Pre- and Post-Cruise Itineraries for Seattle
So, you’re finally taking a majestic Alaskan cruise from Seattle? Great choice! It’ll be an experience of a lifetime.
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Seattle Southside is a smorgasbord of family fun!
From toddlers to teenagers and the young-at-heart, there are activities for every occasion and season. Navigate stars, romp in a park, explore imaginary worlds during bookstore readings or get your heart racing with a round of laser tag. There are endless opportunities for memories in the making!
Refuel at Bowlero before hitting the lanes. Parents can enjoy an adult beverage and youngsters 10 years and under can choose from the Kids Menu, which includes everything from mini pizzas and burgers to shakes made from local favorite Snoqualmie Ice Cream. The Monkey Business milkshake is a crowd pleaser. After, choose a lucky ball from the rainbow of options and bowl a few strikes. Don’t miss the overhead ball-and-pin art installation in the lobby!
Game on! Waterland Arcade in Des Moines is a great mix of retro arcade games and carnival classics such as Skee-Ball and air hockey. Summon your inner pinball wizard and light up the board playing Outer Space or Flying Carpet pinball machines. Next-generation gamers flock to the Xbox, Wii, and PlayStation options. Enjoy adult refreshments at the adjoining Tiki Bar, complete with a thatched roof. If your energy levels remain high, hit the ground running at Tag Zone, an indoor Nerf arena also in Des Moines. Choices range from open play to team tournaments and even versions of Capture the Flag (ages 6 years and older).
For budding aviators, visit The Museum of Flight Store for their selection of kites, gliders, and build-it-yourself kits. Launch them at the quaint and quirky Oxbow Park, a five-minute drive from the museum. The pocket-sized park is home to the iconic, oversized Hats ’n’ Boots sculpture. Created in 1953, the 44-foot-wide cowboy hat and 22-foot-high boots make for a perfect Kodak moment.
Finish your day with a hearty meal at Famous Dave’s BBQ. You’ll have a chance to try several varieties of BBQ sauce on all sorts of meat including award-winning ribs, Georgia chopped pork, or beef brisket. Plus, there are plenty of options for the kids, including chicken tenders and cheeseburgers on the “Lil’ Wilbur” menu.
Especially great for rainy days, dive between the covers for story time at the bookstore or library! Barnes & Noble hosts children’s reading events every Saturday at 11 a.m. Appropriate for kids from toddlers to pre-teens, books range from perennial favorites to seasonal classics. Yearly events include a Star Wars theme in October complete with costumers and appearances by characters such as BB8.
Keep the creative juices flowing with a visit to the LEGO Store at Westfield Southcenter. Marvel at rotating displays of iconic tributes to the Disneyland castle and Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon. Free registration as a LEGO VIP includes access to the Monthly Mini Model Build or, you can bring an unwanted minifigure to trade on Minifigure Swap Mondays (6-14 years). For a more cuddly creation, Build-A-Bear offers dozens of bears and characters for adoption. Choose your new friend, name it, dress it, and take it home with its own birth certificate.
Whether you’re in search of a restaurant near you, seafood restaurants, quaint café, Indian restaurants, family-friendly restaurants, Italian restaurants or fine dining, you’ll find Seattle Southside ready to serve.
Go ahead, stay an extra night.
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