Kids Activities in Kent

Up to 45% Off Skating at Kent Valley Ice Centre

Kent

$33.75 $20

Public-skating outings include vouchers for the café; students learn new techniques and build strength and balance during 30-minute lessons

Up to 59% Off Music Lessons at Live Music Academy

Federal Way

$115 $49

Private drum, piano, saxophone, or guitar lessons afford students enough one-on-one attention to tackle easy melodies and rhythms

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 55% Off Wine and Chocolate Affair

Tacoma

$50 $25

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Sip wines and browse chocolates in a 1920s campus while viewing vintage cars from a collection on display

Up to 52% Off Bowling for Four

Parkland

$29 $14

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Lanes send balls bellowing down the 32-lane alley; made-to-order pizza comes from on-site full-service restaurant

Up to 48% Off Bounce-House Playtime or Party

Tacoma

$23 $12

Kids romp around on inflatable castles and giant slides; parties include a private room for 1.5 hours

Up to 69% Off Bowling

Puyallup

$60.50 $19

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Groups of up to six strap on bowling shoes and take to 24 glossy lanes for rounds of bowling in family-friendly atmosphere

Up to 50% Off Open-Play Time or Birthday Party

Puyallup

$50 $25

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Play area helps infants as well as preschool-aged children hone their motor skills as they enjoy the climbing structures, slides, and more

Up to 57% Off Watercraft Rental in Sammamish

Lake Sammamish State Park

$30 $13

Outfitters supply lifejackets & conduct a safety check before sending visitors off to paddleboard, kayak, or NuCanoe Kayak on Lake Sammamish

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

Multiple Locations

$110 $66

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

50% Off Kids’ Bounce Sessions in Sumner

Sumner

$30 $17

Bounce houses populate 2,500-sq- ft. play space along with arcade games and toys for toddlers; three bounce houses available for home rental

Up to 79% Off Music Lessons

Redeem from Home or In-Studio

$160 $49

Professional musicians from famed rock, country, Christian, and pop groups teach how to sing, write a song, or master instruments

Up to Half Off Music Lessons or Instruments

Donn Bennett Drum Studio

$125 $65

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Seasoned musicians help budding instrumentalists of all skill levels during private lessons

Emerald City Trapeze Arts – Up to 46% Off Show

Emerald City Trapeze Arts

$50 $27

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Trapeze artists from around the globe perform high-flying feats; weekend performances include an after-party

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

AMF Imperial Lanes

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

West Seattle Bowl – Up to 51% Off

West Seattle

$36.50 $18

Spend an hour scattering pins in a historic alley that features 32 lanes and an on-site restaurant

57% Off Private Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

$140 $59.99

30-minute private music lessons once a week in drums, guitar, saxophone, and more; a staff of 40-plus instructors available

60% Off Music Lessons at The Guitar Store

Green Lake

$149 $59

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Private lessons taught by members of Harvey Danger & Queensryche assist students in honing instrument-strumming skills

Up to 53% Off Bowling at Roxbury Lanes & Casino

Roxhill

$32 $15

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Compete for a high score, a personal best, or the most hilarious pratfall on more than a dozen well-oiled lanes

Up to 56% Off Percussion Classes

Seattle

$80 $39.99

Students in group or private percussion classes spend four weekly one-hour sessions learning to drum

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

World Sports Grille

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

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The buzz of motors rises and falls as bright-red blurs zip around the track at PGP Motorsports Park. Here, in the shadow of Mount Rainier, racers ages 15 and older loop around an 8/10-mile track at speeds of up to 48 miles per hour, leaning back in the ergonomic seats of Italian-built Birel N35 karts. The 30-foot-wide asphalt track can be altered to take on 12 different configurations and is centered in a velodrome, which puts spectators at an elevated angle so they get a good line of sight no matter where they sit.

For safety reasons, drivers should wear long sleeves and pants and closed-toe shoes. Drivers are equipped with helmets and driving suits, and since races take place rain or shine, they will also be provided with rain gear that includes waterproof gloves and booties.

31001 144th Ave SE
Kent,
WA
US

On a mission to preserve the vestiges of motorboat racing, The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum allures wave-whizzing enthusiasts into its historic halls with a trove of racing artifacts, collections, and boating exhibits. Seven decades worth of designs are touted by a compilation of vintage hydroplanes, including boats that have won championship cups and arm-wrestled legendary propellers. An eclectic stock of memorabilia, such as photo archives, trophies, and vintage packs of personal floatation device trading cards provide glimpses into the past, with some pieces dating back to the early 1900s. Alternatively, more than 200 hours of rare films transferred from videotape cover hydroplane racing events from the 1940s up to present-day competition. The museum also lets visitors glean the stories of renowned drivers including Bill Muncey, Ron Musson, and "Wild" Bill Cantrell.

