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2013 Golden Teddy Winners: Activities for Kids

Vote in the 2013 ParentMap Golden Teddy Awards

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Best of Seattle for Kids and Families: 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!

Best Birthday Party Venue in Greater Seattle: HappyNest Play CentersBirthday Party Venue

Once again, HappyNest Play Centers in Redmond is ParentMap readers’ favorite birthday party venue for the wee ones. Voters love the mix-and-match options available in addition to the basic party package — music and dance, clowns and balloons, magic show, character meet-and-greets and glitter face painting, as well as games and sports. HappyNest reaps top honors for being “well-organized and clean” and for its “creative” and “warm” staff.  Parents love the affordability, but more importantly the kids love it all. “We enjoyed every minute,” enthused one happy parent, and that is impressive indeed.

It would seem that kids on the Eastside sure know how to party! Great Play of Redmond is another hot spot where families can whoop it up, birthday style. Voters love it for its “amazing coaches,” “fun challenges for kids” and “reasonable pricing.”

In Seattle, another finalist gives your party a creative twist. Paint the Town not only allows for hands-on fun for the kids, it eases mom and pop’s party chores. Explains one relieved parent, “They host, organize, staff and clean up!” The kids stay busy and get to make their own party favors. Paint us a happy shade of yellow!

Another finalist also makes birthdays a breeze — parties at Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) on Bainbridge Island are “easy, easy, easy for the parents, fun, fun, fun for the kids.” Parents love the “friendly staff,” “great activities” and “fun exhibits.”

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