Separated by just 25 miles along the coastline of central Puget Sound, the major Washington cities of Everett and Seattle have indoor activities galore. Whether scaling a rock wall that might help them someday climb nearby Mount Rainier or getting some hands-on learning at museums, both communities have plenty of indoor activities for kids.
1. Tours Abound
With the Future of Flight Aviation Center and the Boeing Tour facilities in Everett, guests and residents can keep the kids having fun while they check out a commercial jet assembly facility. Children must be 4 feet or higher to see the tour. When in Seattle, what else could keep the kids' interest more than a 605-foot tall tower? Tours for the Space Needle's observation deck are given via timed tickets, which can be purchased online or at the door.
2. Get Sporty
At the Everett Soccer Arena, kids can participate in classes and camps offered throughout the year. Free play times are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the Everett Family Branch YMCA or the Greater Seattle branches, which total 14 in the city alone, a large selection of classes, programs and open gym and pool times are available. Seattle and Everett are also home to Vertical World, spaces with massive rock wall climbs and courses. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department also hosts indoor play times for younger kids in the family to stay active. Days and times vary, so the department suggests visitors call ahead for information at 206-684-4075.
3. Amusing Museums
Imagine Children's Museum in Everett allows kids to get involved with hands-on activities and play centers. Everett is also home to the Schack Art Center, with various educational programs about art, as well as open tours and exhibits. While in Seattle, children can enjoy similar experiences at the Seattle Children's Museum or at both the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum.
4. Game Play
Armed with a roll of quarters, the Replay Cafe, located on Grand Avenue in Everett, can keep the kids busy. With pinball games that still cost just a quarter to play, this hall offers an opportunity to play some games from the past. In the Seattle, the Seattle Waterfront Arcade claims to have the largest selection of arcade games in the Northwest. From Air Hockey to Ms. Pacman, there are plenty of games to play, with live-action, video and ticket-redemption styles available.