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Add hiking to your spring break plans

Include hiking and exploring your town over spring break. (iStock image)

Top 6 kid-friendly spring break outings

Get out and explore!

School’s out and families are heading into spring break with lots of downtime. Kids (and parents) are hoping for lots of sunshine and fun! Some families are feeding their wanderlust and taking trips, while others are sticking around and taking advantage of all the adventure that’s right here in town. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy your time together, making lots of good memories.  Here are the top 6 family-friendly spring break outings we came up with that are worth adding to your bucket list for your time off!


You don’t have to travel far to find a nice place to get away from it all for spring break. Whether you like the sun, sand or snow – we’ve got you covered with these local destinations. Book now and be sure to ask for spring savings and discounts.

Unsure of which one to do? Read our parent reviews about Semiahmoo, Seabrook, or Alderbrook Resort three popular family destinations. Choose an island getaway instead: San Juan, Whidbey (check out the Price Sculpture Forest) Brainbridge or Vashon. With so many options, you can’t go wrong!

Get outside and play!

Slides, swings, monkey bars and more! There are so many play structures all over the Seattle area. Find a new one to explore on the eastside. Want a park with views? Check out our list of playgrounds with beaches, mountains or water views. If the weather is nice, bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Maybe you’re planning a road-trip for spring break and need to make stops to get those wiggles out. Venture out to one of these destination playgrounds along your route for some extra fun (and a quieter car ride).

Want a park with a little bit of everything? Hiking, biking, walking, playing – that’s what these parks offer and will keep the family busy all break long.

Flower Power

Cherry blossom season is almost at it’s peak, but there’s still time to visit the gardens for pretty pictures and walks around these iconic trees. You may be able to catch a festival too, hosted by various organizations around town. Check out the Seattle’s Child calendar for more family-friendly outings and events.

Not a cherry blossom fan, but love spring blooms? Visit the Bellevue Botanical Garden or any one of these hidden gems around Seattle. Gardens located in neighborhoods and others within larger parks, experiencing these flowered parks is a sign that spring is in the air.

Head to the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley this month. Enjoy the tulips, daffodils, food, flowers and activities around town. Go on the weekday to avoid long lines and crowds.

Spend a day in Seattle!

With new improvements added to the Seattle Waterfront, a trip downtown is a must! Read our recent review detailing a visit to the Seattle Aquarium, good eats, and a fun space to play on the pier.

Visit a museum or a farm!

See Seattle’s newest museum, WNDR or visit the Seattle Children’s Museum. Don’t miss the Cougar Mountain Zoo too or head on over to the Point Defiance Zoo and experience their new Nature Garden .

Check out baby goats, chicks, bunnies at one of these popular petting zoos. Want something more exotic and an experience to remember, hop on over to the Fall City Kangaroo Farm! 

Get hiking

The Pacific Northwest is a hiker’s haven. If you have little ones or kids who like shorter and paved walks, here are some trails you don’t want to miss. Need more of a heart-pumping workout? Check out stairway walks that impart a little history about Seattle and really have you counting your steps.

Take an easy art walk on the east side or check out one of these state parks. Spend the day hiking and enjoying all the beauty that Washington has to offer over spring break.


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