Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Indoor fun for a rainy day


I’m all for getting outside but there are some days when I’m just not up for piling on all the gear to stand in the rain and be cold.

With some of our go-to indoor options still closed I went back through my “It’s icky out” list and worked on updating it. Some of the ideas below are already in my Fall Fun for Families post but I’ve since discovered several new ones and organized them by age, including a list that works for all ages.

Notes:
  • Kudos and gratitude to all the businesses that have continued to pivot while keeping the safety of our kiddos in mind. I haven’t had a chance to contact everyone listed so some info is from websites only or things I've heard from friends.
  • Things seem to be always changing so double check before going.
  • The lists below are a mix of classes and open/flexible times with varying costs.
  • Have a fall/winter birthday? Many of these places are hosting parties too.
Have a favorite idea not listed here? Let me know via my contact page. My hope is to keep updating it to create a resource list for all of us.

Babies
  • FIT4MOM (Classes)Added 4/6/22
    Fitness program for moms. Variety of classes/programs.
  • Limber Yoga (Classes)
    7901 35th Ave SW 2nd floor
    Prenatal, Limber Babies (Newborn-18 months) and Toddler Yoga Play (1-4 years).
  • Music Together @ Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (Classes)
    9131 California Ave SW
    All ages class (0-5 years).
  • Poppy Flower Yoga (Classes/Kits)Added 11/18/21
    Classes: Poppie Seeds (Infant-14 months), Baby Poppies (14 months-3 years), Blooming Poppies (3-5 years) and Elementary (K-5).
    Yoga in a Box kit: 10 activities that kids ages 3-11 can do independently or with little grown-up help. Each activity has detailed instructions and focuses on breathing, mindfulness, meditation, yoga poses and a family yoga game. 
  • The Little Gym of West Seattle (Classes/Parties)
    7025 California Ave SW
    Classes (Ages 4 months to 12 years) and birthday parties but no drop-in events. Winter Camps will be running the week of Christmas and New Years with days/times TBD.
Preschool
  • Movement
    • Combat Arts Academy (Classes) Added 12/1/21
      5050 Delridge Way SW (Also has a location in Burien)
      Martial Arts for a variety of ages. See website for more info.
    • Limber Yoga (Classes)
      7901 35th Ave SW 2nd floor
      Prenatal, Limber Babies (Newborn-18 months) and Toddler Yoga Play (1-4 years).
    • Outer Space Seattle (Classes/Parties)
      2820 Alki Ave SW #2
      No open play times yet but you can book a private party on the weekend. Also offers preschool and after-school care during the week. Email for more info.
    • Poppy Flower Yoga (Classes/Kits)Added 11/18/21
      Classes: Poppie Seeds (Infant-14 months), Baby Poppies (14 months-3 years), Blooming Poppies (3-5 years) and Elementary (K-5).
      Yoga in a Box kit: 10 activities that kids ages 3-11 can do independently or with little grown-up help. Each activity has detailed instructions and focuses on breathing, mindfulness, meditation, yoga poses and a family yoga game. 
    • Seattle Parks and Rec—Community Centers (Classes)
      Variety of classes (in-person and online) for different ages being offered at Delridge, Hiawatha and High Point. Most of the fall ones have already started but you can call or check the website for future ones. For more info check out their Fall brochure or search via the website
    • Seattle Wushu Center (Classes) Added 12/1/21
      5423 California Ave. SW Seattle, WA 98136
      Martial Arts classes for a variety of ages. See website for details. 
    • Take a ferry ride.
      A favorite adventure any time of year but especially on a cold and rainy weekend. We would ride one of the boats from Fauntleroy round trip. See my Ferry Adventures post for more info.
    • The Little Gym of West Seattle (Classes/Parties)
      7025 California Ave SW
      Classes (Ages 4 months to 12 years) and birthday parties but no drop-in events. Winter Camps will be running the week of Christmas and New Years with days/times TBD.
    • VivaArts (Classes/Open gym)
      4421 Fauntleroy Way SW
      Lots of classes and open gym times.
      PreK Tumblers (2-4 years) and PreK Capoeira (3-4 years) are on hold until January but you can pre-register without payment.
  • Art
    • Curious Kidstuff (Classes)—Added 6/9/22
      4740 California Ave SW
      Art room is back open! Looks like there are a variety of classes on Mondays and Fridays. $12/child, each day.
  • Music
Kindergarten-5th grade
  • Movement
    • Combat Arts Academy (Classes) Added 12/1/21
      5050 Delridge Way SW (Also has a location in Burien)
      Martial Arts for a variety of ages. See website for more info.
    • Outer Space Seattle (Classes/Parties)
      2820 Alki Ave SW #2
      No open play times yet but you can book a private party on the weekend. Also offers preschool and after-school care during the week. Email for more info.
    • Poppy Flower Yoga(Classes/Kits)Added 11/18/21
      Classes: Poppie Seeds (Infant-14 months), Baby Poppies (14 months-3 years), Blooming Poppies (3-5 years) and Elementary (K-5).
