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There's still time to register! Red Barn Art Studio will be hosting their October classes with us at the Children's Museum! Classes start on Monday, 4 October, and are for ages 7-12. Register online at!

We're partnering with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group and Skagit River Salmon Festival to celebrate Orca Recovery Day - October 16th! Stay tuned for information on special activities and stories! Click here to learn more about SFEG's Orca Recovery Day Planting at Pressentin Park.

Halloween is nearly here! If you have concerns about how to safely celebrate Halloween during a pandemic, the Skagit Health Connection has some great insight and tips for you - whether you're handing out candy, collecting it, or going to a fall festival! Click here to read more. We will be hosting a drive-thru Halloween in our parking lot on October 30th - details to come!

As we move into autumn, we will maintain our Tuesday through Saturday sessions, with online reservations encouraged but not required. You are welcome to walk in during one of our session times without a reservation - typically with no space issues - but space is not guaranteed. Register to visit by clicking here. Masks are still required in the Museum for everyone over 3 years of age and we ask that everyone do their part to keep our Museum community healthy by staying home if you're unwell.
Did you know that our Museum Explorers Preschool works with Musikgarten instructor David Zagelow (Evergreen Music School) to bring music and movement to the classroom?! Judging by this photo, it looks like they're having a pretty great time!


Nature Builder: Use outside play as an opportunity to explore how things work. Encourage your child to find natural building blocks like small sticks, rocks, and leaves. Take turns placing the objects on top of each other and talk about what you notice, “The leaf won’t stay on top. What else could we use?” (Suggested age 12 months – 3 years)

What your child is learning: As your child builds, they're thinking like a scientist and testing out ideas to learn more about balance, size, and cause and effect. Asking questions promotes critical thinking skills. They're more likely to remember and use what they learn when they're engaged in hands-on learning. 

Nature Sizes: Outside, encourage your child to look for leaves, sticks, and rocks of different sizes. Invite them to arrange them from smallest to biggest. Ask questions about their thinking like, “How did you decide where to put that rock?” Switch up the rules and try sorting by color or type of object next. (Suggested age 3-5 years)

What your child is learning: Switching between different rules for sorting objects gives your child the opportunity to think flexibly, a skill they will use in problem-solving and coming up with new ideas. Your child is also becoming familiar with math concepts like shape, size, and number in playful ways.

Near and Far: When you're outside, try playing this game with your child. Give them a place to stand and have them estimate how many steps they are from you. When they walk back, count their steps together aloud. Try all different distances! (Suggested age 4-5 years)

What your child is learning: Young children can tell there is a difference between large and small quantities! By doing fun, back-and-forth games like this, you’re building on this skill and helping them understand more about what numbers stand for.

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Desarrollador de la naturaleza: Usa el juego al aire libre como una oportunidad para explorar cómo funcionan las cosas. Anima a tu niño a descubrir elementos naturales de construcción básica como pequeñas varas, piedras y hojas. Túrnense para colocar los objetos uno encima del otro y conversar acerca de lo que notan, “La hoja no se queda arriba”. ¿Qué más podemos usar?” (Edad sugerida 12 meses - 3 años)

La Ciencia Tras La Acción: Mientras tu niño construye, está pensando como un científico y probando ideas para aprender más acerca del equilibrio, tamaño, causa y efecto. Hacer preguntas fomenta las habilidades del razonamiento crítico. Es más probable que tu niño recuerde y use lo que aprende cuando está involucrado en el aprendizaje práctico.

Tamaños en la naturaleza: Fuera de la casa, pídele a tu niño que busque hojas, ramas y piedras de diferentes tamaños. Pídele que las acomode desde la más pequeña hasta la más grande. Hazle preguntas acerca de lo que piensa, tales como “¿Cómo decidiste dónde colocar esa piedra?” Enseguida, cambia las reglas y trata de clasificar por color o tipo de objeto. (Edad sugerida 3 - 5 años)

La Ciencia Tras La Acción: Cambiar las reglas para clasificar los objetos le da la oportunidad a tu niño de pensar en forma flexible, una habilidad que usará al resolver problemas y proponer nuevas ideas. Tu niño también se está familiarizando con conceptos matemáticos como forma, tamaño y número de maneras divertidas.

Cerca y lejos: Cuando estén afuera, puedes probar este juego con tu niño. Dale un lugar para que se pare y haz que adivine a cuántos pasos de distancia está de ti. Cuando camine el trayecto, cuenta sus pasos en voz alta. ¡Prueba distancias diferentes! (Edad sugerida 4 - 5 años)

La Ciencia Tras La Acción: ¡Los niños pequeños pueden darse cuenta de que hay una diferencia entre cantidades grandes y pequeñas! Al hacer juegos divertidos interactivos como este, estás desarrollando esta capacidad y ayudando a tu niño a comprender más sobre lo que representan los números.

Plan Your Visit

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 per person for Non-Members: Infants under 12 months Free, Children 12 months or older and adults $7.75, Military/Seniors (65 years old) $6.75, Museums For All (EBT, WIC, CHIP, Provider One, Apple Health, or Foster Parent cards) $3
    • 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. 
  • Contact information for each person is required for contact tracing purposes. 
  • 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!

In The Community

Got questions?  360.399.0771

Downtown Mount Vernon - 325 Pine Street - 11:00 – 12:30PM

Tuesdays Oct 19, 2021 – Dec 7, 2021
Tuesdays Jan 4, 2022 – Feb 22, 2022
Tuesdays April 12, - May 31, 2022

Activities @Home

  • 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!

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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