Pike Place is a destination on any tourist map. Luckily, kids love it too. When it's sunny, I bring my toddler almost every week. It's fun to choose fruit from the colorful displays, there are a few bakeries and restaurants to pick up a snack or lunch and lots of music and activity. On summer weekends there is almost always something special going on. Best of all, it's open early, giving you an activity when the kids wake up at the crack of dawn (and a way to beat the crowds).
There are lots of stands and shops selling takeaway food, try the mini doughnuts from Daily Dozen. For a picnic, walk to the northernmost end of the market and enjoy a water view at Victor Steinbrueck park.
My son's top activities in at Pike Place Market are:
There's even a great children's book about Pike Place Market that you can buy to remember your day A Day at the Market