      Yoga in a Box kit: 10 activities that kids ages 3-11 can do independently or with little grown-up help. Each activity has detailed instructions and focuses on breathing, mindfulness, meditation, yoga poses and a family yoga game. 
    • Seattle Parks and Rec—Community Centers (Classes)
      Variety of classes (in-person and online) for different ages being offered at Delridge, Hiawatha and High Point. Most of the fall ones have already started but you can call or check the website for future ones. For more info check out their Fall brochure or search via the website
    • Seattle Wushu Center (Classes) Added 12/1/21
      5423 California Ave. SW Seattle, WA 98136
      Martial Arts classes for a variety of ages. See website for details. 
    • Take a ferry ride.
      A favorite adventure any time of year but especially on a cold and rainy weekend. We would ride one of the boats from Fauntleroy round trip. See my Ferry Adventures post for more info.
    • The Little Gym of West Seattle (Classes/Parties)
      7025 California Ave SW
      Classes (Ages 4 months to 12 years) and birthday parties but no drop-in events. Winter Camps will be running the week of Christmas and New Years with days/times TBD.
    • VivaArts (Classes)
      4421 Fauntleroy Way SW
      Classes—Kids Capoeira (5-7 years and mixed ages 5-11 years). 
  • Art
    • West Seattle Art Nest (Classes/Parties)
      No drop-in times currently but hosting birthday parties, after-school art classes and special small events. All operations are still outdoors but winterized with plenty of ventilation and heating. For more info email—hello@westseattleartnest.com
  • Music
    • Mode Music (Classes)
      Offering private music lessons at their for-profit music school, Mode Music Studios, but group classes have been put on hold. However, come January they will be offering drama clubs for all ages, ukulele, and art classes through their nonprofit, Mode Music and Performing Arts.
    • School of Rock (Classes)
      4701 41st Ave SW #120
      Website lists programs and lessons for a variety of ages. Contact for more info. 
  • Sports
    • West Seattle ReignSports
      Website list a variety of basketball and volleyball programs. Ages Kindergarten to High School. Contact for more info.
    • West Seattle YMCA
      Website lists some programs but contact for more info. 
    • Youth Basketball at local community centers
      Registration starts Nov 16th but locations not yet listed. Range of ages. Practices start in January, games run February-April. Cost: $100. 
      For more info and registration, visit the Seattle Parks & Rec website.
    Tween/Teen
    • Hanging out (See more choices in "All Ages" too.)
      • The Escape Artist (Open times/parties)
        4517 California Ave SW, Suite B
        Offers several different escape rooms. Great choice for families with tweens & teens or just teens by themselves. 
    • Movement
      • Combat Arts Academy (Classes) Added 12/1/21
        5050 Delridge Way SW (Also has a location in Burien)
        Martial Arts for a variety of ages. See website for more info.
      • Seattle Parks and Rec—Community Centers (Classes)
        Variety of classes (in-person and online) for different ages being offered at Delridge, Hiawatha and High Point. Most of the fall ones have already started but you call or check the website for future ones. For more info check out their Fall brochure or search via the website
      • Seattle Wushu Center (Classes) Added 12/1/21
        5423 California Ave. SW Seattle, WA 98136
        Martial Arts classes for a variety of ages. See website for details. 
      • VivaArts (Classes)
        4421 Fauntleroy Way SW
        Classes—Teen/Adult Capoeira, variety of levels.
    • Music
      • Mode Music (Classes)
        Offering private music lessons at their for-profit music school, Mode Music Studios, but group classes have been put on hold. However, come January they will be offering drama clubs for all ages, ukulele, and art classes through their nonprofit, Mode Music and Performing Arts.
      • School of Rock (Classes)
        4701 41st Ave SW #120
        Website lists programs and lessons for a variety of ages. Contact for more info. 
    • Sports
      • West Seattle ReignSports
        Website list a variety of basketball and volleyball programs. Ages Kindergarten to High School. Contact for more info.
      • West Seattle YMCA
        Website lists some programs but contact for more info. 
      • Youth Basketball at local community centers
        Registration starts Nov 16th but locations are not yet listed. Range of ages. Practices start in January, games run February-April. Cost: $100. 
        For more info and registration, visit the Seattle Parks & Rec website.
    • Theater
      • TeenTix (Update 11/10/21)
        This organization offers a chance for teens (13-19 years old) to experience the arts with $5 day-of-show tickets to several venues, including ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery here in West Seattle. Visit their website for more information.
      • Westside Drama—West Seattle High School (Update 11/10/21)
        Fall production of The 39 Steps is being offered both in-person and virtually. November 11,12, 13 and 17, 18, 19 at 7:30PM. See the website for more info and to purchase tickets.

