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Lined wall-to-wall with vibrant, interactive play areas, Discovery Village welcomes kids to play, learn, and explore. The 8,000-square-foot facility is made up of four play areas, designed for kids up to 10 years old. The indoor playground houses padded play equipment, and the Village invites kids to pretend they're grown-ups, stopping at the farmers' market, caring for pets at the vet, or making pizzas at the Pizzeria. In the Moon Sand Beach, kids build impressive sand castles, and the Drawing Table provides space for kids to tap into their creativity with a host of art supplies.

As kids roam freely making friends and enhancing their motor skills, parents can take advantage of the free Wifi at the Discovery Cafe. It serves coffee along with nutritious lunches and snacks?ensuring kids will never need to worry about Cookie Monster stealing their treats.

4835 Borgen Blvd NW
Gig Harbor,
WA
US

When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.:m]]

575 Bellevue Square
Bellevue,
WA
US

Dizzy’s Tumblebuses both look like bright yellow school buses, yet they have never taken a kid to school. They don’t even have seats inside. Instead, their interiors are stocked with tumbling equipment, ball pits, and slides, and they make stops at schools, where they augment gym classes. These traveling fun-buses were invented by founder and mother of three, Dizzy, who has spent the last 10 years growing her company, trying to find parking spaces big enough for her buses, and testing out lesson plans with her own eager kids.

And in addition to the busses, Dizzy also created Dizzy’s Bus Stop, the company’s stationary facility. Despite its immobility, the facility hosts a bus structure inside that recreates the fun of the company’s popular Tumblebuses. Kids can clamber up a pint-size rock-climbing wall, jump on trampolines, and join in activities from dress-up to play dough sculpting. To accommodate a variety of little ones, the center offers drop-in day care, parent-supervised open play sessions, or preschool for tykes ages 2-5.

3205 148th Ave SE
Bellevue,
WA
US

Signature Service: Fun summer camps for kids ages 3?6 years

Established: 2000

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 11?25 people

2576 152nd Ave NE
Redmond,
WA
US

Air makes everything better—including balloons, wind instruments, and wet clothing—and inflatable playgrounds are no exception; according to Pump It Up, air is essential for a successful rowdy romp. During three fun-filled Pre-K pop-in playtime sessions ( $7 per session plus tax), children ages 2–6 can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like legless snakes through an air-filled obstacle course, completely losing themselves in a world of multi-colored inflatamania. Pump It Up’s indoor air arena, featuring inflatable jumpers, is climate controlled and cleanly maintained according to rigorous guidelines by a team of well-trained staff. Parents bounce for free, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow their neighbor’s kid or just win one by collecting enough cereal-box tops.

3610 S Pine St
Tacoma,
WA
US

Guadalajara North attracts Mexican-food aficionados with friendly staff, a full bar with regular happy hours, and a West Seattle location with plenty of on-street parking. Although the menu hosts Americanized standards such as taco salad and chicken quesadillas, according to the Stranger, " it's their authentic Mexican dishes that are superb." The chili verde, for example, features morsels of pork loin cooked with a tomatillo sauce and seasoned with house spices. On a warm summer evening, the restaurant's outdoor deck is an ideal spot to sip a margarita or test out napkin parachutes on action figures.

2308 California Ave SW
Seattle,
WA
US