Especially now that the weather has decidedly taken a turn for the worse…for the next six months or so…I thought it to share a few of our favorite INDOOR Seattle child friendly spots.
Twirl Cafe – Don't forget your laptop as this cafe offers an amazing, clean and up to date play area for children and social and work space for parents. The coffee and snack (for children and adults) are wonderful and the cafe even offers wine and beer. Not to be missed! You pay for play on most days but there are FREE play times in the mornings and at other points during the month. Be sure to check out their website for details.
OmKids Play Gym – On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30am OmCulture opens their wonderful space to young children and parents. Grace and Debbie are lovely hands on facilitators who engage the children in movement, music, yoga, dance, and play. There are rings, huge pillows, and trampolines to name a few of the great features. The community is one you don't want to miss!
Vios Cafe – A favortie spot for me and my boys. You can enjoy a delicious and healthy meal of authentic Greek cuisine while enjoying a bit of down time as the children make their home in a lovely children's play area. This cafe is extremely child and family friendly. Although the Ravenna location is great and equipped to handle children, I recommend the Capitol Hill location.
Seattle Children's Museum – This spot is very popular in Seattle Center right by the Space Needle. We usually stop one floor above in the food court, which actually has quite good offerings for a snack and then fortified head downstairs to the museum. There is a wonderful story area, a Lego exhibit, a Cog Works, a Global Tour, an art space, a Grocery Store, a construction site, a restaurant and a dedicated spots for the less than 3s.
Mountlake Terrace Pool – Great kids shallow swim area and really available to the public. Not to mention there is a pay for play wonderful kids area and a coffee stand with delicious lattes! Great hours and easy to manage more than one kid!
Lynnwood Pool – You have to see this place for yourself. The pool is amazingly kid friendly and boasts an indoor playground IN THE POOL. The pool is unlike any place you'll ever entertain your children. It gets crowded though so go early or go during the week to avoid the crowds. They do turn away at capacity. You will feel like you are on vacation so I highly recommend.
Seattle Sandbox Sports Lil' Diggers – This place is an indoor playground for adults AND children. Mainly an indoor volleyball league court, they open their amazing space to children several times throughout the week. They offer adult and kid snacks as well as coffee! Very reasonable priced, totally worth the venture to the great up and coming Seattle Georgetown neighborhood.
Seattle Gymnastics Academy Indoor Playground – SGA offers an Indoor Playground to children birth – 5 years old. The price is a steal for free reign of the gymnastics equipment and space for an hour several times per week. There are trampolines, foam pits, hula hoops, balance beams, rings and parachutes to name a few of the enticing apparatus' for children. The space is safe and fully staffed for your child to get his energy out especially during the rainier months.
Chaco Canyon – A yummy healthy restaurant chain here in Seattle with a well kept children's play area so us adults can stop for a breather and catch up with one another. The coffee is great and the options on the kids menu provide an extremely healthy alternative to most cafes.
Pacific Science Center – My sons love this museum. There is a planetarium with special programs every day for children of all ages, a dinosaur exhibit that frightens most of us (ah-hem) and a spectacular butterfly house. Parking can be tough, especially on the rainier days, so be prepared for a walk!
Kids Quest Museum – This museum is fabulous. The location is a bit odd in what is essentially a strip mall right east of Seattle. The trip is worth it though. There is wonderful learning to be had in this place. There is a dedicated space for the less than 3s, which is always great.
Arena Sports, Magnuson Park – The space is huge and is in a beautiful location in Seattle. The Bouncy Area is pretty amazing and seemingly “clean”. A good time had by all. The only complaint I have is the price. It is $9 per child!
Woodland Park Zoomazium – If you can't take the rain there is an inside play and learning space that is sure to satisfy your kiddos.
Seattle Aquarium – The aquarium is the perfect size for young children. Not too overwhelming and lots of great things to see and to learn.
Seattle Central Library – The Central Library has an amazing and large Children's area equipped with a story time space, computers, loads of puzzles and lots of exploring. A great place to hang out, read and explore with your children even when the sun is shining!
Thanks for visiting today!