summer family picnicBoy, are we spoiled! It’s easy to take where you live for granted, especially when caught up in the whirlwind of work and family life. Rather than spend a fortune traveling, we recommend taking advantage of the seemingly infinite “fun things to do” that exist right here, in and around Bellevue.

Free & Affordable Family Activities In & Around Bellevue

Here are some of our favorite ways to get out and about Bellevue – with kids and all – and still have a great time.

Farm animal at Kelsey Creek Farm

Photo credit: Kelsey Creek Farm website

Kelsey Creek Farm

Kelsey Creek Community Park is a large park with hiking and jogging trails, picnic areas, a playground, wetlands, open grassy areas, creeks, forests, and farm animals. They also offer several fun activities from May through August for your children through their Summer Camp program.

Crossroads Water Spray Playground

Next time you need to cool down in the summer heat, check out the Crossroads Water Spray Playground, where your kids experience the thrill of hopping on the back of a water-spouting Orca whale (okay, well, maybe not a real whale). While the park is open year-round, the water spray runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Two small picnic shelters are available for reservation or, if not reserved, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Inspiration Playground

Photo credit: Downtown Bellevue Park website

Bellevue Downtown Park – Inspiration Playground

If you’d prefer a playground without the water, grab a picnic lunch and head down to the Bellevue Downtown Park, where your kids can enjoy the Inspiration Playground. As noted on the website, this park is described as: “Dedicated to fun, imagination, and learning, it is a universally-accessible play experience – a truly Inspiration(al) Playground. The new playground offers interactive features that engage the senses, create inclusiveness and accommodate children of all abilities and their caregivers.”

KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Suppose it’s not the perfect day to be outdoors and you’re looking for a more hands-on and interactive experience for your kiddos. In that case, KidsQuest Children’s Museum encourages learning with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), offering exhibits for children ages 0-10. They also offer a Summer Camp program. This is a popular attraction, and reservations are recommended.

Funtastic Playtorium

While we love summers here in the Pacific Northwest, they aren’t without a few rainy days thrown in here and there. This “funtastic” (see what we did there?) maze of tunnels, trampolines, mats, and climbing apparatus’ is perfect for entertaining your kids on one of those less than sunny days. It also makes for a fun place to host your kids’ next birthday party! Check out their online photo gallery to take a closer look.

WiggleWorks kids

Photo credit: WiggleWorks kids website

WiggleWorks kids

We can’t forget the little ones, and WiggleWorks kids is specifically designed to accommodate infant to preschool-age kids. They offer a completely soft-play system that moves. As their website states, “The total WiggleWorks Kids play experience is designed to provide all children with ample opportunity to work on gross motor skills, coordination, and balance while helping to increase strength, flexibility, and agility. For our infant patrons, we have a specially designated area, away from toddler and preschool kids, with age-appropriate toys and activities to foster learning and development.” Check out the YouTube video on their site for a sneak peek!

Overlake OB/GYN hopes you and your family find extra-special ways to spend quality time together this summer while making sure to get outdoors and away from screens. And, don’t forget, as long as your kids are taking advantage of summer camp and daytime activities, use that time to schedule your annual well-woman appointment.