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Rainy Day Remedies: Guide to indoor fun with kids



Funtastic Playtorium in Factoria Square Mall.

Joshua Huston

 

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house but playing outside doesn't sound so good.  Seattle's Child is here to help with our comprehensive round-up of affordable, enjoyable indoor fun. 

The directory is broken into four regions (Seattle, eastside, north end and south end) and nine categories within each regions: play, shop and play, art and games, coffee, family fun centers, museum/science center, sporty, swim and community centers. 

Please note that the hours were current at time of publication, but it’s always a good idea to double check them by phone or online. 

 

 

Seattle Indoor Fun

PLAY: SEATTLE    

Lil’ Diggers Playtime: In Sandbox Sports’ huge indoor sandbox, kids can run free and dig around for treasure. The dump trucks, shovels and pails, balls and slides will keep your kiddos pleased as punch. 5955 Airport Way S, Seattle. 624-2899; sandboxsports.net/kids-sandbox

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 to 11 am, 11:30 am to 1 pm

Ages: 0 to 5 years

Cost: $7 per child per session, $60 punch card available

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No    

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

PLAY: SEATTLE

OmTots Play Gym: This gym near Gas Works Park is a local favorite. Gymnastic rings, a balance beam, trampolines, kid-size tunnels, sling swings suspended from beams, a knotted gym rope for climbing and the biggest pile of cushions you’ve ever seen are there to entice your young child. And parents can use the equipment, too. 2210 N Pacific St., Seattle. 829-9969; omculture.com/#!omtots/cr6o

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am to noon

Ages: 1 to 5 years

Cost: $10 per drop-in session, $7 additional sibling drop-in; $40 for a 5-class pass, $80 for a 10-class pass

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

PLAY: SEATTLE

PlayDate SEA: An 8,000-square-foot indoor playground with an attached café serving pizza, smoothies and other bites. It features dance floors and structures for climbing and crawling, plus free puppet shows on Fridays at 6:30 pm. 1275 Mercer St., Seattle. 623-7529; playdatesea.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am to 9 pm

Ages: 0 to 14 years

Cost: $5-$15 per child

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No, except for preschool classes

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

PLAY: SEATTLE

Wunderkind: Located in northeast Seattle, Wunderkind has Legos, trains and crafts to keep the kids happy — and places for adults to eat and grab a coffee or beer while still maintaining a line of vision with their little ones. Since many families have kids of differing ages, there are two play areas: one for toddlers, and another for children ages 4 and up. 3318 NE 55th St., Seattle. 854-7186; wunderkindseattle.com 

Hours: Daily 9 am to 9 pm 

Ages: 18 months to 11 years 

Cost: Daily fee is $6 for first child, $4 for each additional child; monthly fee is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child (unlimited visits); annual fee is $150 for the first child and $100 for each additional child (unlimited visits)

Food: Yes

Alcohol:  Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

PLAY: SEATTLE

Zoomazium at Woodland Park Zoo: Explore a mountain cave, cross a rope bridge or climb a 20-foot tree at this interactive, nature-themed indoor play area at the zoo. 601 N 59th St., Seattle. 548-2520; zoo.org/zoomazium

Hours: Daily 9:30 am to 4 pm from Oct. 1 to March 31 (open later in spring and summer)

Ages: 0 to 8 years

Cost: Free with zoo admission (kids 0-2 are free, Winter admission: kids 3-12 are $9.25; 13 and up, $13.75)

Food: At nearby food court

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SHOP AND PLAY: SEATTLE

REI: In addition to the 65-foot climbing wall, the flagship store has an adventure-themed play area with a treehouse and slide. 222 Yale Ave. N, Seattle. 223-1944; rei.com/stores/11

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

Ages: 5 and up for climbing wall; up to 8 for play area

Cost: Climbing starts at $25 for single-climb reservations for non-members; the play area is free

Food: Yes, occasional food cart outside the store

Alcohol: No    

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SHOP AND PLAY: SEATTLE

University Village: Each Tuesday a participating Village store puts on a casual "Playdays" activity for kids. They range from seasonal crafts to pajama storytimes to educational playtime. A covered outdoor play area delights kids as well. 25th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. 523-0622; uvillage.com/village-playdays

Hours: Tuesday 10 to 11 am

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Varies; some Playdays hosted by restaurants or food vendors

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

ART AND GAMES: SEATTLE

Card Kingdom / Café Mox (multiple locations): Games reign supreme at Card Kingdom and the attached Café Mox. Games can be checked out for free from a lending library and taken for a test drive in the café. There are daily events offered, such as Board Game Night and Pokémon League. 5105 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle. 523-2273; moxboardinghouse.com/ballard

Hours: Monday-Friday 11 am to midnight, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to midnight

Ages: All 

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

ART AND GAMES: SEATTLE

Full Tilt Ice Cream (multiple locations): Created as a place where families could hang out with ice cream and some good old-fashioned arcade games, Full Tilt has grown beyond their first White Center location to include three other neighborhoods around town. With homemade ice cream in one hand and a fistful of quarters in the other, Full Tilt makes for an easy afternoon outing. Ballard: 5453 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle. 297-3000; Columbia City: 5041 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle. 226-2740; University District: 4759 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle. 524-4406; White Center: 9629 16th Ave. SW, Seattle. 767-4811; fulltilticecream.com

Hours: Ballard: Sunday-Thursday noon to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday noon to midnight; Columbia City: Monday-Thursday 2 to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 2 to 11 pm, Sunday noon to 10 pm; University District: Sunday-Thursday noon to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday noon to midnight; White Center: Monday-Friday noon to 10 pm, Saturday noon to 10 pm, Sunday noon to 9 pm

Ages: All 

Cost: Many arcade games for 25 cents

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

ART AND GAMES: SEATTLE

Seattle Pinball Museum: Part museum, part art gallery and all arcade, Seattle Pinball Museum houses more than 50 vintage arcade games. Although kids have to be older than 7 to play, the flat-rate admission/unlimited game play once inside makes for a perfect afternoon outing. 508 Maynard Ave. S, Seattle. 623-0759; seattlepinballmuseum.com

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Sunday noon to 5 pm, Thursday-Saturday noon to 10 pm

Ages: 7 and up

Cost: Ages 7 to 12, $10-$15; Adult, $13-$18

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

ART AND GAMES: SEATTLE

Seattle ReCreative: Blending art and environmentalism, Seattle ReCreative is a creative reuse and art center. They offer children’s classes and workshops, a drop-in Paint Playground class that’s offered five days a week and drop-in “Crafternoons” on Fridays. Their creative playspace, open during retail store hours, has been stocked with toys books and costumes. 8404 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle. 297-1528; seattlerecreative.org

Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 am to noon, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm

Ages: 1 to 14 years

Cost: Drop-in classes begin at $10, class passes available for purchase

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No, one hour optional drop-off during Friday Crafternoon for children 8 and up

Wi-Fi: Yes 

 

COFFEE: SEATTLE

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe (multiple locations): Tuck into vegetarian and vegan meals and desserts made from locally sourced ingredients, while your children nosh and monkey around in the kids’ play area (Chaco Canyon’s University District location doesn’t have a kids’ area). Greenwood: 8404 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. 708-7418; West Seattle: 3770 SW Alaska St., Seattle. 937-8732; chacocanyoncafe.com

Hours: Greenwood: Monday-Saturday 8 am to 8 pm, Sunday 8 am to 6 pm; West Seattle:

Monday-Friday 7 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, Sunday 9 am to 3 pm

Ages: All 

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

COFFEE: SEATTLE

Firehouse Coffee: Just west of Ballard’s downtown core, this coffee shop has parking and a play area for kids that’s well-stocked with toys. 2622 NW Market St., Seattle. 784-2911; Facebook: Ballard Firehouse Coffee.

Hours: Monday-Friday 6 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7 am to 6 pm

Ages: All 

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

COFFEE: SEATTLE

Mosaic: This Wallingford neighborhood café is home to the “Demitasse,” an entire room for kids with toys, a mini kitchen and books that’s attached to the main coffee shop. 4401 2nd Ave. NE, Seattle. 632-4560; mosaiccoffeehouse.com

Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 am to 1 pm, Wednesday 9 am to noon.

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

COFFEE: SEATTLE

Serendipity: This Magnolia neighborhood hot spot sports a play space sectioned off from the rest of the café, with a chalkboard wall, dollhouse, train table and a few other toys. 3222 W. McGraw St., Seattle. 282-9866; serendipitycafeandlounge.com

Hours:  Monday-Sunday 7 am to 9 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Food items starting at $7

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

COFFEE: SEATTLE

Vios Café (multiple locations): Great Greek food plus a fully enclosed little-kid mosh pit full of toys and books, with some of the dinner tables located ringside. Capitol Hill: 903 19th Ave. E, Seattle. 329-3236. Adjoining Third Place Books in Ravenna: 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle. 525-5701; vioscafe.com  

Hours: Capitol Hill: Monday-Friday 11:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm for brunch, 5 pm to 9 pm for dinner, Sunday 10 am to 3 pm for brunch; Third Place Books: Monday-Friday 8 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 3 pm for brunch

Ages: Kid section aimed at toddlers to 5 years

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes at in Ravenna, no on Capitol Hill

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SEATTLE

GameWorks: Discover a variety of interactive games, simulators and attractions, plus pool, darts, food and drinks. 1511 7th Ave., Seattle. 521-0952; gameworks.com

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 am to midnight, Thursday and Friday 11 am to 1 am, Saturday 10 am to 1 am, Sunday 10 am to midnight

Ages: All; 18 and over after 10 pm

Cost: Varies; game-play cards start at $5

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

Burke Museum: Located on the University of Washington campus, this natural history museum boasts a whopping 16 million artifacts. The dinosaur exhibit is a favorite for children — it features the first dinosaur fossil ever discovered in Washington. 4331 Memorial Way NE, Seattle. 543-5590; burkemuseum.org

Hours: Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Ages: All

Cost: 0 to 4 years are free, $7.50 for 5 to 18 years, $10 adults  

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

EMP: This pop culture museum will appeal to both parents and children. Kids will love the Hello Kitty special exhibit, on display through May 15. They can also record their own music in the interactive Sound Lab, try out 20 kid-friendly video games and play with shadow puppets.

325 5th Ave. N, Seattle. 770-2700; empmuseum.org

Hours: Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Ages: All

Cost: 0 to 4 are free, $16 for 5 to17 years, $22-$25 for adults  

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

Frye Art Museum: Specializing in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, the Frye offers storytelling and art activities for children between the ages of 3 and 5 on the first Friday of each month. Storytellers from Seattle Children’s Theatre provide a dramatic narrative, followed by a session where art educators from the Frye help kids create art based on the story’s themes. 704 Terry Ave., Seattle. 622-9250; fryemuseum.org

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm, Thursday 11 am to 7 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry): Explore Seattle history from the city’s founding to the present day. Be sure to snag an Exploration Pack when you enter the museum — it includes dress-up items, a museum scavenger hunt and other interactive activities. 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle. 324-1126; mohai.org

Hours: Daily 10 am to 5 pm; open until 8 pm on Thursdays

Ages: All

Cost: Free for kids 0-14, $14 for students, $17 for adults

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

Museum of Flight: The museum features everything from the first Boeing 747 to the original Air Force One — but children will really love the Kid’s Flight Zone, a permanent exhibit where they can use simulators and test their piloting skills. 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle. 764-5720;

museumofflight.org

Hours: Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Ages: All

Cost: 0 to 4 are free, $12 for 5 to 17 years, $20 for adults

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

Pacific Science Center: This locale is filled with hands-on exhibits that kids will love, including a science-themed playground, a saltwater tide pool and an insect village. There’s a special area just for tots, where they can engage in experiments designed specifically for the smallest scientists. 200 2nd Ave. N, Seattle. 443-2001; pacificsciencecenter.org

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Ages: 3 and older

Cost: $11.75 to $14.75 per child, $19.75 for adults

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

Seattle Aquarium: The waterfront aquarium features a tank showcasing a wall of Northwest sea life, adorable otters and touch tanks. Toddler Time is free with aquarium admission. Children 5 and under can dress up like sea creatures, paint and play with ocean-themed toys.

1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle. 386-4300; seattleaquarium.org

Hours: Daily 9:30 am to 6 pm, check online for dates for Toddler Time

Ages: All

Cost: 0 to 3 are free, $15.95 for ages 4 to 12, $22.95 for 13 and older

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

Seattle Art Museum: Filled with art from all over the world, SAM has plenty of options for kids. Chase Open Studio offers art-making activities and supplies, inspired by some of the museum’s current exhibitions. If your kids need a break from art viewing, head to the Knudsen Family Room on the third floor — it’s a quiet area with books and toys for little ones. 1300 1st Ave., Seattle. 654-3100; seattleartmuseum.org

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, open until 9 pm on Thursdays

Ages: All

Cost: 0 to 12 are free, $14.95 for teens 13 to 17 and students, $24.95 for adults; free admission on the first Thursday of each month

 

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SEATTLE

Seattle Children’s Museum: A 22,000-thousand-square foot play space with a theater, an interactive mountain exhibit and a massive indoor playground. Daily educational programs are available and are free with the cost of admission.

