Best Indoor Playgrounds In Seattle

August 2, 2014 4:00 AM

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The greater Seattle area is filled with many different types of indoor playgrounds for children and their parents. These activities range from a rock-climbing gym to a leisure pool. These activities are great for rainy Seattle days, or as opportunities to change the family schedule. Refer to this update to best indoor playgrounds for some new options for indoor play.
Vertical World
2330 W. Commodore Way
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 283-4497

This is an incredible place for kids who like to climb. The facility is filled with kid-size walls for indoor “rock” climbing. The walls are set with hand and foot holds, and the climbers climb in a roped-up harness. The staff is knowledgeable about rock and wall climbing, and safety is a top priority. Vertical World’s programs start at three years old, and continues to 17 years old. The gym is open seven days a week. In addition to the climbing classes, the gym offers yoga and fitness classes. It has facilities in Seattle, Redmond and Everett.

Twirl Cafe
2111 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-4552

This is a great place for the mom or dad that needs a coffee break. This cafe offers a play area, available to customers’ children. Open play is the time for parents to supervise their children in the imagination-oriented play space. The jungle tree house is a great place to start an adventure, and it is part of a larger space with a train table, play kitchen and reading corner. The cafe offers classes for children that focus on yoga and cooking. The fees depend on the amount of food and beverages purchased during the visit.

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The Frances Anderson Center is located in downtown Edmonds, and offers many activities for children. (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 771-0230

The Frances Anderson Center offers open gym to children ages 17 and under. The age limit is decided by the facility. It is known for its numerous children’s camps throughout the summer and during long school breaks. Some of the activities include Kids Digital Photography, Gymnastic Camps and others associated with science and sports. These open gym times, classes and camps are open to people both inside and outside the Edmonds area.

Related: Best Summer Day Camps In Seattle

Elevated Sportz
18311 Bothell-Everett Highway, Suite 140
Bothell, WA 98012
(425) 949-4488 

This is the ultimate indoor playground that caters to all ages. The younger children play in the ball rooms, and the older kids move through obstacle courses filled with physical challenges. This children’s gym is colorful and dynamic. It is open seven days a week, and has an on-site cafe for snacks or a quick meal. The facility offers special times, such as parents’ night out or theme night. Prices vary per activity.

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The Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion offers many activities for children. (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion
5303 228th St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
(425) 776-9173

For indoor water activities, this is the place to go. The indoor pool is filled with fun activities for kids of all ages. The leisure pool is designed to accommodate children of all ages, and adults. The pool features the lazy river, leisure pool with geysers and other fun activities, lap lanes and more. The leisure pools are designed for children six and under with parental supervision. The pool offers a wide array of swimming lessons for all ages, from baby to adults, by a well-trained staff. Fees vary per activity.

Related: Best Rainy Day Activities In Seattle

Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at

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