- The Seattle Aquarium – Located on the waterfront the aquarium has Tons of animals for everyone to see. Kids can touch starfish and sea anemones and if timed right even see different animals during feeding time. Scuba divers swim in a large tank – and do show and tell with different sea life! You can spend as little as 90 minutes wondering through the sea life but most people spend about 2 hours to really explore everything it has to offer.
- The Museum of Flight - A great museum for all ages, you’ll see airplanes spanning the first 100 plus years of flight. Get a look inside a Concorde, the first 747 ever built, the original Air Force One, fighters and bombers. There’s a Kids Flight Zone and several flight simulators in addition to the always changing featured exhibits. AND if you are lucky enough to own your own plane they even have 5 fly-in parking spots available!
- The Seattle Children’s Museum - A trip to the Seattle Children’s Museum guarantees an interactive experience, allowing little hands and growing minds to explore, play and learn. They have several educators facilitate programs throughout the day, with a wide range of activities from plays to story time kids 10 months to 10 years old are sure to have a great time.
- Take the Water Taxi to West Seattle - There’s no cheaper way to cruise Elliott Bay. $4.75 buys you a 15-minute ride from Pier 50 on the downtown waterfront to Seacrest Park in West Seattle. From there, relax on the patio with some shaved ice, or head up the hill to check out the shops and restaurants at the West Seattle Junction, or over to explore West Seattle’s beautiful Alki Beach.
- Ride the Ferris Wheel on the Waterfront - There are amazing views of the Seattle waterfront and Elliott Bay from the Seattle Great Wheel. Rain is not a concern since the gondolas are fully enclosed, and hold up to 8 people.
- Visit the Seattle Pinball Museum – While some of the younger kids might have no idea what they are about to see it is always fun for parents to share their toys with their children. Take your kids ages 7 and up on a trip down memory lane and show them some of your favorite games! The Pinball Museum has over 50 vintage and modern arcade games, and all are free to play after a single entrance fee. Sodas, snacks, and local craft beers available for purchase.
- Explore the Fremont Neighborhood - Peculiar Fremont is one of Seattle’s most fun and unique neighborhoods. It’s in the middle of the best stretch of the Burke Gilman path, and is a great place to walk around, grab a bite at a restaurant, or have a picnic. On Sunday there’s a huge market with lots of great food and flea-market style vendors. The Urban Beer Garden at the Fremont Brewery is family-friendly and a great place to have a couple pints of a local Seattle beer – you’re welcome to bring outside food into the brewery.
- Living Computer Museum - Take a walk through computer history with hands-on exploration of dozens of restored machines with original software. Just for kids, there’s the LCM Bit Zone, with vintage video games to play, and cool interactive circuitry and binary exhibits.
- Take an Ice Cream Cruise - This fun and inexpensive Lake Union boat tour operates on Sundays year-round, and is a perfect activity for kids. There’s a chance to learn some Seattle history, watch sea planes take off and land, and see some floating homes and Dale Chihuly’s glass studio. It only last about 45 minutes so it’s great for short attention spans. There are ice cream treats or hot chocolate available for purchase on board.