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What’s reopening around Seattle: a guide for families

Latest updates on things for families to do around the Seattle area.

So many of the things we love to do, and places we love to go, had to shut down abruptly last spring as the coronavirus hit.

Things are gradually beginning to reopen although, with coronavirus still a big problem, lots of places are limiting capacity, curtailing some offerings and implementing distancing rules. Still … If you feel comfortable going places, there are more places for you to go!

Here’s our updating list of what is open or about to open. Check back often; things are changing frequently. Before setting out, learn what to expect and what is required of you as a visitor. Tickets often must be purchased in advance. Masks will be required.

Be safe, and have fun!

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Seattle is open Friday through Sunday. Here’s what to see and do at the smallest national park site.

The Frye Art Museum in Seattle is reopening to the public on Nov. 5. (Member-only previews begin Oct. 22.) Admission is free, but timed-entry tickets are required.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is reopening Oct. 7. (Members-only “soft opening” Oct. 3.) It will be open Wednesday through Sunday.

Bellevue Arts Museum opens Friday, Oct. 2. Hours will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also, admission is “pay what you can.”

Northwest Railway Museum has announced the return of its popular train excursions in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Train rides will resume Oct. 3, and are scheduled to continue weekends through the December holidays.

Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 29. Hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday reserved for those 65 and older. Admission will be half-price through Oct. 23. Masks will be required, and advance ticket purchase is encouraged.

The Burke Museum of natural history on the UW campus is reopening with member days Sept. 19-20 and a public opening on Tuesday, Sept. 22. We hardly got to enjoy the newly renovated Burke before the coronavirus shutdown. Here’s our reviewer’s take on what’s different now.

MoPoP (Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle Center).  Open Friday-Saturday-Sunday with COVID precautions and advance ticket-purchase required. (Psst: The Minecraft exhibit is still there!)

Woodland Park Zoo: The zoo reopened July 1; here’s how one family enjoyed the slightly changed experience. (Seasonal, slightly shorter hours begin Sept. 8.)

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: Open to visitors with advance tickets; precautions in place.

Northwest Trek Wild Animal Park: Open both for regular walking visits and for the new Wild Drive in-your-vehicle experience.

Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah: Open with advance tickets and distancing rules.

Seattle Aquarium: Open with coronavirus precautions.

Museum of Flight: The facility at Boeing Field has announced plans to reopen over Labor Day weekend.

Seattle Art Museum: Reopening Sept. 4 with member-only days; public reopening Sept. 11. The museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park has remained open for walk-throughs, with its indoor pavilion closed until further notice.

National Nordic Museum: Reopening Sept. 4 after member-only days Sept. 2-3.



About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.