Edit ModuleShow Tags

13 Seattle Spring Break Staycation Ideas

You don't have to leave town for spring break to have fun!


Staying local for spring break? There's plenty of fun and action right here in Seatown. 




April 5 is the first Thursday of the month, which means you’ll get free admission to Seattle-area museums such as the Burke MuseumMOHAISeattle Art Museum, Wing Luke Museum, and Henry Art Gallery.


April 7 is the Edible Book Festival at the Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park. Participants create a savory or sweet “book” that takes its inspiration from an actual book title (or pun on a title). After judging, the books will be available for consumption. It takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is FREE! Keep busy preparing your work of edible art during the week leading up to the event. 


Let them test their magician skills during Magic Monday on April 9 at Third Place Books. Each show features the Pacific Northwest's finest magicians performing feats of mystery, wonder and the bizarre. 7:00 p.m at the Ravenna location.


Also on April 9, you can get them reading at Kitty Literature at the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue. Kids ages 5 to 10 can practice their reading skills by reading to a cat. Sign up for 20-minute increments. Pre-register. 11:20 a.m. - 5:40 p.m.


If they'd rather sit back and be read to, try Tugboat Story Time on April 12. Listen to stories about boats and the sea aboard the Arthur Foss, a 100-year-old tugboat. After stories, there is time to explore the boat. The tugboat remains at the dock throughout the event. Ages 2 to 5. Free, however a donation of $2 is suggested. 11:00 a.m.




Go take an iconic picture of your kids tiptoeing through the tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, happening throughout April. The flowers are popping up early this year, so don’t delay.


Explore Seward Park at Toddler Tales and Trails on April 11. Bring your youngster, ages 2 to 5 on an adventure that starts with story time, songs, and fun activities inside, followed by outside exploration along the trails. Walks are easy and less than one mile in length. This program fills on a first come, first served basis—so don't be late. $2 per person. 10 - 11 a.m.




International Children’s Friendship Festival—the name of this event alone makes our hearts sing. And on April 14-15 there will be singing – plus dancing, arts and crafts, a forum on well-being, cultural displays and more. It’s free, and happening at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Get the giggles at Central Cinema's Cartoon Happy Hour on April 12. Bring the whole family and watch cartoons on the big screen and enjoy special food and drink offers. 5 - 7 p.m.


Join the party at Top Ten Toys' Game Night on April 10. From new games to all time favorites, learn how to play different games. There are games for every age, but ages 5 and up is recommended. 6 - 7 p.m.




Spend the day down on the farm at the Interactive Farm Tour at Keep it Simple Farm in Redmond on April 11. Children and adults will be guided on a hands on tour of the animals of KIS Farm, with an emphasis on respect and fun. Participants will have a chance to touch and feed the animals, and ask staff whatever questions they wish. Ages 3 and older. $10. 2 - 3 p.m.


Marine Mammal Mania is April 13 at the Seattle Aquarium. Learn about marine mammals through hands-on kids’ activities, talks and demonstrations. Price included with admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Finish off spring break week strong with Spring Safari: African Wildlife Conservation Day on April 14-15 at Woodland Park Zoo. Celebrate the African Savanna and the amazing animals that live there. Attend educational keeper talks and special enrichment sessions to learn more about issues like illegal poaching and habitat loss, and how your choices and actions can help save giraffe, lions, gorillas and other critical savanna animals. Included with admission. 


Also check out our daily calendar of events for up-to-the-minute ideas!


Get Seattle's Child iOS App

Looking to switch up your weekend plans? Try our app and customize to fit your family. 
Apple logo


Edit ModuleShow Tags

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Family Events Calendar

Subscribe to our weekly newsletters

* indicates required
Send Me:
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags