Photo Friday: Japanese Garden at the Seattle Arboretum With Kids

As summer draws to a close, and as it gets easier and easier to get around with three kids, I'm beginning to feel a little bit restless. We've been branching out from our normal routine lately, and I've officially tagged next week "mommy camp."

We spent this morning at the Japanese Garden in Seattle's Arboretum. While that might not sound like a kid friendly attraction, young children love it, and a steady stream of toddlers make their way through the gatehouse each morning.

Since it's Photo Friday, I won't tell you why... I'll show you

Entering the Japanese Garden at the Seattle Arboretum
Entering the Japanese Garden at the Seattle Arboretum
Rocky paths to explore
Rocky paths to explore
A stone path across a slow moving river
A stone path across a slow moving river
Plenty of Koi to feed (bags of fish food cost $1 each at the gatehouse)
Plenty of Koi to feed (bags of fish food cost $1 each at the gatehouse)
An impromptu hug
An impromptu hug
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  1. Lorraine

    August 21, 2009 at 1:19 a.m.

    "Mommy Camp" sounds like a great way to send off summer. Looks like everyone is off to a fun start!

  2. Kymri

    August 21, 2009 at 7:02 a.m.

    What wonderful pictures, gardens are awesome for kids and mommies!

  3. Jen

    August 21, 2009 at 7:40 a.m.

    Beautiful pictures. I am always amazed at the many different shades of green in Japanese gardens-brilliant, muted, etc! What a great place for the kids to run and play! Enjoy mommy camp! I can't wait to hear about it!

  4. Camels & Chocolate

    August 21, 2009 at 8:17 a.m.

    This bums me out I didn't get to see more of Seattle. I've only been once--last year for the 4th of July weekend for the fiance's birthday--and he was sick the ENTIRE time so we saw little other than the Space Needle and the park around it and the market. Guess I'll have to come back!

  5. maria

    August 21, 2009 at 8:22 a.m.

    great pictures, I love Japanese gardens

  6. Caitlin

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 a.m.

    I really love Japanese gardens.

  7. Tim Marks

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 a.m.

    We have to get to the Pacific Northwest. What a cool garden.

  8. amida

    August 21, 2009 at 1:04 p.m.

    We have a Japanese Tea Garden here in SF and the kids loved exploring the paths and stairs. Definitely kid friendly.

  9. Angela K. Nickerson

    August 21, 2009 at 1:25 p.m.

    I love Japanese gardens! This one looks gorgeous, too. Beautiful pics!

  10. Debbie

    August 22, 2009 at 12:31 a.m.

    @camels and chocolate - what a disappointment - I hate when that happens. When you return, let me know!

    @amida I grew up in the SF area & you're right, I have fond memories of the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

    This little outing just whets my appetite for taking the kids to Japan one day.

  11. RennyBA's Terella

    August 22, 2009 at 12:14 p.m.

    Thanks for showing! What a wonderful nature in an adventures garden!

  12. Lora

    August 23, 2009 at 6:58 a.m.

    Looks like such an enchanted place! I can see why it would seem like being transported into a new world worth exploring if you're a kid!

  13. Heather on her travels

    August 23, 2009 at 10:10 a.m.

    That's sweet - especially if it's a place that encourages hugs

  14. Dominique

    August 23, 2009 at 10:57 a.m.

    These photos remind me that there is a Japanese tea garden a couple hours north of us I really want to see some day.

  15. Rebekah

    January 26, 2012 at 9:28 p.m.

    While beautiful and kid-friendly, the SF garden isn't very stroller-friendly. Withe the rocky paths, etc., I bet most aren't. There is also a beautiful Japanese garden in Richmond, VA which is also right next to a petting zoo!