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Pioneer Square
  Occidental Park – In the center of the square is are colorful 19th century Tlingit totem poles. In the summer months, a children's play area with soft blocks and books to borrow, and lots of tables and chairs. Surrounding the park are bakeries and cafe. Stop into Magic Mouse Toys to buy kites to fly at Alki Beach or Gas Town Park.
  Klondike Gold Rush National Park (Visitor Center) – Seattle was the jumping off point for gold miners in the 1897 Klondike gold rush, a journey by steamship to Skagway or Dyea, over treacherous passes, down the river to the Klondike gold fields in the Yukon. In this museum, follow a “Stampeders” adventure, stocking up on gear in a replica store, getting tickets at the steamship office, and a miner’s cabin and cradle for prospecting (with sound effects). Turn the wheel of fortune, where you’re chances are most likely “Sorry you didn’t find any gold, better luck next time, ” although one says “Wow, you struck it rich.” The museum is free.
      Tip: To find out what awaited the prospectors when they got off the steamship, check out the visitor center in Skagway, Alaska. And read about the life of a Klondike miner in Dawson City, Yukon.
    Waterfall Garden Park – Tucked into a corner at 2nd Ave. S and S. Main St., lovely waterfalls, trees and ferns. Tables and chairs, bring a picnic lunch in nice weather.
kids books
Gold Rush Fever
Barbara Greenwood, Heather Collins

Thirteen-year-old Tim and his brother leave Seattle to strike it rich in the Yukon, climbing over the treacherous Chilkoot Pass, and boating down the Yukon River to Dawson City. Tim’s story is accompanied by historical information and photos, plus activities to do – make sourdough biscuits, carry a backpack, tie knots to load a mule, play solitaire to prevent cabin fever. (Illustrated chapter book)


Jason's Gold
Will Hobbs

In 1897, young Jason Hawthorn follows his brothers into the Klondike goldfields, carrying a thousand pound pack over the Chilkoot pass, and canoing down the Yukon River to Dawson City. Nearly trampled by a moose, Jason is rescued by an old prospector, but will he survive the subarctic winter? (Chapter book)


Jason's Gold - kids books Canada
More children's books on other Seattle pages
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