Adventure Kids Playcare
Address: 775 NW Gilman Blvd., C-3, Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 392-6652
Age: 6 weeks and up
Cost: $11.50 per hour for infants, $9 per hour for 17 months and up
Sometimes you just need a place to drop off the kids while you get some stuff done. Now there is a new place in Issaquah that we just checked out. Adventure Kids Playcare is pretty nice, I have to say. Picture a room full of toys, dress-up clothes, and crafts, with a giant climbing playstructure from floor to ceiling right in the middle. They are open from 8am to 10pm, Monday through Thursday, 8am to midnight on Fridays, and 9am to midnight on Saturdays. You don’t have to make reservations ahead of time to drop the kids off(although they do appreciate it if you do, especially with babies). For babies, it is $11.50 per hour, children over 17 months are $9 per hour, with no limit on how long they stay. Snacks are provided, and you can purchase meals, as well. If you need a place for a short time or a long time, this place can do it for you, and my daughter thought it was really fun. It is definitely worth checking out!
Boehm’s Candies Tour
Address: 255 NE Gilman Blvd. Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 392-6652
Age: 6 and up
When you need to get your sweet fix, feel lucky you live on the Eastside. Right on I-90 on the way out of Issaquah stands Boehm’s Candies, that temple of temptations and church of chocolate. If you want, you can go to the candy shop here and buy tons of chocolate. Or, if you plan ahead, you can take a tour of the place and see how they actually make the stuff. Plus, you get to see the history behind Mr. Boehm, creator of the candies. The tour goes through where he actually lived, a cute little chalet kind of place, along with the trip past the ladies making the chocolate candies by hand. Be careful, this tour fills up quickly, so call early, and by early I mean April or May to schedule for one of the summer tours. You can’t bring small kids,but I did take my 1 year-old in a sling, which I asked about ahead of time. I recommend asking first if you plan to do that.
Community Center Drop-In Playtime
Address: Issaquah Community Center , 301 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah,
Phone: (425) 837-3300.
Age: 3 and under
Here is another option provided by our amazing community center system. Drop-in play for toddlers, 8-11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call to double check times and cost.
Cougar Mountain Zoo
Address: 125 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 427-0259
Age: all ages
Cost: 13 and up: $9.50; 2-12: $8.50; 2 and under: free
Ok, it isn’t Woodland Park Zoo. If you want a huge zoo with elephants, jump in the car and cross the bridge. But, if you don’t mind a quaint little zoo with lots of exotic birds, lemurs, cougars, reindeer and antelopes, this zoo will do just fine for you. Up on Cougar Mountain, this zoo has an amazing view of the Issaquah valley, and a nice grassy area for a picnic. It is not a long trip- 45 minutes should be fine to get your animal fix, but feel free to stay longer. Sometimes it is nice to let your own little monkey get out of the house to see some cousins!
Fox Hollow Equestrian Center
Address: 12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road SE
Phone: (206) 383-4420
Cost: varies per activity
Ok, folks – how great is this? Fox Hollow Equestrian Center is one heck of a great way to spend your weekends! In addition to having horses, the farm also has a lot of other animals, like chickens, kittens, and even a peacock. On the first and third Saturday of each month from May to October, there are Farm Days. For $7 the family can enjoy walking around the farm, have a picnic, play, and even slide down the inflatable water slide! You need to see it to believe it – check out the website!
Address: PO Box 809, Ravensdale WA 98051
Phone: (425) 413-1122
Age: 5 and up, varies upon activity
Cost: Varies upon activity
Usually the only rocks I like are shiny and on rings and pendants. The ones that you can dig up with a little help from Geology Adventures look pretty nice too, and you would have a really cool story to go with them. Geology Adventures offers several family day trips that occur at various times throughout the year, so be sure to check their site if you’re interested. These trips aren’t for toddlers but are aimed more at older kids. This would be a fun way to introduce your child to another branch of science and learn more about the area. You probably won’t find diamonds, but I bet you’ll still have fun!
Imagination Saturdays at Michael’s Craft Store
Address: 1802 12th Ave NW Ste A, Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 369-9301
Are you as surprised as I am at all the stuff stores offer for kids to do, just to lure you in? Yeah, we know they are hoping you shop (when it comes to craft stores, I am such a sucker- I love Michael’s and will buy whatever they tell me to buy), but that doesn’t mean you can’t take them up on their fun little crafts for kids. Your kids can make things like turtle-shaped pencil holders and keepsake handprints. You sign up for a half hour session, and the cost of the craft is included in the $2 fee. And just tell yourself, I am not a bad person just because I can’t leave a craft store without buying another kit to make a bedazzled and beaded foam door-hanger in the shape of a high-heeled Victorian boot. I am not bad… I am not bad… just crafty…
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Address: 125 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 427-0259
Age: all ages
This is a fun place to go see the salmon spawning in the fall. The fish ladder has a glass side so you can see the fish swim by. It is pretty impressive to see the fish because they are huge! There are also tours available. Be sure to check the website to see if the fish are spawning, otherwise you might be disappointed by an empty tank.
