Your leisurely summer play time was easy to plan—got sunshine? Check. Head outside! But when it comes to fall, Seattle’s notorious rain gets in the way. So we’ve mapped out some plug-and-play activities to get you back into autumn’s more structured (and probably wet) routine, for every day of the week. Read on and start loading up your Palm Pilot (you still have one of those, right?) with weekday to-dos.
photo: OmCulture Facebook page
Start your tot’s week off with some solid play time at the Om Culture’s OmTots program. Each Monday they set out balance beams, cloud swings, tumbling mats, cones and more for your little yogi to use any way she sees fit. Parents can lend a helping hand, or chill on the mats without worrying about losing sight of their little one. Bring it home at the end of the session with an instructor-led song, drumming session or movement circle. Take that beginning of the week!
Good to know: The program runs Monday through Friday during the school year.
Om Culture Wallingford
2210 N. Pacific St.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Time: 9:30 a.m.–noon
Cost: $12 to drop in; $7/sibling to drop in; 5 & 10 class passes available
photo: McMenamins Anderson School Facebook page
North Shore Lagoon Swimming Pool
When your natives are restless, it’s time to hit the pool! There’s no better way to wear them out for nap time then taking a solid two hours to dip, dive and splash at this Polynesian-style pool in Bothell. Tiki torches, waterfalls and bamboo stilts, that support the restaurant, overlook the pool and make it feel like you’ve been transported to the islands. And there’s plenty of place for your tot to play in this heated pool with great sight lines. The first two-hour long open swim window starts at 9 a.m. and the last one ends long after your wee ones have crashed (11 p.m.), so head over any time. When you’re done, grab some grub at the restaurant upstairs or try one of the other on-site restaurants or activities before heading home. We’ll wager your mini-me will be asleep before you’re out of the parking lot.
Good to know: The pool is open to the public 365 days a year.
McMenamins Anderson School
18607 Bothell Way N.E.
Bothell, Wa 98011
Time: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (two-hour sessions)
Cost: $8+tax/Adults; $6+tax/Youth (4-17); 3 & under and Bothell residents Free
photo: Seattle Gymnastics Academy-Columbia City Facebook page
SGA’s Indoor Playground
If your tiny tot loves to treat your living room like a jungle gym, it’s time to hit the Seattle Gymnastics Academy’s Indoor Playground. At each of their three locations, you’ll find foam pits perfect for jumping in, tumble tracks with just the right amount of spring, bars to climb on and rings to swing from. Not to mention all the other soft tumble trick spots your mini-me’s sure to find when he or she sets out to explore. The best part? On Tuesdays, $2 plus a canned food drive donation gets you in the doors at the Columbia City location. It’s tumble-rific!
SGA Columbia City
5043 37th Ave. S., Suite 200
Seattle, Wa 98118
SGA Lake City
12535 26th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98125
1415 N.W. 52nd St.
Seattle, Wa 98017
Cost: $6/Child (general public); $4/Child (enrolled students); $2/Child on Tuesdays at Columbia City, with canned food donation; punch cards available
Kids Science Lab
Insert a little science into your week at the Kids Science Lab in Green Lake. Although classes just started, your science-y sidekick can give one a try when you sign him or her up online for a free trial (psst… if she likes it, she can sign up for more.) The classes are grouped based on age, but all of them are built around hands-on activities that make everyday science accessible (and easily understood) by kids of all ages. It’s the perfect spot to capitalize on your kiddo’s natural curiosity.
405 N.E. 71st St.
Seattle, Wa 98115
Time: Varies (based on class)
Cost: Free (trial class)
photo: Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Facebook page
Kids in the Garden
If you’re looking for a recurring Tuesday program and you’ve got a little green thumb in the family, the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society’s Kids in the Garden program should do the trick. It’s all about things that grow and crawl around in the dirt, and fly around in the blue sky above it. Expect a story, art project, silly songs and healthy snacks at each class, which include topics like, Leaves, Magical Mushrooms and Spider Web Wonders. Register your kidlet online before the first class on Sept. 26 to save a spot.
12001 Main St.
Bellevue, Wa 98005
Time & Dates: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10 & 17
Cost: $100/Kids (non-members); $75/Kids (members)
photo: Allison Sutcliffe
Open Skate at All Together Skatepark
Shred, rip and rock the ramps out of the rain (psst… it’s indoors) at All Together Skate Park in Fremont to get over hump day. Bring your little shredders board, helmet and pads if she has them, or you can rent them at the park ($3 each). Then, plan to let her loose on the straight-aways, ramps, steps and rails that give kids a chance to test out new tricks or hone the basics while they ride. We couldn’t think of an easier way to burn off energy on a rainy Wednesday!
