Back-to-school season is here which means finding cheap and free entertainment to get you through the last few weeks of summer break is a must. (Because who has money to spend on activities when you’ve got new shoes and clothes to buy along with a school supply list a mile long.) That’s why we rounded up six parks that are worthy of the drive to get to and are guaranteed to keep everyone in your crew busy for hours. Read on and get ready to plan a day (or two!) at the park.

Jefferson Park – Seattle, Wa

Consistently receiving great reviews, Jefferson Park is one of the largest in the city and in our book, pretty spectacular! The views of the Duwamish River, the city skyline and Olympic Mountains are worth the visit alone (especially on a clear, sunny day), but the park is a haven for curious kiddos who love to explore. Jefferson Park's modern playground, water spray area, two zippy zip lines, walking and running paths, skatepark, lawn bowling area and golf course make it one of those places in the city you can park your rear and spend the day.

3801 Beacon Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98108
206-684-4075
Online: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/jefferson-park

photo: Saliha K. via Yelp

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Pack a Lunch
All six of these destinations make for great picnics areas, with or without a table. Don’t worry about being too fancy either. Pack some sandwiches or some lunch meat and cheese sticks and let the Littles roll their own lunch.

Pack a Few Extra Supplies
You can never have too many wet wipes and paper towels on hand for whatever you kids might get into. Also, think about sunscreen, Band-Aids and anything that might spoil your day if you have to leave early.

Pack Extra Clothes
Living in Seattle is unpredictable and with most of these parks, there is a good chance you’ll get wet. Be sure to pack a towel and a hoodie (in case it gets chilly) and a change of clothes is always a good idea.

Does your family have a favorite park to visit during the summer months? Tell us in the comments below.  

— Jeffrey Totey