Today we saw the first big rainfall of the season, reminding us what’s in store for the next few (or 7) months. These are the days– dark, damp and dreary– that seem to drag on for us moms and dads if we don’t have something on the agenda. There are tons of indoor play areas scattered throughout Seattle. From neighborhood community centers and trampolines to a huge indoor sandbox, these indoor play havens are a blessing to us all and will have you, if not looking forward to these wet days, at least not dreading them.
Rainy Day Indoor Activities
Action Packed: For the kids who need more than a train table. Be it trampolines, foam pits or inflatables, these places will make ’em sweat.
Cheap and Easy: From open play times and “wear em’ out rooms” to shopping malls, there are a lots of options. Community centers are cheap (averaging around $3) and malls are free.
Southcenter Mall Play Area
Bellevue Square Kids’ Cove
Northgate Mall’s Tot Area
Classic: You can never go wrong with the Woodland Park Zoo or the Seattle Center. The Zoomazium offers kids a giant treehouse and crafts, and both kids’ museums host a variety of hands-on play activities.
Unique: Seattle’s only indoor moving playground (WiggleWorks), a sandbox the size of a volleyball court, and A relaxed “nest” for moms and kids.
Coffee & Play: Go for a double play- or a double latte. Coffee, wifi and happy kiddos are such a good combo.
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Rainy Day Craft:
I came across this cute craft via the DIY blog Lines Across. Little Rainy Day Bags filled with fun crafts or little treats for the kiddos, saved especially for rainy days.
All you need: Brown paper sacks, Card stock (white and blue), Glue & scissors, Silver paint pen (or white crayon)
See directions here.
Rainy Day Treat:
Worms and dirt never looked so good! Try this deliciously muddy treat at home.
Ingredients: Chocolate pudding, Oreos, gummy worms, cool whip
See recipe here.
So…now you can hold off on singing “Rain Rain Go Away.” At least until until tomorrow.