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Go Out and Play: Kid-Friendly Activities in Seattle

We’re highlighting the best kid-friendly activities that Seattle has to offer — complete with art classes, animal encounters, and outdoor fun.

A child touches a glass tank at the Woodland Park Zoo as a Humboldt Penguin swims up.

The Woodland Park Zoo’s penguins are always a hit.

Photo via the Woodland Park Zoo

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We’re not kiddin’ around. From major attractions like the Woodland Park Zoo to hidden gems like Issaquah’s Swamp Trail, there’s something in the area for children of all ages. You’ll have no trouble entertaining the youngsters with this list of 28 kid-friendly activities around Seattle.

All about the arts

Arts Aloft, 3302 E. Spring St., Seattle
Future Rembrandts ages 4-12 can take a variety of classes + workshops at this inviting Madrona studio run by watercolorist Betsy Erving. Kids will remember getting to work with fun materials like plaster and charcoal.

FayezArt Pottery Studio, 1806 NW 70th St., Seattle
After-school instruction for toddlers up to to teens lets kids mold their own creations. Kids will remember getting their hands dirty and taking a real-life pottery wheel for a spin.

Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), 201 Thomas St., Seattle
For more than 50 years, SCT has been delighting younger audiences with their lively productions of newer works with a dedication to theater education. Kids will remember the playful outfits + sets.

Sunshine Music Together, 211 First Ave. W., Seattle | Family memberships available 🎟
Does your kid want to toot their own horn? This award-winning early childhood program provides mixed-age classes in a tunefully supportive environment. Kids will remember the group sing-a-longs + rhythm chants.

Animal encounters

Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Pl. SE, Bellevue
Kids can check out rabbits, pigs, sheep, and more furry friends in action at this year-round farm that offers tours and hands-on programs. Kids will remember the pony rides that accompany barn chores.

Seattle Aquarium | 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle | Family memberships available 🎟
Take a deep dive at Seattle’s celebrated marine habitats featuring the likes of harbor seals, eels, and giant octopi, oh my. Kids will remember feeding the sea otters, who always seem chill.

Seattle Meowtropolitan | 1225 N. 45th St., Seattle | Family memberships available 🎟
The fur really flies at this cafe for feline lovers, where you can hang out with kitties up for adoption — and maybe bring one home. Kids will remember the playful kitties climbing through elaborate towers.

Woodland Park Zoo | 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle | Family memberships available 🎟
Seattle’s major wildlife destination prides itself on sustainable practices and conservation, as well as engaging annual events. Kids will remember the Humboldt Penguins and exploring the Living Northwest Trail.

A child at a trailhead in Issaquah, WA looks at a sign that says, "Zoe and the Swamp Monster: A Self Guided Adventure"

The Swamp Trail at Tiger Mountain in Issaquah is a storybook and hike in one.

Great outdoors

Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle
The North Seattle nature area has lots of short trails to explore, plus a significant bird population and a playground. Kids will remember hunting for fruit at Pipers, Seattle’s oldest orchard.

Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle
Kids and adults alike get a kick out of the eye-popping scenery at this popular park with a hill that’s perfect for flying kites. Kids will remember the barn with old equipment from an old gas plant repainted in bright colors.

Swamp Trail, 26415 SE 79th S., Issaquah
Have you heard the one about Zoe and the Swamp Monster? This fun, easy hike at Tiger Mountain has the full tall tale with special signs, brochures, and everything. Kids will remember looking for all the wetland critters on Zoe’s journey.

Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle
Let the young ones spread their wings in UW’s 230 acres of plant life, which includes seven different garden areas. Kids will remember the self-guided seasonal adventures, including a fall scavenger hunt.

Foodie families

Bebop Waffle Shop, 2600 California Ave. SW, Seattle
Any spot that has a dish called Rainbow Madness with sprinkles and whipped cream should be a hit with the little ones — you might want a bite, too. Kids will remember the bright decor + cool sticker merch.