305 Harrison St., Seattle. 441-1768; thechildrensmuseum.org

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Ages: 0 to 10 years

Cost: 0 to 1 free, $8.25 children and adults, $7.25 for grandparents

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

All Together Skatepark: The city’s only indoor skatepark is home to 6,900 square feet of space, including ledges, manual pads, quarter pipes, banks, stairs, rails and a “vert” wall on which to shred. 3500 Stone Way N, Seattle. 632-7090; alltogetherskatepark.com

Hours: Monday 2 to 5 pm, Tuesday-Friday 2 to 9 pm, Saturday noon to 9 pm (noon to 2 pm under 11 years only); Sunday 2 to 5 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $10

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

Arena Sports FunZone Inflatable Playground (multiple locations):

Kids can jump, hop and bounce on the space’s many inflatable structures. 7751 63rd Ave. NE, Magnuson Park, Seattle. 985-8990; arenasports.net/fun-zone-inflatable-playground

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am to 1 pm and 4:30 to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 to 11:30 am, noon to 2 pm, and 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Ages: 18 months to 12 years

Cost: $6 per child for members, $9 for non-members; $50 for a 10-visit punch card. Parents are free.

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

Parkour Visions: Parkour is a martial art inspired by military-course training in France that interacts with structural challenges found in the built environment. At Parkour Visions, kids practice the sport by navigating obstacle courses through swinging, rolling, jumping and climbing. Once students have taken parkour classes and reach a certain skill level, they can practice in the open gym. 1210 W Nickerson St., Seattle. 923-8864; parkourvisions.org 

Hours: Monday-Friday 3 to 9 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10:30 am to 9 pm

Ages: 3 to 13 years

Cost: $25 per session (class packages are available)

Food: No 

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes, classes required

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

Roxbury Lanes: A family that bowls together, well, gets to wear funny shoes together. Roxbury Lanes has bowling all day, every day, with family specials on Sunday and an adjoining restaurant. 2823 SW Roxbury St., Seattle. 935-7400; roxburylanes.com/bowlingback.html

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to midnight, Saturday 10 am to 2 am, Sunday 9 am to midnight

Ages: All

Cost: $3.25 to $4.25 per game, per person and $3.75 shoe rental; Sunday is family day and games are $1.50 to $2.50 per game, per person and $3.50 shoe rental; also available is the two-hour family package for up to six players and shoe rental for $55 (not available Friday and Saturday evenings, call to confirm)

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

Seattle Gymnastics Academy's Indoor Playground (multiple locations): During open sessions, children have access to most of the academy's gymnastics equipment for climbing, swinging, jumping and hula-hooping. Kids love the enormous foam pit, trampolines and "Tumbl Trak" — a long, springy pathway that leads to a padded end. Ballard: 1415 NW 52nd St., 782-1496; Lake City/Shiveley Gym: 12535 26th Ave. NE, 362-7447; Columbia City: 5034 37th Ave. S, Suite 200; 708-7497. seattlegymnastics.com

Hours: Lake City: Sunday-Friday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and Monday and Wednesday 2:15 to 3:15 pm; Ballard: Monday-Friday noon to 1 pm, Saturday 12:45 to 1:45 pm; Columbia City: Monday-Friday noon to 1 pm and 2:15 to 3:15 pm, Saturday 12:45 to 1:45 pm

Ages: 1 to 5 years

Cost: $6 per child per session; $4 for kids enrolled in SGA classes

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

Southgate Roller Rink: This old-school joint is just the place for kids to perfect their shoot-the-duck and hokey-pokey on skates. The tunes are great and seats for spectators line half the rink. 9646 17th Ave. SW, Seattle. 707-6949; southgaterollerrink.com

Hours: Friday 6 to 8 pm, Saturday 1 to 4:30 pm and 7:30 to 9:30 pm (later session is sometimes cancelled for roller-derby bouts); Sunday 1 to 4:30 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $7.50

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Not during family skate

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

Stone Gardens (multiple locations): Hour-long "pro-belay" programs are offered for the rock-climbing novice. Also, with a day pass, kids can do some bouldering (climbing without a rope). 2839 NW Market St., Seattle. 781-9828; stonegardens.com

Hours: Monday-Friday 6 am to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 10 pm

Ages: 5 and up

Cost: $17 for adults, $14 under 13; $10 for shoe, harness, belay device and chalk bag rental

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No; however, children over 14 can climb unsupervised

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

Vertical World (multiple locations): Topping the “coolness” category, venture to Vertical World in Magnolia and test your strength on the climbing wall. Families can drop in during open hours any day of the week, and boulder (low-level climb up to 15 feet without ropes) as long as they like. 2330 W. Commodore Way, Seattle. 283-4497; verticalworld.com

Hours: Monday-Friday 6 am to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm

Ages: All, climbing classes start at age 3

Cost: $17 per day for non-members; $14 for kids under 13; $5 for shoe rental and $3 for harness rental

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SEATTLE

West Seattle Bowl: Each of the 32 lanes at West Seattle Bowl have bumpers available for kids. Add this to their ball ramps (to assist with getting the ball down the lane) and a large selection of lightweight balls, and kids will be ready to take on a day of bowling. Forget socks? The sock vending machine has you covered. 4505 39th Ave. SW, Seattle. 932-3731; wsbowl.com

Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 11 am to 1 am, Tuesday noon to 1 am, Sunday 9 am to midnight

Ages: All

Cost: Beginning at $21 per lane, $4 shoe rental

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SWIM: SEATTLE

Seattle Parks & Recreation Pools: There are eight indoor public pools across the city. Call for the current hours for family swim sessions. Ballard: 1471 NW 67th St., 684-4094; Madison: 13401 Meridian Ave. N, 684-4979; Meadowbrook: 10515 35th Ave. NE, 684-4989; Queen Anne: 1920 1st Ave. W, 386-4282; Rainier Beach: 8825 Rainier Ave. S, 386-1925; Southwest: 2801 SW Thistle St., 684-7440; seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/Pools/schedule/familyswim.htm

Hours (summer months have additional hours): Ballard: Sunday 4:30 to 5:30 pm; Madison: Friday 6 to 7 pm, Sunday 4:30 to 5:30 pm; Meadowbrook: Tuesday and Thursday 7 to 8 pm; Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 am, 4:30 to 5:30 pm; Queen Anne: Wednesday and Saturday 10 to 11 am; Rainier Beach: Daily 11 am to noon (children 0 to 5 with a parent); Southwest: Friday 1:30 to 2:30 pm, 7 to 8 pm; Sunday 2 to 3 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $3.75 per child, $5.25 per adult

