“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.

Strawberry Hill Dog Park

Strawberry Hill Dog Park, opened in 2014, gets our pooch and kid vote for its cool forest glade location - lots of wooded terrain for your kid and their BPF (Best Pooch Friend) to explore. At two and a half acres, it's quite a tiny dog spot but still a lovely place to take the whole fam. The park also includes a fenced off mini-dog park for small, shy or recuperating dogs.

Insider Tip: After a hike with Fido, head for the super playground right next door and maybe even the skatepark if you've got a skateboard/scooter enthusiast or skateboarding dog.

Strawberry Hill Dog Park
7666 N.E. High School Rd.
Bainbridge Island, Wa 98110
Online: biparks.org/dog-parks

photo: Friends of Bainbridge Island Dog Parks 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