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Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours

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Looking for an easy day trip from Seattle? Check out some of the most kid-friendly things to do in Kent, WA in 24 hours!
This post about things to do in Kent WA was written by Seattle family travel expert Marcie Cheung and contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA

One of our favorite things to do on weekends here in Seattle is exploring nearby cities for a PNW getaway. I found out that there are many kid-friendly things to do in Kent, WA and we immediately jumped at the opportunity given to us.

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.

If you’ve been to Seattle Center or downtown Seattle, and you enjoyed a trip to the Pike Place Market, T Mobile Park, Seattle Seafront, or Seattle’s skyline, then you will definitely enjoy Kent.

The city has a lot to offer for whatever type of traveler you are. You can go for a day trip history package, visit and discover their acclaimed art scene, or go “nightlife shopping” if you want to explore its lively nightlife.

You can also go for a custom tours adventure or other interest tours if you want a mix of all those.

Visitors in the city can also enjoy a wide range of outdoor attractions, from hiking trails to scenic parks, all while savoring delicious outdoor attractions food at local cafes and food stalls.

We had so much fun yesterday. I spent all day 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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Lake Meridian Park
Lake Meridian Park has a cool playground that overlooks Lake Meridian in Kent, WA. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

As a preschooler and toddler mom, 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!)

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Lake Meridian Park
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.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Lake Meridian Park
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.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Lake Meridian Park
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 they had two separate entrances: One for the 21+ brewery and another for the family-friendly brewery. They are separated inside by a long hallway.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Dine in Airways Brewing Bistro
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.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Dine in Airways Brewing Bistro
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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Dine in Airways Brewing Bistro
My toddler LOVED playing with the chalk outside while waiting for 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 of containers of bubbles, and a bunch of bean bags. Then, I realized they also have cornholes!

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

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Dine in Airways Brewing Bistro
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.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Dine in Airways Brewing Bistro
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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Dine in Airways Brewing Bistro
My food was flavorful and fueled me for the rest of our adventures in Kent, WA! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

I also had a caprese sandwich with honeycrisp apple slaw that really hit the spot, and 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.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Dine in Airways Brewing Bistro
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 return with another family (or a few families) just to 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 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 storytime sometimes.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Go for something educational in Kent Teaching & Toys
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 of 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 many items that would be perfect travel toys! Here are a few of my favorites:

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Go for something educational in Kent Teaching & Toys
Wouldn’t this be fun for road trips or airplane rides? Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Go for something educational in Kent Teaching & Toys
And these paper dolls would be perfect for a trip to Paris! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Go for something educational in Kent Teaching & Toys
We have a couple of these books, and they definitely inspire wanderlust! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Go for something educational in Kent Teaching & Toys
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 return 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 souvenirs. 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.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Have a sweet tooth? You should definitely try Punjab Sweets!
Punjab Sweets has so many treats to choose from! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

So, I was excited to check out Punjab Sweets. My husband visited India last year for the Holi Festival and tried several sweets 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 and peruse the colorful outfits, but I had my boys with me, and I had promised them treats!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Have a sweet tooth? You should definitely try Punjab Sweets!
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 knew I liked, and then asked for recommendations.

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

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Have a sweet tooth? You should definitely try Punjab Sweets!
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 we had tried, so I knew my kids would like them. 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 to Kent Station to enjoy a meal at Trapper’s Sushi.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Try Trapper's Sushi.
My 4-year-old had fun coloring on the kid’s menu at Trapper’s Sushi at Kent Station. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Try Trapper's Sushi.
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 kid’s order of teriyaki chicken, rice, and fruits.

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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Try Trapper's Sushi.
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 expectations!

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 on a golf course. It’s also near shopping and restaurants and has plenty of parking.

As soon as we entered 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 and macadamia white chocolate cookies, so we grabbed two before checking in!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Stay at Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green.
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.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Stay at Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green.
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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Stay at Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green.
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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Go to Turnkey Park.
My kids love playing with park construction toys, but they are usually hard to find! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

First, they have a giant sandpit with 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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Go to Turnkey Park.
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.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Go to Turnkey Park.
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 miss something special! I discovered Saimin Says years ago while working on the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival at Seattle Center.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Saimin Says.
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 became a regular thing.

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

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Saimin Says.
My 4-year-old liked decorating his pancake with bananas. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Saimin Says.
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!)

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Saimin Says.
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!”

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Saimin Says.
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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: Visit Saimin Says.
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 to take advantage of the Kent Farmers Market.

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: It's worth going to Kent Farmer's Market!
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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: It's worth going to Kent Farmer's Market!
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!

Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Kent, WA in 24 Hours: It's worth going to Kent Farmer's Market!
So many pretty flowers at the Kent Farmers Market! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

I liked seeing the brightly colored flowers! They were 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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Other Things To Do in Kent, WA If You Have More Time

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

NORTHWEST HARVEST

For families with kids ages nine and up, sign up to volunteer to pack 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, you can usually meet a camel or reindeer during the holidays. And they have an incredible pumpkin patch in 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, which 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, which 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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Lauren Ashley

Tuesday 25th of September 2018

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.

marciecheung

Wednesday 26th of September 2018

My kids really enjoyed spending time there! We're hoping to make it a regular thing!

Melissa Sanchez

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

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.

marciecheung

Thursday 20th of September 2018

Oh great! There are so many cool places to explore in the Seattle-area!

Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Wow! This looks like a fab place to visit with the little ones. Nice to hear that you all had an amazing time! :)

marciecheung

Thursday 20th of September 2018

Oh it was a blast!

Karla

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

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.

marciecheung

Thursday 20th of September 2018

Yes, we're all about kid-friendly restaurants and awesome parks!

Corina

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

You guys seem to have had a lot of fun there!

marciecheung

Thursday 20th of September 2018

It was a great staycation!

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