Cedar River Watershed
Address: 19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE, North Bend
Phone: (206) 733-9421
I can’t even begin to describe all of the different things to do at the Cedar River Watershed. Check our their website and see all of the amazing things you will learn when you visit this unique place.
Mommy Matinees at North Bend Theatre
Address: 125 Bendigo Blvd. N., North Bend, WA 98045
Age: Best for babies up to about walking
Cost: $5 for anyone over 3
It doesn’t seem like it, but when you kids are not walking, you have a lot more freedom than you think you do. Trust me on this one. Plus, at this point, you are probably desperate just to see the outside of your own home. So head to the movies! The Eastside has a couple of options, and one is right in North Bend. So drop by the theater on Wednesdays, pick up one of their lattes, and catch a flick. No one cares if you have a crier, or a dirty diaper to change, or want to pace in the aisles. Plus, for other movies, they have a cry room (first come, first serve).
Northwest Railway Museum
Address: Snoqualmie Depot – 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie 98065
North Bend Depot – 205 McClellan St, North Bend
Phone: (425) 888-3030
Cost: Adults – $9; Children 2-12 – $6; 2 and under – free
I’ve never had the urge to travel by train. If I can’t get somewhere by car or plane, I don’t go. Then I stumbled upon the website for the Northwest Railway Museum and have decided it sounds like a blast. Regular trains run from early April through late October and the excursion lasts 75 minutes. Special event trains run on Mother’s and Father’s Day weekends. Their most popular event, the Santa Train, occurs during the holiday season which allows children (and those young at heart) to visit with Santa and enjoy the magic of the holiday. Day out with Thomas happens this summer, and gives kiddos the chance to see Thomas the Train and enjoy lots of activities. Choo choo!
Sledding at Snoqualmie Summit
Address: I-90 East, Exit 53 for The Summit Tubing Center
Phone: (425) 434-6791
Age: 3 and up (can be younger – it’s up to you!)
Cost: under 5: free ($5 for tube rental); under 13: $12-$15; over 13: $14-$17
I’ll be honest – while I have been to Snoqualmie Summit, I have not been nor will I ever go innertubing. After a disastrous attempt at skiing several years ago, I’ve sworn off sports involving snow. I wasn’t proud of the fact that my toddler was able to sit on her daddy’s lap and go sliding down a hill in an innertube yelling with glee the whole time. She asked me many times to take the trip with her, but I had to tell her over and over, ‘Mommy’s too scared!’ From what my kiddo and hubby tell me, tubing isn’t scary at all and is, in fact, quite fun! There are several sessions offered daily and it’s strongly recommended you make reservations online 48 hours in advance to ensure you get the time you want. Otherwise you have to show up about two hours ahead and hope that session isn’t full. Oh, and some advice – take the rope tow back up! It’s much easier.
Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory
Address: 8102 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie 98065
Phone: (425) 888-0439
Cost: Depends on what you buy
Some people have a sweet tooth – I have sweet teeth. I’ve never met a candy I didn’t like! Imagine my excitement to find out that after I enjoy a train ride, I can skip across the street and gorge myself on candies! Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory is also a restaurant and boasts that you can eat a burger and old fashioned milkshake while watching goodies like caramel corn, salt water taffy, and fudge be made. The sad thing is, I would get a bigger sugar high than my toddler.
Twin Falls Hike
Here is a hike recommended by Parent Map magazine (one of my favorite local magazines- I read it all the time). The hike takes you along a wide trail next to the Snoqualmie River up to a great view of the Twin Falls. You also get to see a great bridge, ferns that look like they are from the time of dinosaurs, and a special tree called the “Grandfather Tree”. You can splash around in the river, so bring some towels and a picnic. To get there, Drive east on Interstate 90 and get off at Exit 34 (468th Avenue). Turn right on 468th Avenue Southeast, drive about a half-mile, then turn left on Southeast 159th Street. Continue a half-mile to road end, parking area and facilities, elevation 600 feet.
It’s not a surprise that we put Snoqualmie Falls here! This is such a beautiful place to visit and will surely excite your little one. Fueled by the Snoqualmie River, the falls are home to the world’s first underground power plant. There’s a look out point that is easy to access and provides great photo opportunities. On a hot day, the mist from the falls feels great! On a cold day, not so much.