When the sun shines, pgwe all flock to Alki Beach, but West Seattle is scattered with plenty to do on cooler days as well. Start off by visiting West Seattle’s fantastic Fairmount Playground. Boasting a wide array of cool metal climbers atop a gravel base, with plenty of fields for ball chasing, you’ll burn off that morning energy quickly. If the rainclouds are looming, plan ahead and schedule a free trial class at the new Little Gym, which reently opened. Ready for some tasty treats? Head to the nearby Coffee to a Tea With Sugar where the kids can romp in the toy area. Be sure to take advantage of the printable ‘free cupcake’ coupon online. Treat yourself to something scrumptious, from bakery treats to salads and wraps. Of course, organic coffees and teas await to perk up parents, too. Next, work off those sweet treats with a short walk to Curious Kidstuff. You’ll knock out some holiday shopping while the kids test out new toys at this West Seattle favorite for eco-friendly playthings– every toy in the shop has a USA General Conformity Certificate. They also offer Art classes and a fabulous space for a birthday party, so be sure to explore the entire store.

—Matina Fresenius