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Fun Spring Break activities with the kids in and around Seattle

Get out and explore!

Spring break is a short preview of the coming summer break – lots of free time for the kids and parents searching for activities to keep them busy. Some families are fortunate enough to take off for a trip for the whole week, while others are sticking around and taking advantage of all the fun opportunities available right here in the Puget Sound area.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for Spring break fun for all ages – from last-minute overnight getaways to short outings around town.

Hotel with Swimming Pools Staycations 

You don’t have to travel far to find a great place to get away from it all for spring break and you don’t need more than one night to feel like you’ve all had a little vacation time. To cut out the long drive, consider one or two nights at a nearby hotel with a swimming pool. Our “Guide to Family-Friendly Hotel Pools Around Seattle” tells you not only which hotel pools – indoors and out – are best for kids, but also what family fun opportunities you can find near each hotel just in case you (if not your kids) don’t want to spend the whole time poolside. Also if you care to add to the adventure, consider taking a bus and/or the light rail to your destination.

If you like the idea of pool time for the kids during Spring break but want to skip the overnight at a hotel, check out our Guide to Seattle-Area Indoor Public Swimming Pools.

Get outside and play!

Slides, swings, monkey bars, zip lines — there are so many great play structures all over the greater Seattle area. Find a new playground to explore on the eastside   or plan to visit all of these:  10 Very Fun Playgrounds with a Theme  including trains, outer space and dragons.

Another way to get active outdoor fun is to “Visit all 5 of the magnificent trolls “. Make visiting all 5 a Spring Break 2024 goal!

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

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

Cherry blossom season is almost past its peak, but there’s still time to visit one of the many places to find cherry blossoms for pretty pictures and walks. Bring a picnic to give kids more time to explore. Also, a visit to the Bellevue Botanical Garden or any one of these hidden garden gems around Seattle will reveal sure signs that spring is in the air.

Visit a museum or a farm!

Visit the Seattle Children’s Museum and unbox your inner engineer for their seasonal exhibit Beyond the Box, where kids and parents work together on building 2D and 3D creations. Don’t forget the Pacific Science Center, a great outing with preschoolers to teens with a Laser Light Dome experience, an IMAX Theatre, a Planetarium, a Butterfly House, and hours of fun playing with an incredible assortment of interactive exhibits. Come visit the newest exhibit, the Pollinator Path, at the Pacific Science Center.

The Raúl de Nieves exhibit at the Henry Gallery on the UW Campus combines well with a visit to see what remains of the cherry blossoms on the UW campus as the season wanes. Read our Mother and Child Review here.

If someone in your group is a big animal lover, don’t miss the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah or head on over to the Point Defiance Zoo and experience their new Nature Garden .  Or check out baby goats, chicks, bunnies at one of these popular petting zoos. Want something more exotic and an experience to remember? Head on over to the Reptile Zoo in Monroe, WA, and experience Close Encounters with a variety of reptiles, including a two-headed turtle, an albino crocodile, snakes, and more.

Get hiking

If you have little ones or kids who like shorter and paved walks, here are some trails for young hikers 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 provide the workout.  Or take a look at this excellent list of hikes you might not have heard about:  Spring hikes that are easy and kid-friendly 

 

Family-Friendly Events Happening During  Spring Break:

 

Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley

April 01-30. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (check hours for each location; hours vary).

While the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival itself is ticket-free, there are four different tulip gardens that offer distinctive experiences and ticket prices including: Tulip Town, RoozenGaarde, Tulip Valley Farms, and Garden Rosalyn.  Purchase tickets at the garden entrance or online in advance.

Location: Varies by farm

Cost: Varies by farm

 

Visit Baby Chicks at Swanson’s Nursery

April 01-14. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Come visit baby chicks at Swansons Nursery while they grow for several weeks. While you’re here, you can choose a name for the baby chicks and enter the “name the chicks” contest.

Location: Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117

Cost: Free

 

Hidden Worlds: The Films of Laika Exhibit at MoPOP

April 01 – August 27. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Every day, closed on Wednesdays.

The Museum of Pop Culture presents their new special exhibit Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA. You will see behind-the-scenes access to the studio’s production techniques, along with immersive set displays, character interactives, and sneak peeks of upcoming work. This exhibit is for all ages.

Location: Museum of Pop Culture, 325 5th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109

Cost: Youth (5-12): $25, Students w/ID: $32, Regular: $35. Buy tickets here.

 

Design, Create & Play in Beyond the Box Exhibit

April 01-14. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Monday (closed on Tuesday).

