To me, February is the longest month. Perhaps it’s because my birthday is the beginning of March, and as a child, the days seemed to drag. Perhaps because, here in Seattle, February tends to be one long stretch of gray and rainy days. Whatever the cause, looking to break up this last full month of winter with some fun ways to get out, by staying in.
For an enjoyable afternoon with kids big and small, check out the Seattle waterfront. Starting at the north end, start your day at the Seattle Aquarium. A brand new baby sea otter was born January 14, and is unbearably cute and fluffy. Besides the big draw of a cute baby for your baby, they have a couple large touch tanks, the underwater dome, and octopus feedings daily.
Next, head a few piers south to Miner’s Landing at Pier 57. At the end of the pier find an indoor carousel. This is the same place that was featured on Extreme Makeover-Home Edition, and is a joy for kids of all ages, and at $1.50 a ride, feel free to go ’round a couple times.
Finish your afternoon at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Full of tourist-friendly merchandise and curiosities from around the world, including Northwest Native art, Sylvester the Mummy, a two-headed calf, and “real” shrunken heads.
Stop anywhere along the way for a lunch or snack, as restaurants line the piers from start to end. If the weather breaks, pack a picnic to eat at Pier 58, between Miner’s Landing and the Seattle Aquarium.