Technology has changed us in so many ways, including how we recreate. However, one family-favorite activity hasn’t changed much over the years—playing mini golf. Whether it’s indoors, outdoors, in wooded natural settings or bright and loud locations, putt putt is always a hit with kids. This summer, trade screen time for swing time at one of Seattle’s nearby miniature golf courses.
Interbay Golf Center
Located between Magnolia and Queen Anne, Interbay Golf Center is the perfect place for some serious mini golf. It doesn’t boast the traditional flair of windmills, clowns and other brightly colored props, so if you love the idea of a more authentic golfing experience, this place is perfect! They offer an 18-hole course that isn’t too challenging but will keep the kiddos (and you!) entertained. Psst! If your budding golfers are still feeling adventurous, take them up to the driving range to hit a bucket of balls when you’re done putting.
Good to know: Sometimes this course is closed to private parties. Visit the website before making your outing.
2501 15th Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
Cost: $9/adults; $6.50/juniors (17 & under)
Hours: Times vary per season. Check the times online.
Rainbow Run at Willows Run
Don't let the name change fool you. At this fun course, golfers are encouraged to take a journey through the wilderness where they might encounter an eagle, coyote, cougar or bear while also trying to avoid a variety of hazards. Stay on the trail or you might get a scolding from a grouchy bear. The course is located in a beautiful setting, so it will keep golfers of all ages engaged. Psst! Make sure to call ahead to ensure you can play as they often host private parties and corporate events.
10402 Willows Rd N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
Cost: $11.51/adults; $6.91/kids (12 & under) before 11 a.m.; $12.67/adults; $8.64/kids (12 & under) after 11 a.m.
Hours: Daily, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Par 1 Miniature Golf at Forum Social House
When the folks at Forum Social House say "this is not your grandmother's miniature golf," they're not kidding. Neon lights, rideable rainbow unicorns and a looming Game of Thrones-style throne await players at this indoor, nine-hole, putt putt spot on the Eastside. Add in a kid's menu they'll actually like and other gaming options, and you've got yourself an afternoon to remember. Reservations are required to play here.
Lincoln Square, North Tower
700 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004
Hours: Wed.-Thurs., 5-11 p.m.; Fri., 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat., noon.-2 a.m., Sun., noon-8 p.m. (21+ after 10 p.m.)
King Mini Golf Park
We were so sad to hear that our friends at King Family Fun Center suffered a devastating fire a few months ago that has caused them to close most of their operations for the time being. Fortunately, King Mini Golf Park is still open, and showing your support is as easy as making a visit! This is one beautiful course and one of the newest mini golf parks in the area. It comes with lots of putt putt obstacles that add dimension to your playtime, including one hole that will send your ball down the river! Open for groups of 1-5 people. Reserve your tee time online ahead of time.
1113 N. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
Cost: $10/person; Free for kids 3 & under
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed during the late fall and winter months.
Family Fun Center
With a name like Family Fun Center, you know this place has got to be awesome. The courses were built with kids in mind, so you’re going to find lots of wild and wacky holes to keep your little golfers stimulated. There are two, 18-hole outdoor courses to explore (Memory Lane and Arctic Adventure). You can come for just the miniature golf or buy a package deal that runs on a point system where you can check out the other attractions like bumper boats, frog hopper, go karts and an arcade. Psst! The courses are designed for ages 5 and older, but tiny tots will still enjoy chasing the ball around.
7300 Fun Center Way
Tukwila, WA 98188
Hours: Dependent upon month and day of the week. Check their website for specific times.
Snohomish Valley Golf Center
The Snohomish Valley Golf Center boasts an 18-hole championship mini golf course, but don’t feel overwhelmed, it’s just a game. Set within views of the Cascade Mountain Range, the golf center offers a course with a cascading waterfall and a meandering creek creating a peaceful and tranquil environment. Currently, groups of four (from the same household) can test their putt putt skills on the course. Come early for a meal at the Valley Grill (featuring a kids menu). It's open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and on the weekends from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
8511 Marsh Rd.
Snohomish, WA 98296
Cost: $10/adults; $8/juniors (12 & under) & seniors (55 & older)
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Mike N’ Terry’s Outdoor Fun Park
It’s hard not to be happy when you’re playing mini golf, right? And a trip to play mini golf at this Puyallup location is sure to elicit giggles and smiles out of your little ones. There are two courses to choose from, so you can come again (and again) and be challenged each time. Psst! If your mini golfers get tired of swinging their clubs around, this fun park has just about everything that kids could want: go karts, batting cages and concession stands. Come for the golf, stay all day for the family run attractions!
Good to know: Be sure to hit up the ATM before you arrive, as this is a cash only course. Don’t worry though if you forget, there is an ATM on site.
6326 114th Ave. Ct. E.
Puyallup, WA 98371
Cost: $8.75 for one course; $12.75 for both; $4.25/kids, under 48″; Free for kids under 40″
Hours: Call for hours
A family fave since the 60s, Parkland Putters in Tacoma is a real crowd-pleaser and one of the most inexpensive courses on our list! They offer four different courses ranging from easy to hard, all complete with hidden holes, sand traps and much more. You can play one, or if you are feeling really adventurous, play all four! Just make sure to bring your A game as they award ribbons to the winners at the end of each game. Psst…be fair and honest, but remember, it’s okay to throw a few mulligans in there (wink, wink).
10636 Sales Rd. S.
Tacoma, WA 98444
Cost: $6.50/adults (13 & older); $5.50/kids (12 & under); $3.50/extra game
Hours: Call for current times. Closed Nov.-Feb.
Flat Stick Pub
Flat Stick Pub now has four Western Washington locations and four very different mini golf courses to check out in Kirkland, Pioneer Square, South Lake Union and Bellingham. Each 9-hole indoor mini golf course includes various “water hazards” and obstacles, like beer kegs or whimsical creatures. While this might be better suited for a parent date night, kids are allowed until 7 p.m. except for the Pioneer Square location which is 21+ only.
15 Lake St.
Kirkland, WA 98033
240 2nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
609 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
902 N. State St.
Bellingham, WA 98226
Cost: $8/person ($7/person at Kirkland)
Hours: Varies by day and location
High Trek Adventures Mini Golf
While mostly known for it amazing ropes course and ziplines, the High Trek Adventures park in Everett added an 18-hold miniature golf course for those who would prefer to stay grounded or would like to add a little more fun to their visit. The park is also one of the cheapest locations to visit. Psst…we’ve been warned that holes 9 and 17 are real challenges to conquer.
Good to know: If you purchase a ropes course, your golf game is just $5. Also, be sure to download their golf scorecard app for easy scoring.
11928 Beverly Park Rd., Bldg. C
Everett, WA 98204
Cost: $8/adults & kids (ages 11 & up); $6/juniors (ages 7-10); Free for kids 6 & under (with paying adult)
Hours: Dependent upon month and day of the week.
—Jeffrey Totey & Allison Rasmussen
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