Kids will enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and rafting at Lake Stevens.

Things to Do With Children in Lake Stevens, Washington

by Sarah Bourque

Lake Stevens, Washington, which has a population of about 30,000 people and is 40 miles north of Seattle, has scenic parks and Lake Stevens itself, a 1,000-acre lake with sandy beaches and views of the Cascade Mountains. From water sports to museums, you can keep your child busy.

1. Lakeside Parks

Several parks surround Lake Stevens, all with shoreline access for swimming, sand play and water activities. Lundeen Park, on the northwest side of the lake, covers 9 acres. Kids can spend the day on the basketball court, playground, picnic areas and salmon creek. North Lakeshore Swimming Beach is accessible on the northeast side of the lake. Just 1/2 acre in size, the sandy beach and mountain views make for a popular swimming area. Willard Wyatt Park is on the west end of the lake. The 3-acre park has a fishing pier, swimming access, boat dock and picnic tables.

2. Museums

Kids can learn about the town history at the Lake Stevens Historical Museum in downtown. Your family can wander the gallery filled with historical displays and photographs that depict the town's past. Just next door, the Grimm House has been fully restored. Although it is not open for tours, your kids might enjoy checking out this 1920’s era mill home. The Imagine Children's Museum is 9 miles west of Lake Stevens in Everett. The interactive exhibits include a miniature fire house, airplane, construction zone, music room, mountain, farm and art studio.

3. Aquafest

Aquafest is an annual festival in Lake Stevens. Since 1960, locals and tourists have gathered for the weekend long, lakeside event in July. Kids can enjoy carnival rides, a pageant, sports competitions, performers, craft and food booths, boat races and a pizza eating contest. The Children's Parade kicks off the festival on Friday night. All children are welcome to participate and encouraged to dress for the festival theme of the year, such as Luau on the Lake in 2013. Participants even get a ride ticket, candy and Popsicle.

4. Camps and Classes

The Lake Stevens campus of Cedar Springs Camp features more than 153 acres of paths, brooks, zip lines, a giant swing and a rock wall. Children can attend school break camps, summer day and overnight camps, and outdoor education classes. The Bargreen Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club was opened in 2004 and is downtown. Sports classes are offered, including flag football, volleyball, basketball and soccer. Before- and after-school child care and summer day camp programs are available. The facility has a computer lab, multimedia/technology room and full-size gym.

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