Kid-Friendly Activities in Seattle

Parks and shorelines are obvious choices for kid-friendly activities, but when weather is as unpredictable as it is in Seattle, it's always good to have a back-up plan when you're responsible for planning a day of family fun. Below are just a few suggestions for all-age, indoor activities that range from educational to purely enjoyable.

Updated: June 08, 2010

Kid-Friendly Activities

Pacific Science Center

200 Second Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Those who grew up in the Seattle area will appreciate the chance to take their own kiddies to this Seattle Center staple that originated during the 1962 World's Fair. Now, it's an IMAX theater, a home for traveling exhibits and an all-around kid-friendly science museum.

Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

There's nothing so captivating for adults and children alike than the ocean; get a little taste of life under water at this stunning aquarium, with hands-on exhibits for all ages, toddler-only events and summer camp for kids in the 7-15 year range.

Archie McPhee

1300 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

For gag gifts, costumes and toys of all shapes and sizes, a visit to this Wallingford store is essential. You won't find traditional dolls or stuffed animals, but this is the spot for bendable broccoli figurines, tiny plastic babies and bacon-scented Band-Aids.


1932 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

This downtown boutique is part of the Fancy-Schmancy-Nancy trilogy--this one featuring the sort of collectible toys that appeal to kids but are cool enough to keep into adulthood. Mom may want to duck into Fancy next door for some trinkets for herself.

Lynnwood Bowl & Skate

6210 200th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

It may require a drive to Lynnwood, but this spacious center is a virtual one-stop shop for kid-friendly activities. There are 24 lanes for bowling, a skating rink and a bar with happy hour prices for Mom and Dad.