Good to know: All Together has open skate hours every day of the week, with special kids-only sessions and group lessons on the weekend, plus Ladies Only Nights too!
3500 Stone Way N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Time: 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $10/Kids; 10 session and monthly unlimited passes also available
photo: Seward Park
Toddler Trails and Tales
Head to Seward Park for this mid-week morning program that combines your Little’s love of literature with his or her love with the great outdoors. The group starts out in the classroom upstairs, where they’ll hear wild tales read aloud. Then, it’s time to head into the park for an easy hike in the woods. Even the littlest tots can make this level hike that’s less than a mile round trip. Along the way they’ll have time to ask questions and get handsy with Mother Nature’s amazing elements. Don’t forget to dress for the weather at this class!
Good to know: This program also runs on Saturdays in case you can’t make it mid-week.
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
photo: Carlos Pacheco via Flickr
Reading with Rover
Kids and doggies, could it get any cuter? You don’t have to have a reluctant reader to let him sit down and read to a therapy dog through this aww-mazing program, although that is what it’s deigned for. Any little reader will do. It’s a chance to build confidence and share a love of reading with a new furry friend, who will patiently sit and listen to the books your little bookworm can’t wait to read. Parents can find Rover at libraries throughout the city and on the Eastside. Be sure to check the online calendar to find out when he’ll be spending time at a library near you.
photo: Museum of Flight Facebook page
Free Museum Days
The first Thursday of the month is always a great time to sample an area museum with your bity bunch. So gather your peeps and make a plan to meet up at one of these museums that offer free first Thursday admission:
Good to know: Be sure to check the policy for each museum before heading over, as some offer limited time frames.
photo: Center for Wooden Boats website
Tugboat Story Time
If your library story time routine needs a change, head to the Center for Wooden Boats, where you and your little mariner will climb aboard the historic Tugboat Arthur Foss to hear sea-rific tales read aloud. It’s an interactive and engaging half hour, filled with picture books and adventurous tales of the sea that serve up an extra dose of excitement. Why? Because being docked at Lake Union really brings these stories to life for little landlubbers. Psst… plan to stay and explore the boat (open until noon) after story time is over.
South Lake Union
1010 Valley St.
Seattle, Wa 98019
Time: 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
photo: Ben VanHouten/Seattle Mariners
Sports Stadium Tours
End your week on an exciting note when you take your little sports fan-atic to tour her favorite stadium. Whether she roots for the M’s, Seahawks or Sounders (or all 3!), she can get a behind-the-scenes look inside their home fields on a public tour at Safeco Field or at Century Link Field. Plan to take a peek at the press box, owners suite, dugout, All-Star club and more during the hour-long Safeco Field Tour. At Century link, you can take in the views and see spots that aren’t normally open to the public. Bring your camera and questions with your wee ones!
Good to know: Tickets for the Century Link Field tour are an in-person purchase, so head to the NW Box Office, Downtown Pro Shop or Renton Pro Shop to grab yours.
1250 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98134
Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. (until Oct. 31); 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 1-March 31)
Cost: $12/Adults; $10/Kids, $11/Seniors & Military
Century Link Field
800 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98134
Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $14/Adults; $8/Kids (5-11); 4 & under Free
photo: Seattle ReCreative Facebook page
Pull up a seat at Seattle ReCreative’s Paint Playground. It’s a chance for budding artists to explore art in a hands-on way. On any day, kids might find themselves painting with spaghetti or trucks, splattering paint on pint-sized acrylic panels or sculpting silly creatures with homemade playdough. When he’s had his fill, he can check out the creative playspace for an equally fun, albeit less messy time. Drop in any time the program’s running to get your art on!
Good to know: This class runs Monday through Friday.
8408 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98013
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10/session; $50/six sessions
photo: Kelsey Creek Farm Facebook page
Kelsey Creek Farm
Make one last push to the weekend at Kelsey Creek Farm in Bellevue, where your little animal lover will find his barnyard faves in pens just outside the barn. It’s a chance to chat with chickens, moo at cows and marvel at the bunnies they have on the farm. It’s also an easy place to bring a picnic (they’ve got covered picnic shelters, too) and make a playground pit stop (there’s one on the farm). Sounds like a leisurely way to spend a Friday afternoon, before you rock the weekend.
Good to know: The farm is open to the public year-round.
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98005
Time: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
What weekday activity would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!
— Allison Sutcliffe
Note: feature photo courtesy of Seward Park.