Seattle Kids’ Birthday Party Idea: Riding the Seattle Ducks!

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Looking for a truly unique way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Make like a tourist and Ride the Ducks; it’s a party on wheels… and the water.

Party planning couldn’t be easier; take advantage of the fun-filled options for celebrating your child’s special day at Ride the Ducks. Invite a few of their closest friends and join a regularly scheduled tour, take advantage of the ten percent discount for groups over ten people, or rent out a whole Duck – the possibilities are endless.

For small groups, make reservations online or call 206-441-DUCK up to two months in advance and be sure to include a Wacky Quacker (a duck-bill shaped noisemaker) in your order as an instant party favor.  Snacks are welcome on the Ducks, so grab your kid’s party favorites and bring them along. If you mention that you’re celebrating someone’s birthday, the Captain will recognize your kid and maybe even lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

For a larger group (10+) consider one of these party packages: Lunch on the Lake (includes a box lunch for $29.97 per child under 12) or The Needle Nose Duck (includes a ticket to the Space Needle Observation Deck for $23.18 per child under 12). All groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount – for a really unforgettable birthday extravaganza, charter a Duck for your own private party. A Private Charter is $882 for up to 36 people; call Mikie Coffman at 206-441-4687 or email to make a group reservation and she’ll take care of all the details.

No matter how large or small your party, count on 90 minutes of big fun. Each Duck is piloted by a Captain (all Coast-Guard certified with lots of experience on the water) with a unique name matched only by their unconventional personality. Your party girl or boy will love taking to the high seas with Captain Hope Itfloats and her fabulous purple feather boa, rocking the boat with Captain Helen Wheels and her Barbie drumsticks, or singing a sea shanty with Captain Beau Dayshush – who has a hat and a theme song for every Seattle landmark.

While on the tour, you’ll see many well-known Seattle tourist attractions, including the Space Needle, the Seattle Waterfront, Safeco Field, and the Fremont Troll. Then, just when you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll drive right into Lake Union and spend at least 30 minutes on the water. Bring your digital camera and capture all your party-goers taking their turn as “co-pilot” of the Duck.

For a birthday party your little one won’t soon forget – Ride the Ducks! Quack, Quack!

—Lara Simmons

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