Rainy Day Family Fun Around Bellingham

 

Whatcom County sees plenty of rainy days, no doubt about it. But isn’t that a fair trade for our (mostly) moderate weather during most of the year?

This Midwestern transplant sure thinks so.

When I arrived in Bellingham from Iowa in 1996 and spent a blissful first winter without a single ice storm wreaking havoc on my social life (not to mention my car), I hoped to never leave.

When I then enjoyed a picture-postcard-perfect first summer with nary a 100-percent humidity day while everywhere else sweltered, I knew I’d do whatever it took to stay put for good.

Drizzle is just a fact of life for those of us lucky enough to call Whatcom County home. And it doesn’t have to put a damper on kid-friendly fun. Here are some rainy day options to help run the kiddos ragged, keep a smile on their faces (and yours), and let them while away the time until the sun peeks through the clouds again.

Jump Around Fun Zone

My daughter wanted – no, needed – to have her fifth birthday party at Jump Around Fun Zone. And every pint-sized attendee had a blast.

jump-around-fun-zone1With a giant, open room full of bouncy houses and blow-up slides, Jump Around Fun Zone offers a safe, clean, fun space for kids up to 10 years old and under five feet tall.

An added bonus? Free wifi lets mom or dad keep an eye on their children while also getting some work done.

Jump Around Fun Zone

www.jumparoundfunzone.com

4600 Guide Meridian

Bellingham, WA 98226

360.647.JUMP

Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Lynden Pioneer Museum

My kids have finally fallen for the Laura Ingalls Wilder books I loved so much in my youth. I can’t wait to take them to the Lynden Pioneer Museum.

A small storefront inside the museum’s front door opens into a wonderful time machine chock full of artifacts from our area’s pioneer days and forward, including a 1950s soda fountain.

Visitors can stroll an early-twentieth century small town main street and study exhibits on early settlers and American Indian cultures that are educational, yes, but also fascinating and just plain fun to experience.

Lynden Pioneer Museum

www.lyndenpioneermuseum.com

217 Front Street

Lynden, WA 98264

360.354.3675

Hours:

Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Whatcom Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery (FIG)

The Family Interactive Gallery – or FIG – at Whatcom Museum is a vibrant, hands-on wonderland for little ones, with a variety of intriguing spaces fit for children of all ages.

Over a dozen different activity stations offer a wide range of learning-through-play experiences. Smaller children can pretend to plant (and harvest) a garden, while older children can create their own movie at the stop-motion photography exhibit. And they can all make a delightful racket in an exhibit offering musical instruments, a cacophony of sounds, and colorful lights galore.

FIG-whatcom-museumFamily Interactive Gallery at Whatcom Museum

www.whatcommuseum.org/fig-intro

250 Flora Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

360.778.8930

Hours:

Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

20th Century Bowl

Who doesn’t love to bowl? And with the help of bumpers and bowling ball “ramps,” even the smallest preschoolers can get in on the fun.   20th Century Bowl offers a clean, fun, colorful space – in a 16-lane building built over 50 years ago – that was remodeled just a few years ago.

20th-century-bowl20th Century Bowl

www.20thcenturybowl.com

1411 North State Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

360.734.5250

Hours:

Monday, 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (leagues between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (leagues between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (leagues between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.)

Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

Perch and Play

Perch and Play is pure delight. A huge, open play space divided into two distinct age-appropriate areas, both of which contained by a low wall and gated entry, so even the littlest ones can’t slip away and get into any mischief.

This 1,200-square-foot indoor playground is monitored by staff and includes a large play structure with monkey bars, slides, fireman poles and other fun-to-explore nooks and crannies, as well as a fantastical two-story playhouse. And all of which is easily viewed by parents who can sit in the “Parent’s Perch” and enjoy lunch or coffee (and free wifi) while keeping an eye on the fun below.

A separate area for younger guests – adorably dubbed “the pea patch” – includes soft toys for toddlers and plenty to engage any young ones who might be overwhelmed by the larger play area.

perch-and-playPerch and Play

www.perchandplay.com

1707 North State Street

Bellingham, WA 98226

360.393.4925

Hours:

Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Inside Pitch

There’s not much my nine-year-old son likes more than a chance to hit Inside Pitch and spend some time in their batting cages.

Rent a tunnel by the half-hour or hour and have a mini-practice – hitting off a single-feed pitching machine, taking grounders, pitching – or simply play catch with a friend.

inside-pitch1Inside Pitch

www.insidepitchbellingham.com

1750 Moore Street

Bellingham, WA 98229

360.647.1600

Hours:

Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

VITAL Climbing Gym

Sure, you’ll likely be envious of how effortlessly your kids climb the walls compared to you at VITAL Climbing Gym, but don’t let that keep you from trying out Bellingham’s newest climbing facility.

Opened in 2013, the space is cavernous, beautifully designed and – most importantly – fully decked out and with a friendly, knowledgeable staff that can help get even the beginning climber bouldering safely in no time.

VITAL Climbing Gym

www.vitalclimbinggym.com

1421 North State Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

360.399.6248

Hours:

Monday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

trampoline-zone1Trampoline Zone

The entire family can get a workout at the Trampoline Zone. My kids love to go on “Two For Tuesday,” but anytime at the Trampoline Zone is a great time to burn off excess energy and have a blast while doing so.

Trampoline Zone

www.trampolinezone.net

4201 Meridian Street, Suite 107

Bellingham WA 98226

360.255.0722

Hours:

Monday through Thursday, noon to 8:00 p.m.

Friday: noon to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: noon to 8:00 p.m.

Rainy Day Play at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Looking for a completely free way to spend a couple rainy hours inside four walls that aren’t your own? Our Savior’s Lutheran Church holds a free Rainy Day Play every third Wednesday of the month, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for newborns and children up through five years old. Parents and guardians must stay for drop-in play, where all can enjoy the church’s large, (warm and dry!) carpeted space.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

www.oursavioursbham.org

1781 Harris Avenue

Bellingham, WA 98225

360.733.6749

 

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