Craving kid friendly restaurants, great parks and a little fun? Look no further than Queen Anne Avenue.  Local brunch spot, the 5 Spot, offers kid friendly menus and adult friendly diversity with roaming menus inspired by different regions of the country—think Texas, New Orleans, Mississippi (black bean chili scramble, herbaceous omelette).

After breakfast, venture two blocks east to Little Howe Park. Loaded with a sandbox, swings for all ages, a great climbing structure with four slides, a bridge, monkey bars and a wading pool in the summer, this park has something for every climbing, swinging, jumping kid.

If the weather turns sour, tuck into one of Queen Anne’s toy stores or play spaces. For school-aged children, Blue Highway Games boasts a superknowledgeable staff and a store full of open games to sample. As we mentioned in our Tuesday newsletter, Urban Kid’s Play, which offers high end products for sale both in-store and online (including wooden toys, organic and natural products, books and shoes targeted to slightly younger children), recently converted much of its retail space into a drop-off childcare center and playspace…just in case you’ve got any errands you need to run without kids in tow.

For a pick-me-up before heading home, pop into the newly opened Wink boutique cupcakes.  Their bite size mini-Wink cupcakes in creative flavors including Red Velvet, Carrot, Espresso Bean, or Guinness are perfect for kids.  As an added perk, kids can watch the cupcakes being made through a glass screen. Could there be a sweeter way to end your day in this great neighborhood?

—Jodi Cohen

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