Boys & Girls Club Drop-In Playtime
Address: Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, 2825 W. Mercer Way, Mercer Island,
Phone: (206) 232-4548.
The Boys & Girls Club is such a great place to hang out. I loved it when I was a kid. So here is a chance for your kids to join the club. 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Wednesdays, drop by for some fun- club membership not required.
Community Center Drop-In Playtime
Address: Community Center at Mercer View , 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island,
Phone: (206) 236-3545.
Age: Up to 6
This is a really nice drop-in playtime sponsored by a great group, the Mercer Island Preschool Association. It includes a wonderful inflatable playground designed for toddlers. Drop in Tuesdays- 2:30-5:00 p.m.; Thursdays- 9:30-noon; Fridays- 2:30-5:00 pm; Sundays- 11:00 am-2:00 pm. This runs through May 31, shuts down for the summer, and starts up again in late September.
Saturday Movie Matinees
Address: Mercer Island Public Library, 4400 88th Ave SE, Mercer Island
Phone: (206) 236-3537
Sure, you can spend a lot of money going to your local cinema to sit through a movie that you hope doesn’t have anything indecent in it that will spark a rash of embarrassing questions later. But why bother, when you can go to the library and see great family films for free – flicks like ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ or ‘Easter Parade.’ Your kids might fight you at first, but don’t be surprised when they admit later they actually like these movies. Matinees happen twice a month on Saturdays and start at 1 p.m. Check the website to see what’s playing. Children are welcome so long as they don’t disturb other moviegoers.
Storytime at Island Books
Address: 3014 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island
Phone: (206) 232-6920
Age: recommended for age 3 and up
On the second Saturday of each month, Island Books offers storytime from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Why the kiddos are listening to stories, you can browse the aisles for your own reading pleasure. You know, because you have so much free time to relax and read!
Youth Theater Northwest
Address: 8805 SE 40th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 232-4145
Age: 3 and up
Cost: $13 per ticket, $15 opening night with gala
One of my favorite things is for kids to see other kids performing. This is one of those great examples of entertaining theater with kid performers. With musicals and plays aimed at younger audiences, you can check out shows like Seussical and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for much less than a trip into the big city. Youth Theater Northwest also conducts classes, and as an added bonus, will help you host birthday parties- you come up with a theme like Fairies or Pirates, they will help create the fantasy! They will even conduct acting lessons at the party! Who knows? Maybe someday your child will be hearing, “And the Oscar goes to…”