Seattle Center With Kids, Seattle, Washington

Seattle Center was designed as a year-round family friendly destination. During the summer months, there are a variety of festivals, so check in advance to find out what is happening during your visit. You'll want to spend some time exploring the grounds, visit the space needle, and then visit one of the kid-friendly museums. The Seattle Center House (right at the exit from the monorail) has a food court with many kid friendly choices.

Seattle Center

Address 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA Map, Cost Free Website

Hop on the monorail and head over to Seattle Center. Seattle center is the home to the space needle (kids will love the LONG elevator ride), a variety of kid friendly museums, and daily cultural activities and festivals. more

Space Needle

Address 219 Fourth Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 Map, Tel 206.905.2100 Call, Tickets Skip the line by ordering tickets online, Notes After dinner, on a slow night, you may be able to enjoy dessert only at the Space Needle Restaurant Website

Space Needle elevators travel at 10 mph, 14 feet per second, 800 feet per minute, or as fast as a parachutist or a raindrop falls to earth. Toddlers and older kids will enjoy the elevator ride and the view down on the city. For a special treat, have a bite to eat (or just dessert) at the revolving restaurant (reservations strongly recommended) The food is just ok, but the view is fantastic and kids will love watching the city go by more

Pacific Science Center

Address 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109 Map, Tel 206.443.2001 Call, Hours Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, Cost Adults $11; Ages 6-12 $8.00; Ages 3-5 $6; Under 3 Free Website

The Pacific Science center has lots of fun hands on exhibits, as well as interesting seasonal exhibits for kids. Our family's favorite exhibit is the year-round tropical butterfly house, and while much of the museum is best for older kids, the butterfly house is a delight from about 9 months and up. There's also a planetarium, laser show, and an IMAX theatre. more

Seattle Children's Museum

Address 305 Harrison Street, Seattle Map, Hours Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm, Cost $7.50 adults and children 1 and up Website

The Seattle children's museum is a good place for kids to play freely on a rainy day. There are lots of different hands on activities, including a large enclosed area for babies and toddlers, a stage with costumes, a "global village" with homes and shops from different countries, a craft area, and more. more