Seattle’s Best Stuff For Infants & Toddlers

December 9, 2010 9:06 AM

Infants and toddlers can be a challenge to entertain, since many activities and events are geared toward older children. Parents of infants and toddlers who visit or live in Seattle are fortunate because they have a number of possibilities to choose from. – By Ginny Frizzi

Seattle Parks and Recreation

100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-4075
(206) 233-1509

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a number of toddler-friendly facilities, including playgrounds, wading pools and indoor play areas located at community centers throughout the city, as well as indoor play areas and educational programs for toddlers. Times and days vary by site, so check the parks website for details. Seattle Parks and Recreation also has a list of popular places for “strolling” – parks where parents bring their little ones for a ride in the stroller or pram – available online.


Children’s Museum, Seattle

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-1768

The Seattle Children’s Museum has activities for kids of all ages, including special ones for the youngest members of the family. These include Discovery Bay, Wellness Wednesdays and Treasure Hunt Thursdays, all designed for children from 10 months through five years and their caregivers. It also offers a monthly Family Fun Series, which features different activities each month. The museum has a policy of admitting adults only under the supervision of 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, 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.


1501 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 694-6727

FamilyWorks offers a full schedule of free drop-in playgroups for parents or caregivers and children up to age five. There are specialty playgroups for those who speak Spanish and Japanese, as well one for families with children from China and BabyPlay for those with children under one year of age.

Zoomazium at Woodland Park Zoo

NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 548-2500

A visit to the zoo is fun for children of all ages, but Woodland Park Zoo includes a special play space for toddlers through children eight years old. The Zoomazium is an indoor space where children can try such outdoor activities as climbing a mountain or a giant tree. Children also learn about animals and natural artifacts and attend special programs offered throughout the year. Hours: Daily (May 1st through September 30th), 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Daily (October 1st through April 30th), 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: From May 1st through September 1st: Adults (ages 13-64), $16.50; Children (3-12), $11; Toddlers (up to age 2), Free. From October 1st through April 30th: Adults, $11; Children, $8; Toddlers, Free. There is a $2 discount off of the regular admission rate for persons 65 and over or those with disabilities.