Top Summer Activities for Seattle Kids and Families: Our List of Lists
Spray parks, berry picking, top tours, road trips, exhibits and more
Bring the heat! Summer is what we live for around Puget Sound, and we've rounded up umpteen ideas for summer fun, getaways and learning for your little summer fiends. Enjoy!
Super spray parks: Our picks for a splashing good time
Best DIY water play ideas: DIY sprinklers, sponge bombs and more splashing fun
Wading pools: For toddler, tween and grown-up toes alike
Shady hikes: Water-full rambles fora hot day
Outdoor pools and water parks: What's worth the drive
7 tips for fun beachcombing: Head to the beach on minus-tide days for low-tide learning
Big sand: 11 great family beaches around Seattle
Mini-adventures, outings and day trips
55 deals of summer. Fantastic free and almost-free outings around the Sound.
Forts, treehouses and hobbit houses: Cool spots that will inspire hours of imaginative play
Walk-on ferry adventures: Six fun day trips involving ferries, ice cream, museums and more.
Great outdoor eats. Family-friendly decks, patios and other fresh-air dining destinations
Awesome guided tours: From chocolate to airplanes
Tourism makeovers: Where to take the visitors: How to do the top attractions right, and insider tips on cool alternatives
22 day trips : Beaches, cool towns, fantastic out-of-the way parks, picked by readers
I-5 play stops: 24 fun and educational ways to break up road trips
Berries, biking, hiking, fishing
19 U-pick berry farms: Go-to guide for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, tayberries
9 new, nearby hikes: When you don't want to drive far for a nature hit
Secret urban hikes: You don't have to leave the city!
8 cool hikes for hot days: Hike to lakes and through old-growth
6 must-do waterfall hikes: Stay-cool on these shady hikes with spray built in
A clamming adventure: An expert shares how to dig for your dinner
Summer night adventures: Programs that explore bats, owls and stars
13 great scoot bike paths: Safe, fun places for push bikes and scooters
10 spots to try fishing in Puget Sound: Teach a kid (and yourself) to fish
Secret gardens: Blooming spots that take you right out of the city
Getaways and adventures
Road trips: The six best family road trips to do from Puget Sound, including Mount Rainier, Lake Chelan and the Olympic Peninsula
San Juan Islands on the cheap: Hostels, smaller island gems, tenting: Yes, it's possible to get on island time at a discount
17 wonderful Northwest lodges: Rustic mountain lodges, beachside retreats, ranches and more
Budget vacation makeovers: Skip the flights and try one of these local gems
Shake up summer vacation: 4 ideas for unusual family getaways
Best Washington beach getaways: From the Olympic Peninsula to a unique family resort
Vacations for families that rock: Fossils, lava tubes, caves and other geologic wonders
Crystal Mountain in the summer: Off-season magic
Family camp: Why should kids get all the summer camp fun?
Yeehaw! Dude ranch vacations: A round-up of western-themed vacations
Great train vacations: Ditch the car and head to urban paradises and national parks
Rafting on the river: It only takes a couple of hours to get the thrill of a lifetime
Cheap summer movies: Dollar matinees, $3 first-run movies, movie story times
Summer movie and concerts: Cheap or free outdoor concerts and movies
Giant list of summer festivals: Family friendly and loads of character
This week's shows: From cheap kids' theater to outdoor music
Let's go camping!
10-plus nearby campgrounds: Great choices for procrastinators and planners alike
The campsite planner: Your guide to making campsite reservations
Car camping 101: All you need to know to get started
The foodie's camp kitchen packing list.
Family backpacking 101: How to plan your first wilderness adventure
All about summer camp
Summer camps. More than 250 camps listed, of all kinds and varieties
DIY summer camp: Don't have the budget for camp? Do it yourself!
Summer camp survival guide: Tons of resources and articles.
Choose a kickin’ sports camp: Improve skills and have fun
Overnight camp guide: Ready, set, camp! Is your child ready?
Summer reading and learning