The clothes are in the dryer? Check. Coffee’s brewing? Check. The kids are dressed. Well, sort of, but that’s about as good as it’s gonna get this morning. Then you look outside, and notice Seattle’s grey season is back in full swing. What are you supposed to do? How are you supposed to keep these kids entertained?
We’ve got you covered!
Seattle is brimming with places to go and things to see. You just have to know where they are – and put that shoe back on your child’s foot…
What are they, you ask? Let’s jump right into it!
Encourage your child’s love of reading and spend the day in the architectural gem otherwise known as the Seattle Public Library. Beautiful from the inside out, this public piece offers a massive children’s center with books, computers, story time and a café cart for snacks (just in case you left the bag by the front door!) And don’t worry, there are tons of Public Libraries throughout the Greater Seattle Region, so there’s bound to be one near your neighborhood!
Does your child love arcade games? Gameworks in Seattle is great for entertaining people for hours on end and although they have a ton of newer games, they still have the classics, just in case your nostalgia is getting the better of you!
The Seattle Center remains the hub of Seattle entertainment, especially considering their stomping ground comprises the Pacific Science Center, the Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Space Needle, the Museum of Pop Culture, the Seattle Center Skatepark and tons of other notable pastimes.
But, even if you don’t want to spend money, the beauty surrounding the Seattle Center Campus is astounding. A half-dozen grassy and lush fields provide hours of fun and their outdoor art pieces are worth the walk in the Seattle rain.
Staying active during the winter season can be difficult, but this difficulty is made easier by indoor gym facilities that cater towards a hearty workout and tons of age-indiscriminate fun! Stone Gardens, the Seattle Bouldering Project and Seattle’s REI are great rock-climbing facilities that offers adult and child-style options. Emerald City Trapeze Arts, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, and the Seattle Gymnatics Academy are also places where you can enjoy new experiences. These locations are great places to watch your kids have fun, learn a new skill, participate in exercise (even if they don’t know it!) and pass the day away!
Want to play, but don’t want to pay? Several malls in the surrounding area offer play areas for FREE, including the Kids Cove in Bellevue Square, the Pirate Ship at Bothell’s Country Village, a covered play area at U-Village, and the play center at Westfield Mall (Southcenter).
These places are great for the mind and body, so try them out and find the best places for your child!
What are your favorite places to do on a rainy, Seattle day?