It’s no secret that the rich natural diversity of Skagit County means that getting outdoors is one of the greatest highlights of life in the area. But it’s also well known that, as the days grow shorter, they also grow wetter and windier. Thankfully, we have plenty of attractions and activities in Skagit County that are kid-friendly and will get them out of the house while keeping them out of the rain. At a loss on how to chase away rainy-day boredom? Check out this list of indoor activities for kids in Skagit County.


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The Children’s Museum of Skagit County offers a variety of interactive attractions. Photo credit: Steven Arbuckle

Children’s Museum of Skagit County

432 Fashion Way, Burlington


The Children’s Museum of Skagit County offers activities focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. Suitable for little ones in strollers up through elementary school age, kids will find a boat and semi-truck climb through as well as a miniature “main street” with little shops to explore. There are rooms devoted to reading, music, and art, and even a stage for your little actors. Looking for a dry place for a fun kid’s birthday party in Skagit County? Check out their Celebration Room.

Anacortes Museum

1305 8th Street, Anacortes

360- 293-1915

Part of the charm of the Anacortes Museum is that it is located in the historic Carnegie Library building. Probably best for kids who show an interest in history, there is an extensive collection of photographic exhibits. A must-see for those interested in seeing Anacortes develop over the years. With free admission, there’s no reason to no check it out.

Museum of Northwest Art

121 First Street, La Conner

360- 466-4446

MoNA hosts a permanent collection of local art, featuring colorful paintings and sculptures to capture the eyes of young ones. Admission is free, and they also offer art education, and schedule early enrichment programs, aimed at 2- to 5-year-olds. There are also temporary exhibits and events listed on their online schedule.

Heritage Flight Museum

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Heritage Flight, just outside of Burlington, is packed with wonders of the aviation world. Photo credit: Steven Arbuckle

15053 Crosswind Drive, Burlington

360- 424-5151

Kids of all ages will find something fascinating at Heritage Flight Museum. Attractions range from World War II to the moon, and everything in between. Airplane lovers will be thrilled to see an F-4 Corsair next to a P-51 Spitfire, but there is also plenty of history and adventure to discover. They occasionally host Fly Days, when a variety of aircraft take to the sky.

Sedro-Woolley Museum

725 Murdock Street, Sedro-Woolley

360- 855-2390

The Sedro-Woolley Museum offers little rooms filled with artifacts, memorabilia, and mannequins that let visitors step up to a bank, post office, blacksmith shop and more. Other rooms are full of tools, clothing and household items: Don’t miss the pillar of chainsaws reaching from floor to ceiling! The large model railroad layout is another popular draw.

Skagit County Historical Museum

501 South 4th, La Conner

360- 466-3365

Now in its 51st year, the Skagit County Historical Museum is a popular destination for school age kids. They offer educational exhibits ranging from the Native American settlement of Skagit countythrough the turn of the century. There are galleries that focus on schools, industry and European settlers as well.

Science and Nature

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon


An active research site, the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve provides a peek into Padilla Bay, where salmon, crab and herring make their homes. The Breazeale Interpretive Center has three rooms including the aquarium and a hands-on collection of educational books and games. The doors and drawers room allows kids to open and explore a variety of exhibits for themselves. Admission is free, and classes are available.

Arts and Crafts

Tri-Dee Arts

215 South First Street, Mount Vernon

360- 336-6131

When Tri-Dee Arts renovated their space, they added Glazed, which is a hit with the younger crowd. They can select a piece of pottery, paint and personalize it to their heart’s desire, and send it into the kiln to be finished. A great place to hold a birthday party or other event.


Skagit Skate

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Skagit Skate makes sure that roller skating remains a favorite activity with kids.
Photo courtesy: Skagit Skate

390 Cedar Street, Burlington

360- 755-5001

The roller rink at Skagit Skate is a classic destination for kids of all ages. In addition to the open skating hours, they also have classes for those wanting to learn to skate, as well as seasonal events and themed parties. You can also hold your child’s birthday party at Skagit Skate.

Ground Zero Gymnastics

2201 Continental Place, Mount Vernon

360- 416-6623

Ground Zero Gymnastics is on a mission to channel kids’ energy towards fitness and gymnastic goals. They have open gym times, as well as a roster of classes from tumbling to trampolines, for beginners and advanced gymnasts. Their Ninja Classes promise to build strength and coordination through obstacle courses and tumbling moves.

Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center

1603 22nd Street, Anacortes

360- 293-0673

Kids can enjoy the Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center’s pool, and take advantage of swimming lessons. Take a look at their schedule for open pool times as well as a variety of classes. The facility is also home to a fitness center, and both the fitness room and the pool can be rented for special occasions.

Mt. Baker Gymnastics

1635 S Walnut Street, Burlington

360- 757-7565

Mt. Baker Gymnastics operates at the intersection of fitness and fun. In addition to coaching, their classes range from capoeira and dance to aerial skills. Nerf wars allow kids to jump on trampolines and into ball pits, as well as climb ropes and explore a bouncy house. Mt. Baker Gymnastics is a great place to hold a children’s birthday party in Skagit County or other occasion.

Fun and Games

Jungle Playland

2901 Martin Road, Mount Vernon

360- 848-6559

Jungle Playland fills three stories with all kinds of diversions. Perfect for any child that is walking to 12-years-old, as long as they are accompanied by an adult over 18-years-old. Activities include a ball pit, climbing wall, triple waterfall slide, arcade games, and the chance to ride a lion. Jungle Playland offers group rates and are happy to schedule a party.

San Juan Lanes

2821 Commercial Ave, Anacortes

360- 293-5185

San Juan Lanes, has everything you’d expect from a bowling alley, along with a restaurant that boasts award-winning fish and chips. Check the website for information on youth leagues and events. San Juan Lanes is another great place to host a child’s birthday party in Skagit County. and look into hosting your kid’s special event.

Phoenix Nest Classic Video Arcade

224 Stewart Road #115, Mount Vernon

360- 428-5808

Adults might have just as much fun as the kids at Phoenix Nest Classic Video Arcade. Show the little ones that we used to have get off the couch and stand in front of a full-size console to drive racecars and save the Earth from invading aliens. This collection of classic arcade games and pinball machines are a novelty to youngsters, and a nostalgic treat for the older crowd.

Riverside Lanes

225 Riverside Lane, Mount Vernon

360- 424-4221

If you’ve got a kid that likes to bowl, Riverside Lanes offers youth bowling leagues as well as classes for beginners. For those under 7-years-old, they offer bumpers that keeps the ball out of the gutters. There are special attractions like Wednesday’s Quarter Mania, where shoe rentals, games and beverages are 25 cents. Like many places on this list, Riverside Lanes is also a great place for a child’s birthday part in Skagit County.

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