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Family Getaway Checklist: Unforgettable Adventures in Bothell

Before the back-to-school season sweeps in, it’s the perfect time to create lasting memories with your kids in Bothell, Washington. From shopping for school outfits to immersing in the arts or exploring the outdoors, our delightful city offers plenty of activities to enjoy with your kids.


1. Pick out a first-day-of-school outfit

The anticipation of the first day of school is always thrilling for your kids. Kickstart your getaway by taking a short trip to The Seattle Premium Outlets. With a wide range of stores, you and your kids can have a fantastic time picking out that special first-day-of-school outfit that inspires confidence.


2. Find a new book

Encourage the love of reading in your children by visiting the Wanderlust Book Lounge. This cozy independent bookstore offers an extensive selection of books for all ages. Engage your little ones in the magical world of stories and watch as their imaginations take flight within the pages of a book.

Pro tip: Take advantage of the Bothell CARES package and get 15% off a book at this beloved local business.


3. Explore countryside charm

A short trip from the heart of Bothell is the charming Off The Branch Farm & Market. This family-friendly farm provides an opportunity to interact with adorable farm animals, pick fresh fruits and vegetables, and engage with nature.


4. Jump the day away

For an action-packed day of excitement, head to Elevated Sportz Trampoline Park. Bouncing, flipping, and jumping on trampolines will keep your kids entertained for hours. With various attractions like dodgeball courts and foam pits, both kids and parents will love this activity.


5. Take an art class

Nurture your family’s creativity and artistic expression by enrolling in an art class at MAKE Apothecary. This artistic hub offers a diverse range of workshops suitable for all skill levels. From painting and printmaking to crafts and DIY projects, everyone can explore their creative potential and craft beautiful mementos to bring home.


6. Challenge them to a round of board games

Gather your family around the table and enjoy quality time at Zulu’s Board Game Cafe. Choose from a vast collection of board games and let the friendly competition begin. The kid-friendly menu is also packed with fun! From a pile of po-tay-toes to a Maulburger, there is a feast for everyone. 

7. Get out on the lake

Discover Bothell’s stunning natural beauty from a different perspective by renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard from WhatsSup. Paddle along the picturesque waters of Sammamish River and relish in the tranquility of nature.


8. Stop for ice cream

After an action-packed day of fun, treat your family to ice cream made right here in Bothell from the Anderson School Creamery. Stop by McMenamins Tavern on the Square to find all the delicious flavors that will undoubtedly delight kids and adults alike.


9. Watch a murder of crows

Bothell is known for its large population of crows that congregate at the University of Washington’s Bothell campus. It’s an extraordinary sight to behold and an excellent spot to take your kids to watch this unique natural phenomenon at dusk.

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