Day Trip Discoveries: Rainy day? Take kids to a children’s museum

When you wonder what to do with house-bound kids or grandkids during winter’s rainy months, take them to a children’s museum. Everett, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia each have a dedicated children’s museum with creative exhibits and hands-on activities designed to encourage both play and learning. These non-profit museums cater to toddlers up to 12-year-olds. While…

Day Trip Discoveries: Walking, jogging, hiking and biking on nearby trails

Whether you enjoy a brisk walk or more strenuous exercise, you can take advantage of several convenient trails in Snohomish County that are accessible year-round. Some trails feature bird-watching and wildlife viewing, all offer scenic views ranging from wetlands to mountains, and one even includes horseback riding. Each trail is fine for families as well…

Day Trip Discoveries: Restoration Center is Paine Field’s surprise aviation attraction

Paine Field near Everett boasts several major aviation attractions such as the popular Boeing Tour at the Future of Flight and the vintage aircraft displays at Flying Heritage Collection and Historic Flight. A fourth, little-known attraction is the Museum of Flight Restoration Center and Reserve Collection on the southeast side of Paine Field. Here vintage…

Day Trip Discoveries: Fascinating ‘critters’ at Outback Kangaroo Farm, Reptile Zoo

If your children or grandchildren are intrigued with “critters,” two unusual attractions in Snohomish County offer up-close experiences with exotic animals far beyond neighborhood dogs and cats. The Outback Kangaroo Farm in Arlington and The Reptile Zoo in Monroe both feature amazing collections of unusual animals with an emphasis on educating visitors about their special…