CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF SKAGIT COUNTY
Last Updated 05/02/2022
Create and Play at the New Children's Museum
The Children’s Museum of Skagit County opened its doors on March 16th, 2019 to debut its new location at The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, welcoming groups of excited kids and their families to tour their new space. Tucked at the end of the outdoor mall in Burlington, the Children’s Museum now boasts an impressive 15,500 square feet of open space for creative play.
The current space includes a gift shop, an art studio, a large reading nook with couches and a log fort, main street shops, a boat, a semi-truck, a veterinary office, a toddler play area, fish and turtle tanks, a stage with a variety of costumes, a sensory room, construction area, and more. The large room, where the climbing structure and ride on cars were located pre-covid, is currently closed.
For added convenience, there is a nursing room, family restrooms and a community meeting space. The party space is open and ready for you to book your child's next celebration!
You enter and exit the museum through the gift shop - where members get a 10% discount! As you enter the museum, straight ahead is the boat, that kids can play on and learn about water safety. At the base of the boat is a sandbox your children can play in. To the left of the boat is a ramp leading to a variety of fish and turtle tanks. Continue around the ramp to find a working crane and a farm-to-market area. Beyond this section is a small pond where kids can learn more about fish and then you arrive at the real semi-truck. Warning - the radio works in the semi-truck and if your child turns it up to full volume it is VERY loud!
Down the ramp from the semi-truck, you will see a construction area where kids can learn to work with tools and build with foam wood and bricks. Straight ahead there is a wall with 3 doorways, one leads to the “cozy” sensory room and the other two go to a room with a cool light up paint wall and an elevated sandbox with dinosaurs and fossils where you can stand and play. Also along this wall, is a light-up table with colorful magnetic tiles.
Continuing along there is a train exhibit to your right with a wooden track and lots of train cars to play with. Just up ahead on the left are the restrooms and a water fountain. Further down on your right is a music room. On the other side of the wall from the music room, there is a stage to put on plays and seating for people to watch. Behind the stage, there is a wide selection of costumes to choose from. Across the walkway from the stage is a farm-themed fenced-in toddler area with a variety of toys to play with for little ones and a couch for those watching them.
Outside the toddler area is a chicken coop, that your kids can play in and a veterinary office. In the center of the area (that I just led you in a circle around) are the main street shops. There is a diner with seating at the counter and 2 booths, where kids can whip up food for the "diners". There is also a bank, a doctor’s office, a dentist’s office, a grocery store, and an architecture firm.
Back at the entrance if you take a sharp right once you come through the door from the gift shop into the museum you will enter the art room where you will find paint, glitter, multi-colored tape, pipe cleaners and so many more things to spark your child’s creative imagination. Past the art room is the reading room; there are a variety of books to read, a couch to sit on, and a cozy reading fort. There are also board games to play and a table that seats 4 where you can play them.
Continuing through the reading room you come to a hallway- to the left you head back to the art room and main area, to the right is a room with more books, large blue blocks to build with and tables with a variety of building/construction toys to play with that rotate. The last time we visited the Museum these exhibits included a marble maze building game and a huge connect four style game. This section is also where you find a quiet room where you can nurse or change your baby and a restroom.
Q&A - Insider Look at the Children's Museum of Skagit County
Q: What is the Children's Museum of Skagit County's address and phone number?
A: The Children’s Museum is now located at The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington in the very back of the mall.
432 Fashion Way
Burlington, WA 98233
Q: What are the hours of operation? Days and hours are subject to change. Please confirm by checking their website before you go.
A: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 3pm.
*Beginning April 11th, 2022, they will have masked up Monday with a session from 10am – 12pm
for those who would like to attend when everyone is wearing masks. Masks are mandatory during
Q: What types of exhibits are at the museum?
A: The new exhibits are focused on creating learning opportunities through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). They are designed to encourage critical thinking, imagination, creativity and social-emotional development.
Q: Are outside food and drink allowed in the museum?
A: Yes. The museum is peanut free. Please check the ingredients on any food you bring into the museum to be sure it is peanut free. There is a small picnic table inside the museum that you can use for eating snacks and there are water fountains where you can refill water bottles. Guests who leave for meals may reenter by showing their receipt.
Q: Can I bring a stroller?
A: Some exhibit spaces cannot accommodate a stroller, but they are allowed and there is limited stroller parking located at the museum entrance near the coat rack.
Q: What is the Community Access Day?
Q: Is there adequate parking available?
A: Yes, there is plenty of parking at The Outlets.
The Children’s Museum of Skagit County is a local, non-profit organization. They rely on the generous support of individuals, families, and local businesses. Donations are fully tax-deductible.
Children's Museum of Skagit County Memberships
What is the cost of admission?
Members always get in free.
Infants under 12 months = Free
Children 12 months or older and adults = $7.75
Military/Seniors (65 years old) = $6.75
Museums For All - $3 per person for up to 4 people with proof of EBT, WIC, CHIP, Provider One, Apple health, or Foster Parent cards.
Party Room Rental (Must call in advance to schedule) = Starting at $125 for members/$150 non-members
Become a Member of the Children's Museum!
All Family Memberships Include:
- Unlimited admission for one family for 12 months
- Free guest passes (single use)
- Discount coupons to visit NWAYM* member museums (does not apply to Childcare Providers)
- Special Member-Only prices on Parties, Camps, & Classes
- 10% Member Discount in the Museum Store
BUY TOGETHER & SAVE! Purchase a membership and a birthday party together and save even more!
Welcome to the World (2-Year Membership) is a membership for new families with their first baby and includes:
- Great rate of $110 for 2 years
• Free guest passes: 4 (single use)
- Free guest passes: 4 (single use)
King Salmon: $115/year
- For 2 related families/households
• Free guest passes: 4 (single use)
- Add a relative family household for $25/family
Military Salmon: $75/year
- Free guest passes: 4 (single use)
Bear Cub: $140/year
- Free guest passes: 8 (single use)
• 50% off admission for 6 people, including the cardholder, to 100+ children’s museums nationwide and Canada through the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network.**
- Free guest passes: 16 (single use)
• 50% off admission for 6 people, including the card holder, to 100+ children’s museums nationwide and Canada through the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network.**
Orca Membership: Lifetime Membership $5000
*Complete list of NWAYM Museums
**PER ACM: “Effective April 1, 2013, the Reciprocal Program admission benefit will change from free admission to 50% off general admission for up to six (6) people. Plus, no more local restrictions.” This change will affect anyone whose membership expires on or after April 30, 2013. Read more about this change by the ACM.
Click here for a PDF of Membership rates, benefits, a list of NWAYM Museums and our Membership Registration form. Download, print, fill out and bring to the museum with payment if you prefer not to complete registration online.
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