10 Secret Holiday Adventures for your Kids

Christmas at Pike Place Market

It’s the holidays which means it's time to shake off the gloomy weather, get your kids out of the house, and go find some cheer. We went on the hunt to discover all of the lesser-known things to do around Seattle with kids during the holiday season. Check out our list.

1. Gingerbread House Party at Farm Kitchen – This quaint event space in Poulsbo, WA is a wonderful place. They host gingerbread-decorating parties through the entire month of December with lots of icing and candies to make your house delicious and unique ($35 a piece, max 3 people per party). We recommend making a day of it. You can visit the Point No Point Lighthouse, beach walk, and eat some crepes at J’aime Les Crepes.

2. Holiday Shows – There is a ridiculous amount of holiday themed shows around Seattle that would be a perfect afternoon or evening out with your kiddos. A few of our favorites this holiday season include: A Charlie Brown Christmas at Taproot Theater, A Christmas Carol at ACT Theater, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Seattle Children’s Theater, The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Dance Fremont!, and Holiday Hooray! at the Seattle Symphony.

3. Burn a Yule Log at Golden Gardens – This is a great suggestion from our friend (and Parent Map contributor) Jen Kakutani. Every year on the winter solstice, you can burn a yule log and talk with your kids about things to let go from this year and then think about the things you want to attract for the new year. Golden Gardens is a great place to start this tradition! Just grab bring your Yule Logs and have a seat around one of their many fire pits (first come, first serve).

4. The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach – There are plenty of holiday festivals around the Seattle area, but we love The Lights of Christmas in Stanwood, WA. They have the largest light display in the entire PNW along with a nightly festival featuring carolers, shopping, treats, and live performances.

5. Hot chocolate at Chocolopolis – Part retail store, part café, this is the place to take the family to try some amazing drinking chocolate. They have different flavors to choose from (dark, milk, Mexican, peanut butter) and you can either drink it there or buy a canister to take home. They also have treats and truffles in all varieties, which would make excellent gifts.

6. Volunteer your time - The holidays are a great time to teach your kids about giving to those in need. We especially love donating and working at local food banks. Check out opportunities to get involved at Northwest Harvest, Food Lifeline, and the Pike Place Market Food Bank.

7. Santa Brunch at Icon Grill – There are so many places to see Santa around Seattle, but we love that you can get some grub AND see Santa at Icon Grill. They hosts brunch with Santa many times throughout December (Santa arrives at 10am and doesn't leave until 1pm). They also have a cookie decorating class with the head chef! 

8. Carriage Horse RidingSealth Horse Carriages have been operating in downtown Seattle since 1979! You can find them around Pike Place Market, Westlake Center, and the Space Needle and you can give them a call at 206-313-0722 to make a reservation. Is there anything more classic during the holidays than a horse drawn carriage ride?

9. Art Classes – Why not get the kids involved in making holiday cards or gifts this year? Curious Kid Stuff offers drop in classes for kids of all ages on Mondays and Fridays and uses a variety of different materials. If you have an older child who wants a bit more of a challenge, Paper Delights has both watercolor and calligraphy classes to choose from.

10. Tubing at Snoqualmie Pass – So maybe your family isn’t a bunch of skiers, you can still enjoy the mountain! Tubing is a blast and a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some snow. The cost ranges from $20 - $24 depending on age and time of day (If your child is 0-5, it’s only $5!) and includes professional grade tubes to use (you cannot bring your own tube). The hill has 12 lanes and 60ft vertical drop. Wheeeeeee!

Your Complete Guide to Halloween in Seattle

waynes world costumes

Halloween. The beginning of the holiday season. We here at Rain or Shine love Halloween. We dress up in ridiculous costumes, get stares on public transportation, and eat way too much candy corn (what is that stuff anyways? sugar and corn starch? probably going to kill us one day...). And we do it all for nothing other than a good time.

Halloween in Seattle is always a bit of a risk because of that pesky thing we all know and love so much here, rain. Face paint doesn't do so well in the rain. Elaborate hair-dos don't either. But when has the rain ever stopped us? We are Seattleites and we WILL do Halloween right. Check out our list to find all the things you need to have a spook-tacular week (yep, we just said spook-tacular and we aren't ashamed at all)! 

Costume shops

Display and Costume 

Display and Costume is home to all of your party planning needs, but they really go all out at Halloween time. The store is filled with already-made costumes including a wide selection of masks, wigs, outfits, and accessories. On top of all that they also have everything for the do-it-yourselfer, the store is filled with all sorts of items to create your perfect look including fabric, sequins, buttons, felt and much, much more.

Value Village 

Everyone's favorite thrift store stocks their shelves with ready to wear costumes every October. We love all their cute, little accessories (like witches hats, silly glasses, and colored hair spray!), but it's also the perfect place to find cheap, used clothing to fulfill costume needs. 

Arnie's Vintage Costumers 

Arnie's is going to be the place where you can get REAL costumes. We're not talking about the pre-packaged, cheap stuff from other stores. These babies are elaborate and beautiful and will 100% win you all the costume awards (I mean, maybe, no promises). You rent costumes here vs. buying and it's the place to shop if you want orante costumes from wild west wear to pirates and wenches to wizards. Our personal pick is Dweedle Dum. Please send us photos immediately.

Create your own Halloween masks at MOHAI

If you want something truly unique you have to create your own! For all you creative artists out there, MOHAI is hosting a mask making workshop the Saturday before Halloween. 


Campout Cinema: Carrie

Watch this epic screening of Carrie at the EMP on Friday, October 28. There will be trivia, giveaways, and drink specials (everyone must be 21+). 

This is Halloween at the Triple Door 

See a scandalous rendition of The Nightmare Before Christmas at The Triple Door. Our favorite dancers at the Can Can will be performing the spooky and sexy show. 

Creepy Crawly Cocktails

Burke Museum at UW is hosting a night where you can look at bats and snakes (don't worry they aren't alive) and drink specialty cocktails. They didn't have us convinced until we read the cocktail creation: Westland Distillery American Single Malt Whiskey, black walnut bitters, orgeat syrup and lime juice. 

7th Annual ER Costume Crawl

This costume party is put on by some seriously players in Seattle. Vito's, Hotel Sorrento, and the Hideout team up to throw the hottest party in town. Plus if your costume rocks you could win $500.00. 

For the kiddos

Trick or Treat at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market has a ton of stalls that participate in trick-or-treat. Walk around from stall to stall getting to know your local farmers and artists. Oh, and don't miss Orange Dracula, which is the hub of the event, in the lower level with it's photo booth (perfect for capturing those awesome costumes), and Dracula pinball machine! 

University Village Trick or Treat

U-Village goes all out for their trick or treat event. Parents and kids will enjoy it, plus it's safe and some stores even have sales! Mom, we recommend making Dad do a few rounds alone! 

Pumpkin Patches

The Farm at Swan Lake

The Farm is one of the most popular pumpkin patches in the area and for good reason. They literally have it all and they don't half ass anything. 50-acre pumpkin patch, a 12 acre corn maze, and a pick your own apple orchard make it a great day full of good, wholesome, fall fun.

Fall City Farms

Fall City Farms is simply put, a-freaking-dorable. Seriously this place is right out of a fairy tale and is great for photos and as well as all the traditional pumpkin patch-ing activites!