Top 10 Things to Do with Kids

Develop Lasting Moments and New Family Traditions

Here is our list of the top ten things to do with kids.

Add a new dimension to the family reunion in Issaquah! Create memories for the whole family to enjoy!

Arena Sports Family Entertainment Center

Looking for a fun, kid-friendly activity? The indoor Inflatable FunZone playground is always a huge hit with kids – and a clear winner with their parents who can sit around and watch their kids giggle and play while burning off lots of energy. Kids ages 18-months to 12 years have a blast running, jumping and sliding their way to fun in our indoor playground with multiple bounce houses. The Arena Sports Inflatable FunZone is a great activity for drop-in playtime, birthday and team parties, youth events, school breaks, field trips and more. Add this activity to your family’s “fun things to do” bucket list!

 

 

Coming in Fall 2022 to Arena Sports

Planned attractions include laser tag, arcade games, escape rooms, virtual sports simulators, Inflatable FunZone and a full-service restaurant & bar. All operations at Arena Sports Issaquah (including soccer classes and leagues, parties, camps, FunZone, etc.) will remain open during construction.

Stay tuned for more information on the grand opening date for the new family entertainment center!

2115 NW Poplar Way
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Boehms Candies

Visiting Boehm’s Candies? Learn more about how we work our magic in our candy kitchen, and then visit our retail store at the front of the chalet where you can purchase some of the candies you saw being made!

Self-guided Window Tour (open anytime during retail hours)

Free, self-guided window tour is available anytime during regular retail hours. During production hours, windows along the side of our factory allow you to have a glimpse of the day’s happenings. Watch (and smell!) as our candy maker sets out a fresh batch of peanut brittle, admire the handiwork of our dippers as they roll and dip tasty truffles, and admire the many molded chocolate pieces in our molding and packaging department. Information posted at every window describes each area’s purpose, as well as gives some of the history of Boehm’s. Four large monitors have been added along the window tour to enhance your experience.

The ideal time for a window tour is while our candy makers are in production – Monday through Friday between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (some areas may be on a lunch break between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. During holidays, special events, or other unusual circumstances production may be limited or not available for viewing).

Guided Tours (by reservation only)

On the guided tour, you will be escorted through our chocolate factory where you will see the art of handmade chocolate making (and enjoy tasty samples!), the authentic chalet where our founder lived, as well as the beautiful High Alpine Chapel (if not being used for a wedding or event).

There are two types of guided tours: Public tours, where you will join other visitors for the tour; or private tours, where your group will have your own dedicated tour guide.

255 NE Gilman Blvd.

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Cougar Mountain Zoo

Established in 1972, the primary focus of Cougar Mountain Zoo is on Endangered Species and promoting Conservation Through Education.  Your family can enjoy the zoo at your own pace or consider a guided tour or close encounter experience to take the visit to the next level!

Guided Tours are designed to introduce your group to the immense beauty and mysteries of the Earth’s vanishing wildlife. Since the tour will be especially designed for your group, advanced reservation and a deposit are required. Your request for the level of sophistication, subject matter and length of presentation is given careful consideration. During the tour, your guide takes you from habitat to habitat as you experience a unique encounter with the animals and enjoy the opportunity of taking a deep glimpse into the world of other life forms. In addition to an exciting educational experience, tours also offer a fun-filled recreational opportunity for all ages.

19525 SE 54th Street

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Depot Park

Great for your little (and no so little) train lovers! The city’s train depot was built in 1889, and now holds a museum with exhibits that explore the industrial revolution, travel, communication, and the early economic development of Issaquah. Many of the displays include interactive elements such as a telegraph.

78 First Ave NE

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Kids Stage at Village Theatre

Youth theatre productions at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE are a special experience! Student-focused yet housed within a professional theatre, our shows are high-quality fun. Introduce your child to the love of theatre! Perhaps they will be inspired by seeing their peers on the stage? Perhaps they will be moved to literature after seeing a story brought to life. Perhaps they will become a life-long patron of the arts!

120 Front Street N
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Salmon Hatchery

Your Little Fry (kiddos) can find out the answers to “Where do salmon live? And who lives near the salmon?” Explore the salmon hatchery and Issaquah Creek, create an animal track to take home, look for returning salmon, act like a bug, and enjoy the sounds of water. A visit to the Issaquah Salmon Hatcher will encourage the joy of discovery and cultivate a sense of wonder in the environment and in salmon. Visit the website to see what to expect each season at the Hatchery.

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Swamp Monster Trail

Take your young hikers out on a half-mile trail through the swampy area north of Tradition Lake. It could even be their first hike! The trail is solidly-constructed, with good footing, no mud and it's almost all level. It's designed with the young visitors in mind. But hey, it's OK if you older folks enjoy it, too!

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Rent Bikes: Mountain, E-Bikes, Road Gravel, & Kids

Ride Bicycles can set you and your family up with a bike rental matched to their fitness and ability levels. Then head right out from the bike shop on the Rainer or East Lake Sammamish Trails. These trails are flat, paved, and mostly away from streets and automobile traffic. It is a GREAT way to explore Issaquah, Lake Sammamish State Park, the downtown historic district and so much more. Pick-up times from 9:30am onward.

160 NW Gilman Blvd STE 102

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Tea Party at Paisley Parlor

Little ones will enjoy the Royalty Tea, which includes kid-friendly tea sandwiches and the option of pink lemonade or cocoa instead of tea, served on a three-tiered platter, just like the Afternoon Tea, perfect for your little prince or princess!

The Small Tea Service is perfect for our littlest guests, pairing simple tea sandwiches with a selection of cookies, and a small pot of tea, cocoa or pink lemonade.

They are happy to host your shower, birthday or office party, the maximum capacity for one group is 12 attendees.

 

317 NW Gilman Blvd

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Triple XXX Rootbeer

Always a family favorite, Triple XXX Rootbeer serves up 1950's style hamburgers and ice cream concoctions sure to thrill even your pickiest eater! The restaurant decor features vintage automobile and motorcycle memorabila. On Sundays in the spring and summer Triple XXX hosts car shows that are free to attend and always exciting to see!

98 NE Gilman Blvd

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Lodging

Hilton & Marriott properties you trust and love.

Motel options for the budget conscious.

Unique places.

RV spaces.

WEDDINGS, MEETINGS & GROUPS

Urban, hotel conference locations.

Sophisticated northwest lodge-style venues.

Rustic barns and farms for gatherings.

Treehouse retreats and speakeasy spaces.

Getting Here

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