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Seattle’s Top 10 Summer Attractions for Kids

June 21, 2012

The Best Places to Take Kids for Fun in the Seattle Sun!

It’s hot outside and the kids are ready to play! No matter your budget, it’s easy to find something fun and exciting to do with your kids in Seattle. Seattle is home to numerous kid-friendly attractions and activities that are sure to keep your children entertained throughout their summer break.


Kids Adore these Free Seattle Attractions

Seattle Center International Fountain (KidScore 82):


            Located in the heart of the Seattle Center, the International Fountain has long been a fun and family-friendly place to take the kids. During hot Seattle summer days you’ll find dozens of kids in swimsuits playing around the circumference of this huge, dome-like fountain.  Let your kids cool off and play in Seattle’s most famous fountain while you enjoy stunning views of the Space Needle. Don’t forget to bring a towel!

The fountain at Seattle Center.

Gasworks Park (KidScore 78):


Located on the north end of Lake Union, Gasworks Park has long been an iconic kid-friendly Seattle park, perfect for kite flying, picnics and play. Featuring a large play barn and playground area, Gasworks Park is a family favorite that boasts unmatched views of the Seattle skyline.


Washington Park Arboretum (KidScore 88):


            Featuring beautiful gardens and more than 230 acres of space to explore, Washington Park Arboretum is the perfect place to take a day trip with your kids. In addition to providing numerous educational opportunities, Washington Park Arboretum is also home to scenic walking trails and great spaces for aquatic play.


Magnuson Park (KidScore 72):

Located on a mile-long stretch of the Lake Washington shoreline, Magnuson Park is home to Seattle’s largest playground. The park’s 20,000 square foot play area features brightly colored climbing walls, swings, slides, a sand box and more! Don’t forget to visit Magnuson Park during Seafair to and watch the Blue Angels Fly directly overhead!  The one improvement we’d like to see the Park Service make is add restrooms by the playground, current visitors are stuck using Porta potties, hence the lower KidScore.


Toddler Heaven at the Magnuson Park Playground.

Discovery Park (KidScore 91):

You and your kids will never be disappointed with a trip to Discovery Park. This is Seattle’s largest park and covers more than 530 acres. Enjoy miles of protected tidal beaches, stunning views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains as well as several miles of kid-friendly hiking trails in the forest and meadows. In addition to a free environmental educational center, Discovery Park offers endless opportunities to teach kids about the organisms, ecosystems and plants of the Pacific Northwest.


Affordable Kid Friendly Attractions


Pacific Science Center (KidScore 93):

Kids and adults love the interactive and educational exhibits at the Pacific Science Center, which is located at the base of the Space Needle. The Pacific Science Center is home to numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits, featuring: the tropical butterfly house and giant water wheel! Kids will spend hours learning through educational play at the Pacific Science Center.


Wild Waves (KidScore 78):

Located about a half hour south of Seattle, Wild Waves theme park provides all-day family fun. This park is home to an extensive water park as well as an amusement park. Many of Wild Wave’s attractions are family friendly and the park’s Kiddie Land offers several rides that are perfect for young children. Don’t miss out on a trip to Wild Waves this summer for unforgettable family fun!


Seattle Children’s Museum (KidScore 96):

            More than 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space make the Seattle Children’s Museum the perfect place to take the kids for some summer fun. Daily programming led by museum staff as well as a safe and clean environment makes this museum a kid and family favorite. Admission costs less than $8 per person and children under 12 months get in for free! Adults over the age of 18 aren’t allowed entrance without a child, so you can rest assured that your kids are safe and in the company of other loving families.


Japanese Garden (KidScore 70):

            Seattle’s Japanese Garden is located near the entrance of the Washington Park Arboretum. This magnificent garden provides sanctuary from the busy city, and you’ll get lost in the peaceful, scenic environment. A nominal entrance fee grants you access to this stunning garden, which is complete with a huge pond that is home to giant koi fish and aquatic turtles. For a couple of dollars, you can buy food pellets and feed the wildlife. Kids love watching the water swirl with magnificent colors as the koi fish swim to the surface and compete for their food pellets.


Safeco Field Tour (KidScore 61):

            Get a behind-the-scenes look at home field of the Seattle Mariners! Kids of all ages will love a tour of Safeco field, where they get an up close and personal tour of the ballpark, dugouts, Press Box, Private Suites and Visitor Clubhouse. With an admission fee of less than $10 per person, a Safeco field tour is a fun and affordable activity for kids and adults of all ages.


Do you have a favorite kid attraction or activity?  We want to hear from you, let us know including what’s so great about it by emailing us at

One Comment leave one →
  1. Olan Dantes permalink
    December 14, 2012 2:00 am

    I suggest going to the Seattle Aquarium to watch the diving Santa

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