Food: Limited

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: At some locations

 

SWIM: SEATTLE

Safe N Sound Swimming: This popular swim school hosts fun swims daily for kids 5-12 and family swims on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. You must have a monthly membership to participate. 2040 Westlake Ave. N, Seattle. 285-9279; snsswim.com/pool-fun  

Hours: Open swim: Monday, Thursday and Friday 9 am to noon, Monday and Friday 2:15 to 4:15 pm, Saturday 2 to 5 pm, Family swim: Friday 7 to 8:30 pm, Saturday 2 to 5 pm

Ages: All, plus fun swims for ages 5-12

Cost: Varies and requires a membership (starts at $39 monthly, plus $10 per visit for Family Swim)

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS: SEATTLE

Seattle Parks & Recreation community centers are spread across the city and offer toddler gym sessions complete with toys, balls, trikes, scooters, push bikes and more. seattle.gov/parks/children/play.htm

Ages: 0 to 5 years

Cost: $3

Food: Vending machines, but with healthy options

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No    

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

Ballard Community Center: 6020 28th Ave. NW, 684-4093     

Toddler Room: Monday-Friday 9 am to 1:30 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 4 to 8:30 pm

Toddler Gym: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 am to 1 pm

 

Belltown Community Center: 415 Bell St., 684-7245     

Toddler Room: Monday and Wednesday 3 to 8 pm, Tuesday Thursday and Friday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

 

Bitter Lake Community Center: 13035 Linden Ave. N, 684-7524     

Toddler Gym: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm  

 

Delridge Community Center: 4501 Delridge Way SW, 684-7423     

Monday and Wednesday 1 to 4 pm

 

Garfield Community Center: 2323 E. Cherry St., 684-4788     

Toddler Room: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10 am to 8:30 pm, Tuesday 1 to 8:30 pm, Saturday noon to 5 pm

Toddler Gym: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am to noon

 

Green Lake Community Center: 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N, 684-0780     

Toddler Room:  Monday-Friday 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4:45 pm

 

Hiawatha Community Center: 2700 California Ave. SW, 684-7441

Monday and Thursday 10 am to 1 pm

 

High Point Community Center: 6920 34th Ave. SW, 684-7422     

Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm

 

Jefferson Community Center: 3801 Beacon Ave. S, 684-7481     

Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm

 

Laurelhurst Community Center: 4554 NE 41st St., 684-7529     

Toddler Room: Wednesday 9:30 am to noon, Friday 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

 

Loyal Heights Community Center: 2101 NW 77th St., 684-4052     

Toddler Gym: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 1 pm

 

Magnolia Community Center: 2550 34th Ave. W, 386-4235     

Wednesday and Friday 11 am to 1 pm

 

Magnuson Community Center: 7110 62nd Ave. NE, 684-7026

Babyland: Friday 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Toddler Room: Friday 1 to 3:30 pm

Toddler Gym: Friday 9:30 am to 2 pm

 

Meadowbrook Community Center: 10517 35th Ave. NE, 684-7522     

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday 1 to 4 pm

 

Miller Community Center: 330 19th Ave. E, 684-4753     

Toddler Room:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4 to 8:30 pm

Toddler Gym: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to noon

 

Northgate Community Center: 10510 5th Ave. NE, 386-4283     

Toddler Gym: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm, Friday 9 to 11 am for 3 and under

Imagination Playground for ages 4-10: Wednesday noon to 2 pm, Friday 3 to 5 pm

 

Queen Anne Community Center: 1901 1st Ave. W, 386-4240     

Toddler Room: Monday-Thursday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm

Toddler Gym: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 1 pm

 

Rainier Community Center: 4600 38th Ave. S, 386-1919     

Wednesday and select Saturdays: 10 am to 1 pm, Friday 10 am to 2 pm

 

Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave. S, 386-1925     

Monday and Friday 10 am to 1 pm

 

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center: 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE, 684-7534     

Monday and Friday 9:15 am to 8:15 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 2:45 to 8:15 pm, Saturday 10:15 am to 1:45 pm

 

South Park Community Center: 8319 8th Ave. S, 684-7451     

Thursday noon to 2 pm

 

Yesler Community Center: 917 E Yesler Way, 386-1245

Toddler Gym: Monday and Wednesday 1 to 3

 

Eastside

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE

Adventure Kids Playcare (multiple locations): This venue provides parents with a wildly flexible option for drop-off care for babies and children. The space has separate rooms for kids of different ages, offers snacks and has a wide variety of play and game options.   

Bellevue: 1100 Bellevue Way NE, Ste. #1, Bellevue. 425-453-4444; Issaquah: 775 NW Gilman Blvd., C-3, Issaquah. 425-391-5358; web.adventurekidsplaycare.com

Hours: Bellevue: Monday-Thursday 8 am to 10 pm, Friday 8 am to midnight, Saturday 9 am to midnight; Issaquah: Monday-Thursday 7 am to 10 pm, Friday 7 am to midnight, Saturday 9 am to midnight

Cost: Bellevue: $40 annual registration fee, then $12.75 per hour for infants 6 weeks-18 months, $10.75 per hour for children over 18 months, $6.75 per hour for each additional sibling; Issaquah: $40 annual registration fee, then $12.50 per hour for infants 6 weeks-18 months, $10.50 per hour for children over 18 months, $6.50 per hour for each additional sibling

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE 

Dabuda Playhouse and Cafe: Dabuda’s playspace is a dreamy place to play — and they’ve got a cafe! Dabuda has a two-tiered play area with toys, slides and tunnels. While kids romp, you can grab coffee at the D Cafe. 13427 NE 20th St., Suite 120, Bellevue. 425-305-7123; mydabuda.com

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm

Ages: 6 months to 6 years

Cost: Adults and infants under a year enter for free; $10 for drop-in, $9 for siblings.

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE

Funtastic Playtorium: Open since July in Bellevue’s Factoria Square Mall, Funtastic Playtorium is a massive indoor playground with a variety of activities aimed at toddlers to big kids alike. The new venue features everything from an obstacle course to wave slides, a mini rock-climbing wall, a floor piano that kids love to jump on, a trampoline, gymnastics mats and a maze complex to explore. There is a dedicated play area for children 3 and under, and during certain hours, the playtorium dials back the noise and crowds for kids sensitive to lots of stimulation. 4077 Factoria Square Mall SE, Suite F-16, Bellevue. 425-623-0034; funtasticplaytorium.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 8:30 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm 

Ages: 0 to 10 years

Cost: Babies under 1 and adults are free; Kids 1 and older are $7.99 to $12.99 

Food: At nearby food court

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes 

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE

Giggle Jungle: A more recent addition to the Redmond Town Center, Giggle Jungle is open to all kids under 48 inches. The padded space has gorgeously designed play toys, which are great for climbers, while still offering smaller crawlers room to roam. Redmond Town Center, 7330 164th Ave. NE, Suite E165, Redmond. 425-558-3600; gigglejungle.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm

Ages: Kids under 48 inches

Cost: Adults and infants under a year enter for free; $10 for drop-in and $45 for a 5-visit pass. Get $5 admission during the last hour of the day.

