Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Seattle
Best Places for Kids in the Seattle region!
The best places to take kids in the Seattle, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is LOTS more to do in the Seattle! Get great ideas here! What is listed below are far from the only opportunities for family fun and learning; they're just what was voted this year.
Seattle Children's Museum
Ballard Locks-Hiram Chittenden Locks
A National Historic Site, busiest locks in the Nation and major tourist attraction, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Burke Museum) is a natural history museum in Seattle, Washington. Established in 1899 as the Washington State Museum, it traces its origins to a high school naturalist club formed in 1879. The museum is the oldest in Washington state and boasts a collection of more than 16 million artifacts, including the world's largest collection of spread bird wings.
Located in the heart of Seattle, Volunteer Park is home to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The Landmarks Preservation Board designated Volunteer Park as a Seattle Landmark on November 2, 2011. This historic Olmsted Park is beloved by residents and visitors alike. In addition to the park's permanent landscaping, from July through the first frost beautiful dahlias bloom in abundance, thanks to the the efforts of the Puget Sound Dahlia Association, whose members have been planting them each year since 1984.
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Seattle is our place. We are constantly changing, moving as we do, growing as we build. True, the landscape is dotted with icons of our history; the Rainier R, the original Starbucks sign, the Lincoln Toe truck. But when you think of Seattle’s history, don’t just think about the past. Watch our future unfold. You are creating Seattle. Every word. Every idea. MOHAI is the epicenter of this growth. It’s the quintessential experience of what was built and where we’re going. MOHAI is a place to explore Seattle. As we grow, with all we create, speak, read, write and learn, history inspires more history. MOHAI is an inspiration of original thought, supported with hundreds of years of practice.
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world! With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind's incredible history of flight to life.
Pike Place Market
We were established in 1907 as a way for locals to connect with farmers. That tradition continues today with a year-round farmers market, crafts, owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, produce stands and specialty food stores. The Market is also home to more than 300 residents, many of who are low-income seniors.
Woodland Park Zoo
T-Mobile Park- Seattle Mariners
Since the Inaugural Game on July 15, 1999, T-Mobile Park has gained a reputation locally, regionally and nationally as a terrific setting for baseball and a great place for baseball fans. Sweeping views of Seattle's downtown skyline, breathtaking sunsets over Puget Sound, combined with excellent views of game action from all angles give fans at T-Mobile Park an experience unequalled in Major League Baseball.
An unsurpassed view of Elliott Bay and the Central City, with an occasional backdrop of Mount Rainier, draws camera buffs to this spot. At sunset they often line the wall just as the city and the sound are beginning to glow with lights. At night it becomes almost a fantasy scene, with brightly lit ferries gliding across the water and the Space Needle shining from its 500-foot pedestal.
Alki Beach Park
Picture a perfect summer day, and chances are your thoughts will take you to Alki Beach Park, a long beach strip that runs roughly from 64th Place SW to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. It's a great spot for a long walk any time of year, and in the summer draws joggers, rollerbladers, volleyball players, sunbathers, bicyclists and strollers out to enjoy the sun. The water temperature ranges from 46 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit depending on season.
Museum of Pop Culture
MoPOP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, MoPOP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors.
My Local Library
Of course, the libraries in the Seattle area are not really ONE place, but MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication. They're proud that locals voted them #13 in best places to take kids this year!
Founded in 1977 and located on Pier 59 in the heart of Seattle, Washington,the Aquarium serves as the largest platform for ocean conservation and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. With a mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.
Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities.
Seattle Children's Theatre
Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) is the second largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America. Our programs empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while building a lifelong interest in the arts.
Pacific Science Center
Olympic Sculpture Park
Covered in monumental artworks, this award-winning nine-acre sculpture park on the waterfront is Seattle's largest downtown green space and is just one mile north of the Seattle Art Museum.
Seattle Great Wheel
Welcome to Miners Landing on Pier 57, home of The Seattle Great Wheel. With great dining, shopping, and unique experiences on Seattle’s famous waterfront, this is the first place to visit on your next trip.
Seattle Pinball Museum
The Seattle Pinball Museum is proud to present a collection of over 50 pinball machines from 1960 to present day. Our games are arranged in chronological order to allow visitors to journey through the decades of American pop culture. and pinball history.