5 Things to do With Your Kids in Bellevue

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Bellevue is full of fun ways to spend time with your children. These activities are sure to bring out the inner-child in everyone!

1.     Find retro video games at Pink Gorilla

My husband's old NES games and controller. Walked into the game room because it's full of goodies and came out with this picture. :)

Relive the glory days of video gaming at Pink Gorilla. Though they sell all the modern systems and games—PS4s, XBOX Ones—they also have an impressive inventory of all the classics. And by impressive, we mean they’ve got popular and obscure games for nearly every console all the way back to the Atari 2600. Children can learn how fun video games were even before 3D graphics were a thing, while adults can play all their favorite games that they thought they might never see again. And hey, the kids might even learn a little history in the process. The Pink Gorilla is open every day from 11am to 7pm.

2.     Go to a baseball game – Seattle U or Mariners


There’s no better way to appreciate a hot summer day than to go see a baseball game. A love for baseball transcends all ages. Make a day of it and take your family to a Seattle Mariners at SafeCo Field in downtown Seattle, or stay in Bellevue and see our very own Seattle University Redhawks play at Bannerwood Park. Grab some hot dogs and get ready to cheer our teams to victory! You can find a schedule of home games for both teams here.

3.     Let your inner speed demon lose at K1 Speed


No driver’s license is necessary to experience the thrill of driving at K1 Speed, which offers some of the best indoor go kart racing in the King County area. Let your inner speed demon lose as you race your family and friends! The height requirement for junior racers is 4ft (48”) in order to race, and the height requirement for adults is 4ft 10in (58”). K1 Speed has Junior Kart hours 7 days a week, Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 10pm, Friday from 11am to 12am, Saturday from 10am to 12am, and Sunday from 10am to 10pm.

4.     Pump, splash and create music at KidsQuest


Encourage a love of learning by taking your children to the KidsQuest Children’s Museum, where play and education come hand in hand. With an emphasis on whole-family learning and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), KidsQuest is a whole-body, whole-brain experience. Geared toward children from birth to age ten, children can explore huge birdhouses, splash through the Waterways, experiment with air at Whoosh!, tinker inside the Construction Zone, and so much more! Plan your visit today.

5.     Pro belay at Stone Gardens


It’s not just great exercise—climbing is an activity people of all ages can enjoy. If you’re looking for an active way to spend time with your kids, check out Bellevue’s Stone Gardens. They’re chock-full of junior programs and fun summer programs for kids. If you’re new to climbing, they offer a fun and rewarding pro belay class where anyone can come and learn how to handle the ropes and learn a few climbing tricks. Stone Gardens is open Monday through Friday from 6am to 11pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 10pm.

(Photos from top to bottom courtesy of KidsQuest Children’s Museum, Arielle Fragassi via Flickr, Bernard Delmundo via Flickr, KidsQuest, and Stone Gardens)

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