2013 Golden Teddy Winners: Activities for Kids
Activities for Kids
An indoor play space that delivers nap-ready kids while providing a spot for grown-ups to commiserate and caffeinate. A swimming pool that’s beloved by timid toddlers and brave tweens alike. A kids’ musician who can truly entertain the whole family. Every year, via the Golden Teddy Awards, we ask parents to share these kind of invaluable, word-of-mouth tips about kids’ activities. And every year you give us the goods — providing a road map for keeping kids entertained and exploring throughout the year. Read on!
Indoor Play Space
HappyNest Play Centers snag two top spots in this year’s awards. Also the favorite birthday party venue, HappyNest feels the voters’ love any ol’ day of the year. “So much thought went into this wonderful place!” says one voter, who finds “imagination stimulation” tucked into every corner. Parents love the “very clean and organized” play center that is “affordable,” “cozy” and “friendly.” “This is the perfect place to spend a rainy day with your infant or toddler.”
The Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) is also “perfect for rainy days” and “provides fun learning activities for children from toddler to grade-school ages.” Readers love the “great staff and hours of imaginative play.” One smart parent takes the kids to engage in “messy art there, not at home,” and another suggests walking on the ferry to turn a fun time into a “fun day out.”
Another finalist is a new kid on the block, Playdate Café in Lynnwood. So far, the buzz has been all good about this coffee shop/play center/educational and community hub. “Their setup is outstanding, and they have amazing coffee and treats!” Kids have a blast, but parents love it, too — one voter feels like “it’s home away from home,” and another takes her kiddo there to “get the wiggles out” while she studies.
And speaking of wiggles, parents also love Bellevue’s WiggleWorks Kids for its “unique playground” with bright “interactive, motion play structures.” “Kids play hard,” says one savvy voter, “and nap hard!” You had us at “nap.”
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