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Kids and Families Guide to Pike Place Market

Kids and Families Guide to Pike Place Market

Posted July 1, 2016

Spend a day exploring the Market with your family and make lifelong memories! With an abundance of things to see, taste and experience throughout the 9-acre historic district it can be difficult to know where to start. We've selected some family favorites that your kids are sure to love.

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1. This Little Piggy

Say hi to Rachel the Piggy Bank, the bronze sculpture by artist Georgia Gerber, weighing in at 550 lbs! Climb aboard, snap a pic, and drop a coin in to support the Market Foundation.


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2. Famous Flying Fish

"Heyyyyyyahh!" Listen for the cheers coming from Pike Place Fish Market and step right up to watch fishmongers toss huge salmon back-and-forth across the seafood counters.


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3. Handmade With Love

Discover one-of-a-kind creations in the North Arcade crafts market. From cuddly creatures by Careful, It Bites to children's collage art by Kate Endle, you're sure to find something special for kids of all ages.


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4. Collectable Craze

Explore the Lower Levels for five floors of unique shops filled with treasures to take home, like the Miniature Car Dealer, Market Magic & Novelty Shop, Golden Age Collectables and Hands of the World.


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5. Market Oddities

Keep your eyes peeled for some fun and funky attractions throughout the Market's winding alleys and historic buildings. Don't miss the Giant Shoe Museum on Lower Level 4!


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6. Rooftop Oasis

Take a break and gaze across Elliott Bay in the Pike Place Urban Garden, where local residents grow veggies for the food bank and senior center. It's also a great spot for your grab n' go picnic.


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7. Treat Yourself

Taste your way through dozens of bakeries and sweets shops. Indulge in floats at Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream, froyo at Shy Giant, eclairs at Choukette, Greek yogurt at Ellenos, and candy galore at Sweetie's. Photo/Instagram: onthedf


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8. Fun with Quarters

Find vintage games and old-fashioned fun sprinkled around the Market. Have your fortune told by Elvis at the Magic Shop, play pinball at Orange Dracula, or "Ride the Champion" at Shug's. Photo/Instagram: davidbelhu


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9. Behind the Scenes

Gawk as the "Donut Robot" makes mouth-watering minis at Daily Dozen Doughnut Company and get a glimpse into the cheesemaking process through the windows of Beecher's Handmade Cheese.


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10. A Sticky Situation

Awesome or icky? The Gum Wall in Lower Post Alley truly is a sight to behold. In 2015, 20 years worth of gum was cleaned off the walls. The result? 2,350 pounds of old chewing gum! Photo/Instragram: JenKessler


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11. See into the Future

For the first time in 40 years, the Market is growing! The MarketFront (opening 2017) will have more space for farmers and local artisans. Get a birds-eye view of construction from the skybridge.

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