Go for a night walk with flashlights
Make an obstacle course
Pick blueberries or blackberries and make jam
Plant a garden
Use sidewalk chalk (dip in water for a new look)
Play at a local elementary school
Have a picnic
Roll down a hill
Play with balls – kick, throw, and roll
Have a toy car wash
Make a sandcastle at the beach
Play family tag
Make a bird feeder
Have a backward dinner – serve dessert first
Make a giant hopscotch on the driveway
Sleep outside in a tent in your backyard
Take a roll of black and white pictures of your children
Fly a kite
Visit the local farmer’s markets – Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Bothell, etc.
Have a treasure hunt in your sandbox
Go bike riding, walking, hiking
Visit a construction site or hardware store
Let the kids paint the house with a bucket of water
Visit mom or dad at work
Mail a postcard to friends and relatives
Play outside after dark with flashlights
Have fun with a wading pool or just let the hose drizzle – kids love it!
Visit Krispy Kreme donuts – see how they make them
Let your child explore with a pan of ice cubes
Catch a bug or worm and keep it in a container with holes in the lid
Let your child use a hammer and nails – or use golf tees and a piece of floral foam
Get a butterfly net and spend the day trying to catch a butterfly
Slip –n- slides
PVC Piping – great for making hula hoops, sprinklers or your own designs
SUMMER IN SEATTLE
Visit the UW arboretum. There is a bird sanctuary, nature hike, streams, and picnic area
Rent a canoe at the UW canoe house
Take a walk on the UW campus. Burke Museum is interesting
Forest Park in Everett
Visit the Seattle Art Museum and Volunteer Park
Visit the Museum of History and Industry
Government Locks in Ballard. There are a lot of boats on Sundays.
Visit the fireboats on the Seattle waterfront.
Rent a bike or boat at Greenlake, or just walk around – great kids water area
Drive to the mountains and hike over the snowfields in early summer.
Argosy Cruises – kids under 3 are free
Visit the fish hatchery in Issaquah.
Do the Puyallup (fair) or the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe (smaller).
Woodland Park Zoo
Visit the train station.
Go down to Kenmore Air Harbor on Lake Union and watch seaplanes take off.
Pike Place Market
Go fishing. Gold Creek Trout Farm in Woodinville
Take a metro bus.
Ride the Monorail to the Seattle Center.
Watch the hot air balloons land in Woodinville.
Marymoor Park has a historical museum, playgrounds, dog park, etc.
Mariner’s game or the Everett Aquasox in Everett.
Jetty Island – a great place for a daylong adventure. It is a 2-mile long island just a
quarter mile off Everett waterfront. It is run through the Everett parks and rec. dept. A
great place to fly a kite and explore.
Visit your local library – there are often family activities, story hours – check the schedules
Take a ferry ride – ride bikes or walk along one of the bike trails. Gasworks Park and
Kenmore or Woodinville and Marymoor Park.
Bothell Landing Park in Bothell ha a nice playground and very nice nature walk on a plank
boardwalk through wetlands.
Ferry ride to Whidbey Island and visit the South Whidbey Community Center playground.
It was written up in Sunset Magazine.
Check out all the local parks. There are so many around our area.
Farrell McWhirter (animals), Anderson Park in Redmond, Woodlands Park (on 124th), Legion
Park (has events on Tuesdays), Grasslawn Park, Tot Lot, Houghton Neighborhood Park,
Marina Beach in Edmonds, Perrigo park in Redmond, Waverly, Houghton Beach, Idlewood
Park, New Castle, Chism Park in Bellevue, St. Edwards Park (free to park now), Wallingford
park (has wading pool area), Juanita Bay Park
Kirkland waterfront is great for an evening outing.
Kelsey Creek Park
Puget Sound and Snoqualmie Valley Railroad
Enchanted Village and Wild Waves Water Park
Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
UW Observatory – you can look through telescopes, watch slide shows, etc.
Visit Molbak’s Nursery
Visit Bellevue Botanical Gardens
Redmond Derby Days
Marymoor Heritage Festival
Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair
Bite of Seattle
St. Edwards State Park – Micro brew festival on Father’s Day weekend
Mountlake Terrace Pool – great for all ages
Free concerts at Redmond Town Center (Wednesdays, bouncy things, bear fountains)
Rosario Beach by Deception Pass
Free Movies at local theaters
I recently heard they will be showing family movies at the Kirkland Marina on a big screen –
check the local paper for more info.
Lake Forest Park Mall as art time at Third Place Books
Camping – Banks Lake,
Hiking – Heather Lake, Big 4 ice caves by Granite Falls – kid friendly
Zoomasium – new at the Woodland Park Zoo
Reptile Zoo in Monroe
Peter Kirk Park has some free swims – check out there schedule
Country Village in Bothell
Eastside Mother’s Club – have weekly activities, speakers, etc. eastsidemothersclub.com