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photo courtesy of Matt Lerner

a seasoned Husky fan or a newcomer to Seattle, the picturesque University of Washington campus is worth a visit this spring, with tons of diversions for both rainy and sunny days.

Pore through displays of fossils, sparkling crystals and lifelike cultural exhibits at the Burke Museum on the north end of campus. The Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway exhibit will be up until May 31, and is a must-see for imaginative dinosaur lovers. Visit the Discovery Lab, where kids can look at fossils under microscopes, peer through a periscope, and play with dinosaur models. There is even a charming café in the basement if you need refreshments. Kids under five are admitted free.

Get your fill of contemporary art at the Henry Art Gallery. Kids under 13 get in for free. The museum is large enough to host some spectacular exhibits, but small enough so you can explore the collection in a morning.

If it’s nice out, your children will enjoy watching the skateboarders and climbing the pyramid in Red Square. If sculpture is your thing, download a self-guided walking tour of public art on campus and wander at your family’s own pace.

Hungry? A year-round favorite is Aqua Verde, overlooking Portage Bay. Watch paddlers push off from the rental facility downstairs as you munch on fish tacos and sip house-made limonata.

For an authentic student experience, there are several dining halls on campus that are open to the public. If you want to get your geek on, choose from the favorite restaurants of the UW Department of Mathematics. For a full list of restaurants in the neighborhood visit the Chamber of Commerce website. On a sunny day, there is no shortage of places to picnic. But look out for the campus squirrels—they are aggressive!

—Karen McHegg