EXPLORE: Belltown

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It might seem like ages ago that you and your Sig O shared a late night show or two at the Crocodile, but if you’ve crossed Belltown off your must-see list, thinking it’s more for the single or kid-free crowd, think again. With a bevy of kid-friendly eateries and tempting toy stores, we think you’ll be in for a full parking-meter’s worth of fun.

Rain or shine, start with a stroll along Myrtle Edwards Park‘s waterfront paths– bring a trike or two if you dare. You’ll end up at adjacent Olympic Sculpture Park, where you can view contemporary sculpture pieces, and tons of plants indigenous to our Pacific Northwest for free.

Head a few blocks to the Belltown P-Patch (2516 Elliott Avenue) and teach Little One about one of many urban gardening opportunities provided through the City of Seattle P-Patch program.

Next, share a mouth-watering apple turnover (and grab some caffeine to keep up with the tot) at Macrina Bakery, and head on over to Schmancy Toys. This downtown Seattle mecca for those on a mission to seek out quirky toys has a slew of collectibles and even original art work for the grown-ups. Want to go beyond the basics for an original birthday gift? You can’t go wrong with a Zombee Toastee–made exclusively for Schmancy. Save time to savor asian fare at The Noodle Ranch (2228 2nd Avenue) or pop next door to Mama’s Mexican Kitchen — their funky decor, fast service and kid-friendly fare will leave you feeling satisfied and ready for naptime.

–Matina Fresenius