Winter in the Northwest

Activities for Kids & Families

Date & Time

Daily through
January 31, 2022

This event is in the past.


Included with museum admission



4300 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA, United States

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Special Winter Break Programming
December 18–31, 2021
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

In addition to the drop-in alcove activities, families can chat with Burke educators about our Coast Salish seasonal round, check out a plank house model, and touch preserved seasonal food items and pelts from our education collection. 

Alcove activities are back! 

Enjoy books, toys, and crafts in our Experience Alcoves and Fieldcamp Playspace.  

Floor 2 Biology Alcove:

  • Let it snow! Check out past traditions shared by visitors and add your own to our winter forest scene. 
  • Spot a visiting snowy owl in our workroom and make your own 3D owl to take home.  
  • Search the forest for plants and animals to sort in our Coast Salish seasonal round! 

Floor 3 Paleontology Alcove:

  • Enter the Ice Age! Use stamps to create an Ice Age holiday card to give to a loved one. 
  • Ice Age-themed play table with mammoths, mastodons, sloths, and tigers!

Floor 3 Field Camp Playspace:

  • Gather around the fire! Cozy up at our dramatic play hearth where kids can create a traditional Coast Salish winter recipe using toys shaped like local northwest ingredients! 

Help keep Burke families safe by wearing your mask, maintaining 3 foot social distancing from kids outside your household, and washing or sanitizing your hands before and after handling shared materials.