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South Sound Activities

South Activities

Families can have a lot of fun and find great activities in Kent, Auburn, Burien and cities and neighborhoods south of Seattle.

Inspired by the success of our Snohomish County Activities page - and our Activities in Seattle and the Eastside, we’re sharing this new list. Send us your favorite place for babies and tots at




Bike trails and maps are also easy to find on each city’s Parks & Rec pages (see below).


Classes are a great way to connect with other parents and kids, do something fun with your child, pursue a passion of yours or your child's, develop specific skills or learn something new! A wide range of affordable classes for parents and babies, toddlers and preschoolers can also be found in city recreation guides (see below).

Coffee Shops

Let us know your favorite spot for taking the kids and enjoying a cup with friends at


Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s Markets are a fun outing with little ones – learn all your colors, try the fruits and veggies, and explore activities.

Headed out of town? Find more markets in Washington at the State Farmers Market Association.

Gardens & Nature

Gardens are often free and open to the public and easy to wander with small children.

See also Parks and the Walks sections for more ways to experience nature.

Indoor Play

Drop-in playspaces are great on rainy and other days. Private businesses charge admission, and parks locations have a small fee. Check out the schedules for open play.


Want more museums? Wikipedia has a list of museums in Washington State.

Parks & Playgrounds

Recreation Guides

Story Times

Story times at libraries are open to all, whether you have a library card or live in the neighborhood or not. Story time is a great free outing with babies. They will often include a short arts & crafts activity. Seattle Public Library has specific story times for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and even pajama story time! Try different libraries for fun, or seek out story time in a second language you speak at home. Other play activities, crafts and summer events are hosted at SPL too.

  • Barnes & Noble has locations in Federal Way, Kent, Westwood
  • King County Library System – branches in Renton, Des Moines, SeaTac, Kent, Covinton, Newcastle, Newport Way, Southcenter, Tukwila, Burien Boulevard Park, Fairwood and more


Summer or winter, babies love water! Check for parent/baby classes or swim/play schedules.

Public Pools

Private Pools

Walks & Hikes

See also the Parks section for more great places to walk. Where is your favorite walk in Seattle? Let us know at

Wading Pools and Spray parks

Call it a feature, a pad, a park, a pool – places that spray water to cool you down. Check the websites for schedules and repair closures before you head out.

Other Fun Outings

Note: Activities lists are curated for families with younger children and may be detailed in some areas, and more broad in others. They include a mix of free and fee-based activities.

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