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Family Travel Question:

Q | What should we do in Seattle with kids?

Seattle has many popular tourist attractions that are kid-friendly, and that there's something for kids to do in almost every area you would want to visit.

A | Seattle offers a variety of family travel opportunities

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There is so much to do in Seattle, you could spend a lifetime there and still not see it all!

If your kids love to have fun, plan on shopping for at least an hour at Archie McPhee (in the Ballard neighborhood). There are bacon and sushi bandaids, rubber chickens, crazy outfits, and bins and bins of tiny toys. It’s a jokester’s wonderland–definitely the place to stock up on gifts.

Interested in the waterways? Head to Chittenden Locks (also in Ballard). Park and walk through lovely gardens to the locks, where boats go from the salty water in Puget Sound to fresh water in Ship Canal (heading toward Lake Union and Lake Washington). All kinds of boats go through the locks, and at certain times of year, you can see salmon jumping through the fish ladder–it’s extraordinary. Just past the locks, there are huge metal wave sculptures, which are fun to play around and make for a great family photo.

Learn about Asian culture in a variety of ways, from the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Wing Luke Asian Museum to the plethora of grocery stores. Our favorite is Uwajimaya: head there to stock up on dinner and treats, and then head outside to have a picnic! Extra bonus if you are there during cherry blossom time.

Travel: take a ferry to Vashon Island (ferries are such wonderful things!) and then drive around and explore. See a movie at the Vashon Theater, head to the lighthouse at Point Robinson. Just don’t forget your return time…

Books: visit the downtown location of the Seattle Public Library; it is such a unique shape, and there are WORDS in the floorboards. The children’s section is especially wonderful–a great place to while away the hours (especially if it is raining).

Theater and events: check out local newspapers, GoCityKids, and ParentsConnect, and see what events are going on. We LOVED seeing a production of the Frog Lake Puppet Ballet–so creative, and such talent. Every day, there are dozens of fun, unique activities, many of them free or low-cost.

Photo courtesy of Wandering Educators.

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