Explore: Hands-On Discovery & Physical Fun
KidsQuest Children's Museum has a real semi truck to explore
Explore is the expanded Seattle's Child guide to enrichment opportunities available to schools, homeschoolers, scout leaders and others offering programs for kids in our Puget Sound community.
Whether you're planning outings for preschoolers, educating a third grader at home, running a day camp or teaching high school science, you'll find a truly remarkable variety of ways to enlarge and expand on your curriculum – field trips, classroom visits, homeschooler programs, and teacher education, to name a few.
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The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley St.
Seattle, WA 98109
CWB uses the marine environment and classic wooden boats to engage students in the Pacific Northwest’s unique culture, history and environment, and provides hands-on educational opportunities for students from preschool to high school. Field trips at CWB can include trips in their traditional skin-on-frame Umiaq, toy boat building, canoe carving and more.
Children’s Museum of Skagit County
550 Cascade Mall Drive
Burlington, WA 98233
The museum provides an interactive learning environment to promote an understanding of the arts, science and culture among families and educators in Skagit County. Exhibits include a Music Room, an Art Studio, a Splash Wall, a tugboat and a semi-truck, a river to dam up and fish in, and much more.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
1501 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-627-6031 ext. 221, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Children's Museum of Tacoma is a stimulating environment showcasing the natural connection between play and life-long learning in our one-of-a-kind playscapes. An enrichment group visit (available Fridays only) features an additional 30 minutes and facilitated workshop for you and your students to enjoy. The Museum also offers one-hour Enrichment to Go workshops at your location. Explore Line Art, Permanent Pen Color Science, or Oobleck.
Hands On Children’s Museum
414 Jefferson St. NE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-956-0818 ext. 103, email@example.com
Hands On is consistently voted "Best Place to Take Kids" in South Puget Sound. Choose from several field trip workshops that connect to your curriculum and make learning exciting, interactive and fun. Workshops include Bee Buzz & Bee-Bots, Catapults, Silkscreening and more. Printable Field Trip Guides are also available. The Arts & Parts Studio gives every student an opportunity to take home a unique work of art. Hands On 2U brings the Museum Field Trip to your school or organization.
Imagine Children’s Museum
1502 Wall St.
Everett, WA 98201
425-258-1006, ext. 1012, firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether at the museum or through their Museum-on-the-Go programs, professional educators provide an exciting, hands-on learning experience for all children. Highlights include an art studio, farm exhibit, water works, construction studio, tree house and Tall Timbers Rooftop Adventure.
Junior Achievement of Washington
JA World: 1610 Perimeter Road SW
Auburn, WA 98001
Junior Achievement of Washington is part of the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA's K-12 programs provide relevant, hands-on experiences in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, reaching more than 120,000 students annually throughout Washington.
Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu)
301 Ravine Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
KiDiMu is home to a variety of hands-on installations that encourage sensory exploration and interactive play for the whole family. On self-guided tours, young learners discover the wonders of physics through hands-on experiments, solve real-life math problems, try their hands at art projects, explore the various imaginary play areas and more. Permanent and rotating exhibits may include the Art Studio, Our Town, Science Hall and the Pirate Tree House.
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
1116 108th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
KidsQuest Children’s Museum is an educational and fun experience for schools, clubs, Scouts and other organizations to enjoy hours of hands-on learning at a reduced rate. Museum field trips are available Wednesdays through Fridays. In-class programs, in-school science fairs and Girl Scout badge workshops are also available. Note: KidsQuest moved to a new home in January 2017.
Next Step Archery
22313 70th Ave. W, Suite U1A
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Next Step Archery is one of only a few archery training centers in the Seattle area. They host training events for a range of groups including Scout badge classes, youth organizations and homeschool programs. Their USA Archery-certified staff will help foster both enjoyment and skill of the sport. Next Step Archery is also a verified merit badge counselor.
Rick Hartman’s School of Toy
P.O. Box 1157
North Bend, WA 98045
Rick Hartman is a professional toy inventor and former classroom teacher who brings curriculum-based toy building workshops and assemblies to elementary and intermediate schools throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the classroom, students build their own toys that fly, buzz, balance, twirl and engage young minds while demonstrating important concepts in science, math, history and the arts. At assemblies, larger-than-life toys take center stage as Rick performs one of six original shows designed to captivate, motivate and entertain. He’s also available to host Family Night Build-a-Toy Workshops for your community.
Seattle Children’s Museum
Seattle Center Armory
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
With 22,000 square feet of exhibits, both permanent and rotating, SCM offers limitless possibilities for learning — from creating a masterpiece in Imagination Studio to traveling the world in Global Village. There are a number of hands-on exhibits for kiddos to explore, and daily educational programs or activities that are free with the cost of admission.
Seattle Gymnastics Academy
Lake City: 12535 26th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Ballard: 1415 NW 52nd St.
Seattle, WA 98107
Columbia City: 5034 37th Ave. S, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98118
Field Trips at SGA are an exciting opportunity for students to run, jump and swing their way through one hour of loosely structured gymnastics fun. SGA instructors utilize obstacle courses and games to keep the kids moving while they explore the facility's trampolines, bars, rings, in-ground foam pit and more. Regularly scheduled trips (weekly and monthly visits) can also be scheduled. Great for preschools and homeschool groups.