Baby’s Day at the Movies
Address: Kirkland Park Place Cinema
Cost: $7.50 (kids over 2 years $6)
Age: All ages
When was the last time you watched a movie that didn’t have animals, trains, or tractors talking? Park Place Cinema opens up their theaters to moms and their little ones two Friday mornings a month. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. and the show starts at 9:45 a.m. You have your choice of seeing any movie that the theater is showing. Pros: no commercials or previews, no big crowds, no one cares if your kids cry or run around, and you’ll know which movies should win come awards season! Cons: It’s only twice a month, popcorn and nachos smell gross that early in the morning, and the older your children are, the more difficult it is to pay attention to the movie.
Imagination Saturdays at Michael’s Craft Store
Address: 9755 Juanita Dr. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 821-4444
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…
Kingsgate Ice Arena
Address: 14326 124th Av. NE #A
Phone: (425) 821-7133 ext 5
Ages: All ages
Cost: $3 – $7 admission; $2.75 skate rentals
What isn’t there to love about ice skating? There’s the sound of the blades gliding over the ice, the rush of wind whipping your hair around your face, the loss of balance and control over your legs, and the resounding thump of your butt hitting the ice. Kingsgate Ice Arena offers all this, and for reasonable rates too. A public skate is offered three times a week, and if your kiddo decides she wants to be the next Sasha Cohen (or Brian Boitano), group and private instruction is available. Tonya Harding need not attend.
North Kirkland Community Center Drop-in Play
Address: 12421 103rd Ave NE, Kirkland WA
When: Tuesday 10am to 1pm; Wednesday 11am to 2pm, Thursday 10am to 1pm – not open in summer
Age: 1 to 5 years
Fee: $3 per visit (exact change, please)
The local community centers provide a great service: playtime for toddlers. They basically open up the gym and let you use a bunch of toddler toys like little cars and bikes and balls. It varies a bit each place, but basically, you need to help pull out the toys and put them away. It is a good way to get some exercise and try new toys on a rainy day.
Address: 12440 128th Lane NE, Kirkland 98034
Cost: Depends on the class
Age: 15 months and up
This is your chance to live vicariously through your child and make him or her a future gold medal Olympian! Northwest Aerials offers classes in gymnastics, dance, swimming, and more. Classes are reasonably priced per session and vary in time to fit your schedule. Special events include Parent’s Night Off, which occur on several Saturdays through the year from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For a fee, you can drop off your potty trained kiddos and have four whole hours to yourself. Summer camps are also offered for children 2 1/2 and up (potty training required). Even more free time for you!
Peter Kirk Pool
Address: 340 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland WA
When: Daily, hours vary so check the schedule on the website
Phone: Seasonal hotline: 425-587-3335; more information: 425-587-3330
Age: All ages, children must have adult supervision
Fee: $3 per visit, season passes available
Open from June to early September, the Peter Kirk Pool is the only one in this area that boasts an outdoor pool. Even if it’s a tad on the chilly side, go for a dip – it’s heated to a lovely 86 degrees!
Pump It Up
Address: 11605 NE 116th St, Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 820-2297
Cost: $6 first child, $4 for sibling
Age: 2 to 5 (older kids for parties)
Do you really need a reason to jump? I think this is really like the old adage about climbing a mountain. Why do you go to Pump It Up to jump around? Because it’s there. And it is a fun way to get some exercise. And in this day and age, that is something worth jumping about. Drop by for their “pop-in playtime” for kids age 2 to 5 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Thanks to Tamara for the tip!
Tech City Bowl & Fun Center
Address: 13033 NE 70th Place, Kirkland, WA 98033
Age: 4 and up
Cost: $5.60 per game, $28 to rent a lane for full hour; $3.75 shoe rental
This is a fun, clean, smoke-free bowling alley, and really, who doesn’t like bowling? You get to strap on funny looking shoes and throw heavy objects around without getting in trouble. Kids under 12 can have bumpers to block the gutters, so they are guaranteed to knock down the pins. There is a restaurant to get some bowling food- you can even have birthday parties here. Teenagers actually like to go bowling here on Friday and Saturday nights, when the lights are turned off and everything glows in the dark, a DJ plays music, and everyone X-Bowls (I guess everything cool has to start with “X”). Let’s bowl!