“Big dogs, little dogs, red dogs, blue dogs….“ Dog parks aren’t quite as happening as P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go!, but they’re still quite a Dog Party. If you’ve got a pooch and a kid (or multiples of either), we’ve rounded up the best places around the city to spend the day with the fam, tails ‘n’ all. Flip through the gallery to get the poop, er scoop.

Warren G. Magnuson Park

Splash! Magnuson Park is the only off-leash area in Seattle with beach access. At nine acres, Magnuson has plenty of room for pooches to play - but the highlight of the park is the sandy beach where your four-legged kids can dogpaddle after balls in Lake Washington while adventurous two-legged ones can splash with them, climb trees and explore. You're going to get MUDDY, and WET too – bring old towels and a change of clothes because, unlike the canines, you won’t be able to shake it off all over everyone else!

Good to Know: Not only is the Magnuson dog park tons of fun for dogs and kids, the rest of the park is a real treat too – especially in those “dog days of summer.” Wear the dogs out first then go for a picnic down by the lake. With a public swimming spot, kite flying, play area, rock climbing wall and wetlands to explore – Magnuson Park makes for a great day out!

Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
Online: seattle.gov/parks/magnuson

photo: Magnuson Off-Leash Park Facebook page

Dog Park Etiquette for Kids
Kids and dogs can have a very special relationship, but please use caution in the dog park. Remember that this is the pooches’ park and little ones need to know how to behave around dogs. Here are some tips to keep everyone in your brood safe and happy:

1. Never bring food or toys to the park (dog toys are fine, or course).

2. Keep a close eye on your kids, especially tots.

3. Discourage your kids from running, dogs may think they want to play chase.

4. Teach your tyke to always ask the dog’s human if it’s OK to pet their dog.

5. Dog parks are not the place to help your little one get over their fear of dogs – there’s too many dogs, and most are in that rambunctious,”Hey, wanna play?” mood. Setting up a quiet meeting with a friend or family member’s mellow dog is a much better place to start.

Where is your favorite off-leash area? Tell us about it in a comment below.

— Helen Walker Green