Unbox your inner engineer in Seattle Children’s Museum’s seasonal exhibit, Beyond the Box. You will work together and use common household materials, loads of cardboard, and Makedo tools to push their limits building 2D and 3D creations of all shapes, sizes, and specialties. Recommended for ages 3-10 with an adult. This is free with admission or membership.

Location: Seattle Children’s Museum, 305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98119

Cost: $14 for children and adults. No reservation is needed; walk-in basis only.

 

Moisture Festival

April 03-14. 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday.

Presented as a variety show, each act or artist routine at the Moisture Festival 2024 happens within a 3-15 minute time slot while being accompanied by a live show band. From aerialists to jugglers, magicians to comedians, all the weird and wonderful keeping this genre fresh and exciting. Learn more here about all the performers that will be at Moisture Festival 2024. This event is for all ages.

Location: Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122

Cost: $42 for youth (12 and under) and $55-$60 for adults and seniors. Buy tickets HERE.

 

Close Encounters at the Reptile Zoo

April 04 – August 30. Thursdays & Fridays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bring your kids and family to The Reptile Zoo in Monroe to experience Close Encounters through August 2024. When you get to the zoo you can reserve a time slot to join in on a scheduled Close Encounter. You will get to see turtles, alligators, lizards, and many types of snakes, including some venomous types such as cobras and rattlesnakes. Some of their most popular animals include a turtle with two heads and an albino alligator.

Location: The Reptile Zoo, 22715 U.S. 2 Monroe, WA 98272

Cost: Admission is $7.95 – $11.95; ages 2 and younger free. You can buy tickets/reserve spot at the zoo in person. Close Encounters is included with admission.

 

Rad Science Eclipse Party

Monday, April 08. 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy out-of-this-world solar system science activities and a spectacular celestial show at Imagine Children’s Museum. Activities will take place outdoors, rain or shine, for all ages.

Location: Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St, Everett, WA 98201

Cost: $22 for children and adults, FREE for babies 12 months and under.

 

Lake City Mini Park Free Fun

Tuesday, April 09. 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join Lake City Mini Park for free fun for the family. They will have music, crafts, a movie, and more for the family. They will feature the film Migration at 2 p.m.

Location: Lake City Mini Park, 12363 Lake City Way NE Seattle, WA 98125

Cost: Free

 

Seattle Kraken Open Practice

Tuesday, April 9 & Thursday, April 11. Rink doors open 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. practice times vary.

Come watch your Seattle Kraken open practice at their official training facility. The Starbucks Rink can accommodate up to 600 fans. Following practice, head upstairs for lunch at 32 Bar & Grill! Attendees will receive a 10% off coupon, valid same-day only. Seating is first come, first serve.

Location: Kraken Community Iceplex, 10601 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Cost: Free

 

Weekly Youth Soccer Clinic

Wednesday, April 10. 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. (every Wednesday).

Join Camden F. & Elliot M. with the Ballard FC Foundation on Wednesday in the gymnasium and outdoor fields for free soccer clinics from at Family First Renton. Recommended for children K-5 and Tweens.

Location: Family First Community Center, 16200 116th Ave SE Renton, WA 98058

Cost: Free

 

Preschool Arts and Crafts at Lake City Branch

Wednesday, April 10. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (every Wednesday).

Join Rec’ N The Streets Recreation Leaders for Preschool Arts and Crafts at the Lake City Library. Families with children ages 3-5 are welcome to attend this weekly arts and crafts program. Supplies provided. Registration is not required but room capacity can fill up quickly.

Location: Lake City Branch – SPL, 12501 28th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125

Cost: Free

 

Live Music in Westlake Park

Wednesday, April 10. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy free live music downtown with their busker series every Wednesday from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Stop by for lunch or happy hour with a set by Seattle artists performing a variety of genres and styles.

Location: Westlake Park, 401 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: Free

 

Firefighter Storytime at Columbia City Library

Wednesday, April 10. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Columbia City Library invites preschoolers, parents, and caregivers to a special storytime that highlights fire safety. Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department will conduct story times with books on fire safety and display firefighting equipment and trucks. This early learning program is intended for preschool ages and older (4+), their caregivers, and families. Registration is not required (but room capacity can fill up quickly).

Location: Columbia Branch,  4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: Free

 

Free Wooden Boat Storytime at SLU

Thursday, April 11. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Sue Kimpton for Wooden Boat Storytime in the Boathouse and be enchanted by her irrepressible wit and storytelling charm. This program is best suited for pre-k, kindergarten, and early elementary-aged kids. There will also be a toy boat building on April 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. that you and your kids can check out, where you will learn to construct your design, build and decorate a toy boat with recycled materials.

Location: The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109

Cost: Free

 

Washington State Spring Fair

April 11-14 & 18-21. Times vary by day.

