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Best Rainy-Day Activities Around Puget Sound

We've gathered our best rainy-day ideas, from house-bound fun to hiking, in one place.

Published on: March 14, 2017

Boy shouting into the rain

Rain, rain, go away?

We Pacific Northwesterners know rain. The skies stay grey for what feels like months on end — an eternity in kid years. Keep cabin fever at bay with more than 101 ideas — indoor and out — that make rainy days around Seattle a little brighter. 

Boy in rain

Rainy-day playspaces

You'll never run out of ideas for running out the wiggles thanks to this giant list of more than 60 indoor play outings that are perfect for a rainy day. (Psst, we also have a South Sound rainy-day list for more indoor fun!)

Fingerpainting hand

A preschool teacher's bag of tricks

When you can't get outdoors, try these 25 surefire games and tricks from a preschool teacher who's been there, done that and lived to tell the tale.

Kids get hands-on at the Bellevue Arts Museum

Museums where kids can touch and play

Few places are as inviting on a blustery day than a good museum, and some Seattle-area museums boast free art-making spaces for kids. Here are seven perfect for curious visitors. Also, check out our complete list of free museum days around Puget Sound. 

Boy and parent on beach

Playground perfect

Think the playground's out of the question on a rainy day? Think again. These phenemonal Seattle and Eastside playgrounds shine (and provide shelter) on the darkest days. 

Boy in green raincoat outdoors

Hike it out!

Strap on those hiking boots! Try these hikes around Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma that include a warm-up option an educational center where kids can explore  more. 

Discovery Park

Revel in the storm

You can't raise a proper Northwest child without some time watching fog, clouds, drizzle and storms roll across beaches and meadows. Here are 7 of the best spots around the Sound to enjoy stormy weather.  

Roller skate

Ready to roll

When the weather outside is frightful, head to a magical place where wall murals, pop songs and vintage arcade games never die. Yes, we mean your local roller rink. Here's your guide for Seattle, Eastside and South Sound.

Swimming pool at McMenamins

Take a dip

Few things sound nicer on a rainy day than taking a dip in a heated pool. So pack up those water wingies and head to one of these local watering holes

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