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Rainy Day Remedies: Guide to Indoor Fun with Kids



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 this round-up of affordable, enjoyable indoor fun. 

Indoor Playgrounds

Playdate SEA

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

Funtastic Playtorium

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

Giggle Jungle

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. Sunday

7330 164th Ave NE e165, Redmond (425) 558-3600

WiggleWorks

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.

Inflatables

Arena Sports Inflatable FunZone

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.

Kidz Bounce

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

 

Trampolines

Elevated Sportz Trampoline Park and Event Center

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

 

Ice Skating

Highland Ice Arena

Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline has daily public skates. You can rent skates there. Check hours and pricing here.

 

Pools

Madison Pool

Madison Pool features six lanes, a “teaching pool” with shallow water for lessons, and two diving boards, one at 1 meter high and the other at 3 meters. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

13401 Meridian Ave N, Seattle

 

Ballard Pool

The Ballard Pool features six swimming lanes, a diving board, a rope swing and slide, and a warm-water pool in addition to family changing rooms. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

1471 NW 67th St, Seattle

 

Evans Pool

Green Lake’s six-lane Evans Pool has a diving board and sauna, as well as family changing rooms. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

7201 E Green Lake Drive N

 

Meadowbrook Pool

Meadowbrook’s six-lane pool features a 1- and 3-meter diving board, a rope swing, and family changing rooms. Check  their regular schedule for hours and closures.

10515 35th Ave NE

 

Medgar Evers Pool

Medgar Evers’ six-lane pool also features a teaching pool for lessons, a one-meter diving board, a rope swing, and family changing rooms. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

500 23rd Ave

 

Queen Anne Pool

Queen Anne Pool’s six-lane pool features two diving boards at one and three meters, a rope swing, a sauna and two family changing rooms. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

1920 1st Ave W

 

Rainier Beach Community Center

Rainier Beach’s pool is a swimmer’s paradise: The pool features an indoor splash pad where little ones can play underneath big fountains and water features. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

8825 Rainier Ave S

 

Southwest Pool

Southwest Pool recently opened a family changing room, and also features a six-lane pool with two diving boards, a 102-degree therapy pool and a sauna. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

2801 SW Thistle St

 

Weyerhauser Aquatic Center

Weyerhauser’s pool features two separate swimming areas: their main pool and a recreational pool with a pirate-cove theme. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

650 SW Campus Dr, Federal Way

 

Bellevue Aquatic Center

Bellevue Aquatic Center features two pools, one for lap swims and the other a warm-water pool for therapeutic use. The lap pool features a diving tank and a ten-foot slide. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

601 143rd Ave NE, Bellevue

 

Lynnwood Recreation Center

The Lynnwood rec center's pool offers waterslides, a lazy river, a water play area with sweet tipping water buckets and a family hot tub. Check their schedule for pool hours and closures.

18900 44th Ave W, Lynnwood

 

Mountlake Terrace Pool

Mountlake Terrace’s pool features a lazy river and a leisure pool with an entry that mimics a beach. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

5303 228th St SW, Mountlake Terrace

 

Snohomish Aquatic Center

Snohomish Aquatic Center features a ton of great water features for kids of diverse ages: a lap pool, a warm-water pool, a lazy river, a massive enclosed waterslide, a spray-play section and two shallow areas (one that’s a “zero-depth” entry zone for tiny kids or folks with physical limitations) for smaller kids. Coolest of all, there’s a “FlowRider” machine for simulated surfing. Kids over 42 inches can ride boogie boards there and kids over 52 inches can ride the standup board. Check their schedule for hours and closures.

516 Maple Ave, Snohomish

 

Restaurants with Play Areas

Chaco Canyon Cafe

Chaco Canyon offers cool vegan and vegetarian fare and a small kids’ play area in their West Seattle location.

3770 SW Alaska St

 

 Mox Boarding House

Mox Boarding House is a board game store with an extensive library of games you can try out for free. And while you're here, you can eat in the cafe, which serves some fine, kid-friendly snacks.

5105 Leary Ave NW
13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue

 

Frelard Pizza Company

Frelard Pizza Co, an Ethan Stowell restaurant, is a pizza joint with serious cool that’s tailored to families. Their kid play space also features art supplies and a sweet chalkboard section.

4010 Leary Way NW

 

Pagliacci Pizza | Madison

Pagliacci's Madison location features a sweet little nook for kids with views of the kitchen. The pizza makers are always happy to engage kids and put on a show for them while they cook; the kids' area also has a small chalkboard wall and a few buckets of toys.

3015 E Madison St, Seattle, 98112

 

Vios Cafe

Vios’s Capitol Hill location is awesomely kid-friendly, with plenty of space for kids to roam around and a casual vibe with a sectioned-off kids playspace. Their sweet Greek menu also offers plenty of kid-friendly picks!

903 19th Ave E

 

Serendipity Cafe

This family-friendly spot in Magnolia serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a large and well-supplied play area in the back.

3222 W McGraw St

 

Ballard Firehouse Coffee

This comfy neighborhood caffeine spot a couple of blocks from Ballard Locks doesn't just have a play area; it has a play room.

2622 NW Market St

 

Wunderkind

Most of the restaurants on this list are restaurants with kid spaces. This Northeast Seattle establisment is closer to being a kid space with a restaurant in side. Almost half of the floor area in the restaurant is devoted to kids' play, and they have lots of toys, including heaps of Lego.

3318 NE 55th St

 

Green Bean Coffeehouse

With a motto of  "Sit long, talk much," this non-profit coffeehouse takes itself seriously as a resource for the Greenwood neighborhood. To give parents the opportunity to sit long, it has a well-appointed play area, including a train table and an arts and crafts station.

8525 Greenwood Ave N

 

Tougo Coffee

The Central District location of Tougo has a well-looked after play area in the back, where kids can spread out and amuse themselves.

1410 18th Ave

 

Proletariat Pizza

At this White Center favorite, the crusts are thin, the toppings intriguing (along with the standards, you could try potato or soft cooked egg), and the play area is large. Plus, there are some vintage arcade games.

9622 16th Ave SW

 

Mighty-O Ballard

The Ballard location of this organic local donut chain has an extra incentive for parents to linger over their coffee: a corner with books and toys (including trains) and an inviting looking low oval table.

1555 NW Market St

 

SoulFood Coffeehouse

SoulFood Coffeehouse is an improbable oasis of northwest bohemia tucked amid the strip malls of Redmond. It hosts live music nights and poetry readings, sells crafts and maintains a hippie vibe. There's a corner with books and toys for kids to amuse themselves while parents sip their coffee or chai.

15748 Redmond Way
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