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE

HappyNest Play Centers: HappyNest has an enclosed space with sensory toys for babies; a toddler area with balls, climbing toys and riding cars; and a preschool section with gym equipment, blocks, a car and train table and dress-up costumes. 16701 Cleveland St., Redmond. 425-556-1337; happynestplaycenters.com

Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday 9:30 am to 6 pm, Wednesday 9:30 am to 6 pm, Sunday 9:30 am to 1 pm

Ages: 0 to 6 years

Cost: $10 per child, $6 siblings; pay-what-you-can Wednesdays from 4 to 6 pm

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE

Romp: While this is primarily a member-only play space, the anytime access and unlimited class enrollment make the rainy season seem doable. A tinkering laboratory, drop-in play and classes will keep the kids entertained, no matter the weather. 13500 Bel-Red Rd., Suite 7a, Bellevue. 425-748-4497; romp-community.com

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:45 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9:45 am to 1 pm

Ages: Up to 10 years

Cost: Membership begins at $25/month

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes 

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE 

Roo’s World of Discovery: This is the ideal spot for families to bring children with any kind of special needs, such as sensory processing disorders, developmental delays and physical disabilities. All children are welcome at Roo’s World, which opened in October, but the low-sensory environment especially benefits children who might struggle in conventional playground settings. The venue offers a variety of activities for children and their parents, including circle time, prenatal meditation, new mommy mixers and “daddy & me” play dates. Reservations are required during low-sensory hours. 108 Central Way, Kirkland. 425-495-0714; roosworldofdiscovery.com 

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 1 pm

Ages: 0 to 5 years 

Cost: Day passes are available for $20 per family; there also are memberships 

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Wi-Fi: No

Drop-off: No

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE

WiggleWorks: This vibrantly colored gym space feels like a trip inside the game Candy Land. Soft-play features include slides, bouncy areas and swings to help your child get their wiggles out. Babies can play, too, sectioned off from older children. Pay for the day (re-entry included), so there’s no need to keep an eye on the clock. Crossroads Mall, 15600 NE 8th St., Suite F15, Bellevue. 425-641-2186; South Hill Mall, 3500 S Meridian, #215, Puyallup. 253-445-6551. wiggleworkskids.com

Hours: Bellevue: Monday-Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm; Puyallup: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm

Ages: Kids under 48 inches

Cost: Bellevue: $10-$12 per child, $8-$10 for siblings, free for children younger than 1; Puyallup: $7-$10 per child, $7-$8 for siblings, free for children younger than 1.

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

PLAY: EASTSIDE

The Nest: This spot is one of the few venues that let you drop your kids off for up to four hours of play in their daily enrichment classes. Families must be registered. 17530 132nd Ave. NE, Suite B, Woodinville. 425-415-6378; thenestkids.com

Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday 4 to 10 pm, Sunday by reservation

Ages: 2½ to 6 years

Cost: $15 per hour for first child; $10 per hour for each additional child

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes

Wi-Fi: No

 

SHOP AND PLAY: EASTSIDE

Bellevue Square Kids' Cove: This children's play area is on the third floor of the mall, with plenty of room for stroller parking and food and drink nearby. Recently refurbished, Kids' Cove brought back the well-loved tugboat and ferryboat of years past and added a skiff, sandcastle and lighthouse to the mix, all enclosed inside a short wall. Northeast 8th St. and Bellevue Way, Bellevue. 425-646-3660; bellevuesquare.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

ART AND GAMES: EASTSIDE

Mox Boarding House (multiple locations): The second installment for Card Kingdom, Bellevue’s Mox Boarding House is a gaming haven. The restaurant offers kid-friendly food and adult-friendly beers. There are daily events offered, such as learning to play Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon League. 13310 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue. 425-326-3050; moxboardinghouse.com/bellevue

Hours: Monday-Friday 11 am to midnight, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to midnight

Ages: All 

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: EASTSIDE

Chuck E. Cheese's (multiple locations): There are games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment. 2239 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue. 425-746-5000; chuckecheese.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free admission, games priced variably

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: At some locations

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: EASTSIDE

KidsQuest Children’s Museum: A water play area, pirate treehouse, puppet theater and face painting station are just a few of the interactive activities children can enjoy at this educational and fun venue. 4091 Factoria Square Mall SE, Bellevue. 425-637-8100; kidsquestmuseum.org

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm

Ages: 0 to 8

Cost: $9.50 (children under 1 year are free)

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

3-2-1 Bounce: Kids can jump to their hearts’ content on numerous inflatable play toys, plus they can shoot hoops and play air hockey and foosball. 1705 136th Pl. NE, Bellevue. 425-378-0321; 321bounce.com

Hours: Monday and Tuesday 9:30 to 10:45 am (session 1) or 10:45 am to noon (session 2).

Ages: 2 years and up

Cost: $6 per child, parents are free

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

Arena Sports Fun Zone Inflatables (multiple locations): Kids can jump, hop and bounce on the space’s many inflatable structures. 9040 Willows Rd. NE, Redmond; 425-885-4881. 2115 NW Poplar Way, Issaquah. 425-270-2030; arenasports.net

Hours: Redmond: Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am to 1:30 pm; Issaquah: Monday 4 to 8 pm, Tuesday-Friday 10 am to 1 pm and 4 to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 to 11 am, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, 2 to 4 pm, 4:30 to 8 pm.

