Thanks to President’s Day on Monday, Feb. 19, your little patriots can enjoy the liberties of being a child for one extra day this weekend. And lucky for us, Seattle has no shortage of ways to fill the three-day weekend with fun for the whole family. Read on for a list of special events and activities that will make this a truly fantastic President’s Day Weekend.

1. Watch as divers swim with a gigantic octopus in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit during Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium. In addition to learning about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound—the giant Pacific octopus–participate in special hands-on activities, octopus feedings, talks and more.

2. Take advantage of the snow in the mountains and go on a sleigh ride or plan a sledding or tubing day with the fam.

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3. If you love your kids but hate boring kid shows then you are going to love The I Hate Children Children’s Show. The show stars Paul Nathan and features live music, non-stop magic and banter and plenty of shenanigans.

4. Explore the world in miniature at the largest model show in the Northwest. See hundreds of detailed scale models, attend a free modeling seminar and build your own model to take home.

northwest scale modlers show

photo: Museum of Flight

5. Make a date to see the The Little Prince playing at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Psst…at last check, tickets were still available for shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

6. Break a sweat with your little patriots as you run, walk or jog the Presidents Day Weekend Run.

7. With 50,000 square feet of high-flying activities, including 60 trampolines, launching decks and a ninja course (inspired by TV’s American Ninja Warrior), Flying Circus is where you’ll find all the cool kids (and their parents) this President’s Day.

photo: Kristina Moy

8. If you haven’t experienced the newly redesigned Discovery Park playground yet, make plans to visit and zip, slide, swing, climb and get the wintertime wiggles out over President’s Day Weekend. Psst…with nearly 12 miles of paths and 534 acres to explore, Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest city park and offers stunning views of Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges all year-long.

9. Get up close and personal with Northwest Trek’s small animals, make animal-themed arts and crafts and enjoy trailside encounters and tram tours with your critter crazy kids. Bonus: Kids 12 & under are free during this three-day event!

photo: Northwest Trek

10. Bundle up your crew, put on your walking shoes and join a naturalist for a two-mile fast-paced family adventure hike along the trails of Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes.

11. It’s opening weekend of TOYTOPIA! Introduce your kids to all your fave toys of your childhood and let them play with “big” toys like the world’s largest Etch A Sketch, a life-size doll house, a human-scale Monopoly car and much more.


12. School may be out, but camp is in session. Check out these 15 boredom busting mid-winter break camps that kick off on President’s Day.

13. Put on your swimsuit, dig out your pool noodles and head to the Tukwila Pool for a special Candyland swim session. Admission is just $3.25 and includes swimming, games, prizes, music and snacks centered around the popular board game.

Let's celebrate being our Ballard neighbors during our NEIGHBOR APPRECIATION SWIM on Saturday, February 13th from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.! $2 admission price for all ages! Want to help your neighbor learn to swim? Voluntary donations accepted for the Learn to Swim scholarship fund during this great neighborly event! Come for fun games and snacks and leave knowing more of your Ballard neighbors!

14. Got a crew of tinkerers? Join the folks at KidsQuest Children’s Museum to think outside the box and use creative problem solving to invent activities together. From rockets to bubbles to engineering tasks, you will do it all.

15. Still looking for ways to keep your kids entertained over the three-day weekend and beyond? Check out our list of 50 fresh ideas for winter fun and get out and enjoy some play time together.


What do you have planned for your kids this President’s Day Weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

—Kristina Moy


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