What might my family do while I’m riding?

Traveling with your family? Children will love Puget Sound.

There are lots of neat things for your spouse or your child’s caregiver to do with children in the area. We are happy to have children watch while their attention span allows. They can play here if they are horse-sensible, exploring our fields with a parent or caregiver, playing in the outdoor arena, and (time permitting and Mary Anne being around) we’re happy to give them a short pony ride. Off site, there are parks, hiking, museums and indoor play spaces too.

Day hikes

On  days when the weather cooperates there are many wonderful places for outdoor play around our area. Beaches, mountains, waterfalls, forests: all within an easy drive. You can take a ferry ride on the Mukilteo ferry and explore Whidbey Island, with lots of fun beaches and craft studios and wineries too. Or, here’s a link to a Parent’s map for day hikes

The Woodland Park Zoo  has outdoor AND indoor places. They offer a giant indoor play area (Zoomazium) with ‘Creature Feature’ every day at 10:30am (puppet story with animal meet & greet) and Shake-Rattle-Roar at 11:30am (musical dance party). Their animals are well cared for, the displays are fascinating, and the grounds are beautiful- it’s interesting for people who love plants as well as the more mobile life forms.

More inside options?

Small children: Roo’s World of Discovery 

All ages: Elevated Sportz: trampoline fun, anyone? Bouncy houses, climbing structures, lots of neat things. About 25 minutes from the barn, in Bothell, which is close to Woodinville.

Sit back for a cuppa while the little ones play… Play Happy Cafe

Imagine Museum in Everett is full of fun indoor activities. There’s no cafe there, so do bring snacks.

Giggle Jungle in Redmond has neat options. Close to Woodinville for people staying there.

In Monroe, about 10 minutes from the barn, is Jump Rattle and Roll, a bouncy house play space.

Looking for a little more “culture?”

Puget Sound also has Seattle, with SAM, our world class art museum, the Jimmy Hendrix Experience Music project, an museum just about exploring music. 

Finally, Click here for a PDF with information on Seattle’s native people, there were many groups of indigenous people living here before the Europeans began to arrive and, although so much has changed, there is still a rich heritage that you may come to know more about while you’re here.