Edy Kizaki

Seattle Kids’ Activities – cheat sheet

February 1, 2011 in Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood/Phinney Ridge, Magnolia, Markets, Montlake, Museums, Queen Anne, Seattle for Kids, Wallingford, West Seattle

We’ll be adding information and links, but here are a lot of resources in a quick cheat sheet format.  If you are looking for kids’ activities in Seattle including sightseeing and fun, even a few kid-friendly restaurants, here is our A-List!  We love living in this city and my 9 year old Daniel and I never run out of great things to do…just time!!  We want you to know how great the city is and look forward to coming here.  Or if you live here, please share your favorties with me too!  The Comments is open, folks!

A book I recommend is Seattle Mama’s Handbook, here is a review I did: Edy’s blog on  Books on Seattle, including Seattle Mama Handbook, also here’s A Good Book for Relocating.

Links I Like for Kids in Seattle:

http://familyfun.go.com/vacations/destinations/pacific-states-vacations/washington-vacations/seattle-a-natural-urban-getaway-712335/ Seattle for Kids

http://familyfun.go.com/vacations/the-tropics-near-seattles-space-needle-713133/ Butterfly Garden at the Space Needle…it’s in the Pacific Science Center

for fun, check out the Space Needle webcam!

City of Seattle Self-Guided Walking Tours

City of Seattle History and Culture of Seattle

Good site for Seattle Festivals

A Good List of Seattle Kid’s activiites and interesting spots includes:

Alki Beach (in summer though, but has a nice prominade if it’s a sunny day, or fly a kite if it’s windy) and famous Salty’s Restaurant at Alki (West Seattle)
Alki Kayak Tours (West Seattle, on Alki…open weekends starting in March)
Seattle Aquarium (on Alaskan Way, Seattle Waterfront)
Aqua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club (on Lake Washington, U District…kayak rentals and guided tours)
Bainbridge Island Day Trip…we love the Ferry ride to Bainbridge, and you can get off, walk around, have lunch, shop and explore, even stay till dinner ( take the Ferry from near the Aquarium on Alaskan Way)
Ballard Locks (Ballard)
Benaroya Hall Garden of Remembrance
Boat Ride in Puget Sound (sailing or cruise),
Boeing Museum of Flight (south and west of Qwest Field)
Seattle Bug Safari Bug Zoo (near Pike Place Market)
Burke Gillman Trail (goes all the way from Sammamish to Ballard…ride bikes?!  rollerblade??!!)
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (near UW)

Bus “Free Ride” Area in Seattle
Cal Anderson Park
(for smaller kids?)
Carkeek Park (has Environmental Learning Center)
Center for Wooden Boats, Lake Union (Eastlake)
Discovery Park (Magnolia)  This is the city’s largest park with over 11 miles of trails for walking, including on the Sound (go over the train tracks)

Experience Music Project & SciFi Museum, (back at Seattle Center) it’s great!!! Good cafe for lunch, too
Fremont Troll (and Rocket, and the Cut with Dinosaur Hedges Topiary),
Japanese Garden at the UW Arboretum
and another, Kubota Garden in South Seattle
Fisherman’s Terminal (Interlake/Magnolia)

Gasworks Park to climb and fly kites, good for long or short visit, also arrive early to get a place for fireworks July 4 and New Year’s Eve (Wallingford on Lake Union)
Golden Gardens Park (Ballard)
Green Lake is a 3 mile walk around the lake which is always a great activity, and there is a playground to run around (in the Green Lake neighborhood which also has tennis courts, sports fields, kayak lessons, and some well-know casual dining, or Duke’s Chowder House for a slightly more formal meal with 4 award-winning chowders and good fish) and kids’ menu).
Harbor Steps, Seattle (near SAM, the Art Museum)
International District Attractions
Klondike Gold Rush Park & Museum (downtown Seattle)

Log House Museum (West Seattle)  Birthplace of Seattle, roots & heritage of Native Americans
Matthews Beach Park (summer swimming…north of U District on Lake Washington)
Molly Moon’s ice cream/frozen custard shop in Capitol Hill (or try Peaks or Old School)
Monorail (downtown to Seattle Center)
Mt. Baker Park (Mt. Baker looking toward Bellevue on Lake Washington, has swimming)
Mount Baker Sailing and Rowing Center (on Lake Washington)
Museum of History and Industry (on Lake Washington in Montlake/U Dist)
Myrtle Edwards Park (Elliot Bay next to Olympic Sculpture Garden, great views of bay and Olympics)
Nordic Heritage Museum (Ballard)
Northwest Puppet Center (Maple Leaf north of the U District)
Olympic Sculpture Park (Elliot Bay)
Orca Whale Watching tour (San Juans)
Original Starbucks (at Pike Place Market)
Pacific Science Center (Seattle Center)
Pike Place Market,
Pioneer Square
Qwest Field Tour (near Alaskan Way…home to Seattle Seahawks)
SAFECO Field Tour (near Qwest Field…home to Seattle Mariners)
Salty’s Restaurant at Alki
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Acts (Georgetown)  video
Seattle Art Museum (SAM, above Alaskan Way)
Seattle Center
Seattle Center Skatepark
Seattle Central Library (amazing building, downtown)
Seattle Children’s Museum (it’s for younger kids, but Daniel still likes it, some fun computerized and art stuff, in Seattle Center)
Seattle Center House events,
Seattle Glass Blowing Studio (near Seattle Center)
Seattle Outdoor Markets (neighborhoods, some open year round, others are seasonal)
Smith Tower (8 blocks south of Pike Place Market in Free Ride zone)
Sno Parks for Snowmobiling (Washington)
Space Needle (you can eat at the Sky City restaurant on top, Dave and I did it for brunch, it’s great, revolves slowly and food was good!),