Visit the Spring Fair in Puyallup with the family to experience thrilling rides and classic games with activities for all ages, exhibits, and attractions, including Dock Dogs, Racing Pigs, and more. Don’t forget that on April 11 & 18, it is Kids Free Thursdays, where kids ages 0-18 get free admission into the fair.

Location: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave SW Puyallup, WA 98371

Cost: $13-17 for general (13+), $11-$13 for children (6-12), FREE for kids under 5. Buy tickets here.

 

The Cutest Show on Earth: Family Show

April 11-14. Times vary; look at show times here.

The Cutest Show on Earth is a high-energy, free show (included with admission) designed to get family members playing together at the Washington State Fair. Kids dress up and become star performers in a live theater experience! Don’t forget that Thursday, April 11 there will be: Kids Free Thursdays: Ages 0-18 get FREE admission AND all ages get FREE Spring Fair admission from 2 pm to 4 pm with a suggested non-perishable food donation for the Puyallup Food Bank.

Location: Showplace Stage, Washington State Fair Puyallup, WA 98371

Cost: Fee, included with fair admission. Buy tickets here.

 

Tiny Tots with Seattle Symphony

April 12-13. Fridays at 10:30 a.m. or Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

The Seattle Symphony musicians share their favorite stories, songs and musical games in a series that introduces your youngest listeners to the instruments of the orchestra. These fun, interactive concerts are approximately 30 minutes and perfect for families and their children (0-5). Arrive early for pre-concert activities that include a xylophone orchestra, a reading station, a percussion play area, and concert-specific craft in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.

Location: Benaroya Hall – S Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, 200 University St Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: $12, buy tickets here.

 

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

April 12-14. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join the 49th annual Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival that will be happening at the Seattle Center. This will be a weekend-long celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American culture and it is free and open to the public. They will feature music, performing and martial arts, exhibits and demonstrations of arts such as ikebana, tea ceremony, and bonsai by masters, as well as lessons for beginners. Family-friendly with hands-on children activities, culinary treats and more.

Location: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle WA 98109

Cost: Free

 

Visit Old McDebbies Farm 

April 12-14. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open every weekend (Friday-Sunday) throughout the year.

Come visit Old McDebbies Farm and Jim’s U-Fish, a local family business, a 20+ acre farm has everything from farm animals, exotics, fishing ponds, and nature trails. This farm is farther outside of Seattle but is a great option to get away from the city and experience the farm life and outdoors. This includes the barn, exotic exhibits, playgrounds, musical forest, picnic tables, and free-roaming animals.

Location: Old McDebbie’s Farm / Jim’s U-Fish, 4924 268th St E, Spanaway, WA 98387

Cost: $14 admission (18+ yrs old), $12 admission (3-17 yrs old), Free for anyone 2 and under. Buy tickets HERE.

 

Street Hockey for Kids

Friday, April 12. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (every Friday).

Rec’N The Streets will be hosting a Street Hockey Learn to Play program for youths 8-13 to get free weekly (every Friday) coaching sessions and exciting scrimmages at Pinehurst Playground. This is for all skill levels, and they will provide free sticks and protective gear to keep your kids safe while they learn.

Location: Pinehurst Playground, 12029 14th Avenue Northeast Seattle, WA 98125

Cost: Free

 

Finding Nemo JR Musical at Village Theatre

Friday, April 12-28. 7:30 p.m. show time: April 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27. The 2 p.m. show time: April 14, 21, 28.

Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, April at Village Theatre. It will feature songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow”. This musical is appropriate for all ages (rated G). Note: April 13 show is a pay what you will (suggested $10 ticket price). 

Location: Village Theatre First Stage (Hunt Family Theatre), 120 Front Street North, Issaquah, WA 98027

Cost: $22 (ages 18 and younger), $27 for adults. Buy tickets here.

 

Sing Along & Sounds Family Event on Bainbridge Island

Saturday, April 13. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Join this two-part event, Sing Along & Sounds for the family. First, you will explore music at KiDiMu at 9 a.m. and then you will enjoy the concert for 0-6 year olds and their families at 10:30 a.m. at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum located just down the street.

Location: KiDiMu, 301 Ravine Ln NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Cost: $16 for adults, $12 for children, Free for infants. Buy tickets HERE.

 

Spring Spectacular at Woodland Park Zoo

Saturday, April 13. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate all things spring at the Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Spectacular. Family-friendly activities will include spring-themed treats for animals, up-close encounters with farm animals in the Contact Area, arts and crafts, photo opportunities with zoo mascots, games, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Location: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA 98103. You can enter West Entrance at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. or South Entrance at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.

Cost: Free with Zoo Admission; $30 for adult (13-64), $18 for child (3-12). Toddlers 0-2 are free. Buy tickets here.

