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.

KidsQuest Children’s Museum

KidsQuest Children's Museum encourages learning through play with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). This hands-on, interactive museum has many exhibits and programs geared towards children 0-10 and their families. Climb and explore in the two-story Atrium Climber, visit Bellevue circa 1915 in the Mercantile and imagine what it was like to live a century ago, find a special nook in the Story Tree and read your favorite book amidst PNW animals and birds, and get a little wet while learning about the power of water in the water play area. On Fridays, stick around for Science Hour from 3 p.m.–4 p.m. Explore chemistry, flow dynamics, physics and forces through exciting hands-on experiments. Check out the calendar for other special events.

1116 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: kidsquestmuseum.org

Hours: Tues.–Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays (open most Mondays that Bellevue schools are closed).

Cost: $12/person; under 1 Free. Annual memberships available.

photo: KidsQuest Children's Museum Facebook Page

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

— Abbey McGee