Date Your Kids in Downtown Edmonds
School’s about to be out for suhhhmuhhh! And that means your kids probably have a lot of extra time on their hands. Whether you do, too, it’s time to consider a few fun ways you can connect in the city you love so much.
Show them your favorite places, take them out to lunch, treat them to something frosty, or make a beach day extra special. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be full of fun ideas after reading all the ways you can show extra love to your kids this sunny season. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be focusing on the kids who still live in your house through high school or so, but it should absolutely be noted that these date ideas can apply to kids of all ages—including you.
Now, let’s get into it!
Oasis Tea Zone
Date Them Over Drinks
Who said going out to drinks was reserved for grownups? Certainly not us. Kids love to feel a part of it all, so take them to one of your all-ages stomping grounds. Whether it’s for a steamer or Italian Soda at your go-to coffee shop or boba at Oasis Tea Zone, your half-pints will relish any opportunity to cheers with their favorite adults. Plus, you can always take your treats to go and experience together one of the most tried and true Edmonds kind of date activities: a long walk on the beach.
Happy hour or sunset stroll more your style? Many downtown haunts offer virgin drink options.
Glazed & Amazed
Get Your Shop On
Now that you’re properly fueled, hold hands as you do laps around your favorite kid-friendly shops like Teri’s Toybox. Ask them questions about what they love and encourage them to use their imagination. Pro tip: If you’re not in the market to buy new things, offer to take a picture of it for the next gifting event. This tactic usually works…until it doesn’t.
For those of you with higher patience and/or longer attention spans, consider making a painting appointment at Glazed & Amazed. The littles can pick their piece and spend quality time with you chattering and creating simultaneously. Plus, you’ll both walk away with a tangible memory of your time together.
Similarly, your burgeoning builders will get a big kick out of Edmonds Hobby Shop & Model Machinist Center, which is bursting with model plane, trains, and automobiles, all ready for their new home.
Little Bipsy Store
Strolling with a little fashionistas? They’ll perk up when you tell them they can pick out their own new suit at Little Bipsy for your forthcoming trip to the Hazel Miller Spray Park (open Memorial Day through Labor Day) at Edmonds City Park.
More Park Play
The long-awaited reopening of Civic Park is just around the corner. Pencil in your date for June 23 or later (and if you’re reading this after June 23, 2023, even better!) so you can enjoy all this eight-acre downtown haven has to offer: art installments, sports courts, the Hazel Miller Pollinator Meadow, Sprague Promenade, Mika’s Inclusive Playground, an athletic field, a shade pavilion restroom, a petanque grove, and more.
Top Off A Great Date With…
We could be those people and make a pun about screaming for ice cream, but one of the hottest kid spots downtown isn’t ice cream per se. It’s froyo! Minis love to build their own desserts at Revelations Yogurt on Main and, honestly? So do we. Sit outside and watch people—and pups—pass. Continue to chat the day away, or lean back and take a beat to soak it all in. You’ve enjoyed a day for the memory books. (And, if they are screaming for ice cream, grab a scoop or two from Waterfront Coffee Company or a soft serve from Moto Pizza.)
If you’d prefer to sit down in a fancy booth, consider the rotating dessert options at Fire & The Feast right across the street from RevYo. And, if you’re reading this deep into summer vacation, it’s highly likely you’ll have the option of a few scoops of Molly Moon’s while bopping to whatever live band is playing in the plaza at Main Street Commons.
In Edmonds, the date options are always expanding, and are relatively endless! No need to stress sweat if your head is full of all the possibilities—come up with a calendar cadence to do them all. We promise you and your favorite kiddos will be talking about these dates for years to come.
Taking your kids on a hot date and open to a third wheel? Take us with you—virtually. Tag @edmondsdowntown in your social media posts and we’ll share our favorite photos on our stories.
By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert