Imagine Children's Museum in Everett continues its transformation into a star regional attraction with its new Rooftop Adventure, an $800,000...

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Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett continues its transformation into a star regional attraction with its new Rooftop Adventure, an $800,000 outdoor playground with a large wooden play structure, dinosaur dig and musical instruments.

The museum celebrates its one-year anniversary in its new, expanded location with a “birthday bash” from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Museum attendance more than quadrupled in the new space, with 146,000 visitors in just under a year, far exceeding expectations.

The new 9,149-square-foot playground bumps the museum’s total exhibit space to just over 23,000 square feet, rivaling The Children’s Museum in Seattle.

The third-floor playground prompted “Wows!” and “Awesomes!” from parents and kids on a recent day.

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Imagine Children’s Museum

Where: 1502 Wall St., Everett

Special events: Birthday bash, noon-4 p.m. tomorrow, with music, activities and birthday cake to celebrate the museum’s one-year anniversary.

Rooftop Adventure grand opening, Oct. 15-16, with activities such as jump-roping, outdoor art and games.

Admission: $6/person

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Rooftop Adventure closes when it rains and for special programming so call ahead.

More information: 425-258-1006 or www.imaginecm.org

The play structure includes a two-story tower, climbing wall, tunnels, numerous types of slides and connecting walkways. (The only drawbacks were low, wooden bars strategically placed across the walkways, which forced kids to duck. Designed to keep older kids from running, these nonetheless lent themselves to bumped little heads and effectively barred parents from playing on the structure, unless they wanted to crawl.)

The other highlight is the dinosaur dig with its 9-foot-high, 30-foot-long stegosaurus skeleton centerpiece (not for climbing). Kids can clear off buried mock fossil bones with paint brushes or use shovels to dig in the “dirt” (rubber chips). The surrounding cave walls feature embedded crystals and fossils.

Other attractions include an open-air jeep, large drums and xylophones, and an oversized chess set (which, given the museum’s young-skewing demographics, was mostly used for knocking the pieces over. Staff will rotate board games, including checkers, Parcheesi and Chinese checkers.)

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Rooftop Adventure is open weather-permitting. It is wheelchair accessible with ramps into the dinosaur dig and music areas.

Imagine joins Salem’s A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village as one of the few Northwest children’s museums with an outdoor exhibit. Seattle families looking for a day-trip will find the museum, which also features indoor train, plane, water, stage, vet and farm exhibits, worth the drive north.

Stephanie Dunnewind: sdunnewind@seattletimes.com.