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20-plus Affordable Spring Adventures for Families in Greater Seattle

Tulips, hikes, epic playgrounds, cool exhibits and much more

Published on: April 19, 2017

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Spring is the perfect time to have a new family adventure, from a new indoor play spot, to biking fun and hidden-gem hikes. Here are our best ideas; also check out our calendar for more spring fun.

Outdoor fun and neighborhood explores

- Paint a rock and hide it. It's the new low-tech trend to get kids outside.

- Take a tulip trip. It's time! A veteran tulip-er shares secrets. 

- Go wild at Wolf Haven. Bring your pack to this extraordinary sanctuary in Tenino.

- Test limits at an adventurous playground. These are the region's best.

Montlake Playfield. Photo credit: Linnea Westerlind
Montlake Playfield. Photo credit: Linnea Westerlind

- Soak up the view. On a sunny day, these hidden-gem playgrounds are where you'll all want to be.

- Get to know Redmond. Find delish ice cream at Molly Moon's, gaming spots, bike trails and much more family fun in this geek-chic city. 

- Spin your wheels on a family bike ride. These bike paths and routes are (generally) low-traffic and flat, perfect for families.

- Roll on over to a roller rink. Tip: If you live in Seattle, the Friday night skate at Bitter Lake Community Center Annex is a perfect intro. 

- Go on a rainproof spring hike. Here are 10 kid-tested lowland hikes that combine trails with an indoor nature center where you can explore more.

Exhibits and indoor play

terracotta warriors

Get inspired by Rube GoldbergYour mini inventors will be enthralled by the MoPop exhibit about the iconic artist. 

- Dig into Terracotta Warriors. The blockbuster exhibit at Pacific Science Center is epic and mysterious. 

- Book it to a destination library. Find out which is shaped like a boat, which has a rooftop garden and which offers you a view of salmon swimming underneath it.

- Play in Rat City. New play spaces and the state's first bike playground beckon families to White Center.  

- Explore a kid-friendly museum. They exist, and many have free art spaces!

- Find another new play spot. Our epic rainy-day list has more than 60 indoor play locations. 

- Explore IKEA. The newly opened mega store in Renton has more play spaces; read our tips before you go.

Get away

Lake Quinault
Lake Quinault Lodge. flickr cc, Maurice King

- Book a rustic retreat. Yurts are the new pup tent, and waaaay more comfortable.

- Mission: Hotel with a swimming pool. Book one of these pool-centric hotels and your kids will have a blast. 

- Book a farm-fresh getaway. Miniature horses, chickens, chores, oh my!

Editor's note: This article is updated every year and has been updated for spring 2017.

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