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My husband and I are Washingtonians born and raised. So are our kids. We try to not to let the rainy weather keep us from enjoying the outdoors.

However, there are days in the Pacific Northwest where we feel discouraged. I’ve compiled a list of ways to explore Seattle with kids in the rain.

Hoping for sunshine? Read how to enjoy Northwest beaches with kids on this post.

Tips for Rainy Day Fun in Seattle with Kids

1. Embrace Nature

Enjoying the fall leaves near Lake Washington on a fall day in Seattle with kids
Rolling around in the leaves is definitely a perk of fall weather in Seattle! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

When my son is in the right gear, I give him the “okay” to jump in puddles, skip rocks in the lake and roll around in the leaves.

I encourage him to explore trails and observe animals that peek out during the rain. He gets muddy and dirty, but that’s okay!

2. Wear the Right Gear

Hatley has the ultimate rain jackets, rain boots, rain pants and umbrellas for kids
My son thinks his Hatley umbrella is the coolest accessory he owns and insists on carrying it rain or shine! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

My family loves Hatley rainwear. Not only do they have adorable printed rain boots and coordinating rain jackets (like this fire truck print), but they also have solid colors.

And they have rain pants that we simply pull over my son’s regular pants to keep him nice and dry. I like to keep these in my car.

But, I think my son’s favorite item from Hatley is his umbrella! He can open and close it all by himself and it doesn’t pinch like other brands.

3. Head to the Water

How to explore and have fun in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with kids in the rain
My son LOVES to splash around in Lake Washington any chance he gets, rain or shine! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

There is no better time to let you child play in the water than when it’s raining. I mean, they are already wet, so what’s a little more water?

In Seattle, we’re lucky to have so many lakes and rivers as well as Puget Sound. My family is partial to Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton and Lake Sammamish State Park because of the easy access to water.

4. Go for a Walk

Gene Coulon Memorial Park in Renton, WA is just one park to explore with kids in Seattle in the rain
We love Gene Coulon Memorial Park in Renton, WA because of all the fun bridges! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

If you aren’t sure what to do out in nature, a walk is always a good option! Here in the Pacific Northwest, there are lots of trails and pathways.

When we have our stroller with us, we love the paved pathways at our local parks.

There’s also the famous Burke-Gilman Trail and walk around Green Lake. Rainy days in Seattle with kids can be a blast!

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Exploring Seattle with kids in the rainHatley provided products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.


Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.


  1. How wonderful is this !!I I really want to visit Seattle some time soon. And being prepped well will surely make it a fun experience.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Seattle is such a fun city to visit! Hope you make it here soon!

  2. I just went to Seattle for the first time in August and loved it! We lucked out and didn’t get any rain, but I definitely understand the importance of owning rain gear in that area. The fire truck boots and jacket are so cute!

    • marciecheung Reply

      So glad the weather worked out when you visited! August in Seattle is my FAVORITE month!

  3. His outfit is too cute! I’ve actually never been to the PNW but it’s definitely on my list.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I hope you make it to the PNW! It’s so gorgeous here!

  4. My kids love to play outside in the summer when it’s raining! My daughter has a rain jacket but I haven’t been able to find one for my son. They both have umbrellas though and they think it’s so fun to run around out in the rain with them.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I think boy clothes are so hard to find! I liked that Hatley has prints that aren’t too babyish for boys.

  5. Oh goodness, his rain outfit is too cute! Seattle is definitely on my list to visit, and I love your tips. :))

    • marciecheung Reply

      Seattle is such a lovely city, rain or shine!

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