Where to Go in Seattle to Feel Like a Kid Again

Whether your 9-to-5er has left you longing for the days of youthful simplicity, or you need to keep an actual member of a younger demographic entertained, have no fear. Seattle has more than enough places to play, eat, and spend in ways that your 10-year-old self had always dreamed of.

Updated: January 24, 2010

Get Out and Play!


Whirley Ball Inc

23401 Hwy 99, Edmonds, WA 98026

An amazingly fun mix of jai-alai, basketball, and bumper cars, this team sport is fun for everyone, no matter how old/young/athletic/intoxicated you are.


Wild Waves & Enchanted Village

36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003

Roller coasters, water slides, carnival rides, and $10 churros. So basically the raw ingredients for every awesome summer I have ever had.


Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant

7300 Fun Center Way, Tukwila, WA 98188

If everyone truly possesses a hidden talent, mine would be a toss-up between mini golf and Dance Dance Revolution.


Pacific Science Center

200 Second Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109


Shorty's

2222 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Shorty's is a full bar with an even fuller selection of new and retro video games, so this recommendation is only for the grown-ups pretending not to be one for a little while.


Snack Time Was Never This Good


Molly Moon's Ice Cream

1622 1/2 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Despite the very un-kid-like task of waiting in line that you'll have to endure to get your hands on Molly's frosted treats, even the littlest of their customers will tell you that it's worth the wait.


Trophy Cupcakes

1815 N 45th St Ste 209, Seattle, WA 98103


Rocky Mountain Chocolate

1419 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

You know that saying "like a kid in a candy store"? Go here if you want to live it.


Dante's Inferno Dogs

1544 Nw Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107

A cheap, tasty hot dog, any way you like it. Dante's is my top pick for a Seattle dog, pre- or post-bar especially.


West Five

4539 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Despite having visited West 5 on numerous occasions, all I can really speak to from their menu is the Mac N Cheese. Should I be slightly ashamed for wasting so many chances to expand my culinary horizons? Probably. However, what you might fail to realize is that I could live off of this five cheese gift from the Gods, if only my heart could keep up.


Where to Spend Your Allowance


Archie McPhee

1300 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

If it's cool, clever, silly, weird, or conversation worthy, it's being sold at McPhee's. From ninjas to unicorns to bacon everything, never has frivolous spending been this much fun.


Golden Age Collectibles Ltd

1501 Pike Pl Ste 401, Seattle, WA 98101

Perhaps not the most expansive collection of comic books in town, they still provide one of the more interesting mixes of books, games, toys, posters, and pop culture tsotchke in town. You know, stuff that you actually want to open and play with instead of keep NIB on a shelf forever.


Fire & Sword Game Ctr

540 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98125

In case you didn't realize it, turn-based board/role playing games have essentially been on steroids since the D&D explosion of the seventies and eighties. Fire & Sword is your headquarters for the latest and greatest games and hobbies.


Top Ten Toys

120 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Here the toys are engaging yet (mostly) non-violent and educational. A good balance to that collection of zombie Marvel action figures you picked up earlier.