If it’s rainy and cold but the kids can’t be cooped up any longer, it’s time to get out, indoors. Seattle is packed with perfect indoor playgrounds for everyone’s needs whether the weather agrees with your kids’ needs or not.
Price: $7 per child
Crawlers through age 8 only
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Hours: Mon to Fri – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
The three hour sessions allow active kids a chance to jump on the trampoline, climb the rock wall, cross the monkey bars and slip and slide until they are ready to switch to some quieter play. Kiddos can also let their imagination loose as they shop at the play market, build with the blocks, look sensational in the dress up clothes or make a masterpiece with play-dough.
North Kirkland Community Center Drop-in Play
The gym is opened up for little ones to run around and play to their hearts content. Parents help their children choose which toys they want to play with (and later put back) from the many cars, bikes, balls etc. available. It’s a great environment for making friends, trying new toys, enjoy group play or some Mom and me fun.
Seattle Gymnastics Academy's Indoor Playground
Price: $4 per child enrolled in classes, $6 per child not enrolled in classes, discounts available for multiple session purchased at one time
Ages 1 to 5 years
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Sat – 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Mon to Wed – 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Children can get in as much jumping, climbing, swinging and hula-hoping they can fit into each session. Favorites include the trampolines, TumblTrak and the massive foam pit.
Price: $6 per child, per session /$50 for 10 session punch card
Ages six and under
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Children can run, dig, build, slide and even make sand angels in the large sandbox. This is a unique way to keep little ones active when it is too cold and wet to play outside. Chair massages are available on Thursdays for the grownups.
Price: Included in the zoo admission and zoo memberships
Regular season zoo admission: Adults $17.75, Children $11.50
Low season zoo admission: Adults $11.50, Children $8.50
Children under 3 are free
Hours: Regular season May 1 to Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Low Season Oct. 1 to April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Woodland Park Zoo is always a great place to head on a rainy day. Not only does it have the amazing zomazium, there are multiple indoor exhibits (download the rainy day building hop ” href=”http://www.zoo.org/document.doc?id=115″>map before going) to keep those animal lovers content for hours. Kids will be able to play for hours in Zoomazium’s all-weather, indoor play areas. The large nature-themed building is separated into multiple play areas which include areas for exploratory play, video presentations, guided learning and even puppet shows! Active kiddos will enjoy climbing a 20-foot tree, exploring a mountain cave, sliding down the strangler-fig slide and crossing the high rope bridge in the tree canopy.
Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.