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 Woodinville
Woodinville. The name doesn’t exactly conjure up thoughts of urban hipness, but this Eastside ‘hood is cranking it up a notch, offering an eclectic mix of shopping, food & kiddie activities well worth a trip across the bridge. First up is Molbak’s, not only a gardener’s wet dream, but a 15-acre tourist destination with kiddie activities and a garden café. Get lost among the foliage and Christmas décor. The Hanna Andersson outlet is directly across the street and the Oshkosh outlet is nearby, ideal for stocking up on staples or holiday shopping. A trip to Woodinville should always include a visit to Tot Spot Café, one of the kid-friendly coffee shop/gathering places that’s figured out how to do it right. Their calendar is chock-full of family-friendly activities, the food is yummy and the price is right for monitored drop-in play.

More to Explore:

Downtown Bellevue During Magic Season

34th Street in Madrona

Downtown Magnolia

Downtown Ballard

Wallingford’s 45th St.

Bainbridge Island/Downtown Winslow