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.
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Tips for Rainy Day Fun in Seattle with Kids
1. Embrace Nature
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
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
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
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.
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