Hey, West Seattle families—your ship has come in! Check out the new ferry-boat play structure at Fairmount Playground. This pocket park is small, but packs a punch with a spider-web climbing structure, a swing set and a merry-go-round. The play area is tucked behind a large, level field which is fun for frolicking in the dry months, but turns swampy in the winter. If you go during the wet time of year, park on Dawson Street near Fairmount Elementary School or off Findlay Street and follow the paved paths to the playground. The park is located on Fauntleroy Way SW in the Fairmount Springs neighborhood.

After playtime, head a few blocks west to the C&P Coffee Company. This charming coffee shop serves up hot cider and cocoa in a cozy converted house. If you time it right, you might be treated to live music (often offered on Sunday afternoons) or a poetry reading.
While in the neighborhood, head a few blocks north to the Junction at California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street. This stretch is packed with kid-friendly businesses. First on the list is a visit to Curious Kidstuff for books, toys, games, magic tricks, dress-up clothes, LEGOs, and pretty  much anything else a kid could want.

Great Harvest Bread Company has yummy sandwiches, fresh-baked bread and treats, and a small play area with toys and books to keep your little one entertained while you eat. They also offer a daily selection of gluten-free goodies.

The Sugar Rush Baking Company, located inside of Coffee to a Tea, offers up the cutest baby cupcakes in town. (And they taste good too!) They also provide a play area stocked with toys so you can settle in and enjoy a cup of tea.

And, maybe, after eating all those carbs, you’ll want to head back to the playground to burn off some more energy!

—Karen McHegg