Climbing the Wood Wave sculpture at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. Credit: Bryony Angell
Garden gem: Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, a gem of a spot located on a residential street in Shoreline and run by the City of Shoreline, is a perfect kid-size world of native plants, trees, public art and trails. Play spots include an extraordinary burl sculpture that kids can climb (titled Wood Wave) and a glen that invites kids to build fairy houses from natural materials.
Activities: Kruckeberg's winter hours are Friday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; check the website in spring or summer for expanded open hours. Seasonal events for kids include leprechaun trap building for St. Patrick’s Day, Garden Tot programs in the summer for kids ages 2–6, and summer camps. Admission to the garden is free, though a fee and registration are required for some programs and donations are welcome.