REOPENING FAQs

The Seattle Children’s Museum will be reopening April 2nd to its members and the general public. The museum has a new brand identity and logo as well, underscoring the updated mission, vision and purpose statements of the organization. When the museum reopens, several new and refreshed exhibits and experiences await children and their caretakers, certain to delight current members and new families from across the region’s diverse communities. Specific details on what’s new will be announced on opening day.

How will SCM reopen safely? What's being done in terms of COVID precautions?

  • We’ve learned so much from the other children’s museums and arts organizations who have re-opened over the past year. Our protocols will include
    • Limited capacity, timed entry and premade reservations, so that we can be sure that families are able to keep safe distances in the museum.
    • SCM will follow all COVID regulations laid out by the local government as well as recommendations made by medical experts. Stay tuned for more information on our Health & Safety policies.

What is SCM's mask policy?

SCM is located in The Armory at Seattle Center which is a City facility. Masks are currently required to be worn in the Armory though April 3rd.

SCM is working with local medical experts as well as listening to government and CDC officials in policy planning for dates beyond April 3rd. Please visit our website to view our current COVID and Mask Policies.

Can we start scheduling birthday parties with SCM again? When and how?

Soon! We are so excited to welcome families back into the museum and are currently preparing to launch this beloved program! Follow along on our Social Media for our future announcement when booking will be available later this year!

Now that SCM is reopened, will my membership be reactivated?

  • Yes! The time that remained on your membership as of March 2020 will be added back to your membership as of our opening date. Plus an extra month! 
  • If you are not yet a member, we’ve reorganized the plans to make it easier for families to design the plan that works best for them.
  • Visit us at www.seattlechildrensmuseum.org.

What is SCM's mission?

Our mission is to engage children, and the people who care for them, in playful, creative, hands-on exploration and discovery.

Our purpose is to encourage kids and adults alike to embrace active, lifelong learning. We create and maintain museum spaces, events and programs that are inclusive, engaging, playful and fun for ALL of the region’s kids and families.

We envision a region where children, families, students and educators have a wide network of facilities to support them in learning, engagement, play and quality time together. We will do our part to be part of that network.

What is SCM's history?

The Seattle Children’s Museum was founded in 1980 to engage children and families in playful learning. Our 18,000 square foot location, right in the middle of the beautiful Seattle Center campus, offers endless opportunities for imagination, curiosity and adventure. This forty-year-old treasure represents the region’s commitment to early engagement with children, so they thrive. It fosters deep connections between kids, parents and educators through engagement and resources. It’s all about encouraging kids and adults alike to embrace active, lifelong learning.

Our fantastic staff, all-day admission, and the many activities, experiences and food venues on campus ensure that you’ll enjoy your time at Seattle Children’s Museum.

What age group does SCM serve?

For children from birth to 10 years old, SCM strives to foster literacy, art, language, numeracy and communication skills.

How does SCM work with the community to further their mission?

SCM is dedicated to demonstrating a strong spirit of collaboration. SCM has had great relationships with the early learning community in the Puget Sound. We are looking forward to reestablishing and strengthening our relationships with those in the early learning community, as well as creating new relationships with other organizations within our region.

What types of memberships are offered?

SCM offers three types of annual memberships (Awesome, Bonus & Choice) and various options available within each type so you can select the one that fits your desired specs. Prices range from $110 to $305. Visit our membership page to review our options and purchase your membership!

How do I donate to SCM?

Now more than ever, kids and families need a wonderful place to play, learn, and spend time together and it’s only possible with help from individuals, businesses and community institutions. Visit our website today to donate! And please ask your employer if they will match your charitable gifts.

Your generosity will be fully tax deductible to the extent of the law and will sustain the Seattle Children’s Museum and ensure great museum experiences for children today and into the future.

Preparing for your visit? Here’s what you need to know…

Where is the Seattle Children's Museum?

We are located in the Armory on the Seattle Center Campus.  If you look to the skyline and see the Space Needle, we are just 150 steps from the base.

How can I get to SCM? Where can I park?

SCM is located in the Armory at Seattle Center making it an easy travel destination!

Seattle Center Monorail arrives at the Armory approximately every 10 minutes as it travels from Westlake Center, which a stop along the Sound Transit Light Rail 1 Line. The Monorail also accepts ORCA cards!

Many Bus Routes also service the Seattle Center! The Metro routes include  1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 24, 29, 31 and 33. Visit the King County Metro Trip Planner to plan your travel to Seattle Center!

If you choose to drive, Seattle Center offers a variety of parking options. There is also street parking available around the grounds.

Do my Timed Museum Entry tickets include admission?

SCM is reopening to the public with limited visitor capacity. Timed Museum Entry tickets are required to reserve space for your visit. Admission to the museum will be charged upon entry to the museum.

Unable to attend your entry reservation? Please let us know!

Can we bring food into the Museum?

Yes; you can bring food into the museum as long as it stays packed away. When your group is ready to eat we ask that you exit the museum and enjoy your food either in the Market Place upstairs our outside on the Seattle Center grounds. Don’t worry – your admission is good for the day! Just stop by the front desk on your way out.

We do allow water, in a spill-proof container, to be the museum and exhibit areas.

Can kids play all day?

The length of your visit depends on your little one. Some kids find themselves absorbed for hours, while others like to keep moving! Your admission price is for all day, and you have in and out privileges. Take a break for lunch or a stroll around International Fountain or experience the Artists at Play playground  and then return to the museum for more play!

Can I drop my kids off to play?

No, and there are two reasons why. First, we are an educational facility, and our goal is for the caregiver and child to explore the Museum programming and facilities together. Second, as a family fun destination, for everyone’s safety and enjoyment children must be with an adult caregiver at all times during their visit.

Do any exhibits have age restrictions?

Our exhibits are open to kids of all ages but are designed for kids 10 and under. We do ask our guests to help us keep Discovery Bay a safe place for our littlest visitors by walking and giving priority to children under 3 years of age.