Last weekend we took the boys to the children’s museum in Everett (Imagine) and they had a BLAST! I’m considering buying us a membership since they had so much fun. We went at 11am right when they opened on Sunday and stayed until 1pm. When we left the museum they passed out in their car seats before we were even on the freeway to go home.
There is a children’s museum in the Seattle Science Center but I wasn’t too impressed with it. At least not for our young tots. Most of the things at the Seattle Children’s museum I would recommend for older kids – say five and up. But this museum had plenty our twenty month old tots could do. And not only that, it’s bigger, has an eating area for your sack lunches and the exhibits can be enjoyed by toddlers as well as bigger kids.
The Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett is huge! There were whole sections we didn’t even have time to explore.
A pretend cafe, pet vet, bank, theater, mountain, treehouse, farm with pretend animals you can sit on and games to play. A lego and block building area, the front of a bus with working lights and buttons, large keyboards to run on, music exhibits, whew!
We went in an airplane with real seats, control panel and call button to push.
Of course Miles went bonkers for their HUGE train set up. They have tracks glued down with plenty of trains to push around.
And inside a mountain there’s a train with an electric train set inside. Just push the button and watch the trains go by.
Both the boys spent a lot of time at their ball/suction exhibit. There were tubes and piping long the walls and ceiling and when you put a ping pong ball in the tube it would suck up and fly through all the pipes.
Then you could watch it pop out the other side and go through a plinko set up to fall down in the collection box to start all over again.
Eventually Miles figured out how to raise the cover on the suction tube all by himself and he was hooked! He easily did a dozen balls all by himself, running back and forth between the collection spot and the starting point.
There’s also a water play area which has a lot of potential for older kids. Explore currents, pressure and bubbles with the different water toys. Miles and Graham had a great time splashing around though. They’d move the toys around and have fun trying to grab things floating by.
They provide smocks and a hand dryer but we probably would have been good to pack an extra shirt or two. Their sleeves got pretty wet.
One room was set up as a black light room with acrylic shapes and rods you could use like the biggest Lite Bright you’ve ever seen.
They have tables and a giant peg board you can use to play with the shapes. We had to tear Graham out of this room when it was time for lunch. He was having a blast throwing handfuls of the rods on the floor, watching them scatter and the sounds they made.
We took a break for lunch downstairs. They don’t have a cafe or vending machines so bring all your own food. There is a big seating area so unless there’s a big field trip group you won’t have any trouble getting a seat.
They also have several party rooms for rent and it looked like they were setting up free arts and crafts for older kids.
After lunch we went into the construction room and played with their blocks, building walls and towers. Graham helped daddy build them up and Miles had fun kicking them all down.
Plus there are large murals of construction vehicles which Miles ran around pointing to and orange cones you can set up to guide traffic.
There was an entire under fives play room set up as a fire station that we didn’t even go into. We had planned to do that after lunch but by the time we were finished in the construction room we figured we better let the boys visit their favorites (the ball and black light areas) and then head home.
We’ll definitely be back!
If you want to read more about the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett you can visit their website here.