5 Fun and Educational Attractions in Seattle

marketThe Seattle Aquarium

Since this attraction is along Seattle’s waterfront, you can get kids excited about visiting the aquarium by explaining they can see some of the creatures that live in the ocean up close. Over 25 million people have visited since the facility opened in 1977. Some of the themed exhibits discuss the fish that live in the Puget Sound, and even allow kids to watch attempted octopus feedings twice daily.

The Pike Place Market

Popular with residents and visitors alike, the Pike Place Market is a bustling hub of activity that’s fun even if you don’t have deep pockets. Explore offerings ranging from fresh flowers, seasonal produce, and even supplies for doing magic tricks. This is also a good rainy day activity since the vendor stalls are all in covered areas. The market operates seven days a week, so it’s a reliable choice if you’re spontaneously looking for something to do in the area.

Although you may not immediately think of this huge market as an educational spot, there are plenty of teaching opportunities you can take advantage of by explaining to kids that by purchasing from those local vendors, they’re directly supporting the local economy. If taking younger kids, consider giving them a little spending money and letting them add and subtract numbers to figure out if they have enough to buy the things they want.

The Museum of Flight

Sure to appeal to pilots, wannabe aviators, and people who simply love planes, the Museum of Flight features interactive exhibits that give details about World War II fighter planes, space missions, and more. Families with kids who prefer a very hands-on approach to learning will love that they can climb inside the cockpits of several planes, or even get into a flight simulator.

The EMP Museum

Dedicated to many facets of contemporary pop culture, the EMP Museum features exhibits about Star Trek, the fantasy genre, and wearable art, among many others. When it’s time to take a break and refuel, be sure to check out the on-site restaurant, Culture Kitchen, which is associated with Wolfgang Puck. Although there are enough things at the EMP Museum to occupy you all day, a few hours should be sufficient if you don’t have that much time to spare.

The Seattle Public Library

Instill a genuine love of reading in your family by taking them to the Seattle Public Library. From the views you can enjoy from the 10th-floor reading area to the children’s section that features computer terminals and age-appropriate books, this library is a worthy resource for the city’s dwellers.

This is just a sampling of some engaging activities in Seattle that’ll help you learn about interesting things. Get in the car and check them out today.


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