Visiting a local library might not be on the top of things to do with kids in your itinerary. But for us, it seems we can’t resist a little break during a busy traveling day to a peaceful and quiet environment in the library like this one in Bangkok.
During our summer trip to Seattle, surprisingly one of the recommended place to visit with kids in Seattle is the Seattle Central Library. Fortunately, we stayed at the Hotel Monaco Seattle which is right across the street from the library. So I knew that we would have a chance to visit this cool looking library!
The Seattle Central Library is not only architectural pleasing and wonderful but also huge. With 11 floors, underground parking and large Children’s section on the first floor, it’s by far one of the best public library we have visited.
With the combination of smart interior design for sustainable and energy efficient building, the glass panel wall with metal grid provided plenty of light inside and yet visually pleasing at the same time. It makes us feel like we were in an art museum instead of the public library.
The use of bright color like eye popping yellow or keylime green offers the playful mood that we don’t typically feel when we step into a library. It almost like an invitation to just hang around and enjoy books at your own leisure time. The ride on the escalator made me feel like we stepped into the future.
But what captivated us the most has to be the Faye G. Allen Children’s Center. The colorful interior with story time area, children’s play area, a family restroom, boys’ and girls’ restrooms, and an area for parking strollers is no doubt a place where kids can let their imagination run wild.
We would probably stay for a whole day there if we didn’t have a meeting with our friends. There are various events and things to do inside the library that you can take advantage of even if you are a visitor like story time for children, library free tour, or enjoy public arts that are displayed throughout the library.
Also with free wifi and coffee shop, this is a perfect spot for a quick catchup from the road.
Seattle has many things to offer for family vacation and the Seattle Public Central Library is definitely one of the best place to visit with kids in Seattle. Plus with no admission fee, it’s the best bargain for family travel!
Do you have favorite library that you have visited in the past?
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