To avoid the rain, my daughter and I hopped in the car and headed down 405 to Tukwila for Family Fun Center. This is a good place to go with younger kids if you want to get out of the rain, since it has a great climbing and play structure inside called Kidopolis. It costs about $6 for unlimited play all day in Kidopolis, and you can get a hand stamp that allows you to leave and return (although note, it isn’t a drop-off place; you have to stay with your child). You could pop out and get lunch at Subway, which is just down the street, or drive over to Southcenter Mall. Pretty nice.
The other fun thing at Family Fun Center is the little amusement park outside. It opens at noon if it is not raining (which is hit and miss this summer), and has a carousel, bumper boats, mini-golf, and other rides for kids. The rides are an additional cost, and it can add up, but if you want a few spins on the carousel, it won’t break the bank.
For older kids, there are laser tag, batting, and rides like the giant sling shot that bungees you up into the air (not for the queasy).
The other thing inside is a huge area of coin-operated games. The games here are definitely on the harder skill level, so for my 6 year-old daughter, they were more frustrating than fun. She prefers the games at Chuck E. Cheese, which always pay out a ticket and are cheaper. But if you child likes the “kiddie casino” scene (as one friend calls them), they will probably enjoy themselves.
Family Fun Center