Visit Kent, WA for Kid-Friendly Adventures

One of our favorite things to do on weekends here in Seattle is exploring nearby cities for a PNW getaway. This past weekend, Visit Kent WA invited my family on a press trip to discover what makes Kent such a kid-friendly place in Washington State.

We had so much fun that I spent all day yesterday writing about this trip!

Lake Meridian Park

One of our favorite parks in Kent is Lake Meridian Park. We started coming here when my oldest was a baby for little baby play dates with our PEPS group.

Now, 4 years later, it’s still a destination park we love to visit!

Photo of Lake Meridian Park in Kent, WA, a fun playground in Washington State #playground #visitkentwa #lakemeridian #pnw #washingtonstate
Lake Meridian Park has a cool playground that overlooks Lake Meridian in Kent, WA. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

As a mom of a preschooler and a toddler, I appreciate that the entire playground has cushy rubber mats, wood chips, or turf. I don’t worry about my kids running around (especially when they are wearing shorts!)

Photo of a PNW playground at Lake Meridian Park in Kent, WA, a kid-friendly staycation near Seattle #lakemeridian #lakemeridianpark #visitkentwa #playground
My son loves climbing up this spinning toy at Lake Meridian Park. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

And it’s pretty easy to see my boys no matter where they are at the park. One can be swinging and the other can be racing cars down a hill and I can keep an eye on both.

Photo of a pirate ship playground feature at Lake Meridian Park in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #lakemeridianpark #playground
Don’t you want to climb aboard? Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

While the playground is fabulous (I mean, there’s a PIRATE SHIP!) I also appreciate the vast grassy fields and the lake itself! That makes it easy for us to spend hours here.

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My toddler went down this slide probably 20 times! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

There’s also a great covered area with lots of tables. We saw a family bring hot pizza to eat while the kids ran around. Such a great idea!

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Airways Brewing Bistro

All that playing made my boys hungry, so we headed to Airways Brewing Bistro in Downtown Kent. I’d heard they have a kids menu and that their food was tasty.

When we arrived, I saw that they have two separate entrances: One for the 21+ brewery and another for the family-friendly brewery. They are separated inside by a long hallway.

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I love how bright and open the family-friendly side of Airways Brewing Bistro is! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The family-friendly side was awesome! We picked a table that looked into the open concept kitchen. Our server was super friendly and helped us choose an array of items to try.

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Their kids menu made it easy to try a few items. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

While they prepared our food, I took my toddler out to the courtyard to check it out and I was floored!

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My toddler LOVED playing with the chalk outside while we waited for our food. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

They have a whole kids play area set up! At first, I saw a cart filled with tons of chalk, a couple containers of bubbles and a bunch of bean bags. Then, I realized they also have corn hole!

So, instead of managing antsy kids at the table, we were able to fully engage with them on the patio! And it was semi-enclosed, so I was able to let my toddler run around a bunch.

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My kids traded some of their food because they wanted to try it all! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

When the food arrived, it was fantastic! My kids had macaroni and cheese and french fries as their entrees.

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Isn’t this the cutest, kid-friendly charcuterie plate? Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

But, they also shared a mini charcuterie plate with prosciutto, cheese, bread sticks and blueberries. The kids LOVED it!

Photo of a caprese sandwich at Airways Brewing Bistro in Kent, WA, a kid-friendly restaurant in the Seattle-area #visitkentwa #airwaysbrewing
My food was flavorful and fueled me for the rest of our adventures in Kent, WA! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

And I had a caprese sandwich with honeycrisp apple slaw that really hit the spot! Plus, I had sea salt truffle fries with an aioli that I’m still salivating over!

While I didn’t sample any of their beers, I can say that they offer many varieties, including cider.

Photo of the outdoor patio at Airways Brewing Bistro, a kid-friendly restaurant in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #airwaysbrewing #outdoordining
Their outdoor patio would be AWESOME for family dinners with friends! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

So, this may be the coolest kid-friendly brewery I’ve been to! I can’t wait to come back with another family (or a few families) to just hang out while the kids play!

