During the work week, you have no problem keeping the kiddos busy. In fact, with all the after-school activities, baseball practices, soccer games, playdates, and homework assignments, there’s barely any time left to sneak in some family time or even a family dinner for that matter. Thankfully, we have the weekends which are a great time to spend quality time with fam. If you’re looking for activities that go beyond the bouncy houses and crowded shopping malls, we’ve put together a list of go-to educational activities the whole family will love.
KinderCare is dedicated to promoting an educational learning environment filled with fun and creativity. You can rest easy knowing that your kiddos are in a great place where they’re cultivating social and academic skills that will aid them now and for many years to come as they become doctors, lawyers, teachers and parents.
1. If you’ve been meaning to check out the new MOHAI location at South Lake Union, this family-focused space makes learning Seattle history fun! And with special Saturday Family Labs, you and the kiddos can spend time doing exhibit-themed activities in the MOHAI Learning Center. New activities are offered each week from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, including take-home crafts, collaborative games, and hands-on artifact exploration.
2. Rain or shine, the Mercer Slough is a great place for families to explore a truly unique outdoor wonderland. Check out a Discovery Backpack filled with binoculars, magnifying lenses and easy-to-use nature guides and take a self-guided tour through Mercer Slough Nature Park. In addition to exploring acres of wildlife habitat, agriculture, and freshwater wetland ecosystems (on 7 plus miles of trails!), families can stop by the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm) to enjoy the interactive library and interpretive displays or participate in a weekly program.
3. Taking the kiddos to the Central Library can easily turn into an all day learning activity. With thousands (and thousands!) of books to browse including a children’s section that has entire shelves devoted just to fairy tales, graphic novels, holidays and foreign languages, we guarantee you and the kiddos will come out smarter and happier!
4. There’s really no better way to learn than through hands-on interaction. That’s why we’ve rounded up some tried-and-true science experiments that demonstrate everything from exothermic reactions to just plain old “fun” science. So break out your goggles and lab coats and get ready to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy…all in the name of science!
5. What better way to learn about the Emerald City than through a bird’s-eye view. When the skies are clear and the sun is out, head downtown and take your kiddos to new heights. Not only will they get to see the lovely city they call home from way above the ground, but they will get a fun history lesson along the way.
6. Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach your kiddos appreciation and awareness of our earth’s environment. It’s also a great time to experience nature first-hand through hands-on learning. From planting a garden to making a bird feeder, we’ve come up with a list of Earth Day-inspired activities to help you teach your little ones about the environment.
7. We are truly lucky to live in a city with so many educational hands-on museums. Three of our faves are the Burke Museum (kiddos love the dinosaur exhibit!), the KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Factoria, and the Museum of Flight next to Boeing Field. Each of these museums offer unique family programs on the weekends to keep the littlest of visitors happy and entertained.
8. When was the last time you and the Littles sat and listened to a good book out loud? Nothing can be more relaxing (and good for the brain) than sitting crisscross applesauce and listening to a good story. With several drop-in storytimes offered around the city on Saturdays, there’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy a good story (or two!) with the fam.
9. With all the water surrounding our fair city, it’s no wonder Seattle kids love exploring and learning about maritime history. Along with boat watching at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, the always-awesome fish ladder, the botanical garden, and the visitor’s center which doubles as a hands-on nautical museum (on the second floor) is always a huge hit with kiddos and parents alike.
10. Make history fun by taking the fam on a day trip to Olympia to explore our state’s capitol city. Kiddos will love exploring the Governor’s Mansion and the Washington State Capitol Campus and they will have a blast exploring the worlds of science, art and nature at the fab Hands On Children’s Museum.
Do any of these educational activities sound like a hit for your family? Let us know with a comment below.