The Children’s Museum, Seattle

Water play at The Children\’s Museum!

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA

Visiting Seattle or Vancouver on a family vacation this summer? The Children’s Museum, Seattle is a wonderful pit stop which will keep your children entertained for hours! Located on the same campus as the Space Needle, it’s simple to access off I-5 and can be added easily to a kid-friendly Seattle sight-seeing itinerary.

Eleven (11) exhibits stretch throughout the 22,000 square feet of exhibit space at the museum, ranging from familiar settings like the grocery store to new settings like the Ghana Village. And this is no hands-off experience: children are expected to touch, play and explore their way to every inch of the museum.

From the official website: “In the Fall and Spring of each year, the Museum welcomes a traveling exhibit to Seattle. This fall we will welcome Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog!! This summer our traveling exhibit space have 5 large than life books for children to explore as part of our Go Figure! Exhibit.”

Pit Stops for Kids reader and review Jillian Lang says of The Children’s Museum, “Our toddler had a blast at this great kids stop. We live in BC and have thought about planing a trip back to Seattle just to to this museum again.” (Thank you, Jillian, for sending in your review!)

Extra Tip!: Be sure to pick up a daily schedule when you enter the building; museum employees play games and plan activities all day long, such as scavenger hunts and storytimes! And for babies through 3-year-olds, check out their Discovery Bay section!

In the Ghana village, buy some fruits at the outdoor market or get a new hairdo or head wrap at the hairdresser\’s shop!

Date last visited: Ongoing visits.

Distance off the interstate: Two minutes, tops!

Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday: 10am-6pm (new admission sales end at 5pm) The Museum is closed Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Admission Prices:

$7.50 Adults and Children
$6.50 Grandparents
$6.00 Groups of 10 plus
FREE Children under the age of one

Food Services: There’s a great food court located in the same building (Center House). Or, for restuarants near the Settle Center, check this directory!

Bathrooms: Located on-site.

Website: Seattle Children’s Museum

Phone/Information Line: (206) 441-1768

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Directions: The museum is located in the Seattle Center, by the Space Needle. From I-5, take the Mercer St/Seattle Center exit (exit 167). Turn right at the first traffic light onto Fariview, then turn left at the next traffic light onto Broad St. Turn right onto 5th Ave. The Seattle Center will be on your left hand side. Parking: you can park at the 5th Ave Garage on the corner of 5th and Harrison or the Mercer Street Garage on Mercer between 3rd Ave N and 4th Ave N. After parking, walk into the center of the campus to the Center House. The museum is on the first floor.


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Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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  1. Thanks for the info. We are planning a trip to Seattle and now have more insight into this one. Love the pictures. Thanks!

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