Best Rainy Day Activities In Seattle

April 26, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo by: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Seattle is known for its rainy days through the fall, winter and spring. The rain is great for the environment, but creates challenges for keeping children active. Playing, learning, participating and observing are the keys to expanding the minds of children, and keeping them interested in activities. The greater Seattle area is filled with fun opportunities and adventures for children of all ages, and the best part is that these venues are indoors.

This is an update to the original story Best Bad Weather Activities For Kids In Seattle, which is filled with other fun opportunities in the area.

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-1768

The Seattle Children’s Museum is located in downtown Seattle, and its 22,000 square feet are filled with adventures for children. Kids can get lost for an afternoon at the Imagination Studio, Discovery Bay, Grocery Store or Construction Zone. Each day hosts different programs for kids including story time, art projects, cooking classes and more. It is easily accessible via public transportation or private vehicle. The museum is a hands-on learning experience for children 10 months to 10 years old. Entrance to the museum requires a child within this age group. Since there is so much to explore, it is good to either pack a lunch or plan to eat at the kid-friendly restaurant upstairs.

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The Mountlake Terrace swimming pool is designed for whole family fun. (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

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

The Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion is located about 20 minutes north of downtown Seattle. This award-winning pool features many fun features, such as a lazy river, basketball hoops, a leisure pool and a beach-style pool entry with a soft bottom. It is designed for children and families to have fun, swim or relax. Other amenities include a sauna and hot tub. The facility offers use of inner tubes, water toys and fun noodles. It is handicap accessible, and has a ramp into the pool.

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-3322

The Seattle Children’s Theatre is located on the west side of the Seattle Center next to the Pacific Science Center. For 39 years, the Theatre has provided professional child-friendly productions. There are two theaters in the building, often performing at the same time for different age groups. It is home to a drama school, which offers classes and workshops for children starting at age 3.5 years old through high school. Classes are offered throughout the year, with special sessions during school breaks and summer.

Related: Guide To Indoor Jumping Places In Puget Sound

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The Museum of Flight is fun for the whole family. (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

The Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5720

The Museum of Flight is located near Boeing Field in Seattle. The museum is filled with aviation history and patrons can walk through the historic airplanes. Displays include a replica of Boeing’s first manufacturing facility in the original Boeing building, military aviation history and space exploration history. There is a flight simulator that visitors can experience, and there are many activities for children. The Wings Cafe inside the museum is a great place to eat lunch. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entry fee to the museum is $19 for adults, $11 for five to 17 years old and free for children under four. Parking is free.

Lynnwood Ice Center
19803 68th Ave. N.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 640-9999

The Lynnwood Ice Center is located in Lynnwood, just west of Highway 99. The facility offers skate rentals for patrons and is family friendly. Public skating sessions are scattered throughout the day. Admission is reasonably priced: 13 and over is $7, ages six to 12 is $6 and five and under is free. The facility includes a warm lobby, snack bar, skating instruction and a pro shop. Patrons need to dress for the cold while skating.

Related: Tips For Keeping Your Kids Active From A Seattle Fitness Professional

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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