You’ve made it through the dizzying first month with baby. Now you’re itching to get out and explore the city again. Only this time, you’ll be packing a stroller, a well-stocked diaper bag and your new-parent badge. Before your baby turns one (and that happens much faster than you think!) check these 25 things off your Seattle baby bucket list. Scroll down to get started!
1. Take a Fitness Class
Fall in love with your skinny jeans again, and bring baby along for the ride. Check out these amazing Seattle fitness classes just for mom and baby.
2. Go Out to Dinner
Remember when the hardest part of going out to dinner was choosing the restaurant? Sure, it’s harder to eat out with your better half now that baby has arrived, but we’re firm believers in going when baby is young, and can still sleep through at least one course of the meal. Psst! When she’s older, try one of these family restaurants that cater to kids. Or better yet, take advantage of a kid's eat free night.
3. Make the Rounds at Green Lake
There’s just something about strolling around Green Lake on a sunny day that makes it a parent/baby fave. Do it early and often in that first year. And check out more stroller-friendly walks and trails here.
4. Say Yes to Woodland Park Zoo
Even if baby isn’t oohing and ahhing at all the animals you’ll see at Woodland Park Zoo, spend a day there. Sunshine, stroller-friendly walking paths and plenty of grassy areas where your cutie can crawl around make this a baby must-do. Psst! Don’t forget to head to Zoomazium for some indoor exploration, too.
5. Visit SAM
Art museums with toddlers? Not so much. But when baby is still young enough to be content in the stroller, take advantage and visit the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Don’t forget the city’s First Thursdays program when you can score free admission when you visit.
6. Sign Baby Up for a Library Card
7. Attend Baby Story Time
Drop in to hear stories for babies at your local Seattle Public Library branch or King County Library branch. Be sure to try a bilingual baby story time, like Spanish for a change of pace.
8. Ride the Ferry
Sometimes just getting to where you’re going with baby in the car can be a struggle. Bypass the drive-time headache by riding the ferry. Park the car and hit the deck where baby can explore, with or without his stroller. You’ll get where you need to be and he'll be happy. A win-win for both!
9. Take a Hike
Even if you don’t have a special frame pack for baby, you can find a trail and get outdoors. Groups like Hike it Baby have great suggestions and parent meet ups that make getting outside with baby easy. Psst! Be sure to check out our favorite hiking trails for kids near Seattle and these hikes perfect for the fall months.
10. Try a Swim Class
Spend time in the water with baby at a local parent/baby swim class. Not sure where to start? Get our suggestions here before you dive in!
11. Cool Off at a Wading Pool
On a hot summer day, take baby to one of the city’s wading pools to beat the heat. Nothing says "chill” like sitting in the wading pool in your swim diaper with mom or dad doing the same nearby.
12. Wander Through Kubota Garden
With stroller-friendly walking trails and grassy areas in every direction, this 20-acre garden is a perfect baby day destination. Pack a picnic, sunscreen and your sun hat, so you can spend plenty of time wandering the grounds and letting baby roam. Psst! The garden is open year-round, so you can stroll rain or shine.
13. Visit a Play & Learn Play Space
Your baby totally digs his toys, but sometimes he just wants something new. Take him to a Kaleidoscope Play & Learn time to socialize and play with toys that he won’t find in his own room.
14. Grab a Drink With Friends
Ditch the sippy cup for a glass of wine or a nice lager at one of these spots where you can belly up to the bar with baby in tow. Watch your favorite teams play to win, or try a flight of reds you’ll remember at these wine bars that welcome kids.
15. Make Music
Meet other parents and introduce your little bundle to musical instruments at a Sunshine Music Together class. Classes for ages 0-5 are offered all over the city, from Queen Anne to West Seattle to Redmond. Register for a free class here.
16. Bike the Burke-Gilman Trail
The fact that you can bike for miles without having to cross the street is one of the Burke’s biggest perks. Put baby in the bike seat or trailer and get pedaling. If you need to feed or change baby during your ride, plan to make a pit stop at these fantastic spots along the trail.
17. Dig in the Sand
When it’s too rainy to hit the beach, but you know baby needs to explore, Lil' Diggers Playtime at Sandbox Sports in Georgetown is a great alternative. The sand is clean, the toys are plentiful and there are plenty of places for parents to perch. Dig in!
18. Have Coffee With a Friend
Get your adulting fix at one of the city’s many coffee shops. Bonus points if it has a place where parents can sit while baby plays, like Wunderkind, The Dane, Dubsea or Serendipity. Psst! When baby is older, these spots offer a place for mom and dad to work while baby plays.
19. Explore Volunteer Park
Lots of stroller-friendly paths and a conservatory, too! These are just a few of the things that make Volunteer Park a great place to take baby, stroller-ed or strapped on. Psst! Check out our list of 38 other parks and playgrounds we guarantee baby and the big kids in your crew will love.
20. Go Wild at Zoo Tunes
It doesn’t get more family-friendly than BECU’s ZooTunes during the summer months. Grab a seat near the back, spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy the show. The best part? Concerts are over by 8:30 p.m., so baby can get plenty of rest.
21. View Art Outside
The Olympic Sculpture Park is another fantastic place to stroll with your cutie. Nine acres of green space and larger-than-life art along the waterfront make this a great day destination. Want to learn more about the park? Take baby on the free, 60-minute walking tour: Sight Sculpture Shoreline: Discover Olympic Sculpture Park.
Still feeling adventurous? Stroller down the street and take baby to the Seattle Aquarium to gawk at all the fish and adorable sea otters.
22. Attend Baby’s First Concert
Take your wee one to his first concert. From library concerts to outdoor summer fests headlined by some of Seattle's best kindie rockers, we’ve rounded up plenty of baby-friendly concerts in this guide.
23. Shop the Farmers Market
24. Solve a Mystery
An outdoor mystery scavenger hunt is a great way to spend the afternoon—especially if it has you wandering the streets of Fremont and you can bring baby along with you. Grab your besties and hit the streets as you work to solve The Mysteries of Noximillian.
25. Find a Babysitter
If you don’t do it in baby’s first year, it only gets harder. Give yourself the treat of a trustworthy sitter, so you and your significant other can commit to the Q.T. Not sure where to start? Check out our list of must-ask questions.
Feature photo courtesy of wonderlane via Flickr.