10 Fun Things To Do Over Spring Break
When we were 21 we swore our spring breaks couldn’t ever be more fun than our spur of the moment beachy getaways and happy hours that started at noon. And while the idea of an impromptu spring break vaca is as far fetched as our kids downing their broccoli without a complaint, we have to admit that there’s something about our recent spring breaks that is just as awesome as the ones in our early 20’s, albeit in a less-boozy, less-wild way. We love that the city is quieter during this time and we have the kids to ourselves to take advantage of the many adventures Seattle has to offer. Here are 10 must-try activities for your spring break vaca.
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1. Over the years many things — the skyline, play spaces, and parks — have all changed in some way or another, but perhaps none so drastic as the Armory Center at Seattle Center (formerly known as The Center House), which is now a hodgepodge of drool-worthy restaurants. In fact, you don’t dare utter the words, food court, here. Take the day to explore the Armory and then treat your fam to Whirligig, a 24 day indoor carnival for kids ages 12 and under. Whirligig features balloon artists, face painters, inflatable rides and much more. Click here for all the event details.
2. We all know that when the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival debuts spring has sprung. This family-favorite festival located 60 miles north of the city features stunning fields aglow with tulips. Besides admiring the tulip fields and letting your kiddos burn off some energy, there’s tons of places to eat and play. Our guide to enjoying the tulip festival is chock full of advice and tips for families heading up to Skagit Valley.
3. Sure, you may not be able to jet to Hawaii this spring break (next year, perhaps?) so we suggest settling for the next best thing: Great Wolf Lodge. This family-friendly resort is a local getaway that’s any kiddo’s paradise. Located about an hour and a half from Seattle, Great Wolf Lodge features a full-size jaw-dropping water park (for the kids!), spa (for you!), and amazing hotel rooms. Don’t believe us? Check out their sweet rooms here.
4. When’s the last time your family enjoyed a meal out together? We mean a real sit-in-your-seat meal where you talk about politics, culture, and the preschool search (ha!). Ok, the latter part is totally far fetched, but we’ve been craving a night out with our fam, which is why we love these restaurants that are bringing the idea of sunday suppers to fruition. Celebrate spring break with a proper meal out and give yourself a much deserved night off from cooking.
5. If you’re looking for a spring break road trip without the hassle of planning, head to Bellingham, an ideal place for city families to escape urban life. From the scenic drive to Fairhaven’s toy shop, book store and cupcakery to the bike trails at Boulevard Park, Bellingham is an ideal destination that is worth the drive. Click on our guide for what to see, do, and eat in this family-favorite town.
6. Not in the mood to pile the kiddos and all your gear in the car? Explore Columbia City, a neighborhood in our own backyard. Maybe you live here or maybe you’ve been meaning to check out what all the fuss is about. Regardless, a recent trip here uncovered an awesome bakery, market, and even a pinball game or two. Yes, we’re serious.
7. Knowing our city, there’s always a chance of rain during spring break so you better have a back up plan if it starts drizzling and your kids are bouncing off the walls. Take them to a place where they can literally bounce off the walls. We’ve found a variety of trampoline parks, suited for different ages and interests. Check out our list to get the low down on these fun places to jump jump jump (cue House of Pain song).
8. Spring break doesn’t just mean fun for the kids. We need a break too, right? Ok, maybe our break won’t come until they’re 18, but we think you totally deserve a night out with your fellow mom friends. We’ve come up with some great places for a mom date.
9. Go skydiving! Ok, hear us out. iFly is Seattle offers a totally safe and totally fun skydiving experience for kids. Instead of jumping out of a plane, they’ll be in a wind tunnel (fully supervised, of course). Take a peek at our story about what you can expect and then dive in!
10. Spring break hour may have taken on a whole new meaning now that we’re parents, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in a brew or two. Bring the kids along and make it a family affair (OJ for them) at our favorite happy hour spots that welcome families (now that’s a true happy hour). Check out our entire list by clicking here.
What are your spring break plans? Share with us below!