Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer In Seattle

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Published May 29, 2017

Fun ideas to do with the kids to enjoy the summer weather. From cool events to watch out for, to simple ways to explore the beautiful city we live in.


Since Seattle is well known for its dreary, blustery weather, the second the sun comes out, festivals, activities and excursions abound. Parents especially love to show their kids the true beauty of the city by participating in all of the events held through the summer. You can work the following 20 things to do into your summer schedule to thoroughly enjoy all of the sunny weather.

Pick Berries To Eat On The Road

As you travel into town, make sure to watch for signs indicating a nearby berry patch along the way. The self pick strawberry, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry patches are usually just a short jaunt off the freeway exit.


Walk The Trails At Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park in the Broadview neighborhood features a nice playground, beachfront access and over six miles of trails across its amazing 216 acres of space. As you walk the trails and beaches, watch for appearances from local wildlife to provide your kids with a unique learning experience.

Gaze In Awe At The Gum Wall

Take your kids to the Pike Place Market to gaze in awe (or horror!) at the majestic gum wall in Post Alley.


Enjoy The Center For Wooden Boats

Visit The Center for Wooden Boats in South Lake Union to tour historical maritime designs and even take a paddleboat, sailboat or rowboat out on the water with your family.

Visit The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight offers an up close and personal look at suspended aircraft from civilian planes to precision military machines.


Bike Around Green Lake

Right in the center of North Seattle sits Green Lake, wrapped in wide trail marked for biking and walking. Orient yourself with the path markings to set out in the right direction, as you pedal around the paved trail.

Attend The Milk Carton Derby

Green Lake is also the home of the Milk Carton Derby, an annual race held at the start of the Seafair season. Attend the derby on July 15th from 8am to 4pm to see an amazing array of locally constructed watercraft.


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Go To The Woodland Park Zoo

 Woodland Park Zoo in the Ballard area recently developed the Banyan Park exhibit featuring gorgeous tigers and sloth bears. Once you're able to break everyone away from that exhibit, your family will enjoy sights of reptiles, amphibians, birds, bugs and mammals of all kinds across the rest of the expansive zoo grounds.

Visit The Ballard Locks

Ballard Locks is one of Seattle's most popular tourist attractions, especially during the sunny months.There are no. of events & summer concerts scheduled at the Ballard Lock. Children's Scandinavian Dance, Live music Jazz festival, Historic Boat Parade are few of them. You can check the more detailed schedule here.

Welcome The Seafair Pirates Into Town

The Seafair Pirates storm the beaches of Alki to mark the start of the festival filled parade season in Seattle. Let your kids play on the beach and eat ice cream while waiting for the pirates to arrive.


Visit The Greenwood Parade

A Greenwood summertime tradition, the annual Greenwood Seafair Parade presented by Fred Meyer is the oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region.

Thousands of people line the route to watch the over 100 entrants that include bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and more on July 26, 6-8.30pm.

Watch The Space Needle Fireworks

On the 4th of July, one of the best fireworks displays to enjoy is the one presented at the Space Needle. You can watch at the armory or secure a position at one of the vantage points around town.


Climb The Volcano At Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill gives kids a chance to swim in a wading pool, play on a playground or climb a giant volcano.

Taste The Bite Of Seattle

You can sample Seattle area restaurants, one bite at a time, at The Bite of Seattle all day at the Seattle Center on July 21th through the 23th.

Visit Dragon Fest

Dragon Fest held on July 15th and 16th in the Chinatown-International District showcases cultural drumming, dancing and fighting displays from morning until night.


Attend White Center Jubilee Days

For a carnival experience unlike any other, visit the White Center Jubilee days from July 19th through 23th. On the last day, stay late to experience the awesome firework show.

Grab Fresh Made Ice Cream At Husky Deli

The Husky Deli in West Seattle offers fresh, handmade ice cream in cones and cups with a wide range of topping choices.

Swim at Lincoln Park Wading Pool

The wading pool at Lincoln Park sits in the shade to give your kids and you a breather after a long day of exploring the city.


Talk To Beach Naturalists Onsite

Beach Naturalists from the Seattle Aquarium walk the waterfront at Lincoln Park to share their knowledge of tides, sea creatures and the local environment.

Play Through The Pinball Museum

Your kids will love to learn about the arcade games of yesteryear by visiting the Pinball Museum on Maynard Street in Seattle. Leave your quarters at home and just pay for the all day wristband for free plays throughout your visit.


No matter where you end up on your trip through Seattle, you will surely find yourself having a great time as you look upon the awe and wonder on your kids' faces. Remember to go with the flow and just have fun.

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