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Shop All Day While the Kids Play

Putting your battle gear on and joining the masses in that annual holiday retail hysteria that is Black Friday (November 27)? Given how crazy and crowded it can get, it’s not a scene you want to expose the tots to. Fortunately, we’ve got a hotlist of places to drop them so you can shop till you drop.


Super Shopper Day at Blossoming Buds Cottage Story time, free play and dancing will be the order of the day for kids while your order of the day will be filling shopping bags with good buys. 8 am to 5 pm, ages 2.5 to 5, $8.50 per hour, limit of 2 to 4 hours. Registration required.

Drop Off Day at Whirlwinds The staff at Whirlwinds has a fun-filled day planned with crafts and holiday carols – a perfect distraction for the kids while you get distracted at nearby University Village. 10 am to 4 pm, ages 2.5 to 5, $8 per hour, Reservations accepted.


Second Story Rep’s Holiday Drop and Shop Located in Redmond Town Center,  this program provides you with a couple of hours of shopping peace while the kiddos do crafts and play theater games.  10 am to 5 pm, ages 5 to 12, Free, Redmond. First come, first served. (Second Rep will also offer childcare on Saturdays through Dec. 19 from 10 am to 2 pm, $15 for 2 hours.)

Drop and Shop at The Nest Early bird shoppers can drop the chicks off at The Nest for breakfast treats, games, crafts and playtime. (Parents get coffee, too!) 7 am to 4 pm, ages 2 to 9, $8 per hour, Woodinville. (The Nest will also do Drop and Shop days on Nov. 28 and Dec. 19th, 10 am to 4 pm.)

Drop & Go at Dizzy’s Tumblebus Kids can do crafts, have story time, do open play and hit the tumbling room while you’re out scoping for good deals.  8 am to 2 pm, ages 2 to 8, $10 per hour, Bellevue. Reservations required.

Drop-N-Shop at Great Play Little ones will spend the afternoon running, skipping and jumping with Buddy, the animated mascot while you take a few hours to shop, run errands or, heck, you could even go see a movie. 1:30 to 5:30 pm, ages 3 to 7, $12 per hour, Redmond.

Late Addition: Northshore YMCA in Bothell, from 10 -2 pm

—Kavita Varma-White