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21 fun things to do for midwinter break

Explore Seattle's fun activities with your family for the midwinter break

Here are 20 fun things to do during the mid-winter break for the kiddos in the Seattle area. There are plenty of fun things to do around Seattle, inside and outside.

Outdoor Activities

Celebrate the Lunar New New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year with your family in the International District with free and experience traditional dragon and lion dances, martial arts, Japanese taiko drumming, and other performances. They will be performing during the mid-winter break weekend. Lunar New Year celebrations to check out with your family.

Ferry ride to Bainbridge

If you want a chance to take a ferry boat ride with your kids and get out of the city by walking right on the ferry in downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island is the place to go. Here is a list of things to do on Bainbridge Island with your kids so you can enjoy this fun adventure during the mid-winter break.

Fly a kite

Gas Works Park is one of the many great spots to bring your family and enjoy beautiful views of the city while flying kites. Here are some other solid kite flying spots in Seattle that you can visit. If you want to involve arts and crafts before the kite flying, you can make a DIY kite at home with your kids.

Go see wildlife at Northwest Trek

Bring your kids to visit the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and experience wildlife up close, including beavers, gray wolves, wolverines, and more. During mid-winter break, the park will be doing its Kids n Critters Weekend Deal, where two kids 12 or under are free with each paid adult general admission. Too cold to get out of the car? It’s not a problem. They offer drive-through tours where the animals will greet your family at the windows of your car.

Northwest Glass Quest 

Join the Northwest Glass Quest, a 10-day treasure hunt where businesses and parks throughout Stanwood and Camano Island hide plastic clue balls. When you find the plastic clue ball, you find a piece of paper inside directing you where to go to claim your treasure – a limited-edition hand-blown glass ball. (Treasure limited to one per person per year.)  This event encourages kids to participate and has launched a “Kind Quester Program” that gives the kids a mission to complete 6 of the 16 suggested activities on the form to be entered to win a handmade glass pebble heart. Learn more HERE.

Go skiing on a weekday

Snoqualmie Summit is less expensive than other ski areas nearby Seattle and closer.  To get prepared for a fun ski day, here are 10 tips on skiing with your kids before you head up to the mountain for mid-winter break. If you’re looking for other mountains to ski with your kids, here are the best ski areas you can drive to from Seattle.

Ride the rails at Northwest Railway Museum

Winter Train Excursions at the Northwest Railway Museum will be happening every Saturday from January through March. Enjoy a 2-hour round-trip excursion from Snoqualmie Depot and a scenic train ride through the upper Snoqualmie Valley for mid-winter break. Train ride times: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and or 3:00 pm.

Sledding, tubing and luging

The midwinter break is the chance to take your family outside of Seattle to find great spots to go luge, sled and or tube. If you’re interested in solely sledding or tubing, here are places to play in the snow around Seattle.


If you’re looking for a new outdoor activity to take on with your family (that involves snow) during the midwinter break, you can give snowshoeing a shot. You will explore new trails and make memories in the mountains together. Here is a guide to snowshoeing with your family that has everything you’ll want to know about this winter activity.

Take a stroll on the beach

Living in the Puget Sound area means an endless amount of nearby beaches to visit. Here are some family beach hikes with scenic views.

Train ride to Bellingham

Take a day trip from Edmonds to Bellingham by train and experience scenic views of Puget Sound during the ride. Once you arrive, you will be in a historic town called Fairhaven, where you can have lunch and walk around in.

Visit the trolls

Go Troll hunting with the kids, where you can explore the city and find giant trolls. Here is a guide to troll hunting  that will help you with this hunt. Another cool place to go troll hunting is on Vashon Island, where there is a new giant troll. This is a great day trip opportunity, where you can take the ferry boat from the Fauntleroy ferry terminal in West Seattle and then explore the island and get a feel for what the island life is like.

Winter picnic

You can still enjoy the outdoors during the winter weather with your kids and enjoy good food with a winter picnic. Here are some ideas on what to wear and what food to bring for a successful picnic.

Wooden Boats in SLU

The Wooden Boats in SLU is a wonderful spot to bring the kids, where they have a few free programs like toy boat building, 1-hour row boat rentals, and story times that will be happening during the mid-winter break.

Indoor Activities

Cheer on the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team

If you want to bring your family to a live game, a cheaper option than going to a Kraken game is to watch the Seattle Thunderbirds down in Kent. You can easily take the light rail from downtown Seattle to the Kent station and then take an Uber to the rink. There is a game on Saturday, February 24th, at 6 pm, where tickets start from $20 per person.

DIY hot chocolate bar

To stay warm during the break, consider some hot cocoa and tasty toppings. Here is everything you need to do to get your hot cocoa bar ready for your kids.

Experience Harry Potter Magic at Play

Bring your family to the Harry Potter Magic at Play to get an interactive experience that will take you through three floors of Harry Potter-themed activities and decorations. You will get to play quidditch training games, get hands-on in Hogwarts classes, and seek out a Patronus in the Forbidden Forest. At the end, you can experience the Butterbeer Bar to taste sweet treats inspired by the Wizarding World.

Go ice skating

Lace up your skates and check out these cool places for ice skating in Seattle.

Read a book

Curling up with a book is a good way to spend some vacation time. Whether you go to a book store or a library, here’s a list of 27 children’s books.

Rollerblading and bowling

The Lynnwood Bowl and Skate offers roller skating/blading, bowling, and arcade games that bring you back to the 80’s with fun music and disco lighting. This is a family-friendly place where kids get to run (skate) around the place. On Tuesdays (6-8 pm) and Wednesdays (6-9 pm), you can sign up here for Kids Skate Free for children ten years and younger. If you’re hoping for a similar experience, and live more south of Seattle, read about the fun and unique experience at Southgate Roller Rink.

Visit a museum

February is considered Seattle Museum Month. It’s a great opportunity to explore some cool museums with the kids! You can visit the MOHAI to experience the “Boys in the Boat” Exhibit. Here are some more museums that you can bring your kids to visit including the Calder Exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum and Raul de Nieves at the Henry Art Gallery. If you’re on a budget,  you can still visit cool museums in Seattle through the SPL Museum Pass Program.

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