Address: 8178 304th Avenue SE Preston Industrial Park Preston, WA 98050
Phone: (425) 222-5439
Age: 2 and up
Cost: $6 for first child, $4 for second child
What can I say? These inflatable playgrounds are popular! Here is another one 6 miles outside of Issaquah. Jump for joy, or whatever you want to jump for, because here is a place to get your kids exhausted! Drop in times are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for kids 2- 6, between 9am and 11am, and on Mondays it’s Family night for 2-12 year olds from 6pm to 7:15 pm. And as always, parents jump free!
Kids Workshops at Home Depot
Address: 6200 E. Lke. Sammamish Pkwy, Issaquah 98029
Phone: (425) 391-8467
Age: 5 – 12 yrs (with a parent)
If you have a hubby like mine, one who loves to do projects around the house, then chances are you probably spend a lot of time on the weekends at Home Depot. So much time, in fact, that the cashiers know you and you know who will be working at various times throughout the day. Anyway, why not give your kiddo a break from being dragged from plumbing to power tools and let him (or her!) build something at a Kids Workshop. On the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. kids can take part in constructing educational and practical projects, such as birdhouses or bughouses (unlike hubby, who might be converting our garage fridge into a Keggerator).
Lowe’s How-To Clinics for Kids
Address: 1625 11TH Ave NW, Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 391-3355
Age: Old enough to use a hammer and up
Build a bird feeder! Make a bug box! You know kids have fun making stuff, and this is a great way for them to get tool-savvy. Several Saturdays a month, Lowe’s offers these free clinics designed for kids. They are about an hour long, and all you need to bring is your thoughtful kids- they provide everything else. And if you have girls, this is a fantastic way to make sure they aren’t afraid of fixing stuff. What better thing to build than confidence?
Address: 1305 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 392-5674
Age: All (under 4 feet tall)
I will be honest with you- I don’t live a “Sex and the City” kind of life. I can’t tell you what brand those heels are, and I really don’t care. What I do care about is not being stuck at home with a wired kid and no one to talk to. That is why I don’t have a problem suggesting this McDonald’s to you. In fact, it was suggested to me by two local moms (thanks KC and Julie!). This one is made up in a faux-fishing lodge style (heavy on the “faux”- this is still a McDonald’s) complete with a roaring fire. There is a playspace climbing area with slides and tubes in a closed room, so no one will go wandering off. It is not as toddler-friendly as the Redmond branch, but my toddler was entertained for a while. Local moms often use this McDonald’s as a meeting place, especially since the staff often brings out free samples! So don’t look down on this option. Even sophisticated moms can order fries once in a while.
Museo Art Studio
Address: 4550 Klahanie Dr. SE, Issaquah, WA 98029
Ages: pre-k and up
Cost: $40 per 5 hour punch card
Got a crafty kid who loves to make art? Then drop-in at the Open Studio time at Museo. They provide paper, paints, brushes, easels, art pencils and pens, and a place to dry your work. They limit the space to just 6 students at a time, so you need to call ahead to make sure there is space. Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm is for pre-k to 5th graders (with an adult) and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 8 pm is for 6th graders and older (including adults, so you could paint, too!). All the fun without the hassle of having an art studio in your house- beautiful!
PCC Kids Cook
Address: 1810 – 12th Ave N.W., Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 369-1222
Cost: classes- $30 members, $35 non-members
PCC Natural Market is a Northwest grocery store that offers great fresh foods and a little more. For the kiddies, check out their PCC Kids Cook classes. These are a fun way to introduce kids to the kitchen, whether it is an Old MacDonald-themed lesson for 2-3 year olds or Breakfast Club for 7-9 year olds. As a bonus, the kids get certificates and sometimes prizes for completing the classes.
Address: 301 Rainier Blvd. South, Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 837-3310
Age: Grades 6-12
Cost: $3/Day; $20/30-Day Pass; $50/90-Day Pass
Teens are the group that are usually ignored when it comes to providing entertainment. Thankfully, there is the Youth Center in Issaquah, a place for older kids to hang out, play pool, go swimming, do homework, shoot some hoops, do arts and crafts, and other classes. There is even instruction in weight training! Teens can drop-in anytime after school. Let them know about it and drop them off. Or hey, give them the keys to the car! Ok, maybe not.