14 Things You Must Do in Seattle Before Baby Turns One

First smiles. First words. First full night’s sleep… we can dream can’t we? Find out what Seattle firsts your newly minted mini needs to do sometime after her splashy scene entrance and before she smashes some cake at her one-year bash.

PNW baby
photo: Allison Sutcliffe 

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1. Meet the Moose. Babies and baseball. Add a few brews in and an M’s win and it sounds like the makings of a great spring day. Don’t forget to hit the Moose Den with your newly minted M’s fan to snap a keepsake pic with the Mariner Moose. Mission complete!

Girl and mom at Mariners game

photo: Jolene Hufty

2. Tiptoe through the tulips. A trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a must-visit for baby’s first spring. That colorful sea of tulips? Best backdrop ever for post-worthy baby pics. Plus, your sidekick can’t get super muddy… yet!

baby boy and tulip festival seattle

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

3. Dip toes in Puget Sound. All it takes is one gloriously sunny summer day for you and your little squirt to cross this one off the list. No suits needed!

baby boy by the sea

photo: Angela Barton

4. See a kindie rock concert. When you’re born in the land of Hendrix, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, rock ‘n’ roll is part of your heritage. Acquaint baby with his or her roots at a Kid’s Rock Series concert at the Mount Baker Club. Start ‘em young!


photo: Kindiependent website

5. Climb a mountain. Hold on baby, because this one’s really for your parents. Strap on your little bundle, then start your ascent up Little Si. It’s the perfect sized hike for your petit!

Family hiking 4 boys

photo: Sarah Lenssen

6. Wade in the water. Nothing beats those gleeful giggles and silly splashes of kiddos hanging at the International Fountain. Whether you escort your almost-walker into the deluge or watch with him in utter fascination from the sidelines, this is one that shouldn’t be missed.

Baby and mom at International Fountain Seattle

photo: Jen Morris

7. Take the plunge. Prepare your little mariner for a life by the sea with some swimming lessons. We’ve got the scoop on the best lessons in the area for those under 12 months.

Baby and mom at pool Seattle

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

8. Stretch your limits. You and your newly minted mini can strike your best “baby poses” together at yoga. We love the baby class at Limber Yoga and 8 Limbs Yoga’s post-natal class which will leave you and your wee one feeling fine.

Limber yoga mommy and me class

photo: Limber Yoga’s website

9. Make new friends. You’re never too young to network! Expand your tiny socialite’s circle at a fabulous parenting group. Both of you can make friends, find support and share your best diaper blowout stories among your parenting tribe.


photo: PEPS Program Facebook page

10. Take in a flick. Bring your future film buff to a kid-friendly matinee on a rainy Seattle day. Because that sweet window, where the wee one sleeps while you watch, only stays open for so long. Catch the latest blockbuster during Mommy and Me times at the Cinemark Lincoln Square in Bellevue while you can!


11. Meet some animals. Old MacDonald and his animal friends are all the rage in your little bundle’s world. That’s why the Woodland Park Zoo’s Walkin’ and Rollin’ class made our list. Your mini me gets to hang with the biggest “stars” in town, while you bond with other parents over sleepless nights and diaper duty.

mom and baby at Seattle Zoo

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

12. Make music at the symphony. Put attending a Tiny Tots concert at the Seattle Symphony on baby’s list of memorable, must-do firsts. Linda and Lisa bring music to life, even for the tiniest audience members.


photo: Tracey Marshall Photography

13. Take a ferry ride. Before she turns one, your little eco baby needs to take her first ride on Seattle’s most unique form of public transportation. It’s all about the journey with this one!

Baby and sisters riding ferry

photo: Elizabeth LaFever

14. Follow the lead. Check out other cool Seattle families and compare notes. These favorite PNW ‘gramers will help lead the way!

Marge Jacobsen

photo: @margejacobsen

What’s on your Seattle baby’s bucket list? Spill in the Comments below!

— Allison Sutcliffe


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