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While we wait to see what the future holds for museum operations past June 30th, we will maintain our current hours, sessions and online reservation system. As children's museums are largely required to follow the same guidelines as schools and child care providers, we assume that our current operations will stay in effect for a while longer. Celebrations and special programs remain on hold until further notice and until we know how we can safely conduct them. Please remember that there are recurring events on our web calendar that are not currently happening. We understand that this not knowing and seemingly sudden changes to operations is frustrating and confusing - it is for us too! We appreciate your support and cooperation as we move ahead.

We've just learned about the Opportunity Council's Emergency Child Care Voucher Program which provides help to those struggling to pay for child care. Parents and caregivers can apply for temporary assistance to help pay for current or past due child care bills and to help alleviate financial crisis. Visit  or call (360) 603-0202 for more information. Thank you!

Be sure to mark your calendars for September 3-11, 2021 when our 18th annual Chair-ity Auction & Dinner will virtually take place! Holding our auction virtually last year was certainly a pandemic-required necessity, but it also proved to be a wonderful way to include a lot more people than our traditional in-person dinner! The virtual auction is free to attend - just create a login so that you can bid when the auction goes live. Our Auction Committee is busy working on all the details like event sponsorship and donated items for the live, silent and dessert auctions. Click here, and bookmark the page, to learn more about this year's event and how you or your business can sponsor!

We’ll continue to post updates on our website, including the Covid-19 page, and on Facebook. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Cate Anderson via email: or by phone: 360-770-9746.

Exhibit Updates

The seahorses are back!! The Photic Zone has been taking excellent care of them since our closure, but we are so glad to have them back in the Museum! Our topographic map area has been transformed into an archaeologist's Dinosaur Dig site and our popular Pets & Vets exhibit is back too! The AC is on and the Museum staff are ready to greet you! 

In the Community

  • Still need your COVID vaccine? Click here for information on one of the many pop-up events hosted by the Skagit County Public Health... you might even see us there! Skagit County Public Health has contracted with the Children’s Museum of Skagit County in order to provide a Play Zone or other activities for children on some clinic days.
  • Need help paying for childcare? The Emergency Child Care Voucher Program, supported by the Opportunity Council, might be able to help. Parents and caregivers can apply for temporary assistance to help pay for current or past due child care bills and to help alleviate financial crisis. Visit  or call (360) 603-0202 for more information. Thank you!

Reopening Details

The Museum is open to members and non-members!

All Family Memberships to CMSC Include:

Unlimited admission to CMSC for member households for 12 months ● Free guest passes to CMSC ●  Special Member-Only prices on Parties, Camps, & Classes ● 10% Member Discount in Museum Store ● 25% off general admission for 4 people when visiting NWAYM* member museums (does not apply to Childcare Providers.) Must provide your home museum card and a photo ID each visit to receive the discount. ● Memberships are not refundable or transferable. ● Some restrictions currently apply due to health/safety regulations.

If you do not know your CMSC membership number, please email

Reservations are required for all museum visits.
Click here to become a member now!
Masks are required when visiting
Masks are required for visitors 3+, even if vaccinated.
  • We will provide a disposable mask for you if you do not have one.
  • Masks/face coverings must be cloth or disposable medical masks, fully cover the nose and mouth, and be worn the duration of your visit both indoors and out.
  • Medical exemptions, mesh masks, gators, bandanas, face shields and masks with vents are not accepted.
  • This is in alignment with other children's museums in WA state and with public schools, under guidance from the Association of Children's Museums and as mandated by local and state government.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a very contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By reserving tickets, you acknowledge that you understand and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 for all.
Our operations, rules and procedures are based on the recommendations of the Skagit County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control (updated 4/5/2021) and Healthy Washington Reopening Guidance for Museums (updated 3/19/2021), the Association for Children's Museums and World Health Organizations and are in alignment with other children's museums in WA state and with public schools. Dates and procedures may change because of mandates or directives. We're monitoring the updates in WA State, and will make adjustments accordingly when we know of the latest guidance.
Reservations are required to visit the Museum beginning June 2nd.
We are open 4 days/week for 2-hour sessions:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
9:30am-11:30am or 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • Beginning Wednesday, June 16th we will be open to both Members and Non-Members!
    • Admission rates for Non-Members: Infants under 12 months Free Children 12 months or older and adults $7.75 Military/Seniors (65 years old) $6.75 
    • You will still need your membership number to make a reservation as a Member and will need to bring your membership card or ID when you check-in. 
  • Space is limited; you will need to reserve a spot for all adults, children and infants in your group.
  • Contact information for each person is required for contact tracing purposes. 
  • We ask that you only book one session per week, so that all families have a chance to visit the Museum.
  • Please review our COVID-19-Specific FAQ's on our website before you visit! And read all the event details before clicking 'Select a Date' on online reservation system.
  • You will also be able to make reservations by phone when we have staff in the Museum. 360.757.8888. In-person, day-of walk-in reservations are available but space is not guaranteed.
Click here to reserve a session!

