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Indoor kids' activities in Seattle

My sister-in-law's wedding is next month in Seattle--we'll be up there for about two weeks in total and I'm hoping to find some indoor activities to keep the kids occupied in case it rains a lot. We're from California so it's not going to be easy for them to be cooped up inside. Any ideas?

Edit: My kids are 11 and 13, but we may also have younger toddler cousins with us, so anything for toddlers and kids would be great.

8 Answers

top answer by
Tony from Seattle

First-- it won't rain a lot.  It will likely be gray, and might well drizzle, but Seattle gets less rain annually than New York City.  So I'd suggest bringing a light rain coat and getting out there!

For indoor activities that are kid friendly, I'd recommend:

  • Seattle Aquarium - right on the water.  Right nearby is Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, which is amusing.
  • Experience Music Project - amazing looking building with a lot of interactive exhibits inside of the kids are old enough to enjoy music.  There's also a nice/geeky sci-fi museum in the same building.  This is right near the Space Needle, which won't be a ton of fun for kids (for the dollar) but gives you a nice view of the city.
  • Woodland Park Zoo is a pretty solid zoo if the kids enjoy animals and you get a day with some nice weather.
  • Museum of Flight is one of the standbys that local parents rely on.
  • A water taxi ride across elliot bay to West Seattle lands you at a great little hawaiian/korean fusion food place and is a fun/very cheap boat ride with indoor/warm seats. ..  Once over there, you can do a long walk to Alki Beach Park which is a nice beach with good restaurants.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Seattle Aquarium (attraction)
  2. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (attraction)
  3. Experience Music Project (attraction)
  4. Space Needle (attraction)
  5. Woodland Park Zoo (attraction)
  6. Museum of Flight (attraction)
  7. Alki Beach Park (attraction)
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answered by
Dennis from Seattle

If your kids like to be active  Arena Sports - Magnuson located at Magnuson Park in Sand Point north of down town Seattle. They have a fun zone with lots of activities. Lynnwood Bowl & Skate is great fun where you can rollerskating and/or bowl. 

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  1. Sand Point (attraction)
  2. Lynnwood Bowl & Skate (attraction)
  3. Arena Sports - Magnuson (attraction)
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answered first by
Debbie from San Francisco

Oooooh, I love Seattle!  I've never taken children around up there before, but I can think of a few places that might be good:

Good luck with those kiddos and have fun! :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pike Place Market (attraction)
  2. Daily Dozen Donut Co (restaurant)
  3. Golden Age Collectibles Ltd (attraction)
  4. Seattle Waterfront (attraction)
  5. Ivar's Acres of Clams (restaurant)
  6. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (attraction)
  7. Pacific Science Center (attraction)
  8. Space Needle (attraction)
  9. Museum of Flight (attraction)
  10. Seattle Children's Museum (attraction)
  11. Duck Boat Tours (attraction)
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answered by
Ben from Portland

The Seattle Aquarium is great for younger kids (we took my 1.5, 3.5, and 6.5 year old kids there all the time when we lived in Seattle). The Pacific Science Center center will be good for slightly older kids, and the Experience Music Project may be interesting for them as well. A ferry ride is usually fun for all—take the short ferry ride from downtown over to West Seattle's Alki Beach Park and enjoy the view and the beach. The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) was a favorite of ours as well, and they had some good stuff for kids, too (though maybe more on the younger side). 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Seattle Aquarium (attraction)
  2. Pacific Science Center (attraction)
  3. Experience Music Project (attraction)
  4. Alki Beach Park (attraction)
  5. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) (attraction)
  6. Alki Point (attraction)
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answered by
Joann from Seattle

The Pacific Science Center is a great place for kids of all ages and could keep them busy for a few days. But don't be afraid of outdoor activities such as "Ride the Ducks of Seattle" or a baseball game at Safeco Field (or a tour of Safeco if the Mariners are on the road). Woodland Park Zoo is great too. Bring umbrellas and rain jackets in case of rain, and enjoy the beauty of outdoor Seattle that you might otherwise miss.

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  1. Pacific Science Center (attraction)
  2. Ride the Ducks of Seattle (attraction)
  3. Safeco Field (attraction)
  4. Woodland Park Zoo (attraction)
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) has programming for younger children, and is very interactive and interesting for all ages. 

PlayDate SEA is newer to the scene and is a great space for letting younger kids release some energy. 

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  1. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) (attraction)
  2. PlayDate SEA (attraction)
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answered by
Curtis from Seattle

A lot of the activities mentioned above are included in the Seattle Citypass:

It's totally worth it.

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answered by
Briana from Seattle

I agree on Pacific Science Center for kids of all ages. There's tons to do there & it's at the Seattle Center, so you can easily go to the Experience Music Project(EMP) or Space Needle afterwards.  

Also the The Seattle Great Wheel is all enclosed gondolas, while a little on the pricey side, can be a nice breather and few minutes to sit down and relax.

Kids seem to love Ride the Ducks of Seattle, so I'd definitely recommend that. Make sure to get the "quackers" for them too :)

If you get a sunny day (likely), check out Gasworks Park Marina and bring a kite. There's a great hill there that's tons of fun to fly a kite on.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pacific Science Center (attraction)
  2. Seattle Center (attraction)
  3. Experience Music Project (attraction)
  4. Space Needle (attraction)
  5. The Seattle Great Wheel (attraction)
  6. Ride the Ducks of Seattle (attraction)
  7. Gasworks Park Marina (attraction)

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