Top Things to Do with Kids in Issaquah

Develop Lasting Moments and New Family Traditions

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

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

Arena Sports Family Entertainment Center

There’s something for everyone at the Family Entertainment Centers in Issaquah – arcade games, laser tag, escape rooms, sports simulators, Inflatable FunZone, and restaurant. Drop in with your friends and family or host an extraordinary event. Full restaurant and bar.

2115 NW Poplar Way


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.


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.


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.



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


Lake Sammamish State Park Playground

Rubber surfacing ensures accessibility for all, from strollers to wheelchairs. The playground is designed for ages 2-12 and includes a geodesic dome, a zip line, and of course swings, slides, and a rotating net. The best playground on the Eastside!



Movie at Regal Cinema in Issaquah Highlands

A state of the art, 12 screen movie theatre including an RPX and an IMAX auditorium. This Regal theatre features ultra wide, high back rocking chairs, two birthday party rooms, and an expanded food line-up including burgers, cheese sticks, chicken sandwiches and more!



Mudhouse Pottery at Gilman Village

Walk-ins are welcome, space permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are only available for large groups, parties, or events.  These groups must have 9 or more painters, and a maximum of 18 total attendees.




Tandem Rides with Instructor Pilot - No minimum age requirements. Seattle Paragliding flys passengers from 5 to 94 years young. You will fly tandem with an instructor pilot who provides everything you need and helps you with every step. You and your instructor run down the grassy hill of Poo Poo Point located at the top of Tiger Mountain and let the wing carry you away. There is no jumping involved!  After running a few steps you suddenly find yourself airborne, sitting comfortably in a reclined harness, your feet dangling above the trees with no one in front of you and no cockpit surrounding you. No noise – just you and the wind.

Watch the Pros! Park at the Chirraco Trailhead and enjoy watching the paragliders fly above you and land right in front of you! Or bring a bottle of water and some snacks and hike to Poo Poo Point and enjoy the view as the paragliders lift off into the sky right before your eyes!


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.


Skate Park at Tibbets Valley Park

The 10,500-square-foot skate park facility for skaters of all skill levels.



Summit Park in Issaquah Highlands

Also known as “Two Slides Park”, features unique play equipment, picnic tables, benches, and open grassy space to run and play!



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!


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


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.


Top Pot Donuts

Offers exceptional quality, vintage aesthetic, and personal customer service offers a fresh take on the old "coffee and doughnuts" routine.



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