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour (need reservations, I did a blog on this once, will try to find it…it’s in Fremont)
Underground Tour (Pioneer Sqaure)
UW Arboretum also has great Family Programs
Vertical World Rock Climbing Gym (in Queen Ann down around Nickerson…also new facility being planned for 2011)
Volunteer Park Conservatory (Capitol Hill)
Waterfall Garden (Pioneer Square…secluded and beloved)
Wing Luke Museum (“The Wing”), International District
Woodland Park Zoo even though sometimes the animals hide, it is a good example of a modern, “green” zoo where the animals’ comfort is considered over that of the visitors, and has a cool parrot house where you can hold and or feed the birds, and a variety of exhibits…also a great indoor run/climb/play area which will be less crowded in the weekdays.  (Phinney Ridge, near Green Lake and Fremont)
World Spice (you like to cook, right?  kids can explore and sniff, you can stock up…)
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (near Acquarium on Alaskan Way)

All the Best,


Edy Kizaki

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October in Seattle

October 11, 2010 in Seattle This Month

 Favorite Don’t-Miss-Me events in October:

Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins 
When: Now through 10/31/2010
Where: Various locations in Snohomish, spread out over 5+ farms

Take a drive once or every weekend just north of Seattle to Snohomish County where all month pumpkin patches abound.  The Festival of Pumpkins is one of Seattlites favortie October adventures, and entertains about 200,000 visitors per year.  From hay rides to corn mazes to pumpkin slings, the fun is good, old fashioned, and plentiful.  Many farms make a big effort this month and it’s worth it to visit more than one, as Snohomish Pumpkin Festival in Octoberyou will find family favorites that will offer seasonal activities throughout the year.  Check out the websites of the five farms featured in the festival, and keep your eyes open for their less-publicized competitors as you wander the country roads on the trail of the Great Washington Pumpkin!  At Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Patch you will find a cow train, hay rides, playground, trike track, pumpkin canon, corn roaster, fresh local cider, and organic veggies. Carleton Farm Produce will delight you with a trivia corn maze, haunted pumpkin patch, farm animals, and kids’ slide. Craven Farm has a 15 acre corn maze, pumpkin slinger, gifts and espresso. Stocker Corn Maze has trout fishing, hay rides, a Haunted Field of Screams (for teenagers) and much more.   At Biringer Farm there is a 25′ goat climb, three mazes, Dark Tumbling Tunnel, Johnny Appleseed, a Dino Slide, and more than you can imagine!

Concerts at the Triple Door
When: Now through 10/31/2010
Where: 216 Union Street, Seattle (Downtown Seattle)

a sampling of the long list of concerts held this month:

(10/11) Monday 7:30pm – Eric Bibb
(10/13) Wednesday 8:00pm – Nikki Yanofsky (The young artist who sang the 2010 Olympics’ theme song)
(10/18) Monday 7:30pm – Rcoil/Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode
(10/20) Wednesday 7:30pm – Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons

The Borrowers
When: Friday nights, now through 10/31/2010
Where: At the Children’s Theatre at Seattle Centre. 305 Harrison Street, Seattle

The Borrowers is based on the well known and beloved books about “little people” by Mary Norton.  This stage production brings the delight of the book to young Seattlites and their families.

Silent Movie Mondays
When: Mondays,October 4, 11, 18, 25
Where: Paramount Theater. 911 Pine Street, Seattle (Downtown)

Trader Joe’s continues to sponsor their diverse Silent Movie Monday series at the Paramount. This year the program includes some of silent cinema’s darkest crime dramas, including Josef von Sternberg’s masterpiece Underworld. For the film-lover who thinks silent movies are all pratfalls or the gangster film aficionado who thinks they have seen everything. Not a bad seat in the house and organist Jim Riggs is top notch. Highly recommended. $12 general admission.

Harry Potter – The Exhibition
When: 10/23/2010 through 1/30/2011
Where: Pacific Science Center (200 2nd Ave N Seattle)

As always, the Pacific Science Center is at the center of the action, in this case Harry Potter action.  The last two movies are tantalizingly close to arrival. The kids have all the books, Lego toys, scarfs, and accessories. What else can sate their Potter appetite? Try the Pacific Science Center’s Harry Potter Exhibition, a traveling gallery of original props from the films, art, and interactive games. For the hardcore Potter fan only, which means pretty much every kid in town.

In this amazing exhibition, guests will get an up close and personal look at the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and costumes that appeared throughout the Harry Potter films. These authentic artifacts will be displayed in elaborate settings inspired by locations from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry including the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s hut and the Great Hall.

Columbus Day Weekend
When: 1o/8/2010 through 10/11/2010
Where: Throughout Seattle, Washington

Columbus Day in Seattle marks the first Holiday Weekend of Fall   The Summer’s heat and crowds are gone, which means locals and visitors alike can stroll the colorful streets.  The air is refreshingly clear & crisp.   Seattle doesn’t have an official Italian neighborhood, and the Italian Festival takes place in September, so a lot of the activity of this day is centered around wondering what will be open or not.  However, as most years, it is likely to be a beautiful warm but clear fall day to get out and enjoy the first days of the season.

Earshot Jazz Festival
When: October 22 through November 7
Where:  Over 50 concerts venues around the city

The first weekend alone there are nine sizzling jazz concerts to choose from, so jazz lovers will be blissed out for weeks.  The festival 2010 calender shows a summary of the events, or for ultimate exposure you may want to take advantage of the volunteer opportunites and get behind the scenes!