A work day for teachers, means an extra day to play. But what is there to do with your kid crew on these random in-service days, especially if it’s cold and rainy outside? We put together 15 tried-and-true destinations that are sure to entertain your brood any day of the week. Click through the gallery to see some perennial favorites and new-to-you hot spots.

The Reptile Zoo

Venture off the beaten path and you’ll find The Reptile Zoo. This one-of-a-kind facility provides a unique opportunity to handle snakes, touch tortoises, and get up close and personal with other featured animals. The Zoo boasts the most extensive collection of reptiles in the Pacific Northwest including turtles, alligators, lizards and many types of snakes including some venomous species such as cobras and rattlesnakes. Kids are always wowed by the two-headed turtle, albino alligator and the ultra-poisonous, black mamba snake. The friendly and knowledgeable zookeepers will be happy to answer any questions. Come prepared to have fun and enjoy quality time with these impressive reptiles.

22715 State Route 2
Monroe, Wa 98272
360-805-5300
Online: thereptilezoo.org

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

photo: The Reptile Zoo Facebook page

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— Abbey McGee