Let’s face it. Seattle has a very limited number of hot, summer days. Take advantage of them while you can with a trip to one of the city’s many splash parks. My favorite, location-wise, is the Ballard Splash Park. Here’s why …
- Plenty of neighborhood parking
- Lots of grocery stores and restaurants nearby, for toddler fortification
- Library across the street for cool, quiet time before or after a hot afternoon of outdoor play
- JoAnn Fabrics is a block away, for picking up a $1 kids’ craft to do when you get home (thus making it easier to bribe kids away from park fun for home fun)
What to Do:
- People watch
- Soak up that coveted Seattle sunshine
Know Before You Go:
- There’s one port-a-potty, often shared by Ballard’s friendly neighborhood homeless contingent. Go before you go.
- There’s hardly any shade, so make sure to bring sunscreen.
- Sandals and blankets will help protect feet and bottoms from the hot cement.
- There are some low, kid-level faucets, perfect for filling up buckets. Bring one along or risk possible bucket envy (i.e. tantrums).
- If you find yourself in need of the mommy basics (sunscreen, water, bandaids, snacks, etc.), there’s a Bartells’ a half block south of the park.
- Check the Ballard Library calendar before you go. You might be able to fit in a story time, too (and use their bathroom).
For more free Seattle fun, try one of these adventures:
- Golden Gardens
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Green Lake
- Gasworks Park
- Bayview-Kinnear Park
- Tulip Festival
- San Juan Islands
Have your own tips for free things to do in and around Seattle … or your city? Please share!