Labor Day weekend is upon us. Here are 10 ideas for fun things to do around town during summer’s last hurrah.
Watch your kids play in the International Fountain
At Seattle Center, the International Fountain‘s complex array of water nozzles shoots out water, and bathing-suit-clad kids still dash around its big shiny dome. The kids may want to stay for some time. More spray/splash parks around Seattle (it’s their final weekend for most spray parks).
There’s nothing like exploring Seattle’s waterways from a small, human-powered boat. Be sure to reserve in advance! Double kayaks are a great way for parents and kids to explore safely together. Here’s an updated list of places where you can rent all sorts of watercraft.
First time on a kayak or paddle board? Try one of these locations that’s easy on the waves.
Treat yourself to ice cream
One of the great seasonal pleasures of summer is taking a bite of a frozen treat on a hot day. And what’s more, many ice cream joints have seasonal flavors on the menu. Molly Moon’s has blueberry pie and Salt & Straw’s offerings with a summer picnic theme. Fried Chicken ice cream anyone? Seriously, it’s a flavor! Check out these other options too.
Take a family bike ride
Whether you want to go on a tour of your neighborhood’s quieter streets or take advantage of one of Seattle’s great urban trails, there’s lots of fun to be had on two wheels.
For pointers on how to teach your kid to ride a bike: Use these 4 steps
Go to the beach
Labor Day weekend is a wonderful time to go beach combing. Here are the best family beaches around town.
Head over to Jetty Island- take the 5-min ferry ride to this unique piece of beach. Build sand castles then walk the shore- just don’t get stuck in the quicksand on low-tide days. Here are tips you need to know to get there.
Food truck picnic
Here’s how it works: you either Google your favorite food truck or find a new one using a food truck tracking site such as seattlefoodtruck.com. Then you visit the truck, order food, and take it for an al fresco meal at a nearby park.
Visit a farm
You could go apple picking, or you might stop by a sunflower patch. Visit Mountainview U-Pick Blueberry Farm for berries and blooms Friday through Sunday. If you want some mini theme park experience to go with your rural adventure, the rides at Remlinger Farms are open and ready to explore.
Go to the zoo or sanctuary
Book your tickets for the Wild Felid Advocacy Center and see the oldest snow leopard in the world!
Box with a kangaroo at the Fall City Kangaroo Ranch.
The game is simple enough for both little kids and grown adults to have a good time. Here’s our updated list of where to go.
Got to the Fair
Bonus outing: Go troll hunting
A new artist is in town and he’s trolling the Seattle area, building giant trolls in 5 different spots. There’s one on Bainbridge, in West Seattle and soon to be in Issaquah. A magical experience wander, wonder and hunt to find them all.