3. Pacific Science Center
I was curious to see how my teenage kids―who as second graders loved the hands-on exhibits here―would fare. All I can say is the human-powered hamster wheel in the outdoor Water Works area hasn't lost its allure, but the rest of the place was a bust. Next time we'll know to buy tickets for an Imax show ($8, $7 ages 3-12). 10-5 Tue-Sun; $10, $7 ages 3-12. 200 Second Ave. N.; www.pacsci.org or 206/443-2001.
James: B "The naked mole rats are cool."
Sam: B "I really liked this place when I was 6."
Jeff: C+ "Needs a coat of paint."
4. Easy Street Records
After failure, triumph. Easy Street Records is a landmark independent record store with a colossal selection and hipster attitude. Jeff shopped for esoteric CDs, Sam and James lost themselves in headphone nirvana, and I perused magazines and tried not to stand out like a mom on steroids. A fitting end to a family day that had begun with Dylan's steel-string "Subterranean Homesick Blues." 20 Mercer St.; www.easystreetonline.com or 206/691-3279.
Sam: A "What a totally cool store with cool posters."
Jeff: A "The staff can find the most obscure CD instantly; they're like human computers who love their jobs."