With so many great play spaces, fun parks, exciting museums, and more in the area, keeping kids entertained — both indoors and outdoors — this summer is easier than ever! To help you plan some summer activities, we’ve compiled a list of a few places you won’t want to miss.
MEYDENBAUER BAY PARK
Come visit Bellevue’s new beach park, which celebrated its grand reopening in March. With a relocated and expanded public swimming beach, walking paths, picnic areas, pedestrian promenade, children’s play area, and more, visiting Meydenbauer Bay Park is the perfect outdoor summer activity for kids. Also on site is the REI Boathouse, which offers classes, outings, or rentals for stand-up paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, or pedal boats on Lake Washington.
Meydenbauer Bay Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and is located at 9899 Lake Washington Blvd. N.E. in Bellevue.
KELSEY CREEK PARK & FARM
Owned by the City of Bellevue and operated by the Parks and Community Services Department, Kelsey Creek Park is a country oasis centrally located in downtown Bellevue. The farm dates back to the 1930s — complete with white-rail fencing, beautiful lawns, and play fields — and is home to ponies, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits, and waterfowl that the little ones are sure to enjoy. There also are lots of trails, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
The playground, picnic tables, and picnic shelter are open every day from dawn to dusk. Reservations are not needed to visit the farm, and there are no entrance fees. Kelsey Creek Farm is located at 410 130 Place S.E. in Bellevue. For more information, call 425.452.7688, or visit farmerjayne.com.
KIDSQUEST CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
If you’re looking for a fun, educational indoor activity, KidsQuest Children’s Museum is the ideal spot. Since its doors opened in 2005, more than 2 million people have visited this award-winning museum — and it’s easy to understand why. Let your child’s imagination run wild in such exhibits as the Story Tree, which is a climbable tree full of animals and tucked-away reading nooks; the Bellevue Mercantile, which is a store, barn, and yard set in the year 1915; and Cityscape, which offers a mini-city table that is an expansive landscape for kid-powered trains, cars, and boats. These are just a few of the exhibits to explore. KidsQuest also offers nearly 300 unique programs throughout the year, including early learning classes, summer camps, school age workshops, free art and science programs, and many special events. KidsQuest is located at 1116 108th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue. For more information, call 425.637.8100, or visit kidsquestmuseum.org.
LIVING COMPUTERS: MUSEUM + LABS
Kids (and adults) can geek out in this one-of-a-kind, hands-on computer and technology museum in Seattle. Featuring computer technology from the 1960s to the present, the museum houses the world’s largest collection of fully restored — and usable — supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers, and microcomputers.
There’s also a gallery that offers direct experiences with robotics, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, big data, the Internet of Things, video-game making, and digital art.
The museum is located at 2245 First Ave. S. in Seattle. For more information, call 206.342.2020, or visit livingcomputers.org.
SIT AND KIT
Is your little one a budding artist? If so, you can take a break from the hot, summer sun and visit the Sit and Kit drop-in arts and crafts studio.
No scheduling is needed — just come in, choose a project kit, and start having fun. Each kit includes everything you need, both the supplies and instructions. With a range of projects from paper crafts to watercolor painting, to origami, to polymer clay, and more, there’s something for every young artist.
Sit and Kit is located at 14510 N.E. 20th St. in Bellevue. For more information, call 425.523.1745, or visit sitandkit.com.