The rainy days and grey have settled in comfortably in West Seattle. But not to worry, there are still plenty of places to take the kids if you need to get them out of the house (or if you need to!). Here are a few suggestions for free (or super cheap) indoor activities for our wonderful preschool kiddos. So call another MOPS mom from your discussion group, or post a play date call out on our Facebook page before you go.
It was so sad when Sugar to a Tea closed last year, since it was a great rainy day mom and tot spot in the Junction. But luckily, Chaco Canyon popped up just around the corner. They’ve got a little contained play place for kids that has a tool table, books, puzzles and even a chalk wall to color on. Plus, they’ve got a full vegan menu for moms and kids, so you can find healthy eats (and coffee) while you’re there.
Moms can also meet up at Dubsea Coffee in White Center (on 8th Ave. SW, south of Roxbury). It’s another little coffee shop that has snacks and food and a play area for the kids with books, toys, games and a magnetic wall. It’s enough to keep the kids busy while moms catch up for a while.
The Seattle Public Library has great story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Each story time is about 30 minutes long, and usually involves a craft and some songs in addition to reading a few stories. Get a group together for this one!
West Seattle Branch
Preschool story time: Weds at 10:30
Toddler story time: Tues. at 10:30
High Point Branch
Toddler story time: Thurs. at 11:30
Baby story time: Weds. at 11:30
Preschool story time: Thurs. at 10:30
Toddler story time: Weds. at 10:30 and 11:30
Baby story time: Tues. at 10:30
There’s also a Spanish story time at My Three Little Birds on California Ave., the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 11:30. Sometimes this one even involves some cute vegan cupcakes!
Toddler Indoor Gyms
Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts toddler indoor gyms at all of their community centers in the area. They have tons of ride on toys, climbing equipment, bouncy houses (usually), slides, balls and other toys out for kids ages 1-5. The cost is $3 per visit.
Delridge Mon. & Weds., 1-4pm
Hiawatha Mon. & Thurs., 10am-1pm
High Point Tues. & Thurs., 10am-1pm
South Park Thurs. 1-3pm
There’s also a Kalidescope Play and Learn program at the Delridge Community Center on Thursdays from 11am-12:30pm that features art, music and movement, plus circle time for kids ages 2-5. This is a free program and lead by an instructor.
Neighborhood House Programming
Right at the corner of Sylvan Way in the High Point neighborhood is the Neighborhood House Center. The center provides programming with a focus on helping diverse communities reach their goals and potential. And lucky for West Seattle moms they have some cool kids’ programming that’s free and open to the public. Check out their Art & Block classes on Mondays from 11am-12:30pm, and their Play and Learn program on Weds. from 11am-12:30pm. Both are for kids ages 1-5 and they don’t cost a thing.
Where do you like to take the kids on a rainy day?