The 10 Best Educational Activities for Children in Washington State!

There’s nothing quite like taking your child on an educational adventure. Whether it’s exploring wildlife, science, history, or different cultures, learning is a lifelong journey that starts during childhood and grows with you. Give the gift of knowledge to your children by participating in one of these great educational activities in Washington State! 

1. Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA

This Washington museum, according to its site, is where “fascination and FUN come together!” The museum is owned and operated by the Washington State Historical Society, whose mission is to partner with communities and “explore how history connects us all.” Explore the many preserved artifacts, books, and photographs of the state to get a taste of the state’s history. Children will learn about the state’s storied past, all while enjoying each exciting exhibit. 

2. Mobius Children’s Museum and Science Center, Spokane, WA

Come learn and discover here at Mobius Children’s Museum and Science Center in Spokane. These hands-on experiences give children firsthand knowledge of subjects such as aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, magnets and a whole range of other fun things all done through interactive and engaging exhibits. Step into the planetarium and learn about our solar system or just peruse the dinosaur fossil exhibit to learn about earth’s past. 

3. Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

Did you know Seattle is a main hub of Boeing? Take to the skies as you and your children learn the wonderful and fantastic history of flight. Did you know that the Museum of Flight in Seattle is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world? Enjoy hundreds of planes, interactive activities and exhibits. Step into a flight simulator, or take a journey to space in the 3D theater!

4. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA

Explore the climate regions and their animals from around the world here at Woodland Park Zoo! With climates and animals ranging from the African Savanna featuring lions, giraffes, hippos and zebras, to tropical zones featuring jaguars, gorillas and lemurs. There’s also a northwestern exhibit featuring bears, elk and wolves. Come and learn about amazing wildlife here at Woodland Park Zoo.

5. Argosy Cruises Tillicum Excursion, Seattle, WA

Learn about northwest coastal native peoples through this cultural interactive excursion. Just take the ferry from Seattle to the northeastern shore of Blake Island and meet with tribesmen and women dressed in traditional garb. Enjoy freshly-cooked salmon and other traditional native eats as they regale you with stories of old from the native past. Learn of the people and their stories inside a traditional long house. Then, listen to their songs where you can sing and dance along. Their performances are designed to educate both the young and old about this rich culture. 

6. Ape Cave, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA

This geologic wonder near Mt. St. Helens is North America’s longest lava tube at 2.5 miles-long, but you don’t have to do the whole thing. Originally explored by a Boy Scout troop, the caves got their names from the group name the “Apes.” This is a fun adventurous trip that is best suited for kids 10 and older. Make sure to bring flashlights and extra batteries! 

7. Anacortes Forest Tour, Anacortes, WA

Let the Anacortes Friends of the Forest field guide you and your family into the Anacortes forest to learn everything there is to know about this beautiful and luscious landscape. Learn about local flora and fauna. Learn about wildflowers and their names and uses, hike to wild spaces. All of this will help you and your children gain a great appreciation for nature. 

8. Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

Come explore the sciences with your children here at Pacific Science Center! See world-class exhibits such as the terracotta warriors’ exhibit or make your way to the interactive science center to learn exactly how an electric motor works and what gyroscopes do. Have fun with other kids while competing in the bubble race all at the Science Playground!

9. Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, WA

Whales of a wide variety are a significant part of Washington’s wildlife. This is the perfect place for children to learn about and understand the importance of these magnificent creatures. The Whale Museum’s is about “promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystems through education and research,” according to its site. The Pacific Northwest is home to the Southern Resident Community of Orcas, which is an endangered population of these whales. Families are invited to come experience their beauty in the wild.  

10. Klondike Gold Rush Museum, Seattle, WA

Young kids can earn their Junior Ranger badge as the whole family walks through the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle to learn about the world’s last true gold rush. Seattle was a main leaving point for all of those star-struck miners seeking to strike it rich as they set off to one of the world’s most inhospitable places. This National Park Service-run museum will have you panning for gold and reliving the days of the Gold Rush for a fun and interactive learning experience! 

Share your favorites!
Washington Search
Visit a Museum or Science Center Near You
Find Museums and Science Centers Near You
320 Bendigo Boulevard South, North Bend, WA
About Us The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum is Operated by the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Th... Read More
735 Front Street, Leavenworth, WA
About Us: While the emphasis is on the antique nutcrackers, the museum also displays the nutcrackers of the current makers. The largest producer t... Read More
38625 South East King Street, Snoqualmie, WA
Mission:- To develop and operate an outstanding railroad museum that provides the public a place to experience the excitement of a working railroad... Read More
416 North Pearl Street, Ellensburg, WA
Mission : The mission of the Clymer Museum and Gallery is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the art and life of John Clymer, the art a... Read More
118 East Fourth Avenue, Ellensburg, WA
About Us: The Museum is a non-profit organization that gives kids and parents a safe place to interact, learn and play. The building is compris... Read More
32627 Railroad Avenue, Black Diamond, WA
About Us: The Black Diamond Historical Society was formed by a small group who decided to honor the nation’s bicentennial by preserving a li... Read More
130 North River Avenue, Buckley, WA
About Foothills Historical Museum is a 501c.3 non-profit. All staff members are volunteers. Your visit is free; donations are gratefully received.... Read More
78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah, WA
History:The Squak Valley was little more than a wide spot in a non-existent road when the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway, led by young a... Read More
921 Ferguson Road, Ellensburg, WA
Pull off fast-paced Interstate 90, and step back to a slower time at Olmstead Place Historical State Park near Ellensburg.In 1875, the pioneering O... Read More
207 East Main Street, Monroe, WA
The Monroe Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1976.  The Society opened its museum in 1982 in Monroe&rsqu... Read More
127 South Mission Street, Wenatchee, WA
Mission: The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center gathers and educates people to celebrate and preserve the history, arts, sciences and r... Read More
1116 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA
Mission:Create learning through the power of play and exploration that connects children to their communities and the world.A hands-on, interactive... Read More
235 Mill Avenue South, Renton, WA
About The Renton History Museum holds collections donated from 1966 to the present. The Museum's primary collection consists of objects, photograp... Read More
918 H Street South East, Auburn, WA
Mission:The mission of the Museum is to preserve and share the history of the South King County area, known by pioneers as the White River Valley (... Read More
855 East Smith Street, Kent, WA
About Us:   The Greater Kent Historical Society (GKHS) is a nonprofit organization in the state of Washington that promotes the discovery, p... Read More
510 Bellevue Way NorthEast, Bellevue, WA
MissionBellevue Arts Museum is a leading destination in the Pacific Northwest to experience art, craft, and design. BAM engages the community throu... Read More
510 Bellevue Way North East, Bellevue, WA
Mission:- Bellevue Arts Museum is the Pacific Northwest's center for the exploration of art, craft and design through exhibitions, educational pro... Read More
2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA
Regional history comes alive at the Yakima Valley Museum, located in Yakima's beautiful Franklin Park.This 65,000 ft2 facility offers historical ex... Read More
5917 South 196th Street, Kent, WA
Mission:- The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing. Formed in 1983, our mission ... Read More
Show More
Select a Washington town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Columbia County
Garfield County