Seattle's Child

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Seattle offers indoor play areas at many community centers

Keep kids safe and active if you don't want to go outside

Fall has arrived in the Seattle area, with its mix of mild, gorgeous days and the occasional damp, dreary ones.

Winter, too, will gift us the occasional burst of sunshine but, well, this is Seattle.

And that’s where indoor play areas come in.

Here’s where and when to find free, drop-in open gyms and playrooms at Seattle’s community center.

Registration is not required, but capacity is limited. Parents are asked to get a free Quick Card, which helps the city track usage of the facilities. And anyone showing cold symptoms is asked to stay home that day. Notes: Parent or guardian must always be present. Food and drinks aren’t allowed inside but some have nearby hallways or areas where you can take a snack break.

Here’s what’s Seattle offers in the way of indoor play areas:

indoor play areas

Tot playrooms

What: For ages 5 and younger. Interactive drop-in playtime for kids 5 and younger: bouncy toys, scooters other toys.

Where: Ballard, Green Lake, Lake City, Laurelhurst, Miller, Queen Anne and Yesler.

Details: Days and hours vary by location. Here’s the schedule.


Tot gyms

What: Also for 5 and younger. Playrooms are full of toys, mats and slides.

Where: 16 community center locations: Ballard, Bitter Lake, Garfield, High Point, Laurelhurst, Loyal Heights, Magnolia, Meadowbrook, Miller, Montlake, Northgate, Queen Anne, Ravenna-Eckstein, Rainier Beach, South Park and Van Asselt.

Details: Find days and hours here.

And here’s all the indoor play area information in a one-page, printable document. Keep it handy for those inevitable days when cabin fever sets in.


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About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.