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Kent Teaching & Toys

After lunch, we played a little corn hole at Airways Brewing Bistro before walking over to Kent Teaching & Toys.

This is another spot that’s always a hit with my kids! It’s right behind the Kent Library, so we walk here after story time sometimes.

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Kent Teaching & Toys has a train table that was a HUGE hit with my boys! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

My friend is a former kindergarten teacher and she’s the one who originally told me about Kent Teaching & Toys. She suggested having a play date there a couple years ago and we’ve been coming back ever since!

It’s the perfect spot to go if you are looking for good quality toys for your kids or to give as gifts. They have a wooden train section and sell individual train track pieces (which saves so much time when your child is looking for a specific piece that may be ANYWHERE in your house!)

As I looked around the store, I found so many items that would be perfect travel toys! Here are a few of my favorites:

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Wouldn’t this be fun for road trips or airplane rides? Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Photo of Parisian paper dolls for kids #paperdolls #pariswithkids #giftidea
And these paper dolls would be perfect for a trip to Paris! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Photo of toddler travel books that inspire wanderlust #boardbooks #babybooks #travelbooks
We have a couple of these books and they definitely inspire wanderlust! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
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And these would be fun because they are portable and quiet! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

My kids always enjoy the train table! They also play a bit with the Calico Critters table, but usually go right back to the train table.

And don’t forget to check out their bargain sections. I found a really cool building toy on clearance that kept my son fully occupied in the hotel room!

The boys picked out mail trucks as their souvenir. My brother is a mail carrier, so they were ecstatic to get their first mail truck toys!

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Punjab Sweets

One of the things I love most about Kent, Washington is the sheer vastness of ethnic cuisine! My family thoroughly enjoys food from around the world.

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Punjab Sweets has so many treats to choose from! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

So, I was excited to check out Punjab Sweets. My husband went to India last year for Holi Festival and tried several sweets over there. He tried to explain them to me, but I figured we better just try them ourselves.

Punjab Sweets is located right next to a sari shop! I was tempted to go in an peruse the colorful outfits, but I had my boys with me and I had promised them treats!

Photo of Burfi, Indian sweets from Punjab Sweets in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #punjabsweets #burfi
We picked a few fun flavors to sample! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The first thing we noticed was the display case featuring their tempting sweets. Without knowing exactly what everything was, I picked a few colorful items, a few featuring flavors I know I like, and then asked for recommendations.

I also ordered a chai tea and lassi drinks for the boys. After running around a bit all day, it was nice to sit and drink something hot while sampling the goodies!

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My toddler loved munching the Indian snacks at Punjab Sweets. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

We also got a bag of Indian snacks. My friend’s mother-in-law sent them similar snacks that we had tried, so I knew my kids would like it. Nice to know we can buy them in Kent!

Trapper’s Sushi

My boys still had a lot of energy, so we went back to Lake Meridian Park to play more before dinner. They spent most of that time racing their mail trucks down the hill at the park!

After a bit, we were ready to head over to Kent Station to enjoy a meal at Trapper’s Sushi.

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My 4 year old had fun coloring on the kids menu at Trapper’s Sushi at Kent Station. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

My husband and I can eat sushi almost everyday. The kids can be hit/miss. We usually give them rice and miso soup. But, we always encourage them to try new things.

Photo of the kids meal at Trapper's Sushi at Kent Station in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #kentstation #trapperssushi #fruishi
The kids were excited that their kids meal came with fruishi, fruit sushi! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The kids menu at Trapper’s Sushi is perfect for families with adventurous (and not-so-adventurous) children. The portions are large and my boys were able to split a kids order of teriyaki chicken, rice, and fruishi.

Fruishi is fruit sushi. Cute, right? This one was sliced up green apples rolled in rice. I tried one and it was good! It’s a fun (and healthy) dessert option!

