Kent offers plenty of family-friendly activities, along with easy access to loads of other Pacific Northwest family adventures. Come for a day to play, or stay the weekend. Here are a few adventures in and around Kent.
Get next to nature
Bike the Kent Valley Loop Trails. The trail system offers several distinct routes and links to Kent parks and downtown. Have the kids pick a trail named for their favorite creature: Heron, Rabbit, Frog, Salmon or the 13-mile Eagle loop-the full-meal deal. The mostly flat, paved trail features public art and views of Mount Rainier.
Hike with the animals
Hike with the animals. Soos Creek Trail is a great place to watch for river otters, herons, eagles and more wildlife. The trail travels six miles through woods, wetlands and meadows and is great to trek by bike on or foot.
Pick a park
Take a spin on the ice (and a whole lot more) at Kent Valley Ice Centre. This family-fun spot has something for everyone-figure skating, ice hockey, batting cages and mini golf.
Bowl them over!
Come have a ball and bowl them over with a good time at Kent Bowl. Reserve a lane for fun with family and friends.
Go full throttle
Go full throttle at Pacific Grand Prix Motorsports Park. This go-kart-racing paradise will feed your need for speed. Ages 15 and up.
Swing in to the golf course
Swing in to Riverbend Golf Course for a round of family fun or a group lesson. The public facility features a championship 18-hole course, driving range and mini golf.
Be a fan
Ice skating at Kent Valley Ice Centre in Kent, Washington
Check out the art scene
Take an art walk. Kent Third Thursday Art Walk features local artists, live music and kids’ art activities. Be sure to stroll through historic downtown Kent on your own and have the kids find the public art displays-from murals to an oversized mama penguin and her chick.
Create at a class
Discover local art
Stroll the Centennial Center Art Gallery to see local art and rotating exhibits. The annual Kent Summer Art Exhibit features dozens of works by Washington state artists.
Spend the day in Seattle. Kent is close to some of the region’s most popular spots, which makes it an ideal place to stay to explore and discover the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Space Needle and Museum of Flight are family favorites. The Sound Transit center at Kent Station and nearby Link light rail stations make it easy to get there.
Take a day trip
Hang with the horses
Hang with the horsey set. Located just next door to Kent, Emerald Downs Racetrack offers up family fun April through September.
Downtown Seattle is just a short drive from Kent, Washington
These are just some of the family-fun adventures waiting for you.
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