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Every Family’s Northwest Bucket List

A month-by-month guide to the best Seattle, Bellevue and South Sound events with kids

Author Elisa Murray

Published on: January 03, 2024

Every Family’s Northwest Bucket List

View of center tree of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park's Kids' Trek playground in Eatonville, Washington, near Seattle
Kids play at Kids' Trek, the nature-themed playground at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Credit: Ingrid Barrentine


  • Kids ‘n’ Critters Weekends. This winter special, also called Wild Child Weekends”, entices families to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville by offering up to two free kid admissions with each paying adult, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February. Admire the bear brothers, spot the bobcats and don’t miss Trek’s epic Kids’ Trek playground.
  • Children’s Film Festival Seattle. Detox from Disney at this one-of-a-kind festival hosted by Northwest Film Forum, which screens dozens and dozens of feature films and shorts — all aimed at kids and families — from around the globe. We especially love the shorts collections. Pro tip: The festival’s guide makes it super easy to pick the right film for your crew based on ages and interests.
  • Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Each February, Seattle’s legendary garden show plants itself at the Seattle Convention Center. Admission is free for kids ages 12 and younger, and if you think it’s a bad idea to drag your kids to a garden show, don’t worry. You’ll find lots to look at and plenty of activities to keep them engaged, such as the annual kids’ treasure hunt.


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