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Originally published Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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Woodland Park Zoo

Rainy Day Tour

Seattle The zoo provides a Rainy Day Tour map for its indoor and covered attractions, including the African Savanna/African Village, Discovery Barn, Bug World, warm Tropical Rain Forest and Day and Night exhibits, Tropical Asian, Food Pavilion and Zoomazium play space for kids, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $7.50-$10.50 (206-684-4800 or

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle The waters of Puget Sound and around-the-world exhibits, including Sound to Mountains with interactive marsh mural, Underwater Dome and Pacific Coral Reef, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, visitors may stay an hour later than the gate closes, Pier 59, Waterfront Park, Seattle, $5.50-$12.50 (206-386-4320 or

Bay Pavilion

Seattle Shops, restaurants, arcade and vintage indoor carousel, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle (206-623-8600 or

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Seattle In continuous operation since 1899, gift novelty store with curio displays, including Sylvester and Sylvia Mummy, Petri-Fido and a family of mer-creatures, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle (206-682-5844 or

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Seattle Warm Victorian-style greenhouse with plants including cacti, succulents, bromeliads and orchids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-684-4743 or




Fun Forest Entertainment Pavilion

Seattle Indoor pavilion with rides, bumper cars, miniature golf, video games, laser tag, climbing wall, food vendors; outdoor midway rides, including merry-go-round, Ferris Wheel, Windstorm Roller Coaster, Wild River, Music Express, Tornado and more, 11 a.m. daily, closing 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, weather and crowds permitting; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, call for daily update on hours (206-728-1585 or

The Monorail

Seattle The Monorail runs between Seattle Center and Westlake Center Mall every 10 minutes, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; one-way tickets 75 cents-$1.50 (206-905-2620 or

The Space Needle

Seattle Observation deck offers 360-degree view, indoor and outdoor viewing areas, gift shop, espresso bar; observation deck and gift shops open 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 400 Broad St., $5.50-$14 (206-905-2100 or

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Seattle Photos, films and exhibits on the Gold Rush of 1897-98 and its effect on local history. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240 or

Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor pools

Seattle All offer swim lessons for all ages, public swims and exercise classes;

• Ballard Pool with rope swing, slide, spa, 1471 N.W. 67th St., Seattle (206-684-4094).

• Evans Pool with slide, sauna, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (206-684-4961).

• Medgar Evers Pool with rope swing, sauna, 500 23rd Ave., Seattle (206-684-4766).

• Madison Pool, 13401 Meridian Ave. N., Seattle (206-684-4979).

• Meadowbrook Pool with rope swing, 10515 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-684-4989).

• Queen Anne Pool with rope swing, sauna, 1920 First Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-4282).

• Rainier Beach Pool, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1944).

• Southwest Pool with sauna, spa, slide, 2801 S.W. Thistle St., Seattle (206-684-7440).

King County Evergreen Pool

Seattle Public swims, swim lessons for all ages, lifeguard and swimming instructor training, competitive aquatics, exercise classes, Evergreen Pool, 606 S.W. 116th St., Seattle (206-296-4410).

Mercer Island

Mary Wayte Pool

Mercer Island Public swims, swimming classes, competitive swimming, Mary Wayte Pool, 8815 S.E. 40th St., Mercer Island (206-296-4370).

Bellevue Aquatic Center

Bellevue Two pools for public swims, lessons and exercise classes: the Blue Lagoon pool, 25 yards with six lap lanes, diving tank and 10-foot slide, and Warm Springs therapy and rehabilitation pool with wheelchair ramps; Bellevue Aquatic Center, 601 143rd Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-452-4444).


Redmond, Bothell Racing in state-of-the-art electric go-carts in 10-minute sessions, training available, reservations accepted for practice sessions and group events, noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-midnight Friday and Saturday, 2207 Bel-Red Road, Redmond (425-462-7299) and 2-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 18311 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek/Bothell (425-481-1500 or

Redmond-Hartman Pool

Redmond Public swims, swimming lessons, exercise programs, competitive swimming, Redmond-Hartman Pool, 17535 N.E. 104th St., Redmond (425-233-3031).

Northshore Ruiz-Costie Pool

Bothell Swim lessons for all ages, public swims, exercise programs, competitive swimming, Northshore Pool, 9815 N.E. 188th St., Bothell (206-296-4333).

St. Edward Park Carole Ann Wald Memorial Pool

Kenmore Public swims, swim lessons, exercise programs, St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore (425-823-6983).

Future of Flight Museum/Boeing Tour

Mukilteo Exhibits and displays on creating aircraft, flight simulator, children's areas, Paine Field observation deck, store and cafe, 8:30-5:30 p.m. daily; tours of the nearby Boeing plant, the largest building in the world and the only commercial jet assembly plant open for tours in North America, reservations recommended, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Future of Flight and Boeing Tour, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo; $4-$15 (425-438-8100 or 888-467-4777 or

Funtasia Family Fun Park

Edmonds Family-amusement park with miniature golf, bumper cars, video games, kiddie playland, laser tag, restaurant, batting cages, 2-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 7212 220th St. S.W., Edmonds (425-775-2174 or

Illusionz Magical

Entertainment Center

Issaquah High-tech arcade games, laser tag, climbing walls, open daily, call for hours, 1025 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah (425-427-2444 or ).

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

Issaquah Interpretive displays year-round about salmon and their life cycles; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah (425-427-0259 or ).

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