Things To Do With Kids in Seattle

Surrounded by lush green forests, mountains, and blue water, Seattle is a fantastic vacation destination for families. The city is home to a diverse selection of kid-friendly things to do including getting an eagle-eye view of downtown Seattle from the famous Space Needle or checking out the diverse exhibits at the Pacific Space Center. Your trip to the Emerald City is sure to be one your kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

Seattle has a lot to offer visiting families. There is everything from seemingly endless wilderness and fresh air to large arcades and amusement parks. Visit one of the following local favorites:

  • Pacific Science Center: diverse exhibits with something new everyday
  • Tukwila Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant: an amusement park with go-karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, and many other activities
  • GameWorks: an expansive arcade with all the latest and greatest games
  • The Seattle Aquarium: the heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest
  • Puget Sound: home of the Port of Seattle with abundant wildlife and densely forested shores

Parents need to be able to have fun too. The Emerald City has a number of kid-friendly things to do that parents will love. Take in a game at Safeco Field or become a pinball wizard at the Seattle Pinball Museum. Start your itinerary with one of the following family-friendly attractions:

  • Safeco Field: take in all nine innings of a Mariner’s MLB game
  • Pike Place Market: famous for the tossing and catching of fresh caught fish
  • Pioneer Square: filled with art galleries, coffee shops and trendy bars
  • Seattle Locks Cruise: take a relaxing boat ride through Seattle’s waterways
  • Seattle Pinball Museum: travel back to your childhood with a room full of pinball machines

A vacation to a new place is only complete after a little bit of sightseeing. Seattle is home to a number of unique and interesting sights including the Fremont Troll and the Gum Wall. Give the following kid-friendly Seattle landmarks a visit:

  • Gum Wall: the iconic wall lined with gum from top to bottom
  • Seattle Great Wheel: a giant ferris wheel on Pier 57
  • Seattle Underground: tours of a forgotten part of downtown Seattle
  • Fremont Troll: see the troll that lives under the Aurora Bridge
  • Space Needle: Seattle’s iconic landmark erected for the 1962 World’s Fair

Seattle has a wide selection of attractions just for kids. The Seattle Children’s Theater and the Ice Cream Cruise are sure to make any kid smile. For a kid-focused day, take the family to one of the following places:

  • Woodland Park Zoo: home to more than 1,000 animals over 92 acres
  • Seattle Center: a huge arts, educational, tourism and entertainment center
  • Ice Cream Cruise: what could be better than eating ice cream and touring Seattle’s coastal waterways
  • Seattle Children’s Theatre: second-largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America
  • Ride the Ducks Tour: this water tour is packed with local folklore, historical information, jokes and music

Groups traveling in Seattle are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities to do. Groups can explore Tillicum Village or play around on the water tower at Volunteer Park. If you’ve got nieces, nephews, and other groups of kids in tow, try one of the following popular group attractions:

  • Tillicum Village: take a ferry to this small, unique village
  • Seattle Children’s Museum: specializes in hands-on exhibits designed to ignite curiosity and spark lifelong learning
  • Volunteer Park: full of fun to be had with a conservatory and climbable water tower
  • Discovery Park: the largest public park in Seattle located right on the Puget Sound
  • Klondike Gold Rush Seattle: a museum covering Seattle's involvement in the 1890s Klondike gold rush
  • As one of the larger cities on the west coast, Seattle has a wide selection of museums and educational attractions. The Seattle Public library is one of the best options with its beautiful exterior and almost one million books. Learn something new with one of the following:

    • Seattle Central Public Library: opened in 1890, this library has a stunning exterior
    • Seattle Children’s Museum: specializes in hands-on exhibits designed to ignite curiosity and spark lifelong learning
    • The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture: exhibits detailing the cultures, wildlife, and geography of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest
    • Artists at Play Playground: an artist-created, imaginative playground for all ages
    • Museum of Flight: home to one of the largest air and space collections in the US

    A great way for parents to score some time to themselves is to enroll your kids in a class or two. Luckily, Seattle has a ton of fun and interesting classes your kids will enjoy. Foster a kid’s creativity with one of the following classes:

    • iFly Indoor Skydiving: feel the excitement of skydiving without the risk
    • Morris's Shadow Mountain Stables: learn how to ride like the pros
    • Kids Love Martial Arts: the best place for your kids to learn self-defense
    • Donn Bennett Drum Studio: let your kids get their drum time here instead of at your house
    • Jet City Roller Derby: teaches kids the basics of roller derby

    As Seattle can get a little gloomy at times, the city offers a lot of fun indoor activities. Families can check out the selection of trampolines at Elevated Sportz or try test their driving skills at Trazz Indoor Kart Racing. For more ideas, try the following:

    • Vertical World: indoor rock climbing with a wide selection of walls to climb
    • Ark Lodge Cinemas: catch the latest blockbuster
    • Elevated Sportz: a trampoline park with a four-story play castle
    • Emerald City Trapeze Arts: learn how to fly through the air like the best circus performers
    • Traxx Indoor Kart Racing: challenge your kids to a friendly indoor kart race