There’s something about train tables that draw us in – if there is one in sight, kids of all ages will be be chugging around the track in no time, every last locomotive, car and caboose. For families who don’t have train tables at home or are looking to get out of the house for some train fun, we’ve tracked down a few places around Seattle with tables of their own. So grab a latte, call up some friends and have a train table play date at one of these spots. Choo Choo!
Barnes and Noble
Their location at popular University Village may have closed, but don’t forget about the train table at the Northgate Mall Barnes and Noble. The kids’ area is straight back from the front doors, and because they are a bit secluded from the adult section there’ll be no shushing necessary for those extra exuberant choo-choo noises. The danger (or benefit!) in going to this train table is that your children may also be tempted by all of the books! Be prepared to buy a little something and remember that a book is the toy purchase that broadly expands your little conductor’s brain.
401 NE Northgate Way
The purpose of this Thomas-filled train table at University Village is to keep kids distracted while they wait for their haircut at the salon, but it’s also a favorite for Seattle families who frequent University Village. This is a particularly great train table to check out if your little one is Thomas Train’s biggest fan. Because Kids Club also sells Thomas products, they always have samples of the latest and greatest trains on the table to play with. Be warned – Kids Club hosts the Village Playdates on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am, so it’s best to avoid this train table hotspot on those days.
2685 NE Village Lane
Tucked away in the Green Lake neighborhood, the train table at Mockingbird Books is a gem for so many reasons – not only for the fun train table, which would be enough on its own, but also for its fantastic literary selection. Mockingbird Books has a wonderful children’s section and their staff is so knowledgeable and kind. We recommend grabbing a coffee at the Finch Café (it’s attached to the bookstore!) and letting your kiddos play with the trains while you browse the bookstore. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a morning indoors? We sure think so!
7220 Woodlawn Avenue NE
All aboard! Kids and parents alike love Twirl Café and they are another great place in Seattle to get in on some train table play. Twirl is a café designed for families – they have an incredible (and clean!) indoor and enclosed play space for young children, including a great train table. Parents can go in and play with their children or sit along the bar that runs along the play area, visiting with friends and a coffee while their kids play. Twirl Café also has supervised play sessions if you’d like to drop-off your train-lover to play while you enjoy some quiet time with that book you can’t put down (you must stay at Twirl, however). There is a small fee to play at Twirl, although they also have sessions that are free of cost – visit their website for a detailed schedule.
2111 Queen Anne Avenue North
The Village Bean
We’ve had a train table spotting and this one’s for the families on the north side of Seattle – The Village Bean in Bothell’s Country Village. Really, you could spend an entire morning or afternoon taking your train-enamored kiddo on a train adventure here. Spend some time at The Village Bean checking out the train table and letting mom and dad get their caffeine fix, then take a ride on the half-mile train ride through the Village. The Village Bean also has fantastic story time – be sure to visit their website to see what’s happening before planning a visit.
720 238th Avenue SW
Looking for some more serious train time? Plan a visit to Seattle’s Train Center, recently relocated to Ballard, on 7001 24th Avenue NW.
We want to know – where’s your train-obsessed child’s favorite train table in Seattle or on the Eastside?
— Katie Kavulla