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6 Weekday Ideas for September Fun

Summer is over but if your kids attend public school in the Seattle, they aren’t in the classroom quite yet due to a teacher’s strike. With most wading pools, spray parks, and other summer activities closed, you might be wondering what you’re going to do until school starts.

Here are 6 ideas for finding early September fun:

Hook, line and sinker

Take your kids fishing! Here are some places where you can catch dinner as well as some tips on where to find a fishing pole, tackle and other equipment. As we all know, fishing can be a waiting game, but you’re in luck! The docks that we have chosen also have great playgrounds and parks to get the wiggle out.


Try a round of putt-putt at any one of these local courses. Hit your ball through the windmill and meet it on the other side for a couple more shots into the hole. Bring a snack/lunch or check out the dining options at the park.

Seattle Staycation

Spend the day out in Seattle. Visit the waterfront, the aquarium and then grab a bite to eat at any one of the seafood restaurants along the water. Ride the ferris wheel then head to the Space Needle for spectacular views of the city. Call it a night after visiting Pike Place for a delicious dinner.

Play play playground

Swinging, sliding, merry-go-round. Head to one of many playgrounds around the Seattle area. Schedule some time at an all abilities friendly park or head to a playground with an awesome beach view. Have a child interested in trains, baseball, or games? Head to one of these themed parks.

Visit the Zoo

It’s mid-week so you’ll have fewer crowds at the Woodland Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo, or Cougar Mountain Zoo, which make for great end of summer activities. Visit the lions and the tiger, spend the day with the giraffes and maybe even feed the kangaroos at Fall City Wallaby Ranch. Into more docile creatures? Visit one of the many petting zoos around the Seattle area.

These boots were made for hiking

When all else fails, choose a trail. We’ve got ones for the little kids, and ones that will take you to the prettiest waterfalls. Others here are easy walks at Mt. Rainier National Park and still another set of trails for the fall.


Maybe you can’t get away for an outdoor adventure.  Hopefully, one of these indoor projects will spark joy for your child and keep them occupied long enough to give you some of your own time.

Looking for more things to do? Find it here.

About the Author

Jasmin Thankachen

Jasmin is the Associate Publisher at Seattle's Child and an Eastside mom of two boys. She enjoys parenting with lots of love and laughter. Co-Founder of PopUp StoryWalk, she also loves children's picture books, essay writing, and community stories.