Although Seattle does not automatically come to mind when looking for a kid-friendly city, it is actually jam packed full of fun activities and experiences geared toward the little ones. You will enjoy seeing your kids' reactions to each of the fun items on this list. Check it out.
Experience the Seattle Children's Museum. This interactive museum features more than 22,000 square feet of exhibit space. There are nine permanent exhibits, including the global village and central mountain. You can also stop in at the story telling circle and art studio to learn something new.
Play at the Pacific Science Center. At this museum, your kids will love the insect collection, including live butterfly room, and science playground exhibits. The outdoor water-based exhibits are also loads of fun as the weather starts to warm up.
Run through the Seattle Center Fountain. You can continue the water play at the Seattle Center fountain down the path from the children's museum and science center. The giant fountain moves to the music and blasts water into the air over the crowds of children waiting below.
Go Ride the Duck. Take a tour of the city like never before by riding the duck. This amphibious vehicle takes you on a full tour of the historical district, waterfront and downtown area before hopping into Lake Union for a view of a few more iconic locations. Also- it's only $5 for Washington residents for the month of March!
Visit the Olympic Sculpture Park. This park sits at the end of the long line of piers at the waterfront. Your kids will love to see the metal tree, stone maze and eagle sculptures at this location.
Go to the Aquarium. Walk back along the waterfront to the Aquarium on pier 59. Your kids can see an octopus up close, touch starfish and sea urchins, and watch seals in action here.
Ride the Ferris Wheel. The waterfront's brand new Ferris wheel gives you a breathtaking view of the city on one side and the Sound on the other. If you have the funds, and a boatload of courage, pick the clear-bottomed VIP cart for your ride.
Visit the Pike Place Market. Although the Pike Place Market is typically reserved for the older crowd, you cannot skip its amazing magic shop during your waterfront visit. Kids enjoy picking up their own kits for making magic and learning some tricks of the trade during their visit.
Walk through Woodland Park Zoo. The Woodland Park Zoo houses lions, tigers, bears, gorillas and many more animals in specially designed enclosures. Plan your visit with enough time to catch the birds of prey presentation for a true treat.
Visit the Ballard Locks. Kids cannot get enough of the action at the Ballard locks. As boats come through, operators manipulate the water levels in a dramatic fashion. You may see fish, sea lions and birds interacting along the span of the locks. On your way out, grab some fish and chips (and ice cream!) at the Lockspot Cafe for the best meal in town.
Walk Around Green Lake. Kids and adult alike walk, jog, ride or skip around the three-mile trail surrounding this lake. After walking the lake trail, hit the playground to allow your kids to burn the rest of their energy. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee from the little cafe next to the playground while you rest.
Walk Along Alki Beach. This is one of the only beaches in the Seattle area suited for building sandcastles or playing volleyball. You can enjoy the gorgeous view of downtown Seattle while your kids frolic in the sand and hop waves to their hearts' content.
Shop at the Junction. Head back up to California Street to visit all of the cute little boutiques and shops at the Junction. Check out the kids consignment shops for clothes and toys for your kiddos. Do not miss the bookstore, cupcake shop and music stores on your way down the road.
Enjoy Ice Cream at Husky Delicatessen. While moving through the junction, plan to have dinner and ice cream at Husky Delicatessen. This little eatery offers custom made sandwiches, including grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly, which suit even the pickiest eaters. All of the ice cream served at this joint is handmade onsite.
Enjoy the Lincoln Park Saltwater Pool. Lincoln Park boasts the only heated, outdoor saltwater pool in this area. Even better, the pool sits right on the beach for a gorgeous view of the Sound while you swim. On the other side of the park is a small kiddie pool for wading if you prefer not to take a full dip in the water.
Seattle has no shortage of fun activities for toddlers, teenagers and every age in between. Your only difficulty will be trying to wrangle your kids back home after a fun day out on the town!