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14 Fabulous Free Kid Activities in Seattle

Published May 15, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Living in Seattle is seriously sweet. However, with kids in tow it's often hard to find fun, family activities on a budget. Here's a list of 14 fabulous and free activities to do with kids in the Seattle area.

1. Discovery Park

On a sunny day, bring the family to Discovery Park. Here, your kids are free to run around the 534-acre park and pebbly shores. There's also 11.81 miles of wonderful walking and biking trails that are kid-friendly. There's also an awesome playground that was recently renovated in 2017.

2. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Head over to the west end of Salmon Bay to watch boats travel in and out of the locks. This is a great place to see the salmon running from June through September! The kiddos will love to see the activity in the water even in the off season.

3. Green Lake

The Greek Lake Trail is a very busy place for bikers, walkers, dogs and kids alike to get outside and get active. Our team loves taking our kids to Green Lake for a weekend bike ride or walk. There are also many beautiful views of the water all along the trail, which makes for a sensational sunny Sunday afternoon activity.

4. Story Time

Did you know that various libraries, bookstores, and organizations throughout the city offer free story time throughout the entire year!? Check out the Seattle Public Library, King County Library System, Island Books, and Tugboat Storytime at the Center for Wooden Boats.

5. Gas Works Park

Another fun outdoor activity to do with the entire family is visiting this beautiful 19.1-acre public park. Visiting this green place is a must-do if you are here in Seattle. Kids will love the new playground, which opened at the end of 2018. We suggest packing a picnic lunch and a frisbee and spending the day.

6. Crest Cinema Centre

Alright, this activity isn't free, but it's a great activity for families on a budget. All movies at Crest Cinema Centre are only $4 (or $5.50 for 3D movies) and are family-friendly, which makes this the perfect little treat to do with the kids on a rainy afternoon.

7. Pike Place Market

It goes without saying that, although Pike Place Market is super touristy, it's also a killer spot to take the kiddos. Let them watch the fish fly, browse through some sensational local produce, and learn the ins and outs of one of the coolest places in the city. Stop by the information booth at First and Pike for a map.

8. Free activities hosted by SAM at Olympic Sculpture Park

Bring your kids to the Olympic Sculpture Park on Saturdays throughout the summer to take advantage of fun drop-in activities throughout the grounds. There are free art activities, performances, and public tours.

9. Spray Parks

On a hot summer's day, take the family to one of Seattle's spray parks. Read your book while your kids splash in the water, or bring your bathing suit and join in on the fun. 

10. Urban Hikes

If your family loves to take advantage of mother nature, read this blog we’ve found that lists the top nine urban hikes in and around Seattle. These “secret” urban hikes are part of the official city open space project but are yet to be discovered.

11. Swamp Trail

This is a great short kid-friendly hike. The trail marks the adventures of Zoe, a woodland critter, as she meets other creatures along her journey searching for the mythical Swamp Monster. This hike will engage your children's imaginations. 

12. Farrel McWhirter Park

One awesome place to visit is the Barn Yard at Farrel McWhirter Park in Redmond. The park is free and open 365 days a year, and it is full of bunnies, ponies, goats, and many other curious creatures. If your kids love animals, this is a great place to take them.

13. Kelsey Creek Farm

Quiet and secluded, Kelsey Creek Farm is a fantastic place to take the kids for free on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The farm is home to a variety of ponies, pigs, rabbits, and much more, which your kids will love almost as much as the playground. Entry is free and there are picnic tables, so make sure to pack a lunch!

14. Seattle Free Walking Tours  

If you want to teach your kids a little bit about the city, why not take them on a totally free walking tour? The guides are always very friendly, which makes the two-hour history lesson extremely enjoyable. At the end of the tour, you only pay what you think is necessary.

If we missed any fun and budget-friendly Seattle activities, or if you want to comment on a particular place, we highly encourage you to do so in our comment section!

Carly Paracholski
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