Toddler Activities in Sequim
Disclosure – I’m originally from Sequim. Therefore I have a host of insider sources, namely my large and wonderful family. Even though I haven’t lived at home in many years we still go visit at least once a year.
As my daughter is 3 now our trips always include an element of planning activities for her. Our Sequim trip becomes mostly kid focused and I wanted to share a list of kid friendly places to explore and visit on your next trip.
If you were thinking that Sequim was only lavender farms think again. While the lavender farms are beautiful and worth the trip, there are so many wonderful family friendly places to see and things to do while you’re on the Olympic Peninsula. If you’re curious about how we take our homeschooling with us while we travel check out this post here.
Dungeness Valley Creamery
I would say one of the highlights of our trip was our visit to the Dungeness Valley Creamery. We actually got to see a calf being born, which was admittedly amazing and kind of gross at the same time. My daughter wasn’t very impressed but I thought it was simply amazing. She did however fall in love with the calves that are outside for petting.
Nash’s Farm Store
Around the corner from the creamery is a year round farmers market. At Nash’s Farm Store let your kiddo play in the Montessori style play area. Your little can pretend to shop, make a meal and play with the age appropriate toys. Relax and enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee and explore their extensive cookbook lending library for ideas.
Sequim Farmer’s Market
Who doesn’t love a good farmer’s market? If there’s one thing that Sequim knows how to do well, it’s outdoor markets and festivals! If you happen to be visiting Sequim on a Saturday, I highly recommend making time for the farmer’s market.
Wondering how to keep your toddler entertained while you’re strolling? Download this Farmer’s Market Scavenger Hunt. Since my daughter is now 3 and understands the idea of completing things, I’ve started offering her a $5 prize to spend at the Farmer’s Market. After she completes all of the squares, she gets to choose what she wants to spend it on.
I love that she is getting a chance to interact with the artisans and farmers who create her food and products.
Seasonally, if you are visiting during a festival, there is a wonderful variety of activities. My 2 favorite’s are the Lavender Festival and the Irrigation Festival complete with parade. Alternatively, if you visit during October, make sure that you visit the Pumpkin Patch hosted by Sunny Farms, just outside of town.
Olympic Game Farm
If you haven’t ever had the chance to get buffalo slobber on your car you are missing out. Head out to the Game Farm for a self drive tour through the buffalo field and around some enclosures of retired bear actors. Make sure that you buy a loaf or two of bread at the entry gate. For a piece of bread they’ll give you a wave. Say hello to the zebra and multiple other animals that stroll around in here daily.
Railroad Bridge Park
Looking for some outdoor time? If not, you should be. The Dungeness Valley is stunning! Visit the Dungeness River Center and then head for a stroll along the Olympic Discovery Park Trail. Your kid’s are sure to love running across the old Railroad Bridge Trestle. Then head down to do some rock skipping or splashing on the river. Note, building rock dams is detrimental to the fish that swim that river. Have fun playing in the river, but don’t leave any rock dams in place.
I organized her 3 year old photo shoot while we were there. If you’re looking for a few tips on how to organize your own photo shoot, look here.
Other Outdoor Areas to Explore
While the Olympic Peninsula has a practically endless variety of outdoor options for anyone wanting to get outdoors, there are some beautiful areas in Sequim and it’s surrounding area.
For simple park fun, we always choose Carrie Blake Park. Aside from the 2 extensive play structures, there are walking paths, bridges, ducks and more. While you’re down at that end of town, stop into Adagio Bean and Tea Leaf across main street. Stroll through the park with a cup of something warm, it might possibly be the best coffee you’ve ever had.
We love going to the beach. Throw away your ideas of surf boards and bikini’s. Beach time in the Pacific Northwest consist of seaweed combing, searching for seashells, scrambling over logs and running in the sand. Only the brave souls jump the waves at any time outside of summer. The water is brisk. Our favorite and most easily accessible place to visit the beach is at Port Williams. While the beach is actually at the Marlyn Nelson County Park, you’ll find most locals refer to it as Port Williams.
With a parking and picnic area directly at the beach, and only a 10 min drive from downtown Sequim, Port Williams is the most easily accessible public beach in the area. If you are looking for a list of other day use parks in the county, check here with Clallam County Parks.
The other most notable beach area to explore is the Dungeness Lighthouse. While the actual hike takes at least 5 hours, possibly more with small children, the hike down to the beach is only about 15 minutes.
Sequim Eats and Treats
Want to take home a unique outfit or toy? We love the Dungeness Kids Boutique on Main Street. While you’re there, make sure you slide into That Takes The Cake to pick out one of their ultimate cupcakes. For fun and unique gifts and souvenirs, we always stop by Forage Gifts at the end of the block or Over the Fence across the street. While you’re on that side of the street, slide into Jose’s for some DELICIOUS tacos and a local beer.
Speaking of food, I always make time for us to stop at The Oak Table Cafe. Multiple times during our trip if possible. We swing into the Black Bear Diner for breakfast and feast on the larger than life portions. Generally buying a lavender filled bear while we’re there because they are just so adorable. Choosing one nice evening dinner, we almost always choose Double Eagle at the 7 Cedars Golf Course. It is one of the few places I’ll pay for seafood when I know I can make it at home.
They have a kid friendly menu available, so don’t be afraid to bring the kiddo’s with you, and the Koi in the pond in front of the Casino are always a big hit.
So, there you have it. A few of our favorite kid friendly activities for a weekend in Sequim, WA.