Explore: Magnuson Park (Part 1)rossroads BellevueSeattle kids, things to do with kids in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond

There is so much to do in Magnuson Park that we’ve broken it down into two excursions (stay tuned for a review of the playground, children’s garden and more). If a recent viewing of Marley & Me has left you jonesing for some four-legged love, Magnuson Park’s Off Leash Dog Park located at the west end of the parking lot is just about the happiest animal adventure you & the kiddos could have on a Saturday morning. Grab your galoshes and get ready to get muddy as you watch the big dogs battle it out in the massive mud/hay field to the left, then “Ooh” and “aah” over the littlest furballs in the Small Dog Play Area to the right. Follow the parade of pooches and make your way down the stroller-friendly path to the water to watch Seattle’s bravest (beasts, that is) navigate chilly waters as they jockey for tennis ball supremacy. When you’ve had your fill of dog drool and barking, exit left out the gate on the waterfront (leaving the dog park) and into Magnuson Park proper. As you soak up the Lake Washington views along the paved path, keep your eyes peeled for a strange collection of steel sculptures protruding from the ground. If the kiddos are into airplanes or whales (and, really, don’t most fall into either camp?) then The Fin Project is a must see. Actual diving-plane fins from decommissioned Navy subs built in the 1960s are arranged to simulate the dorsal fins of a large Orca whale pod. Can you say, “Neat-o”? When you’re done gazing, head uphill until you reach a big patch of green grass better know as Kite Hill. The lawn is ideal for kicking a ball while enjoying the panoramic views, or, as the name implies, kite flying (some think it’s even better than GasWorks park). Got a chill? Ready for a warm-up? Head back to the parking lot and over to Java Dog Espresso (within the Magnuson Park gates) for a cup of joe and some hot chocolate for the littles…Now go home and indulge in a warm shower and a nap – you’ve earned it.

www.seattle.gov/parks/Magnuson/

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