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Members' Favorite Spots for Indoor Fun

Via readers share their favorite indoor family attractions around the West.

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two kids enter sea creatures exhibit at Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, Washington, picture
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Kids size up undersea life at the Hands On Children’s Museum.

"The Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia, Wash., is head and shoulders above any others we've seen, with all-ages activities on two floors. There's even an outdoor area with a tricycle freeway! It's well worth a day." —Mike Little

"During Snowpocalypse last year, we discovered Jenni and Tommy's Kids Unplugged in Tigard, Ore. The play space is organized into themed rooms full of creative toys (with working batteries). They also have a giant bean pit; our toddler loves jumping in and burying himself beneath the beans." —Lara Kierlin

"While traveling in Nevada, I took my three teens to Break Through Reno. We had such fun trying to crack the puzzle to get out of our locked room. It was very challenging." —Margaret Johnston

"The Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise has fantastic hands-on exhibits on science, technology, and—earlier this year—sharks! Our grandkids love the place so much that we've taken them the past two summers. We plan to go there again on their next trip." —Tom And Kathy Coops

"Four adults (68+ years old) were visiting Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for fun in the sun. Instead, we got rain. Our hotel manager suggested we go to Triple Play Family Fun Park in nearby Hayden. We loved bowling and driving bumper cars. Around us, kids played laser tag and splashed in the water park. For over three hours, we became kids, too." —Richard Moore

"In honor of his ninth birthday, we recently took my girlfriend's son and his pals to Glowing Greens in Portland. The kids loved the glowing pirates, sharks, and skeletons along the course. It's like miniature golfing in your favorite haunted house!" —Greg Odell

"OMSI—the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, in Portland—has interactive displays that explore fluid dynamics, flight, physics, and earth science. We've spent an entire rainy day there, from opening to closing. Did I mention the planetarium and the submarine tour? Bonus!" —Stacy Humphrey
 

This article was first published in November 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.