Get those wiggles out! Places kids can go when they can't go outside
If the onset of autumn has you wanting to spend more time inside, here are some options for your active kids.
Sometimes, kids need to run. It keeps them healthy, aids concentration, soothes erratic moods, and protects your sanity and the household lighting fixtures, furniture and drywall. But sometimes, going outside isn't an option. There are a variety of ways our climate can make this impossible: heavy rain, sleet, sideways rain, sideways sleet and smoke. If you find yourself cooped up in a house with energetic youngsters who are curious and restless enough to see if they can make themselves literally bounce off the walls, here are some places to go. In all these places, an adult needs to be around to supervise. Plus, there's usually a waiver to sign.
The 8,000-square-foot indoor play space in South Lake Union is recommended for kids up to 12 years old. It includes a separate area for toddlers. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the main area being used for laser tag (open to kids 6 and older) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.1275 Mercer St (206) 623-7529
Indoor playground for kids aged 1 to 10, with two locations, one in Factoria, the other in Alderwood Mall. Open during mall hours.4077 Factoria Square Mall SE, Bellevue (425) 623-0034 3000 184th St SW #676, Lynnwood (425) 412-2991
This indoor playground in Redmond has a height limit of 48 inches. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday7330 164th Ave NE e165, Redmond (425) 558-3600
The two locations in Bellevue and Puyallup are filled with soft, bright features, designed to divert pre-schoolers and toddlers. Height limit is 48 inches.15600 NE 8th St Suite G2, Bellevue (425) 641-2186. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 3500 S Meridian, Puyallup (253) 445-6551. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tucked into the corner of four Arena Sports Facilities is a colorful array of inflatable structures. Kids aged 18 months to 12 years can drop in on them, with adult supervision. Prices and hours vary at of the four locations, Magnuson, Redmond, Mill Creek and Issaquah. (Arena Sports SODO doesn't have a FunZone.)
Magnuson: 7751 63rd Ave NE (206) 985-8990 FunZone hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Redmond: 9040 Willows Rd, Redmond (425) 885-4881 FunZone hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mill Creek: 13500 Bothell Everett Hwy, Mill Creek (425) 341-7050 FunZone hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Issaquah: 2115 NW Poplar Way, Issaquah (425) 270-2030 FunZone hours: Monday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call for evening hours.
This Issaquah inflatable playground has drop-in times three days a week for kids aged 2 to 10. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Thursday has hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.8178 304th Ave SE, Issaquah (425) 222-5439
At this Bothell emporium of indoor play, kids aged 3 and older can bounce on the trampoline courts while under-3s can enjoy the Kidz Adventure zone, featuring a multi-level climbing castle with a ball pit. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 1o a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
18311 Bothell Everett Hwy #140, Bothell (425) 949-4488
Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline has daily public skates. You can rent skates there. Check hours and pricing here.
Swimming is great exercise, and pools all over town have public swim areas. For more details, check this story.