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Kids will also enjoy many of the attractions described in the listings, including the Seattle Aquarium, the Pacific Science Center, and the Woodland Park Zoo.

Adolescent and preadolescent boys seem to unfailingly love Ye Olde Curiosity Shop and the Underground Tour. Younger kids also love the Museum of Flight. And even the surliest teenagers will think you're pretty cool for taking them to the EMP/SFM (Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum;).

You might also be able to catch a performance at the Seattle Children's Theatre (tel. 206/441-3322; www.sct.org), in Seattle Center ; or at the Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. NE (tel. 206/523-2579; www.nwpuppet.org).

Good Times in Bad Taste

If your kids (or you) love bad jokes and are fascinated by the bizarre, you won't want to miss the Underground Tour and a visit to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Together these two attractions should reassure you that Seattle isn't just about deep, cerebral conversations over espresso -- the city has a sense of humor, too.

If you have an appreciation of off-color humor and are curious about the seamier side of Seattle history, Bill Speidel's Underground Tour, 608 First Ave. (tel. 206/682-4646; www.undergroundtour.com), will likely entertain and enlighten you. The tours wander around basements in the Pioneer Square area, where you can still find the vestiges of Seattle businesses built just after the great fire of 1889. Learn the lowdown dirt on early Seattle, a town where plumbing was problematic and a person could drown in a pothole. Tours are held daily. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students 13 to 17 or with college ID, and $7 for children 7 to 12; children 6 and under are discouraged from participating.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Pier 54, 1001 Alaskan Way (tel. 206/682-5844; www.yeoldecuriosityshop.com), is a cross between a souvenir store and Ripley's Believe It or Not! It's weird! It's wacky! It's tacky! The collection of oddities was started in 1899 by Joe Standley, who developed a more-than-passing interest in strange curios. See conjoined-twin calves, a natural mummy (pictured), the Lord's Prayer on a grain of rice, a narwhal tusk, shrunken heads, a 67-pound snail, fleas in dresses -- all the stuff that may have fascinated you as a kid.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.