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20-plus Affordable Spring Adventures for Families in Greater Seattle

Secret gardens, alterna-hikes, Lego and 'Star Trek' exhibits and much more

Kids' Trek at Northwest Trek
Kids' Trek at Northwest Trek

Spring is the perfect time to have a new family adventure, from late-season ski adventures to biking to secret hikes to gardening. Here are our best ideas; also check out our our calendar for more spring fun.

Outdoor fun and neighborhood explores

- Splash at spray parksMost spray parks, including a super new one at Edmonds City Park, are open for the season, and your kids won't even care if it's hot or not.

- Check out Northwest Trek's epic new playgroundCalled Kids' Trek, it features a 20-foot-tall hollow tree trunk to climb, three slides, a stream with a play beaver dam, a sandy area to dig in and toddler-sized log cabins. Entry to the playground is included with regular paid admission to Northwest Trek and is free for members. Also, Northwest Trek has new animal babies!

- Get to know Redmond: The new Molly Moon's, a spray park that's open, gaming spots, new bike trails and much more family fun in this geek-chic city. 

Molly Moon's Redmond

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

- Go clamming. It's easy (really!), gets families outside in any kind of weather, and at the end of an hour or so, you have dinner. And spring is prime time. Our ultimate guide tells all.

- Go on a spring hike. Local hiker mom and blogger Jennifer Johnson has written up 10 of her favorite kid-tested lowland hikes that combine trails with an indoor nature center where you can explore more.

- Visit a secret garden: A honeybee garden, an amazing children's garden, a botanical garden

Picardo children's garden
Picardo children's garden

- Go on an alterna-hike: On sunny days, popular hikes such as Rattlesnake Ledge and Cougar Mountain are packed. Try one of these instead.

- Try the family-friendly hobby of letterboxing. It's low-tech, affordable and combines rubber stamping and treasure hunting. There's even a special ParentMap starter series in Carkeek Park!

Exhibits and indoor play

Courtesy Pacific Science Center
Courtesy Pacific Science Center

- Beam yourself up to the new Star Trek exhibit at EMP Museum: You'll find cool props and costumes, Klingon secrets, a transporter simulator and more from 50 years on screen.

- Go Lego-crazy at The Art of the Brick, a new exhibit at Pacific Science Center featuring the world's largest collection of Lego art.

- Go back to old school. Pinball, putt-putt, roller skating, milkshakes: Spring break is an ideal time to dust off your bowling shoes and introduce your kiddos to the unplugged joys of old-school fun. 

- Find a new play spot. On the days when spring showers keep you from the flowers, find a new favorite play spot on our epic rainy-day list. New additions include Discovery Playtown, Seattle ReCreative, and Giggle Jungle. 

Discovery Playtown. Photo credit: April Chan

Get away

Nearby romantic escapes: Want to whoosh your sweetie away for a night? Here are five spots 90 minutes or less away, from Suncadia to a treehouse resort you won't believe.

- Only an hour from Portland is the best water park/flight museum in the west, guaranteed to entertain and educate everyone.

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

Yurt camping in Oregon. Photo credit: Emily Grosvenor
Yurt camping in Oregon. Photo credit: Emily Grosvenor

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