We all know the northwest corner of Seattle offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, but tucked in between Crown Hill and Broadview is a fantastic oasis known as Carkeek Park. The unique children’s play area was designed by local artists, and boasts a giant salmon-shaped slide. Kids enter the salmon’s mouth, and come out the other end, landing in a huge sandbox. Kids can frolic on swings and seesaws, sneak through a hollow log, or play hide-and-seek amongst kid-sized shelters. Large grassy lawns and picnic tables will have you noting this park for Summer barbecues and parties.

Carkeek is also home to a wetlands walk, located just south of the train track overpass that leads to the beach—note that this bridge is closed for re-painting and will re-open on February 10.

You’ll want to save time to shop at Childish Things on your way home.  You’ll find a fantastic selection of new and gently used items and gear for Moms and Tots. We found this shop to be stroller and child friendly, with open spaces, a kids playroom and plenty of parking. Bring some gently-used goods to sell—we love that they pay cash on the spot, with no appointment needed. Check out their community events and mark your calendar for French and Spanish storytimes.

For your last stop, head down the street to super kid-friendly Luisa’s Mexican Grill to share mini tacos rancheros in a casual environment with fast, friendly service and large-enough-to-share portions—don’t forget this coupon.

—Matina Fresenius

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