Castle Ice Skating Arena
Address: 12620 164TH AVE SE Renton, WA 98059
Phone: (425) 254-8750
Age: about 3 and up
Cost: skate rental: $2.75; 12 and up: $7.00; 6-12: $6.50; 5 and under: $4.00 (includes skates)
When I was a kid, I planned on being an Olympic ice skater. I knew all the names of the big skaters (anyone remember Roslyn Sumner from our area?). Unfortunately, my skills were such that I didn’t even qualify to be one of those kids that scoops up the flowers that get thrown on the ice after a performance. So I decided to go for my fall back career: astronaut. Well, that didn’t work out either, and there is not much I can do about it. But at Castle Ice Arena, I CAN relive those golden days when it was still possible to be a skating champion. They have public skates every day of the week, some days twice a week. And hey, your kids still have a chance to go for the gold.
Henry Moses Aquatic Center and Water Slides
Address: 1719 Maple Valley Highway
Phone: (425) 430.6780
Age: all ages
Cost: $4 to $6 for residents and $6 to $12 for non-Renton residents
I can’t wait to take my toddler here! Water slides, a wave machine, two pools, a water spray play area, a toddler water area… it just goes on and on! This sounds like so much fun and every time I see it as I drive down I-405 I want to go. It is so much closer than the big water slide park in Federal Way (of course, there is a time for that, too), so you can go more often. Plus, the cost is much easier to handle.
Springbrook Trout Farm
Address: 19225 Talbot Road S., Renton, WA 98055
Phone: (253) 852-0360
This is one of those hidden treasures that you either know about or you don’t (and now you do, lucky duck!). A couple lakes that are kept stocked with trout , fishing poles, simple bait- all this makes for a tradition that many Eastside families have treasured for generations. The friendly staff with clean anything you and your kids catch. There is a play area for the little ones and you can bring a picnic (unless you like freshly caught sushi). Best part of going to a stocked lake? You won’t have to leave with just stories of the one that got away.