Seattle Parks and Recreation
Seattle’s Parks and Recreation department offers comprehensive programs for children of all ages. Families will find a wide range of activities throughout the year, including environmental education centers offering free Saturday classes and youth sports. Community Connections – a free summer drop-in program for elementary and middle school children – offers activities that explore Seattle’s diverse culture. Contact Parks and Recreation for schedules and additional information.
8603 Fauntleroy Way Southwest
Seattle, Wash. 98136
Seattle’s Lincoln Park offers more activities than most kids could attempt in one day. This popular place includes playgrounds (including one that is Americans with Disabilities Act compliant), walking and hiking paths, picnic areas, and soccer and football fields. Coleman Pool – a heated, saltwater, Olympic-sized pool – has a water slide, two diving boards and three wading pools. Park admission is free. The park is open daily, 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Contact Parks and Recreation for the pool schedule.
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, Wash. 98108
Kids who would like to be under the sea will love the Seattle Aquarium. While it doesn’t include an octopus garden in the shade, the aquarium’s exhibits explore such topics as Marine Mammals, Ocean Oddities, and Birds and Shores. There are also nature talks, summer camps and programs for school-aged children, and special activities, such as Family Science Weekends and the Winter Break Fantastic Fishtival. Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thanksgiving, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Christmas, Noon to 5 p.m.; New Year’s Day, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adults (13 and older), $17; Youth (4-12), $11; Children (3 and under), Free.
Children’s Museum, Seattle
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, Wash. 98109
In addition to its permanent and traveling exhibits and daily programs, the Seattle Children’s Museum offers special activities for kids between the ages of six and 10. Special clubs for those interested in art, theater, and reading are offered, along with a Young Inventors Club for future Edison’s. Museum policy requires that adults are admitted only under the supervision of a child! Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission: Adults and Children, $7.50; Grandparents, $6.50; Active Military and Groups of 10 or more, $6; Children under one year, Free.