Ages: 18 months to 12 years

Cost: $6 per child for members, $9 for non-members; $50 for a 10-visit punch card; parents are free

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

Great Play: Develop motor and sports skills in an interactive arena; 50 minutes of unstructured open gym offerings, separated by age group. 16510 Cleveland St., Suite N, Redmond. 425-885-3800; greatplay.com/redmond/ 

Hours: Monday to Friday 12:30 to 6 pm; Saturday 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Ages: 1 to 10 years

Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes, if potty-trained  

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

Kidz Bounce: This inflatable playground just outside of Issaquah offers big, bouncy structures where kids can drop in and get jumping while parents recharge. 8178 304th Ave. SE, Preston. 425-222-5439; kidzbounce.com

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 to 11 am, 12:30 to 2 pm, Thursday 5 to 6:30 pm

Ages: 2 to 10 years

Cost: $7 per child

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

Pump It Up (multiple locations): Little ones can bounce on their many inflatable toys, including an obstacle course and giant slide. 11605 NE 116th St., Kirkland. 425-820-2297; pumpitupparty.com

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 am to noon

Ages: 0 to 6 years

Cost: $7 per child, $5 per sibling

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

SkyMania Trampolines: CLOSED as of April 2017 A huge warehouse with vast floors and walls made of trampolines. What more could a kid ask for? If you have a little one, take them to “Toddler Time,” Tuesday-Thursday from 10 to 11:30 am, for $5. 11801 NE 116th St., Kirkland. 425-825-7599; skymaniatrampolines.com

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 2 to 8 pm, Friday noon to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $9-$21, depending on how long you jump

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

Stone Gardens (multiple locations): Hour-long "pro-belay" programs are offered for the rock-climbing novice. With a day pass, kids can do some bouldering (climbing without a rope). 15600 NE 8th St., Bellevue; 425-644-2445. stonegardens.com

Hours: Monday-Friday 6 am to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 10 pm

Ages: 5 and up

Cost: $19 for adults, $16 for kids under 13; $11 for shoe, harness, belay device, and chalk bag rental.

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No; however, children over 14 can climb unsupervised

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

Tech City Bowl: This family-owned and -operated alley has been around since 1958 and has 32 lanes for lots of family fun. 13033 NE 70th Pl., Kirkland. 425-827-0785; techcitybowl.com

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:30 to midnight, Tuesday 9 am to midnight, Friday 9:30 to 2 am, Saturday 9 to 2 am, Sunday 9 am to midnight

Ages: All

Cost: $25-$29 per lane, $4 shoe rental

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: EASTSIDE

Vertical World (multiple locations): Families can drop in any day of the week and boulder (low-level climb up to 15 feet without ropes), or get certified to belay. 15036 NE 95th St., Suite B, Redmond. 425-881-8826; verticalworld.com

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am to 11 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 6 am to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm

Ages: All; climbing classes start at 3 years

Cost: $16 for non-members, $14 under 14; $144 for a 10-visit punch card; $72 for a month-long pass.

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SWIM: EASTSIDE

Bellevue Aquatic Center: Two pools, including a divine warm-spring pool (91 degrees) used for therapy but also open to the public several times a week. 601 143rd Ave. NE, Bellevue. 425-452-4444; ci.bellevue.wa.us/aquatic_center.htm  

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 2:30 pm, Sunday 9 am to 2:30 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $5.75 for kids under 12

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No; however, children over 12 may swim unsupervised

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS: EASTSIDE

For community centers on the Eastside, check out myparksandrecreation.com/pages/brochures.aspx

 

North End

 

PLAY: NORTH END

PlayHappy Café: Options abound: there’s a play town with a theater, fire station and more, a bouncy house, climbing structures, riding cars and even an area safe for smaller kids inside a white picket fence. 4114 198th St. SW, Suite 3, Lynnwood. 425-582-7007; playhappycafe.com

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 am to 4 pm, Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm

Ages: 0 to 6 years

Cost: $10 for first child, $7 for siblings and crawlers

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes, on Fridays

Drop-Off: No (except for preschool classes)

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SHOP AND PLAY: NORTH END

Alderwood Mall: Kids will enjoy the enclosed play area with soft, climbable ocean animals and a ferryboat. 3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood. 425-771-1211; alderwoodmall.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SHOP AND PLAY: NORTH END

Town Center at Lake Forest Park: The commons at this location provides a kids' area with play kitchen and train table, a gigantic chess board and other games, and Wednesday morning "Playtime" sessions with activities for children 5 and younger. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. 367-0484; towncenteratlakeforest.com

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Unknown

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: NORTH END

Chuck E. Cheese's (multiple locations): Games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment. 3717 196th St #100, Lynnwood. 425-771-1195; chuckecheese.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free admission, games priced variably

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: at some locations

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: NORTH END

Family Fun Center: Indoor attractions include laser tag, a roller coaster simulator, video games and bumper cars. There’s a special play area with slides and tunnels for little ones, too.

7212 220th SW, Edmonds. 425-774-4263; fun-center.com 

Hours: Monday-Thursday noon to 8 pm, Friday noon to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday 10 am to 8 pm  

Ages: All; however, some rides have height restrictions of 40 inches

Cost: Games start at $3

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: NORTH END

Imagine Children’s Museum: In an environment designed for children to playfully learn, kids can create art, build a pyramid and nurse toy animals back to health all in the same day.

1502 Wall St., Everett. 425-258-1006; imaginecm.org

Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 5 pm, Thursday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Ages: 0 to 12 years

Cost: $10 per person (free for infants under 1)

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

 

SPORTY: NORTH END

Elevated Sportz: It's the biggest indoor play structure in Washington, with a 10,000-square-foot trampoline jump area and foam pit (ages 3 and older), plus a 6,500-square-foot multi-level “Kidz Adventure” play structure for children younger than 12 (think McDonald’s Playland on steroids). Get discounted rates during “Hoppy Hour” from 10 am to 12:30 pm. 18311 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Bothell. 425-949-4488; elevatedsportz.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10 am to 9 pm, Friday 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 11 pm

Ages: 3 and up for trampolines; 0 to 8 years for the Kidz Adventure play structure

Cost: $11 per hour, $4-$6 for additional 30 minutes; $15 (weekdays) or $17 (weekends) for 90 minutes’ admission to both trampolines and Kidz Adventure.

