As Father’s Day approaches, the spotlight turns on creating meaningful outings with kids and their fathers on this or any other day of the year. A healthy relationship with children needs to include time with each parent and Seattle offers many opportunities to get out and have fun while building solid bonds. Many are very low cost or even free but offer time for both parent and child to enjoy themselves together.

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

(photo by:Stephen Brashear Getty Images)

(photo by:Stephen Brashear
Getty Images)

Seattle Center offers a full day of activities to keep both fathers and kids engaged. Kids will marvel at the water fountain and play seemingly for hours while the skate park offers opportunities for great people watching. Center House has many options for food so that even the pickiest eaters can find something to make them happy. Local father of two boys, Rufus Marshall recommended leaving the car at home: “We always ride the bus because they love it probably as much as anything we do downtown.”

The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 382-2628

The Center for Wooden Boats is a longtime Seattle landmark on the shores of Lake Union. Kids enjoy all of the sights and sounds by the docks including seeing the boats and seaplanes taking off nearby. The Center offers bi-monthly free storytime aboard a 100-year-old tug boat that parents and kids alike will enjoy. On Sundays, the Center offers free boat rides through its CastOFF! Free Public Sail & Steam Program. The line can often be very long so arrive early and be prepared to take in the rest of the facility while waiting.

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum
2702 E. D St.
Tacoma, WA 98421
(253) 779-8490

The LeMay Museum, located just south of Seattle, is one of the largest automobile collections in the United States. The Museum is 165,000 square feet and is a fantastic destination for a Father’s Day out with the kids. Exhibits rotate throughout including collections of British cars, Ferraris and even Indy race cars. Whether dad is an enthusiast or not, kids will enjoy the variety of cars and marvel at the huge facility.

Museum of History and Industry
860 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 324-1126

The Museum of History and Industry, or MOHAI, is a family-friendly museum showing the history of the people and businesses in the Seattle area. MOHAI offers Exploration Packs for kids ages three to six to help make the museum come alive and keep them interested. Every Saturday, it holds the Family Lab which includes crafts, collaborative games and more hands-on artifact exploration. Dads will enjoy the museum with their children as it contains more than four million objects that tell a wonderful story.

Outback Kangaroo Farm
10030 State Route 530 N.E.
Arlington, WA 98223
(360) 403-7474

Joey and Ray Strom have created a piece of the Outback just north of Seattle in Arlington. The farm is home to kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, llamas, alpaca and more. All of the animals are kid friendly and the farm is set up so dads and kids can wander through the kangaroos. The drive is a little under an hour from Seattle but the experience will be a memorable one. A day at the farm creates an unforgettable experience where people get up close to animals they might never see again in their lives.

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Megan Knight resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. During the day she works in IT Management and at night is a royal news junkie. Her work can be found at