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Have you browsed our Museum Store lately? A colorful school of tropical fish windsocks has swum in! Take one home with you and add some color to your yard. Find them in-store and online.

We still have a few spaces in our Museum Explorers Preschool. You can find more information and our registration form on our website. Click here! As the world reopens and children go back to school this fall, many families are struggling with separation and socialization after being home for so long. UNICEF has some great tips for parents to help make these transitions less scary

Summer Camp classes are great practice for going off to school in the fall in a low-key, fun environment! Sessions are filling up fast!! Our STEAM-themed camps are on Tuesdays through August for children 4yrs & up! Each week we will focus on one aspect of STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. We will play games, do art projects and experiments, and have plenty of time to play in the museum! Camps for younger children will be run on Wednesday, August 4 & 11 for ages 3 to 5. Space is limited in each session, so register now!  Remember, members receive a 10% discount! Click here to: download the camp brochure | register online.

In order to provide access to all families, we want to make sure that everyone is aware of our Scholarship Fund, which provides admission to the Museum and all of its programs. Our Scholarship program also provides birthday parties and gifts for homeless and functionally homeless children. Determination is based on a family's qualification for Free/Reduced Lunch. Applications are available at the Front Desk or by emailing our Executive Director Cate Anderson

Need a place to beat the heat? It's a cool 72 degrees inside the Museum! We've even got the windows partially covered to protect our salt and fresh water tanks from the direct sunlight.  We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-Noon and 1-3pm. We will continue with online reservations for the foreseeable future - you are welcome to walk in and get tickets at the door, but we cannot guarantee space. The WA State Secretary of Health's mask order remains in place: All people, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to wear masks in certain places such as K-12 schools, childcare facilities, camps, and other youth settings where children are present or expected to be present.

Please remember that there are recurring events on our web calendar that are not currently happening - we look forward to bringing back favorites like Story Time, Wing It Wednesday, Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, Make It & Take It and of course Community Free Day.  We appreciate your support and cooperation as we continue to work toward fully reopening.

Our 18th annual Chair-ity Auction goes online September 3-11, 2021! Holding our auction online is 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. Registration starts August 30th with bidding on silent auction items set to start on September 3rd. 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.
Barn Cat Creations has assembled this amazing gift basket of their specialty items!
This item will be available in our 18th annual Chair-ity Auction!
Click the image to visit the Barn Cat Creations website

In the Community

  • Population Health Trust Community Forums - If you are passionate about affecting change in your community; if you feel compelled to weigh in on the health and wellness of Skagit County; if you have creative solutions for difficult challenges: Join the Population Health Trust to hear what key sector leaders and other community members have shared in a series of interviews and equity panel discussion…and then share your own experiences and perspectives! One remaining date: August 12 – Burlington Senior Center from 12:00-1:30. A light meal will be served. Please wear your mask if unvaccinated. Click here to RSVP or learn more
  • Enchanting Event's Enchanting Fall Ball is on Nov 6!! Did you know that this event is a fundraiser for the Children's Museum? Tickets are on sale and going fast! Dust off your crown and ready your gowns, the Enchanting Fall Ball is quickly approaching and tickets are almost sold out!  Dance, Indulge & Enjoy the most magical event of the year.  Purchase your tickets at the link below and get ready to make memories that last a lifetime.  We can't wait for you to BE OUR GUEST! Click to get tickets 
  • 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!

Plan Your Visit

Looks like we've had a couple of new name suggestions! Astronaut Museum and Storm Trooper World Museum! We love finding things like this throughout the Museum!

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.
  • COVID vaccination, 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 recommended to visit the Museum
We are open 5 days/week for 2-hour sessions:
10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
  • The Museum is 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

VROOM - Have Fun With Patterns

Name That Food: Pick three food words and make a pattern, “banana, apple, pear.” Repeat it three times together with your child. Then leave out the middle word and see if they can guess what it is? Try leaving out the first and the last word too. Add another word when this gets easy. (suggested age 4-5 years) 

What your child is learning: When your child is listening to words and making patterns with you, they're creating and then using a rule. Understanding and applying rules will help them learn math concepts. When they guess what comes next, they're using their working memory.

Sky Watchers: What do you see and hear in the sky? Say, “I see a cloud. Do you see a cloud? I hear an airplane. Where is it?” As your child grows, they will start pointing to things in the sky too. Children love the game of I Spy, no matter how you play it. (suggested age birth - 5 years)

What your child is learning: When you help your child learn to look carefully at what is all around them, you’re helping them be a better observer, like a scientist. Noting what is going on is a key to learning now and in the future.

Click here to learn more about Vroom/Más información sobre VROOM
VROOM - ¡Diviértete con los patrones!

Nombra esa comida: Elije tres palabras relacionadas con la comida y forma un patrón, “banana, manzana, pera”. Repítelas tres veces junto con él. Luego no digas la palabra del medio y ve si tu niño puede adivinar cuál es. Intenta omitir la primera y la última palabra también. Agrega otra palabra cuando el juego se le haga fácil. (edad sugerida 4-5 años)

La Ciencia Tras La Acción: Cuando tu niño escucha las palabras y hace patrones contigo, está creando y luego usando una regla. Comprender y aplicar las reglas le ayuda a aprender conceptos matemáticos. Cuando adivina qué sigue después, usa su memoria de trabajo.

Observadores del cielo: ¿Qué ves y escuchas en el cielo? Di, “Veo una nube. ¿Tú ves una nube? Escucho un avión. ¿Dónde está?” A medida que tu niño crezca, también comenzará a señalar las cosas en el cielo. Los niños adoran el juego del “Veo, veo”, sin importar cómo lo juegues. (edad sugerida al nacer - 5 años)

La Ciencia Tras La Acción: Cuando ayudas a tu niño a aprender a observar atentamente lo que lo rodea, estás ayudándolo a ser un mejor observador, como un científico. Darse cuenta de lo que está sucediendo es una clave para aprender ahora y en el futuro.
  • 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!
  • 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 and make your own painting using marbles in today's Make It & Take It 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!


HMGS - Family Resource Center on Facebook
  • 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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