. Consider planning a trip to the Seattle Aquarium (www.seattleaquarium.org) to satisfy this curiosity. To see both land and sea animals in one location, you may want to visit Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (www.pdza.org). For outdoor fun and discover, consider a trip to Mount Rainier National Park (http://www.nps.gov/mora).

Seasonal Fun

Christmas events are abundant in Washington. One of the most popular is the Lights of Christmas (http://www.warmbeach.com/lights-of-christmas.) in Stanwood’s Warm Beach Camp. This 15-acre light display has over a million lights, making it the largest light display in the northwest. Your kids can ride the Polar Express or a pony, see a nativity with live animals, and make crafts while they are there. If you are looking for a great place to pick or purchase fall produce and fresh honey, consider a trip to Fall City Farms (www.fallcityfarms.com).

Just for Mom Fun

Seattle has a few casinos that may be the perfect place to relax without kids, provided you have the extra money to spend on games. Tulalip Resort Casino (http://www.tulalipcasino.com/) in Tulalip and Yakama Legends Casino (http://www.yakamalegends.com/) in Toppenish are two options. For brand name shopping, Seattle’s Pacific Place mall (http://www.pacificplaceseattle.com/) is a great spot.

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