Explore Seattle kids, things to do with kids in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond
This is a new weekly feature from the RT staff, just in time to combat the winter doldrums. Let’s face it, sometimes you’re itching to get the kiddos out of the house but you’re just not up for a crowded event. We’ll be exploring a new neighborhood, park, hiking trail or other Get Out adventure each week in our new Explore column. We’ll be covering destinations throughout the Puget Sound area and you can expect to find insider tips on great restaurants, activities and other kid-friendly suggestions for each area. The best part? These tips don’t expire after the weekend, so you can visit this page anytime your little monkeys are climbing the walls and you need ideas for a field trip.

Wallingford’s 45th St
Who knew just one street could provide so much family fun? Well, we did, actually. And now we invite you to explore the joys of Wallingford’s 45th St. Start with some shopping at Wallingford Center, a collection of boutiques including Bad Woman Yarn and Pharmaca, where you’ll also find Trophy Cupcakes and Lil’ Klippers. For more shopping, head to Kids on 45th for consignment finds, take a vacation without leaving home at Hawaii General Store and Gallery, stop by Not a Number Cards and Gifts to check out the novelties, Fast Girl Skates for new wheels and gear, Comics Dungeon (we heard they recently made it more family-friendly by clearing out the adult section), Then, perhaps some lunch? Try one of the street’s many ethnic restaurants, trek down a ways to the original location of Dick’s Drive-In, or scope a date night locale at Smash Wine Bar & Bistro. After lunch, it’s time for yummy artisan ice cream at Molly Moon’s. Then, catch a flick at the Guild 45th Theatre. That’s a day well-spent.

More to Explore:

Downtown Woodinville

Downtown Bellevue During Magic Season

34th Street in Madrona

Downtown Magnolia

Downtown Ballard

Wallingford’s 45th St.

Bainbridge Island/Downtown Winslow