Seattle Chocolate, 1180 Andover Park W., Seattle
It probably won’t be hard to convince your tykes to trek down to Southcenter for a chocolate factory tour, despite the lack of Oompa Loompas. Kids will remember the sweet treats that accompany each tour.

Shug’s Soda Fountain, 1525 First Ave., Seattle
Pike Place Market’s retro ice cream shop offers sugary delights of all kinds (including boozy options for adults), but the sundaes are the decadent showstoppers. Kids will remember the fab toppings, particularly marshmallows made on the premises.

Stevie’s Famous, 822 SW 152nd St., Burien
Tasty pizza + ice cream + arcade games = happy kiddos. The old school booths add a nice touch, too. Kids will remember seeing all the pizza-making action in the open kitchen.

Kherson Park in Kent with a replica Mars rover, astronaut, and play version of a lunar landing module.

Kent’s Kherson Park is a perfect play area for aspiring cosmonauts.

Photo via the City of Kent

Educational activities

Kherson Park, 307 W. Gowe St., Kent
Visits to this space-themed playground are an absolute blast with replicas of a lunar rover, a life-sized astronaut sculpture, and a mission control station to tinker with. Kids will remember getting to use augmented reality at the park through the app Space for Kidz.

Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St., Seattle | Family memberships available 🎟
The Chinatown-International District museum offers a free, virtual story theater that complements many of the in-person exhibits. Kids will remember the wonderful art around the museum and a permanent Bruce Lee showcase.

Seattle Children’s Museum, 305 Harrison St., Seattle | Family memberships available 🎟
Founded in 1980, the inviting museum at Seattle Center offers a mix of educational workshops and cool play areas (including a replica fire station). It’s also conveniently located near lots of food + bathrooms. Kids will remember the tiny theater where they can put on their own plays.

Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle | Family memberships available 🎟
From the dinosaur exhibit to the tropical butterfly house to the Tinker Tank Makerspace, you can easily spend a whole day STEM-ing it up here. Kids will remember the Laser Dome, which includes a special Taylor Swift show.


Inspiration Playground, 100 100th Ave. NE, Bellevue
The massive area in Bellevue’s Downtown Park is open year-round and has features for all abilities that engage sight, sound, sense, and touch. Kids will remember the Dr. Seuss-like Wisdom Tree sculpture that glows at night.

Pump It Up, 18027 Highway 99, Lynwood
The second Tuesday of the month is Sensory Jump Night at this inflatable party palace, reserved for children on the autism spectrum. Kids will remember all the bounce houses as far as the eye can see.

MoPOP, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle
Seattle’s super popular pop culture museum offers sensory-friendly programs, including a map that shows the stimulation level of each exhibit. Kids will remember the interactive studio where they can jam with different instruments.

Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle | Family memberships available 🎟
On certain Sensory Days, families can gaze at the full-scale planes on display from different eras and a large aviation-oriented play area with lowered light + sound levels before the museum opens. Kids will remember the 3D movie theater and flight simulation rides.

A field filled with pumpkins in front of a red barn and a sign that says Bob's Corn a& Pumpkin Farm

Be sure to pick out a great pumpkin at Bob’s in Snohomish.

Photo via Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm

Fall with the family

Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm, 10917 Elliott Rd. Snohomish
Hunt for a pumpkin and wind your way through the elaborate corn maze (which is open at night during October weekends). Kids will remember the freshly popped kettle corn available at the country store

Kraken Community Iceplex, 10601 Fifth Ave. NE, Seattle
Little Kraken can cheer on Seattle’s NHL team as they practice or take the ice themselves on nights + weekends, while adults enjoy a beverage at the grill. Kids will remember themed events like pumpkin curling and Boy Band Bonanza

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville
If you’re looking for a short day trip with the fam, trek on over to this park that now has an adventure playground with ropes, slides, and cabins. Kids will remember the large tree trunk hollowed out for hide-and-seek.

Skipley Farm, 7228 Skipley Rd., Snohomish
Have the urge for apple picking but don’t want to be stuck in the car for hours? Try out this U-Pick farm that offers tours + classes for all ages. Kids will remember the sheer variety of apples — 520 in all.

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