By Kate Calamusa


Pick a theme for your walk—urban safari or pastoral park—by either perusing the shops on Madison or sauntering through the 8.3-acre park (more on that option below). Start your shop hop at the adorable Red Wagon Toys (see below), where the Dutch front door is just the beginning of its charms; those include a dress-up corner and an extensive collection of kids’ books. Next door, the Original Children’s Shop (4216 E. Madison St.; 206-328-7121) has been offering sweet children’s clothing, plus haircuts from its in-house salon, since 1993. This block is also home to Martha E.Harris Flowers & Gifts (4218 E. Madison St.; 206-568-0347) and kitchen store Cookin’ (4224 E. Madison St.; 206-328-2665).

Pick up a mid-tour snack at Madison Park Bakery (4214 E. Madison St.; 206-322-3238), where kids will be hard-pressed to choose between the colorful frosted sugar cookies or its famous bacon maple bars. For a more substantial snack, either head to the Independent Pizzeria (4235 E. Madison St.; 206-860-6110) for a wood-fired pie, or munch on some chips and guacamole on the (heated!) patio at Cactus (4220 E. Madison St.; 206-324-4140).

The aforementioned Madison Park (4201 E. Madison St.; 206-684-4075) features grassy fields suited to pickup ball games as well as a 400-foot beach lawn that is mobbed with beachgoers on sunny days. There are also three separate play zones within the playground to suit playground pros of any age.

Red Wagon Toys
4218 E. Madison St.
AGES 3–5 AGES 6–9

This sweet, imaginative shop is a dream, replete with a dress-up corner (furnished with duds for both guys and gals), a staggering number of books, and a charming Dutch-style front door. The store’s decor
and toy selection change along with the seasons, so there is seemingly always something new to explore.

*(c)2017 by Kate Calamusa. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Seattle Family Adventures by permission of Sasquatch Books. 

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