On September 25, 2010, you and a guest can gain free entry to one of the Pacific Northwestâ€™s fabulous museums, thanks to the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day.
Go to the site to see the complete list, but for family-friendly options, here are my picks and why you should go:
- Hands On Childrenâ€™s Museum in Olympia, Washington, for general fun.
- Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, in Tacoma, Wash., for pioneers.
- Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, for two floors of hands-on history.
- KidsQuest Childrenâ€™s Museum in Bellevue, Wash., for more little-kid options.
- Nordic Heritage Museum, in Seattle, for vikings and a Lego warrior ship.
- Seattle Art Museum, for oddball modern art and awesome international masks.
- Museum of Flight, in Seattle, for car-planes, boat-planes and plain planes.
- Experience Music Project (teens and up), in Seattle, for rock stars.
- Burke Museum, in Seattle, for life-size dino replicas.
- Oregon History Museum, in Portland, for covered wagons.
- World Forestry Center Discovery Museum in Portland, for noisy machinery.
- Maryhill Museum of Art, in the Columbia Gorge, for a creepy-cool Stonehenge replica.
- World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame, Long Beach, Wash., for kites.
Obviously, the Puget Sound offers the most kid-friendly picks, and my money (or lack thereof) would be on enjoying Seattle that weekend.
Read more about Museum Day, including rules and requirements, at the Smithsonian Magazine’s website.
Where do you think you’ll go?