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Where to Play Indoors When It’s Too Hot in Seattle

Stay cool with kids playing inside where there’s AC

Nancy Chaney

Published on: June 29, 2023

A young boy on the side of a climber at Safari playspace at Southcenter Mall
Safari at Southcenter Mall. Photo courtesy of JiaYing Grygiel

If your kids (let’s be real — if you) are true Pacific Northwesterners — in other words, generally feeling too hot when the temp outside exceeds 72 degrees — head to one of these play spaces or museums equipped with cool, comfy air conditioning. Ahhhh....

  1. Explore the revamped Caring Cove play area at the Seattle Aquarium to check in on our favorite marine-dwelling neighbors. 
  2. Monster Mini Golf is a hoppin’ new indoor play destination on the Eastside that offers an all-ages, kid-friendly party vibe. 
  3. Visit the recently expanded and marvelous Imagine Children’s Museum — it’s an even bigger family favorite now. 
  4. Pacific Science Center is the place to get your kids’ hands on all kinds of “scien-terrific” fun. 
  5. Another family favorite, Seattle Children’s Museum, debuted some fun new stuff last year. Have you been? 
  6. For “dino-mite” good times with young kids, check out the fantastic Burke Museum
  7. A hot day might be the ideal time to splurge on a visit to the interactive and unusual new WNDR Seattle Museum
  8. Discover a new play paradise on our long list of indoor play spaces around Seattle. 
  9. For the bookworms among us, why not visit a terrific new-to-you library or browse new reads at fab(led) local independent bookstores.
  10. Why not visit a beautiful museum that is the perfect place for a quietish game of I spy? 
  11. “Ice, ice, babies” — Channel your inner Brandon Tanev or Yanni Gourde while working on your skating skills at the Kraken Community Iceplex
  12. The Harbor History Museum is just the kind of museum kids like — there’s so much to touch — and it’s free. 

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