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.

Seattle Children’s Museum

The Seattle Children’s Museum is home to over 22,000 square feet of play space specifically-designed for kids up to age 10. There are a number of hands-on exhibits and daily educational programs for kiddos to explore. Learn about the science of motion in COG City, build an epic clubhouse in Fort Adventure, pretend to be a Master Japanese Sushi chef in the Global Village and express your creativity in the Imagination Studio. Check out the newest exhibit at the museum - the child-sized eye clinic designed to teach kids about eye health and safety. For more information on programs, visit the daily calendar.

Good to know: Just upstairs from the Museum are a number of food and dining options in the Seattle Center Armory. If it’s a sunny day, pack a picnic and sit outside next to the International Fountain. The Seattle Center is a busy place and hosts lots of events and festivals. Check out the calendar to know what to expect on the day of your visit.

305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: thechildrensmuseum.org

Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $11.50/Adults & Children; $10.50/Grandparents; under 1 Free. Annual memberships available.

photo: Seattle Children’s Museum Facebook page

How do you like to spend your teacher in-service days? Tell us in the comments below. 

— Abbey McGee