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.

Downtown Ballard

If you’re looking for a place to hang out and explore with the fam for the day, it’s hard to beat Ballard. There’s so much to see and do, we’ll focus on just a few blocks surrounding Market St. and Ballard Ave. Visit the farmers’ market every Sunday, all year, rain or shine. Head to Ballard Commons Park for a skate bowl, plenty of green grass for lounging, and a fun-to-run-through water feature. Stop by the library for a great kiddo section and frequent events sponsored by the hood’s awesome family bookstore, Secret Garden Bookshop. Shop for quality toys and kiddo clothes at Clover, and kitsch galore at Archie McPhee’s. Get inspired to bake at Cookies. Take in a flick at Majestic Bay. And the food! There’s soups and sandwiches at Great Harvest Bread Co, yummies at Cupcake Royale, healthy frozen yogurt at mooberry, and amazing date night food at La Carta de Oaxaca.

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