Here’s a tip on one of the best-kept secrets in the Seattle area: Kelsey Creek Farm. Located right next to the I-90 and I-405 interchange, just 10 miles from downtown Seattle, is a delightful working farm that has existed in Bellevue since the 1930s. [Driving Directions]

Kid Friendly Seattle: A Visit to Kelsey Creek Farm

When you arrive at Kelsey Creek Farm, it feels like you’ve stepped into the country — even though downtown Bellevue is just down the road. It’s so quiet and peaceful up there, with green rolling hills and plenty of animals to visit. Once you’re done checking out the horses, sheep, chickens, bunnies, goats and pigs, you can stop by the playground and picnic tables for lunch. It’s rarely crowded, even when groups are there, and you can get right up close to all your furry friends. My boys loved being face to face with a sheep!

Kid Friendly Seattle: A Visit to Kelsey Creek Farm - Face to face with Kelsey Creek sheep

The farm animals are out every day from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and you don’t need to make a reservation or pay an entrance fee to visit. The playground is open from dawn to dusk.

If you’d like to hear more about the farm’s history or interact with the animals, you can schedule a group tour. Right now, it’s Springtime on the Farm — you can visit the newest baby animals, learn about their care and feeding, and even plant some seeds. They’ve got other programs throughout the year including Pioneer Days, wool carding, and animal fact classes. Check out the Kelsey Creek Farm Tours page for more info.

Kid Friendly Seattle: A Visit to Kelsey Creek Farm - Tractor at Kelsey Creek Farm

Kelsey Creek Farm also offers farm classes, birthday parties, and day camps. Or, if you have just a few hours to spare, do what we did and drive over for a quick afternoon visit. You’ll feel like you left the hustle and bustle of the city and leave feeling relaxed. Perfect for those long summer days that are right around the corner!

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