Kid-friendly breweries? Yes, please!
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Father’s Day or any other day than with a tasting at a local family-friendly brewery. The children can grab some fun foods off the menu, play some games, and enjoy their favorite juice or soda, while parents try a smattering of cold brews.
Thanks to a growing trend in family-friendly breweries and tasting rooms, there are now more places than ever for Seattleites to enjoy a brew and not be glared at for rolling in with the kids in tow. Whether it’s for playoffs, the Big Game, March Madness, or just an excuse for a family trip out, grab your half-pints and head to one of our favorite kid-friendly drinking spots the whole family can enjoy.
This family run brewery offers “bloody good beer” crafted on site in their Ballard location. They have a rotating food truck schedule, or you can order from Zeek’s for a pie delivered to the brewery with a special discount. Free pretzels for the kids too!
The Tap Room
5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle.
Optimism Brewing Company
Located in Capitol Hill, this brewery has an enclosed play area packed with toys and books, and the kids’ birthday parties are as fun for the adults as they are the kiddos. Food trucks are on site, or you can order delivery from a nearby restaurant straight to the beer hall.
1158 Broadway, Seattle.
At the the self-proclaimed center of the universe, you’ll find this brewery that offers a large indoor area for chillier days, and a patio that’s perfect for a sunny summer picnic. You can order delivery from one of Fremont’s many tasty eateries, and free pretzels and apples will keep the kiddos happy until dinner arrives. Kids can also play with games and toys while they wait to sip on their favorite juice or soda. Kombucha also available for kids.
1050 N 34th St., Seattle.
Found in the heart of Ballard’s brewery district, Stoup offers a drawing area for little artists equipped with art supplies and construction paper. They have a snack machine full of healthy options, and an ongoing rotation of food trucks on site. At their Kenmore site, order beers and food to go. Choose from an array of award-winning beers and delicious bites, friendly for the whole family.
Ballard: 1108 NW 52nd St., Seattle.
Kenmore: 6704 NE 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028
Rooftop Brew Co.
This is one of the most kid (and pet)-friendly breweries around and is located right off the South Ship Canal bike path. Kids can draw on the walls with chalk, enjoy a game of magnetic darts, or help themselves to the free popcorn machine. There are a number of excellent beers on tap for the parents, and a rotation of food trucks on site 7 days a week. You can bring your own food too!
1220 W Nickerson St, Seattle.
Capitol Hill’s spacious Bavarian-style beer hall has been a family favorite since opening in 2013. Their extensive menu offers brats, frites, giant pretzels and more, and when the kids get antsy, there are 5 bocce ball courts to keep them busy.
912 12th Ave, Seattle.
Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria
For those on the East Side, this casual brewpub offers a wide range of craft beers on tap, and crayons with coloring pages for kids. Their house-specialty pizzas are made with a fermented dough crust that is crisp, flavorful, and perfectly chewy.
5606 119th Ave SE # A, Bellevue.
Something extra: Don’t miss the Washington Brewer’s Festival
Entering its 15th year, head over to Marymoor Park, for a sampling of over 400 beers from 100 Washington State brewers June 16-18 (2023). Kids are welcome on Saturday and Sunday (not Friday) and will enjoy the root beer/soda garden, inflatables, live music, face painters, balloon artists and a craft table.
Originally published Feb. 2018; updated February 2023
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