Do you sometimes get the feeling that the simple equation “home + work” is part of that new math? It doesn’t quite add up, thanks to too many distractions at your place. Solve your homework hassle problem by taking it elsewhere. We’ve rounded up a handful of spots that offer homework help, free WiFi and even some inspiring views for learners of all ages.

ND Strupler girl studying

photo: ND Strupler via flickr 

Get Homework Help at the Library
Libraries have still got it when it comes to finding the perfect study spot. And you don’t have to head to the stacks at Seattle’s downtown branch (although it is a killer spot for getting work done) to take advantage of the library’s many resources. Your local branch has everything your little bookworm needs to succeed. There are plenty of tables to spread out on, some tucked away in back corners for when you really need to hunker down. Plus, their free WiFi and loads of computers to use are pretty hard to beat. Add on a library staff who would love to help with that research project and knowledgeable volunteers who can’t wait to help with homework and you’ve found homework heaven (if there is such a thing). Study on!

Santhosh Rajangam on flickr Seattle Public lib downtown

photo: Santhosh Rajangam via flickr

Surf the ‘Net at a Coffee Shop
Follow the lead of UW’s best and brightest (not to mention struggling writers everywhere) and take your mini-me to a coffee shop when he or she needs to crack the books. Add together space to work, free WiFi and a steaming cup o’ Joe for mom or dad to get the winning combo here. We love the big tables that make spreading out math worksheets a little more bearable, at Zoka Coffee Roasting Co.’s U-Village location or at Uptown Espresso in the West Seattle Junction. Café Diablo on Queen Anne is another spot that tops our list. Their quiet upstairs space was made for studying and you can’t beat the heat in their Cuban coffee drinks (just for parents!) on a rainy day. Hit one of our favorite spots or find one in your ‘hood!

Zoka Coffee Roasting Co FB coffee shop shotphoto: Zoka Coffee Roasting Co. Facebook page 

Find Peace and Quiet at a Pocket Garden
The peace and quiet of city garden leads to loads of work getting done. Your budding scholar won’t find WiFi here. But fresh air and some killer views are all he or she needs to complete those requisite 20 minutes with a good book, or a few dozen math problems on a sunny fall day. Bring a blanket and a water bottle in your bag of books. Then head to Parsons Garden on Queen Anne or Haborview Park downtown for some focused study time. Ella Bailey Park in Magnolia is another irresistibly inspirational spot, and the nearby playground is just the incentive you need to encourage your kiddo to get things done. Work hard, play hard in the great outdoors!

Ella Baily Park view seattle Tiffany Von Arnim flickr

photo: Tiffany Von Armin via flickr

Be Inspired at a Bookstore
It’s hard to deny the scholarly feel of a bookstore. Row upon row of the best literature has to offer brings out the most studious side of any bookworm. And your aspiring academic is no exception. Head to your favorite bookstore’s nook with your mini-me for his or her next homework session. We love finding inspiration at Elliott Bay and the University Bookstore, where you can browse the shelves after studying in their cafes. Or sit above it all at the Third Place Commons in Lake Forest’s town center. Just above Third Place Books, it’s got everything little learners need to focus on the task at hand. Let the learning begin!

Elliott Bay Book Co FB page

photo: Elliott Bay Book Company Facebook page

Enjoy the View at a Park
Make way for big thoughts with some big views at one of Seattle’s stunning parks. Whether your little scholar wants to ponder the Olympics, the Sound or the Emerald City skyline, these wide-open spaces give little learners room to breathe after a long day in the classroom. Beyond the shuffle of homework assignments, pack a blanket and some noshables before heading out to some of our favorite spots to sit, wonder and work: Gas Works Park, the Olympic Sculpture Park, Green Lake, Lincoln Park and the Kubota Garden.

Looking for a little romance in your life? If so, it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and head outside to “Dance ’til Dusk!” That’s right – for 15 nights throughout July and August, Seattleites can come out to one of four parks in the Downtown, Belltown and Pioneer Square areas: Occidental,Freeway, Westlake and Olympic Sculpture, and dance the night away. Accompanied by live music, attendees can spend the first hour learning the dance of the evening then put their moves to the test the rest of the night. Dancing and music in the outdoors – it gets my toes tapping! And, it’s free to everyone, no matter what your experience! July 11-August 296-9:30PM

Where’s your family’s favorite spot to hit the books? Have you tried any of the spots we mentioned above? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Allison Sutcliffe