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No, but kids older than 12 can play unsupervised

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: NORTH END

GYMagine Gymnastics: GYMagine offers 45-minute sessions of open play in a padded gymnastics environment. 3616 South Rd., #B3, Mukilteo. 425-513-8700; gymagine.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9:15 to 10 am, Friday 9:15 to 10 am and 10:15 to 11 am

Ages: 18 months to 6 years

Cost: $6

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: NORTH END

Pump It Up (multiple locations): Little ones can bounce on their many inflatable toys, including an obstacle course and giant slide. 18027 Highway 99, Suite J, Lynnwood. 425-774-2297; pumpitupparty.com

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 am to noon

Ages: 0 to 6 years

Cost: $7 per child, $5 per sibling

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: NORTH END

Spin Alley: This neighborhood bowling alley is just the place for wholesome family fun for all ages. 1430 NW Richmond Beach Rd., Shoreline. 533-2345; spinalley.com

Hours: Monday 10 am to 10 pm, Tuesday 11 am to 10 pm, Wednesday 11 am to 11 pm, Thursday 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to midnight, Sunday 11 am to 11 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Monday-Thursday $4 to $4.50, Friday-Sunday $5 per person, per game; shoe rental is $4

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: NORTH END

Lynnwood Bowl and Skate: Let’s go skating like it’s 1979! The rink formerly known as Lynnwood Roll-A-Way still has its classic mural of downtown Seattle, but the roller-skating fun has not diminished over the decades. Adjoining the rink is a 24-lane bowling alley and restaurant. 6210 200th St. SW, Lynnwood. 425-778-3133; bowlandskate.com

Hours for skating: Wednesday 6 to 9 pm, Friday 7:30 to 11 pm, Saturday 1 to 4:30 pm, 7:30 to 11 pm, Sunday 1 to 4:30 pm, 7:30 to 10 pm.

Hours for bowling: Monday-Thursday 3 to 11 pm, Friday 3 pm to midnight, Saturday 11:30 am to midnight, Sunday 11:30 am to 10 pm

Ages: All, except skating Friday is 10-18 years

Cost for skating: $7 daytime, $8-$9 evenings

Cost for bowling: Monday-Thursday is $8 per person for two hours; weekend family bowling is $7 per person for two hours from noon to 2 pm, Friday to Sunday is $20 per lane per hour, with $3.75 shoe rentals

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: NORTH END

Lynnwood Ice Center: Whether your kids are tackling toe loops and lutzes or clinging to the wall for dear life, this ice center has skating options for all ages and levels. 19803 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. 425-640-9999; lynnwoodicecenter.com

Hours: Monday 10 am to 3:15 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am to 3:45 pm, Thursday 10 am to 3:30 pm, Friday 10 am to 3:45 pm, Saturday 11:15 am to 12:45 pm, 3:45 to 5:15 pm, 8 to 10:30 pm, Sunday 2:45 to 4:15 pm

Ages: All

Cost: 5 and under are free; kids 6-12 are $6; 13 and older are $7; seniors are $6; skate rentals are $3

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SWIM: NORTH END

Lynnwood Recreation Center: Choose between water slides, lazy river, warm therapy pool, family hot tub and an aquatic playground with water cannons and a giant bucket that dumps water and incites shrieks. 18900 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood. 425-670-5732; ci.lynnwood.wa.us/PlayLynnwood/RecCenter.htm

Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday 7 am to 9 pm, Sunday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free under 2; $4.25 2 to 12 years; $4.75 13 to 17 years; $5.25 adults; $16.25 family

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes, in lobby area

 

SWIM: NORTH END

McMenamins Anderson School: AS OF JAN 4th THE POOL IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO A FOG ISSUE. GO TO www.mcmenamins.com/2132-anderson-school-pool-policies  TO DETERMINE IF POOL HAS REOPENED. The McMenamins chain recently renovated the 85-year-old Anderson School, transforming it into a resort destination that includes a movie theater, restaurants and full-size indoor pool heated to a balmy 88 to 90 degrees. Both the pool — dubbed the North Shore Lagoon — and its neighboring pub have a charming South Seas theme featuring Hawaiian plants, tikis and masks from New Guinea. 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell. 425-398-0122; mcmenamins.com/AndersonSchool 

Hours: Open to families and the public daily from 10 am to 10 pm in two hour intervals (10 am to noon, noon to 2 pm, etc.); additional hours for hotel guests and adults

Ages: All

Cost: Free under 3; 4 to 17 years $6; adults $8; seniors $7; Bothell residents and hotel guests are free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SWIM: NORTH END

Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion: Little ones will love the “leisure pool” with its shallow play area and geysers, or drift down the lazy river. 5303 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace. 425-776-9173; cityofmlt.com/cityServices/recreation/indoorPool/indoorPool.htm    

Hours: Monday and Wednesday 6 am to 9:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 6 am to 9:30 pm, Friday 6 am to 6:10 pm, Saturday 7 am to 2:45 pm and 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm, Sunday 8:30 am to 2:45 pm and 5:15 to 6:45 pm  

Ages: All (leisure pool for 0 to 6 years)

Cost: Free under 1; $4.25 1 to 15 years; $5.25 adults; $15 family

Food: Limited

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SWIM: NORTH END

Snohomish Aquatic Center: A watery wonderland with water slides, a play area, a super-warm pool, shallow pools and even a surf machine for boogie boarding and standup boards. 516 Maple Ave., Snohomish. 360-568-8030; snohomishaquatic.com

Hours:  Monday and Wednesday 7 to 8:45 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 3:45 to 5:30 pm, Friday 2 to 3:45 pm, 4 to 5:45 pm, 6 to 7:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 1:45 pm, 2 to 3:45 pm, 4 to 5:45 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Kids under 2 free, 2 to 6 years $4.50, 7 to 18 years $5; adults $5.50

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS: NORTH END

Spartan Recreation Center Indoor Playground: The enormous gym is full of pop-up cars, riding toys, foam blocks and mats for climbing, slides, low basketball hoops and bouncy balls, and even a giant parachute. 202 NE 185th St., Shoreline. 801-2600; cityofshoreline.com/parks

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 to 11:30 am

Ages: 1 to 5 years

Cost: $2 Shoreline residents, $2.50 non-residents

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes, in lobby

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS: NORTH END

In the north end, Edmonds (reczone.org), Shoreline (cityofshoreline.com/parks) and Mountlake Terrace (cityofmlt.com/cityServices/recreation/recreation.htm) have indoor playgrounds. For Snohomish County parks and recreation programs, visit snohomish.org/explore/family-child-activities

 

South End

 

SHOP AND PLAY: SOUTH END

IKEA: Kids can explore the supervised playroom, Småland, while their parents shop (for up to one hour). The playroom features a ball pit, slides, books and toys, and a special theater for watching cartoons. Children must be potty-trained. 601 SW 41st St., Renton. 425-656-2980; ikea.com/us/en/store/seattle

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 7:45 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6:45 pm

Ages: Between 37 (3-foot-1) and 54 inches (4-foot-6) in height

Cost: Free

Food: Yes, at IKEA restaurant

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SHOP AND PLAY: SOUTH END

The Outlet Collection, Seattle: This mega-shopping center features an arcade, kiddie rides, carousel, climbing wall and a Pacific Northwest-themed soft play area. 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn. 253-833-9500; outletcollectionseattle.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SHOP AND PLAY: SOUTH END

