by Kate Calamusa
STROLLER ALONG & SHOP HOP
The top of Queen Anne provides a walk-and-shop tour that’s short enough for little legs to keep up. Starting at the intersection of Queen Anne Avenue North and West Boston Street, head first into Blue Highway Games (see below). Filled with rare and unique games, the shop also offers snacks and playing tables, should you want to sit and play awhile. Take a quick detour across the street to Queen Anne Dispatch (2212 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-286-1024) to check out its selection of shoes, accessories, and precious baby clothes.
From there head south, where the delights come one after the other. Queen Anne Book Company (1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.; 206-284-2427) is everything a neighborhood bookshop should be, staffed by friendly clerks and featuring the sweetest of children’s book sections. One more block brings you to Once Upon a Time (1622 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-284-7260), a beloved children’s clothing and toy store that even offers classes like toddler yoga. And still one more block will bring you just rewards at the end of your exploration: the hearty, satisfying portions of all-American fare at the 5Spot.
You can also satisfy the family sweet teeth on Queen Anne. Chocolopolis (1527 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-282-0776) melts up one of the richest cups of hot cocoa around. (Choose any chocolate bar in the store to be made into your treat.) In a red house replete with a sweet garden patio, Le Rêve Bakery &Café (1805 Queen Anne Ave. N, Suite 100; 206-623-7383) offers amazing twice-baked chocolate croissants and fruit tarts to enjoy. Next door, El Diablo Coffee Co. (see below) serves Cuban coffee and food.
Most likely you’ve seen a photo snapped at Kerry Park (211 W. Highland Dr.; 206-684-4075), which is tucked somewhat obscurely into a quiet QueenAnne neighborhood. Once you find it, you’ll be awestruck by the impressive view of the Space Needle, the downtown skyline, and Elliott Bay. Take a family photo, then head down the flight of stairs to Bayview-Kinnear Park (3rd Ave. W and W. Prospect St.; 206-684-4075), where the kids can run wild by making their way across the climbing wall or sliding down slides tucked into the hillside.
Blue Highway Games
2203 Queen Anne Ave.
AGES 3–5 AGES 6–9 AGES 10–14
Tucked atop Queen Anne Hill, Blue Highway Games is devoted to board games and card games, with an extensive collection of both the rare and mainstream. With tables to try out new games, plus snacks and drinks for sale (and adults-only beer and-board game nights), this charming little shop encourages gamers to stay awhile.
El Diablo Coffee Co.
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N, Suite 101
This charming coffeehouse, next door to the kid-friendly Queen Anne Book Company, specializes in Cuban coffee, offering up intense cubanos, cortaditos, and cafés con leche for the adults, plus several kinds of hot chocolate (the cinnamon-spiced Mexican variety is a favorite) and a sweet toy corner for the cuties.
*(c)2017 by Kate Calamusa. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Seattle Family Adventures by permission of Sasquatch Books.