So let’s be honest, most of us really enjoy Seattle in the winter because we’re not buried in snow and below freezing temperatures like so many other parts of the country.  But we could all do with a bit more warmth and definitely sunshine on the endlessly wet and grey and chilly days.  This is the perfect season to plan ahead for activities that allow you to stay warm, be merry, and every so often venture out in the non-snowy streets for great views!  Here’s our family list below.

Kerry Park – Crisp clear wintry skies are some of the best times to visit this Seattle landmark and take in the beautiful view!

Super Bowl Party – Sunday, February 2, 2014. I don’t care if we host one or attend one, I just want to be somewhere with loved ones watching the big game and eating the goodies.

Free Museum Thursdays – A large majority of Seattle museums have free admission to anyone on the first Thursdays of the month.  Having a baby doesn’t mean we can’t get out and visit quiet places like museums, in fact many people recommend going to as many as possible before baby is more mobile and tactile.  List of museums with free admission times/dates is here

Go Bowling – We’ve got gift cards from my in-laws and bowling is a great way to stay warm in the Seattle winter.

Theo’s Chocolate Tour – Eating chocolate causes your brain to release endorphins making you feel happier.  Touring Theo’s Chocolate Factory in Ballard and learning all about the science behind their process as well as their organic, fair trade, fair for life certified products is a great way to feel happy when the skies are grey around us.  A one hour tour with samples is just $6, a truly sweet deal.

Redhook Ale Brewery Tour – One of the child friendly brewery tours in our area, and what kid isn’t fascinated by factories and how things are made.  Tours are one hour and only $1. This feels like a winter can’t miss activity.

Jet City Improv – Sometimes new parents need to force themselves out of the house and away from baby even just for a few hours to resume their adult life and go on a date.  With Jet City Improv, you don’t need much forcing.  A few hours of uncontrolled laughter, giggles, and chuckles as the team goes through improvised sketches with the audience’s opinion is exactly what the doctor ordered for new parents or anyone.  $12-15 a ticket at

Volunteer Park Conservatory – Trying to stay warm in the grey and chill? Volunteer Park Conservatory is always free (with donations going to support the conservatory) and always warm during visitors hours.  Open 10am-4pm any day but Monday; check their calendar for more details at