Westfield Southcenter Kids' Play Space: Experience a rainforest-themed play area where kids can climb on soft play structures, explore the colorful space with animal and nature motifs or work on large, interactive puzzles. Two nearby family lounges, equipped with large restrooms, plasma screens, games, comfortable seating and private nursing stalls, offer a quiet respite. 2800 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila (on the first level near JCPenney). 246-0423; westfield.com/southcenter

Hours: Daily 10 am to 10 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

ART AND GAMES: SOUTH END

Tinkertopia: Tacoma’s creative reuse center has everything kids need to flex their creative muscles and save the planet at the same time. Drawing from a huge donated pool of resources, Tinkertopia’s drop-in Open Tinker Art Studio and tinker workshops will give your little ones the space to create. 1914 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-778-6539; tinkertopia.com

Hours: Open Tinker Art Studio: Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Tinker Tots (ages 3-5), Tuesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:30 am, Tinker workshops, every second and fourth Saturday. Retail hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $5 and up

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SOUTH END

Charlie's Safari: Indoor safari-themed fun center offers mini golf, laser tag, a bouncing pit, play structures, an arcade and a restaurant. 5400 Martin Way E, Suite J, Lacey. 360-292-1600; charliessafari.com

Open: Monday-Thursday 11 am to 8 pm, Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 8 pm

Ages: All (variable play spaces for kids 1 to 4, and 5 and up)

Cost: Starting at $6.95; unlimited wristband costs $21.95

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SOUTH END

Chuck E. Cheese's (multiple locations): Games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment. 25817 104th  Ave. SE, Kent. 253-813-9000. 4911 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma. 253-473-3077; chuckecheese.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Free admission, games

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SOUTH END

Family Fun Center: If you’re hankering for a place that will please all the members of your clan, look no further. Older kids will enjoy indoor attractions such as laser tag, a roller coaster simulator, video games and bumper cars. The four-level “Kidopolis” with slides and tunnels is a treat for little ones. 7300 Fun Center Way, Tukwila. 425-228-7300; fun-center.com/public/tukwila

Hours: Daily, varies by month

Ages: All

Cost: Games start at $3

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

FAMILY FUN CENTERS: SOUTH END

Odyssey 1: Check out their jungle gym, laser-tag arena and game center. 2310 W Mildred St., #110, Tacoma. 253-566-3231; odyssey-1.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 10 pm

Ages: up to 10 for jungle gym; 7 and older for laser tag

Cost: $6.95 for 2 and over; $1.95 for under 2 (free with admission for one child over 2); parents free

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

MUSEUM/SCIENCE CENTER: SOUTH END

Children’s Museum of Tacoma: The museum’s five playscapes include educational toys and promote creativity by encouraging kids to invent. The “Playful Little Library” allows children to take a book home for free, with the request that they donate a book during their next visit.

1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-627-6031; playtacoma.org

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Ages: 0 to 8 years

Cost: Donation of your choice

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Black Hills Gymnastics: Open gym for preschoolers is offered on Friday mornings with supervision from trained staff. 7961 29th Ave. NE, Suite A, Lacey. 360-413-9855; blackhillsgym.com

Open: Friday 11 am to 12:30 pm, Saturday 7 pm to 10 pm

Ages: 0 to 5 years Fridays, 6 to 17 years Saturdays

Cost: $7-$15

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes, for older children

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Metropolitan Gymnastics: The gym offers open play for all ages on the equipment. 6822 S 190th St., Kent. 425-282-5010; metropolitangym.com

Hours: Wednesday-Friday 2 to 4 pm, Saturday noon to 2 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $9/hour and $11/ two hours for members; $11/hour and $13/ two hours for non-members

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Unknown

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Pump It Up (multiple locations): Little ones can bounce on their many inflatable toys, including an obstacle course and giant slide. 3610 S Pine St., Suite A, Tacoma. 253-754-7971; pumpitupparty.com

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to noon, 2 to 4 pm; Wednesday 10 am to noon, 4 to 6 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $8 per child per two-hour session

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: No

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Round1 Bowling and Amusement: Even the smallest kids can get in on the fun with gutter bumpers and ramps that steer the ball straight toward the pins. 2351 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila. 243-2787; round1usa.com/location/south-center-mall

Hours: Daily 10 to 2 am

Cost: Prices are by the hour per person ($9.49-$17.99 for 90 minutes, depending on the time and day) or by game ($4.50-$6), shoe rentals are $3.50

Food: Yes

Alcohol: Yes

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

The Jungle Gym: An open gym with a tumble-track trampoline, foam-shape obstacle courses, bars, beams, trapeze, rings, climbing wall, zip line and much more. 15220 2nd Ave. SW, Burien. 248-3547; junglegymfun.com

Open: Tuesday 4 to 5 pm, Wednesday 11:15 am to 12:15 pm and 5 to 6 pm, Thursday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4 to 5 pm, Saturday 12:45 to 1:45 pm, Sunday noon to 1 pm

Ages: 6 months to 12 years

Cost: $8 non-members, $5 members

Food: Yes, at Kids Night Out (2nd and last Friday of the month)

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: Yes, for kids over 3 years

Wi-Fi: Yes

 

SPORTY: SOUTH END

Trampoline Nation: Get your bounce on with more than 5,000 square feet of trampolines, plus special features including trampoline-assisted basketball dunking and dodgeball. Trampolines are partitioned off with nets to corral smaller kids and keep them away from bigger ones. 35025 Enchanted Pkwy. S, Federal Way. 253-661-8466; trampolinenation.com

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 to 9 pm, Friday 4 to 11 pm, Saturday 10:30 am to 11 pm, Sunday 10:30 am to 9 pm

Ages: All

Cost: Weekdays are $11 for the first hour, $7 for additional time; weekends are $11 an hour

Food: Yes

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

WiFi: Yes

 

SWIM: SOUTH END

Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center: Swim in an Olympic-size pool at the aquatic center built for the Seattle Goodwill Games in 1990 and now used extensively for competition. The pool has several afternoon family swims and nighttime public swims. 650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way. 477-4444; kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/pools.aspx

Hours: Family swim: Monday-Friday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm; public swim: Monday-Friday 7:30 to 8:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Ages: All

Cost: $3.25

Food: No

Alcohol: No

Drop-off: No

Wi-Fi: Yes, except Magnuson Community Center

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS: SOUTH END

In the south end, visit kentwa.gov/IndoorPark for information on Kent's indoor playground, auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/recreation.htm to learn about the indoor playground in Auburn, and metroparkstacoma.org/community-centers to find out more about Tacoma community centers.

 

LIST UPDATED BY DAWN ZEDONIS, LISA STIFFLER AND CAITLIN FLYNN

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