Activities @Home

Have you visited our YouTube channel lately? CMSC's Teacher Emily has been busy making and uploading videos of craft and science activities that you can try at home! And our friends at the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group are sharing videos and activities about our new batch of salmon eggs - watch for regular updates as our salmon hatch and grow! 
  • Make It & Take It - there are THREE activities uploaded to our YouTube channel and we'll be posting materials lists on our website in the Camps & Classes section. Click here for the Make It & Take It YouTube playlist!
  • Science Saturday or Any Day - thanks to a grant from Shell Puget Sound Refinery we have some great science activities to share! Check out the YouTube playlist here and our website for activity instruction sheets.
  • Tales from the Tank - follow and learn about the hatching, growth and development of our salmon with the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group videos and activities! This week, learn about how our salmon tank is kept clean and healthy for our salmon with Colin Apt from The Photic Zone! Click here to watch Tales from the Tank. We have also been given the OK to keep a few salmon through the end of the year so that you can watch them continue to grow after we open.
  • Online Resources
    • Check out the NASA YouTube Channel for everything space, science & Perserverence! 
    • Our new favorite web app is a map that demonstrates drainages - Click here to open River Runner then tap to drop a raindrop anywhere on the contiguous United States and watch where that water ends up!
    • Why Music Matters: The Importance of Singing Together During the Early Years: Join Carnegie Hall and Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, for a webinar on May 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT. The event will be a fun, family-friendly celebration of music! Discover why music and singing are so important, and then learn how to write your own lullaby with Carnegie Hall Lullaby Teaching Artist, Saskia Lane! You'll also receive resources and tips on ways to continue to make music at home. Click to Register.
  • Get Vroom-ing - Vroom Tips™ help you do more with your shared moments. Add learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities. Learn more at
  • Parent Cafe is back! Hosted by Welcome Baby Skagit, United Way of Skagit County and the Children's Council of Skagit County, Parent Cafe is an invaluable resource for parents! Find the next Parent Cafe by following Welcome Baby Skagit on Facebook.

CMSC on YouTube - Sponsored by Banner Bank

Join museum educator Emily for Part 2 of our rainbow-themed
Science Saturday or Any Day program!
Check out what our YouTube Channel has to offer!
Put some Science Saturday or Any Day into your meals!
Try a Make It & Take It @Home activity!
Get moving and stretching with Ms. Jill's preschool yoga!
See all the other cool channels we follow!

Click here to go to our channel!


  • Members get a discount in our online store! Enter CMSCMembers10 in the coupon code area at check out!

Support CMSC

Did you know that you can support CMSC when you shop? Designate the Children's Museum of Skagit County with the following businesses:
  • Amazon Smile - same products, same prices, same service! Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to CMSC. Thanks to you, we have received nearly $1000 in donations from Amazon Smile!
  • Fred Meyer Community Rewards - Fred Meyer donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Fred Meyer Community Rewards organizations.
  • Other ways to support - direct donations, sponsorships and gifts in kind are always welcome. Contact us to learn more.

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