Things to Do in Seattle with Kids
Are you looking for stuff to do to keep your kids entertained while visiting Seattle? Seattle is an excellent place for the whole family visit for a short weekend or even a longer vacation. There’s something for everyone in the city. Nonetheless, kids get easily bored and can get quite picky so you want to take time to select the places that will keep them engaged and entertained. Here are some of the things to do in Seattle with kids.
1. The Seattle Aquarium
The recently refurbished aquarium is located on the waterfront of Seattle city. The whole family can spend anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours ogling at the aquatic creatures. Your kids will get the chance to touch sea anemones and starfish, and might just see other animals with a bit of luck during feeding time. Kids particularly love watching the scuba divers who dive into the huge tank for a show and tell.
2. Pike Place Market
This institution attracts tons of tourists throughout the year. Locals also love it and it hardly loses its charm no matter how many times you’ve been there. You can get seafood, vegetables, fruits, and flowers at a fair price. The market opens early in the morning and closes early in the evening. However, if you’re heading there with the whole family, you might want to go just before lunch. Make sure o pick up a map at the information booth at First and Pike. You’ll find friendly volunteers who are ready to help you with just about anything related to the market.
3. The Museum of Flight
Want to see planes spanning the first 100 years of flight? Then the Museum of flight should be one of your stops. You’ll also get the chance to check out a Concorde, the original Air Force One, the first 748, bombers, and anything else in the aviation industry. That’s not all, the kids can have an amazing time at the Kids Flight Zone or spend some time experimenting with the flight simulators. There are also all sorts of exhibits centered around flight. The Museum of Flight is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Seattle. You will get free parking when you arrive. You can also get there by Bus #124 from downtown. There are also fly-in parking spots for those who own planes. You can visit the museum any time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
4. Woodland Park Zoo
This zoo is located within a beautiful and relaxed park in Seattle. You can actually spend an entire day at this amazing place without getting bored. There are gorillas, monkeys, giraffes, and Komodo dragons among other animals. The kids can have some indoor fun at the Zoomazium. This is a climbing playground for preschoolers, toddlers, and babies. It’s a great place for them to spend the day when the weather is acting up. Should you get hungry, you can always have a meal at the restaurants located within the zoo. Alternatively, you can carry your own food and have a picnic with the whole family on the park’s lush greens. The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. between May and September. From October all through to April closing time changes to 4 p.m.
5. The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Have kids aged over 10? Then MoPOP is a great place to spend 2 to 3 hours of your time with them. There’s plenty to see and do at this museum especially if you’re a pop culture fan. Sci-Fi fans will particularly enjoy the Star Trek souvenirs, scary sci-fi scenes from books and movies, and Star Wars artifacts.
6. Ferris Wheel
You can savor the amazing view of Elliot Bay and the Seattle Waterfront atop the Seattle Great Wheel. This is a ride you can take even when it’s raining since the gondolas are fully enclosed. They hold up to 8 people so most families should fit in one. You can always buy tickets online to avoid the long queues. Tickets don’t have an expiry date, you can buy one and keep it for as long as you want. Make sure to print out the tickets before the D-day. If you only carry the confirmation code, you’ll still have to wait in line.
7. Theo Chocolate Factory Tour
This chocolate factory set in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, north of downtown is a great place to go with the little ones. You’ll watch a 20-minute presentation on the process that goes on behind the scenes during the making of chocolates. After the walk through the manufacturing area, you’ll end up at a splendid chocolate shop. You’ll also get plenty of free samples during your tour. Tours cost $10 per person and the demand is huge so you want to make bookings in advance. The factory is accessible via Metro Bus.