Seattle kids struck it big this past year! Innovative companies opened, new playgrounds sprouted up around the city, trendy bake shops moved into town and new indoor play spaces took Seattle tots by storm. Here are our picks for the 15 best things to arrive on the kiddie scene in 2016.

Tottini Discovery

Working parents living on the Eastside rejoiced when Tottini Discovery opened its early learning center in Bellevue. Located near the Microsoft Campus, this clean, bright and thoughtfully laid out space provided original programs, age-appropriate lessons and activities and (gasp!) healthy lunches and snacks cooked on-site for kids ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The best news? The learning center will continue to offer full 5-day care and flexible schedules as well as AM and PM half day or 2- or 3-day work weeks in 2017.

Tottini Discovery
2253 140th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98005
Online: and on Facebook 

photo: Jennifer B. Davis

Well, that was an awesome year, wasn’t it? What was your highlight of 2016? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy