One of the best thing we have purchased from our travel was the National Park passport book for our kids. It was a great little book that kids can collect the national park stamp and cancellation when they visit the national parks or historical sites. It’s one of the thing we always research for whenever we plan a trip.
In Seattle, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is one of the national park site that we can get the stamp to fill up our book. The park is located in the Pioneer Square, the historical area near downtown Seattle. We took a short bus ride to the Pioneer Square and followed our map to the park. It wasn’t originally on our list of things to do with kids in Seattle but we decided to check it out on an unplanned day. And I was glad we did!
At first we almost missed it because the Klondike Gold Rush is located inside the historical building with tiny little sign in the front. The outside can be deceiving. My first thought was this will be a quick stamp and run place. BUT, how wrong I was.
The Klondike Gold Rush museum & historical park provides us a glimpse into the lives and stories of people during the Gold Rush era on their hardship, their adventures and their success.
At first I thought the exhibits and displays will be too classroom-like for the kids to handle but the museum has done a wonderful job in making the exhibit interactive and fun for kids. Kids learn best through interactive and hand-on experience. They enjoy checking out the old equipment that the men and women packed and carried with them. The huge spinning wheel was especially fun not just for them but adults as well.
Another fun thing for kids was the scavenger hunt for the embossing and rubbing stamp station all through out the museum. As the men and women who took the journey through the Yukon for the Klondike Gold rush, the kids walked through different stages of their journey from the train station to the Alaskan territory.
We spent quite a while there even though we didn’t even participate in the programs available for kids like the ranger walking tour or geocaching. Best of all, it’s all FREE for you and your family.
So if you plan a trip to Seattle with a history bluff or even kids, I will definitely recommend a quick visit to the Klondike Gold Rush museum. It’s a good alternative on a not-so-perfect weather day in Seattle.