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Another Seattle secret: Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center

January 12th, 2005 · No Comments

The Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center is another Seattle secret. Two other moms and I, along with our kids, took the boat, then the streetcar to arrive at Seattle’s Pier 66 this morning. Odyssey, a newer addition to the Seattle scene, with the building’s face angled off of Alaskan Way is not easily noticed. I’d walked and driven past it many times so it was a great surprise. For the two hours we were there, we had most of the museum to ourselves. The homeschool group rate (parents free, kids $4.50) made it a worthwhile investment. We practiced kayaking, sat behind the windshield of a boat in a storm, and watched fish mixed into artificial crab. Photographs lined the walls; buoys served as toys on the floor and lights on the ceiling; impressive Lego constructions modeled boats.

The favorite exhibit seemed to be a water station where the kids could explore dams, salmon ladder and water flow, building mazes and floating ducks, orcas and boats. While there were plenty of places for kids to enjoy playing, even Elisabeth, there were also many exhibits educational for adults. We left before we had exhausted all the opportunities at the museum – and before the kids were too exhausted. I think we’ll be back soon. (note: plenty of resources available on the website too!)



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