Photo of a sushi platter from Trapper's Sushi at Kent Station in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #trapperssushi #sushi #kentstation
My husband and I loved the tempura rolls and they were packed with flavor! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

With the kids situated, my husband and I wanted to try some of Trapper’s Sushi’s specialty items. We found a couple of tempura rolls that sounded amazing. And they lived up to our expectation!

As parents, we appreciated that Trapper’s Sushi was a bit loud. Our toddler was melting down a bit, and it was barely noticeable. That allowed me to finish eating without feeling stressed out. We left very full!

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Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green

The Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green is a two story hotel located on a golf course. It’s also next to shopping and restaurants and has plenty of parking.

As soon as we walked into the hotel lobby, my son said “This place smells GOOD!”

We quickly discovered that they offer complimentary freshly baked cookies in their lobby! They had chocolate chip as well as macadamia white chocolate cookies. We grabbed two before checking in!

Photo of the Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #bestwestern
Our room was cozy and overlooked the golf course. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Check in was a breeze and we quickly took the elevator to the second floor.

Our room faced the golf course. We arrived at dusk and the course was empty.

Photo of a boy eating a chocolate chip cookie at the Best Western in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #bestwestern
Nothing beats a fresh chocolate chip cookie before bed! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

We decided to get into our jammies and enjoy our chocolate chip cookies before heading to bed!

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There were a lot of nice breakfast choices at the Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The next morning, we decided to check out the continental breakfast spread and have a little something to eat before we packed up. My 4 year old enjoyed filling up his own glass of orange juice and looking out on the golf course.

Then, it was time for us to pack up and continue exploring Kent!

Turnkey Park

Since we are early risers, we thought we’d hit up another park before breakfast. After a quick Google search, I found Turnkey Park.

This is another super cool park in Kent!

Photo of a cool playground in Kent, WA #turnkeypark #visitkentwa #pnwpark #washingtonstate
My kids love playing with the construction toys at parks, but they are usually hard to find! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

First of all, they have a giant sandpit with those interactive construction diggers. But, they also have a water spigot where kids can pour water down some hills INTO the sand pit! It’s like what they have at Northwest Trek!

Photo of Turnkey Park in Kent, WA where you can find hidden Mickeys! #visitkentwa #hiddenmickeys #mickeymouse #scavengerhunt
This was part of a Disney VoluntEAR project several years ago. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Second, they have a Hidden Mickey scavenger hunt! Since we are a HUGE Disney family, we set off immediately to find them!

Third, they have an ADDITIONAL scavenger hunt featuring fruits and veggies! My son joined a few other kids in running around the park to see what they could find.

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This is another fun park in Kent, WA. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

I felt a little bad piling back into the car for breakfast, but my tummy was rumbling! We’ll definitely be doing a play date here soon!

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Saimin Says

If you’ve never had a Hawaiian breakfast, you are missing out on something special! I discovered Saimin Says years and years ago while I was working on the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival at Seattle Center.

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They have a board that features local Hawaiian events and entertainment. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

My husband and I started coming here for breakfast when we were dating and it started to be a regular thing.

But, since we had our youngest, we haven’t made it back to Saimin Says.

Photo of a boy eating a Mickey Mouse pancake at Saimin Says in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #saiminsays #mickeymousepancake
My 4 year old liked decorating his pancake with bananas. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Photo of a toddler eating breakfast at Saimin Says in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #saiminsays
My toddler gobbled up his pancake and eggs! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

So, we were extra excited to enjoy a leisurely breakfast here. The kids split a plate of scrambled eggs and a Mickey Mouse pancake (after my oldest used banana slices to place Mickey’s eyes and nose!)

Photo of loco moco at Saimin Says in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #saiminsays #locomoco #hawaiianfood
Loco Moco is a Hawaiian breakfast staple! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

My husband got the Loco Moco, his favorite Hawaiian breakfast item. This time, he ordered it with more meat patties and less rice to be “low carb!”

Photo of fried saimin from Saimin Says in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #saiminsays #saimin #hawaiianfood
My fried saimin was just like I remembered! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

And my favorite thing to order here is their fried saimin. I mean, saimin is right in their name, so you should order it!