      • Crazytown at Seattle Lutheran High School (Update 11/10/21)
        November 12 & 13 at 7:30PM. Visit website for more info.
    All Ages
    Here’s a list that works for all ages. Especially helpful if you need an activity for multiple kiddos of different ages.
    • Movement
      • Go bowling at WS Bowl.
        4505 39th Ave SW
        For more info visit their website
      • Rollerskate at Southgate Roller Rink.
        9646 17th Ave SW
        Bring your own skates or rent in-house. For more info and skate times visit their website
      • Swim at SW Pool.
        2801 SW Thistle Street
        As of now there are three public swims listed for fall (Tuesday & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 and Saturdays, 1:30-2:30PM) but I would double check before going since things are constantly changing. Visit their website for details and schedule. 
      • Take a ferry ride.
        A favorite adventure any time of year but especially on a cold and rainy weekend. We would ride one of the boats from Fauntleroy round trip. See my Ferry Adventures post for more info.
    • Hanging out
      • Play a new game.
        We have two local gaming shops (one on the north end and one on the south end) where you can try out and buy games, attend an event and have a bite to eat.
        • Meeples Games
          3727 California Ave SW, Suite 2B
          Visiting their website for more info. 
        • The Missing Piece
          9456 35th Ave SW
          Visit their website for more info. 
      • See a movie at the Admiral Theater.
        2343 California Ave SW
        Visit their website to see what’s playing.
      • See a play put on by a local high school.
      • Stock up on books.
        All four local libraries are now open for browsing. You can also visit one of our two local bookshops or snag one at a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. See my Summer Reading post  for location details.
      • Visit a museum.
        • Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
          4705 West Marginal Way SW
          I wrote about this and several other places nearby in a previous post—Exploring the Duwamish.
        • Log House Museum
          3003 61st Ave SW
          Haven't been here in a long time so putting it on our rainy day list. There’s also a walking tour I’m curious about on their website as well. Visit their website for details.