The child is literally spoilt for choice at The Seattle Children’s Museum. There is so much to do, and so much to see, that it would be best for the visitors to get an idea of what can be done during the day. The imagination of the child is what the Children’s museum is trying to capture. For instance, ‘Discovery Bay’ is a little place for the tiny tots and preschoolers who want to practice their balancing whilst playing on the slide. The tots get the precedence here and can crawl or walk towards the fish tank that has a nice variety of fishes to examine. There is even a little hangout for the little ones to join if they feel like it. ‘Fort Adventure’ is as cool as it sounds. The option of building a tent, clubhouse or fort would be something that would keep the young mind active for hours. It’s a family activity with various supplies for the family to hurdle together and build from – the items range from shoe boxes, sheets, blankets and tires. Like a mini architect, the option of planning a Lego blueprint can be profitable for those who want an idea of their creation before beginning their tent, etc. ‘Imagination Studio’ calls all future artists to come and play. It’s been deemed a popular choice by the artsy – fartsy fans that visit. The child and parent can mold with clay, paint, and sculpt in the sculpture area. The ‘Eye Clinic’ makes fun of a sometimes-scary situation for the child. The exhibit is sponsored by the Optometric Physicians and teaches the child that it’s a relatively simple procedure that doesn’t have to be as scary as it looks.
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‘Mountain’ literally takes the outdoors – indoors. A pair of binoculars, a glacier, creepy crawlies and the flora and fauna is just enough to cultivate an image of being a wild, young and free. Science would have to find its way in somewhere and it does, with the ‘COG city’ experience. It was renovated in 2014 by the inspiration of Shaun Tang’s book, ‘The Lost Things.’ Balance, velocity and gravity can be taught through the various sized balls that are planted around and used to interact with. The choice of gathering up the balls; moving them along the conveyor belt or adding a few into a flow pipe is instructional enough to teach the kids the scientific way of life. ‘Metropolitan Market’ and ‘Sound Transit’ are popular exhibits amongst visitors. The ‘Metropolitan Market’ makes your little one feel as if they have a pintsized credit card and a shopping trolley full of food in Walmart, while ‘Sound Transit,’ has an accurate depiction of a train station, plenty of model trains to play with, and the choice to be a conductor. There is also the ‘Bijou theatre’ and ‘Global Village.’ Photo: Seattle Children’s Museum
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