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Graduations are both an ending and a beginning. Seniors are well aware of the many changes that lie ahead and the fact that they will grow apart from many of their schoolmates. This is why holding a graduation party with an emphasis on fun is a great way to celebrate together one last time. Fortunately, Seattle has multiple venue choices that lend themselves as perfect options.

Waterways Cruises
2441 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 223-2060

Any graduate would love to host their party on a privately chartered yacht. Waterways Cruises hosts private parties for 20 to 130 people which consist of a three-hour cruise of Lake Union and Lake Washington, choice of food buffet, nonalcoholic beverages, background music and a live narration of sights. The affair includes a captain, cruise director and complete service personnel allowing party guests to only be concerned about having fun.

Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001

Most Seattle-area graduates have grown up exploring the Pacific Science Center, making it the perfect place to host a party. The Center has 10 areas that can be rented out. One choice is the Laser Dome Theater where everyone will enjoy a laser light show set to music, chosen from the center’s extensive laser library. Other great choices are Building 1 which has the dinosaurs and can hold a disco lights dance party or Building 2 with the Planetarium.

The Landing Banquet & Lounge
5001 25th Ave. N.E., Suite 201, East Building
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 478-4663

The Landing Banquet & Lounge is a fantastic choice for a memorable celebration. An industrial chic lounge interior, an outdoor patio and amazing Mt. Rainier views all add themselves to the options for a 200-person bash or a much more intimate party. The built-in wine bar could easily become a more age-appropriate spot, such as a bubble tea station or soda stop. The nine-foot concert grand piano and free underground parking are a great bonus.

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Lynnwood Bowl & Skate
6210 200th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 778-3133

Lynnwood Bowl & Skate is a fun option for graduates of all ages as well as family members. It has multiple party options which can include a combination of bowling, skating, food and/or party room. Two popular choices are roller discos at the skate rink or a bowling-skating combo such as two hours of bowling and a 30-minute food break followed by two hours of skating. Food options range from pizza and pop to a catered buffet and can be added to any of the party options.

Alki Beach
1702 Alki Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 684-4075

Alki Beach is one of Seattle’s most treasured spots and one that generations have enjoyed for years. Graduates can hold their party in the beach area and utilize the provided picnic tables and fire pits for an outdoor blast. The other option is renting the newly remodeled Bathhouse which can accommodate up to 100 people with the option of adding the painting room for more space. Both options come with stunning views of the water and mountains.

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Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.