Photo of SPAM musubi and Portuguese sausage musubi from Saimin Says in Kent, WA #visitkentwa #saiminsays #musubi
We always grab musubi to go! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Finally, we grabbed a SPAM musubi and Portuguese sausage musubi to snack on later. OMG so good!

Kent Farmers Market

After all that yummy food, we needed to walk it off a bit. Luckily, we were there on a Saturday so we could take advantage of the Kent Farmers Market.

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The Kent Farmers Market is a hot spot on Saturdays! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It’s located right by the Kent Library, Kent Teaching & Toys, and Airways Brewing Bistro! Super convenient!

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These pumpkins were so fun to touch! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The kids were immediately drawn to the crazy shaped pumpkins and gourds. They looked so perfect for Fall decorating!

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So many pretty flowers at the Kent Farmers Market! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

I liked seeing the brightly colored flowers! They are so cheery and the sellers were so excited to talk about them!

It was a great way to end our adventure in Kent, Washington!

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If You Have More Time in Kent

If you’ll be staying in Kent a bit longer, I have a few more kid-friendly options of things to to in Kent, WA:

NORTHWEST HARVEST

For families with kids ages 9 years old and up, sign up to volunteer packing up food at Northwest Harvest. I did this while mentoring at Seattle Girls School years ago and we’ll be doing this as a family in 5 years!

CARPINITO BROTHERS

If you love fresh produce, this place is awesome! It’s seriously my Mother-in-law’s version of paradise! Plus, during the holidays, you can usually meet a camel or reindeer. And they have an incredible Pumpkin Patch at their field in Kent.

CAVE MAN KITCHEN

If you like roadside BBQ, this place is a ton of fun for families! You can eat outside on picnic tables (and yes, they have kid-sized picnic tables, too!) My Mom first came here decades ago, and I’ve been bringing my kids that past year.

SOUND TRANSIT

Last month, we took the Sounder Train during a play date and it was awesome! The kids excitedly hopped on board the Sounder at Kent Station for an adventure around Seattle’s Chinatown Neighborhood. It’s also an easy way to get to Kent from Seattle.

WILD WHEAT

This is another great breakfast spot. Get a table by the window because chances are, you’ll see trains whizzing past at least once! My boys go NUTS and it provides a lot of entertainment while we eat. And you can get yummy treats to go!

Thanks Visit Kent WA for hosting my family on this press trip. All opinions are my own.

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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.

41 Comments

  1. Kristy Bullard Reply

    Sounds like a great place to visit with kids! There’s so much to do and so much delicious food!

  2. Why haven’t I ever heard of Turnkey Park? That looks like a blast!!!

    I’m thinking that brewery will make a great mom’s happy hour spot too!

    Thanks for all the tips!

  3. This looks like a really fun day! What adorable photos 🙂 I love the raincoat!

  4. Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to Washington. Loving the pictures so much.

  5. Those are lovely photos and your kids look so happy! They must have had the time of their lives, right?

  6. What a fun city to explore! It’s been a while since I was in WA but I love the area you and your son were able to enjoy.

  7. This looks like such a fun family trip! I’d never be able to get my toddler away from the train table at the toy store. Lol.

  8. I love how detailed this post is! All the eateries you mentioned sound amazing, especially the family-friendly brewery! I should have gotten insider Seattle tips from you for my last trip!

  9. Geraline Batarra Reply

    Wow, that is such a beautiful place to go and I can feel how happy the kids are when they are going to see this place.

  10. The place looks so amazing and a child-friendly place. My kids will love the place for they can play and eat without worrying anything.

  11. What a great post! I often visit my brother in Wa and I am always looking for places to take the kiddos and keep them entertained. this is going to be very useful to me, when I am up there again.

  12. This looks like a great day for kids. I’m going to have to tell my sister-in-law. She’s always looking for stuff like this for my nieces. It’d be a great getaway for the family.

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