5917 S 196th St
Kent,
WA
US

For both Sarah Matuszewski and Brittney Venhorst, a lifetime of equestrian practice and horse adoration has led them to their current roles as the head coaches at Freedom Run Equestrian Center. Their easygoing demeanors create a supportive yet challenging environment where students can grow into balanced and confident riders.

All students begin on the lunge line and participate in strength-training exercises to develop strong legs and steady hands before moving on to lessons in the disciplines of eventing, hunter jumper, and dressage. Students are expected to groom, tack, and care for their horses as a supplement to their saddle-based learning. This broad-based approach to horsemanship cultivates a sense of interspecies camaraderie that can come in handy during high-pressure dressage championships or old-timey bank robberies.

22828 156th Ave SE
Kent,
WA
US

A siren whines, and its volume suddenly overwhelms all other sounds on the ravaged battleground. Soldiers peek out from between layers of sandbags. Some stick to the camouflage netting on the edges of the field, cautious, yet daring to hope that the keening noise means a ceasefire. They're out of ammo. Finally, the call comes over the loudspeaker—"Reload!"—and they rush forward, snatching up handfuls of bright orange darts and popping them back into their plastic weapons. Once the siren goes silent, the fighting will begin anew, and the indoor arena will once again become a flurry of foam projectiles and laughter.

This scenario is a typical open play session at the Tag Zone, where an armory of Nerf guns ensures safe yet thrilling competitions. Every battle follows the rules of one of four team-based games: squad vs. squad, capture the flag, protect the leader, or "the prison." Youngsters ages 5 and up launch and dodge the soft missiles in an indoor arena dappled with padded obstacles. Field #1 displays inflatable bunkers throughout the 2,300-square-foot zone, whereas Field #2 stacks sandbags and barrels around 1,900 square feet of military-themed space. To encourage teamwork and fair play, a referee oversees each bout.

Though The Tag Zone is all for friendly rivalries, the staff refrains from tracking scores. They prefer to focus on in-the-moment excitement and sportsmanship. In addition to rounds of open play, they also host private parties, tournaments, and monthly sleepovers, which bookend a night of rest with Nerf warfare. Additionally, adults can also join in the fun of aiming toy bazookas during corporate events that forge bonds between coworkers. Parents can even participate in open play matches, preparing their kids for the day when they must hunt and capture their own birthday piñatas.

605 S 223rd St.
Des Moines,
WA
US

John Gustafson began skating at 5 years old, rolling along on squeaky wheels that would carry him toward a lifetime of high-speed competition. At 25, he became a professional skater, winning national championships in both speed skating and figure skating before settling down as the owner of Auburn Skate Connection. His love of skating hasn’t dimmed, though; even with his 69th birthday approaching, John continues to lace up his skates each day to gain an extra 2 inches of height and guide students in the sport he knows so well.

Alongside instructors that he himself recruited, John teaches the art of effortless rolling during private lessons on the rink’s solid-wood skating surface. The team imbues students with the intricacies of quad and inline skating while also focusing on the fundamentals of racing. Their dedication has borne some notable fruit. Olympic gold-medalist Apolo Ohno took his first glides at Auburn, working with John for three years before moving on to his life of ice-based glory.

1825 Howard Rd
Auburn,
WA
US

At the age of 9, Bonnie Morris began a lifelong relationship with horses. By age 10, she was the proud guardian of her own colt and at 22, she set the wheels in motion to open her own training center. Today at Morris's Shadow Mountain Stables, she and her staff continue to bond riders and steeds within a five-acre haven that's beyond the reaches of the outside world and its persistent chorus of honking bikes. They foster interspecies rapport through various types of instruction, including lessons and summer camps that teach showmanship and horse care. Trail rides mosey through nearby woods, meadows, and grasslands overlooking Mount Rainier. Birthday parties include horseback rides or visits to the petting farm. The petting farm facilitates up-close encounters with fuzzy ferrets, giant bunnies, mini horses, and baby goats as well as the stable's fleet of horses and resident cow, Henry, who also answers to, "Look! A cow!"

29502 112th Ave SE
Auburn,
WA
US