Rainy Day Remedies: Guide to Indoor Fun with Kids
Sometimes, your kids need to get your wiggles out, but the weather makes a long play session outside difficult. Here are some indoor places where kids can be active.
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
A 1677-square-foot indoor playground with a space theme and a separate area for kids age 5 and under. Hours: Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more details, read this story.
2820 Alki Ave SW (206) 397-4591
Kids under 6, with supervising parents, get special hours to play in Seattle Gymnastic Academy’s indoor playground: age appropriate equipment, including trampolines, Tumbl Trak, a big foam pit, and a small climbing wall. Each of the three locations, Ballard, Lake City and Columbia City, keeps its own hours.
Columbia City: 5034 37th Ave S Suite 200, (206) 708-7497. Monday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.to 3:15 p.m., Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lake City: 12535 26th Ave NE, (206) 362-7447. Monday through Friday noon to 1 p.m., Sunday noon to 1 p.m.
Ballard: 1415 NW 52nd St., (206) 782-1496. Monday noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday noon to 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., Wednesday noon to 1 p.m., Thursday noon to 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m, Friday noon to 1 p.m., Saturday 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
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
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.
Crossroads Mall, 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.
South Hill Mall, 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.
Community centers around Seattle have times when parents and kids can come by for indoor playtimes. Go to the website for listings of hours on the north and south end of town.
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 five locations: SODO, Magnuson, Redmond, Mill Creek and Issaquah.
SODO: 4636 E Marginal Way S (206) 762-8606 FunZone hours: Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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., noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 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. Bonus holiday open hours Mondays Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Redmond: 9040 Willows Rd, Redmond (425) 885-4881 FunZone hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mill Creek: 13500 Bothell Everett Hwy, Mill Creek (425) 341-7050 FunZone hours: Tuesday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This inflatable playground near Issaquah 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. It is also open on Monday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marenakos Rock Center, 8178 304th Ave SE, Preston (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, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
18311 Bothell Everett Hwy #140, Bothell (425) 949-4488
The following local rinks have regular public skates: Highland Ice Arena (Shoreline), Sno-King Ice Arena in Kirkland, Sno-King Ice Arena in Renton, and Lynnwood Ice Center. Check their websites for the scheduled times.
For information about great public swims around town check out: Great Seattle-Area Indoor Pools for Families