By Lara Alexander
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Stay warm! Children’s indoor play spaces in or near Edmonds…
Only 4:30 p.m. and dark already? Take comfort in knowing that the winter solstice this week brought us the darkest day of the year, which means it will only get lighter from here! Drizzly days and dark afternoons makes it challenging to find places for the kids to run free in the winter. But take heart: If you are willing to drive for a few minutes, there are quite a few places near Edmonds to bring the kids for active fun.
Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace
The Recreation Pavilion boasts both a large indoor playground and an award-winning, 88-degree swimming pool. The indoor playground provides a safe and warm space for toddlers and preschoolers to run and climb during winter months. The drop-in play fee is $3.50 for non-Mountlake Terrace residents. The indoor play space schedule is as follows:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:30-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 3-7:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30-11 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 3-7:45 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30-11am, and 3-8 p.m. for private rentals
Saturdays: 8 to 12:30 p.m., and 1-7 p.m. for private rentals
Sundays: 9-12:30 p.m., and 1-7 p.m, for private rentals
The pool is also a great choice for playtime during the winter. Mountlake Terrace has won numerous awards over the last few years for its excellent programs. The pool is a comfortable 88 degrees and has a shallow children’s area with fun fountains, a river current loop and lap lanes. The holiday schedule for next week includes a $2 “happy hour” Monday through Friday from 3-4 p.m. Check the full schedule on the website or call 425-776-9173.
Funtasia Family Fun Park, 7212 220th St. S.W., Edmonds
Funtasia is a seven-acre indoor carnival center that can keep a child busy for hours. Many of their offerings are geared toward older children – batting cages, bumper cars, miniature golf and go karts – although they also have a Playland area for younger children with a ball pit, slides and tubes to crawl around in. Parents are free, and socks are required. Children must be under 56 inches tall to play in Playland and the cost is $5.50 per child. Through winter break, Funtasia will be open at 10 a.m. daily. Call 425-774-4263 for full schedule.
Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park
Third Place Commons in the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre provides a food court, performance stage, bookstore and a calendar of community events to keep the family entertained. The Commons is managed as a nonprofit organization and is led by a board of directors representing the city, the arts, seniors, business, schools, library, health care and Lake Forest Park residents. Over 1,200 events are held each year in this community space.
Watch their website for a full list of book events, performances and play times for little ones. They even offer events for the hardest set to entertain – teens! Every first Tuesday of the month, young teen readers are invited to share pizza and books from 4-5 p.m. Every third Tuesday of the month, teen writers share their work from 4-5 p.m., both sponsored by the Friends of Lake Forest Park Library.
Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, Third Place Commons
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park,
At the junction of Bothell Way Northeast and Ballinger Way Northeast
Pump It Up, Highway 99 and 180th Street Southwest in Lynnwood
Pump It Up, the indoors inflatable play space in Lynnwood, offers drop in play for pre-kindergarteners. Every Tuesday through Thursday, children ages 6 and under are invited from 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. for bouncing, sliding and climbing on their giant, soft, interactive inflatables during Pop-In Playtime. Sounds great for a mid-morning activity — and perfect prep for a great afternoon nap!
Cost is $6.50 per child and $4.50 per additional sibling. Socks and a signed waiver are required. Parents play for free and are required to accompany their child. No reservations needed. Call for more details about drop in play or private parties: 425- 774-2297.
Whirlyball, 23401 Highway 99 in Edmonds
WhirlyBall is a hybrid team sport, a combination of basketball, hockey and bumper cars. Playing on a 4,000-square-foot indoor court, players swirl around the court with a “Jai-Alai- style plastic scoop in one hand and the car’s steering crank in the other hand. Team members work together to get a softball-sized Whiffle ball into the basketball hoop on opposite ends of the court.
To play, you must be at least 8 years old. Gather a group of friends (10 or more is recommended) and make your reservation for court time. Those who are pregnant, have cardiac disease, or neck and back problems are restricted from play. Call 425-672-3332 for reservations and pricing.
Edmonds mom Lara Alexander keeps busy chasing after a toddler, growing and cooking good food, and writing about it all. You can find more of her writing on her blog at www.food-soil-thread.com. If you have Edmonds-specific family activities for possible inclusion in Lara’s column, email them to [email protected]