 

Magnuson Children’s Garden: Free Classes

Saturday, April 13. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Magnuson Children’s Garden hosts FREE, family-friendly garden classes every 2nd Saturday from April to October. These classes are suitable for adults and for families and include hands-on learning activities in the garden for all ages.

Location: Behind the Magnuson Brig Building, 6344 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115

Cost: Free; must register here.

 

Yuri’s Day Family Activities at the Museum of Flight

Saturday, April 13. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Museum’s April 13 Yuri’s Day is a celebration of human space exploration with family activities, an astronaut, an author, some droids and cosplayers, and of course, music and dance. They will be featuring a DanceABLE Experience that is the first of its kind tailored to create a better live music experience for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Note: By registering for this dance activity, you verify that you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing or claiming a ticket for someone who is.

Location: Museum of Flight, Seattle WA 98108

Cost: $26 for adult (18-64), $18 for youth (5-17) and FREE for children 4 and under. FREE for Museum Members, included with museum admission. Buy tickets HERE.

 

Family Saturday Origami in the Garden 

Saturday, April 13. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join the Seattle Japanese Garden for their first Family Saturday in April, where they will have a Seattle-based group P.A.P.E.R., will show you some origami techniques in the Tateuchi Community Room. Papers and instructions will be available for all visitors in the community room 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. FREE admission to all youth 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Family Saturday.

Location: The Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Boulevard East Seattle, WA 98112

Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for seniors. Free for youth 12 and under for Family Saturday until 2 p.m.

 

Kids Music Star Laurie Berkner Concert

Saturday, April 13. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Kids Music Star Laurie Berkner brings her greatest hits concert to the Edmonds Center for the Arts. A true pioneer in children’s music, providing a soundtrack to childhood and memories. Families are encouraged to arrive one hour before showtime to enjoy a “Toniepalooza,” featuring activities, giveaways, tonies® trading, and more!

Location: Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N. Edmonds, WA 90820

Cost: $24 – $84, plus applicable fees (babies under 1 year old sitting in laps are free). Buy tickets here.

 

Big Vince Balloons and Magic Show

Saturday, April 13. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (occurs monthly on the second Saturday)

Come and enjoy an evening filled with enchanting magic acts and whimsical balloon creations. RSVP to secure your spot in this delightful celebration.

Location: West Wall Bar & Cafe, 900 Poplar Pl S Seattle, WA 98144

Cost: Free, must RSVP by phone: (206) 851-5335 or email: lscelzi@mmrginc.com

 

Family Model Matzah Baking

Sunday, April 14. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Bring the family and bake your very own handmade Matzah, an interactive story of Passover, and decorate an afikoman bag for your seder at the Chabad of NW Seattle.

Location: Chabad of NW Seattle, 115 N 85th St Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98103

Cost: $20 per family. Buy tickets here.

 

Family Game Day at Blue Highway Games

Sunday, April 14. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Family Game Day at Blue Highway Games in Seattle is a free event that welcomes families of all ages to participate. Bring your family for free activities on the second Sunday of every month. BHG has an open playspace and event space with tables and a game library designed for patrons and community members to gather and play games in. They also provide board games for all ages.

Location: Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave N Seattle, WA 98109

Cost: Free

 

Community Art Day at Cascadia Art Museum

Sunday, April 14. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy community art day, free admission all day, and an array of activities for all ages, including art-making activities, Gelli Plate Printing and an Imagination Station, a String Quartet performance by Mountlake Terrace HS Orchestra, a scavenger hunt and much more!

Location: Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020

Cost: Free

 

Guided Goat Walk: Plucky Palomino Petting Zoo

Sunday, April 14. 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Come on a walk on the wild side as you explore the Tollgate Farm Park loop trail. You’ll be accompanied by one of the four-legged farmyard friends and a zookeeper guide. This is a group activity with up to 10 participants per outing. Walks last around 45 minutes, and participating children must be accompanied by an adult to lead their animal buddy.

Location: Tollgate Farm Barn, 901 Bendigo Blvd N, North Bend, WA 98045

Cost: $15 for children (2-17), $25 for adults, free for kids under age 2. Buy tickets here.

 

Pre-Passover Seder Circus at Chabad Mercer Island

Sunday, April 14. 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Get the Pesach experience for the whole family at this free event and kick off the festivities with The Big Top Bash, where children will go head-to-head in circus-themed activities. From the Tightrope Tango and Circus Mime to The Great Escape and Hoopla Hoopla. Kids will make their own mini Seder circus movie craft to premiere at their own family Seders and there will be a performance with acrobats to enjoy.

Location: Chabad Mercer Island, 9010 SE 40th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Cost: Free

 

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