My kiddo will be almost 2 when West rolls around. I know I won't take him to PAX proper (other than maybe looking at some cool statues in the lobbies, etc), but is there stuff for wee little ones to do around downtown Seattle?
We may just leave him home with his auntie, but I'm pondering bringing him along and my husband and I taking turns hanging out with the little one while the other does PAX.
I'm sure he'd love the aquarium, but... what else?
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Other swap places I can think of: as zwitterion mentioned - the zoo, Alki Beach, a fun ride on the water taxi or walk on a larger ferry over to Vashon, or head to the Seattle Center: the EMP museum or the Children's museum (you could ride the monorail over there).
My kids have been PAX kids for life, we used to do all those events above in same way you mention (camps or swap plan) and now they come along and enjoy PAX itself as much as I do (if not more).
HUGS from wife and me!!!! LOL
Science Center, Aquarium, maybe one of the argosy tours
My 2 year old likes parts of the Aquarium but is, for some reason, deathly afraid of the wave pool by the entrance. YMMV. He loves the Zoo much more, but it's not walkable from Pax. Weekends can be packed.
There are a ton of beaches and playgrounds all around Seattle. I live north in Shoreline, so most of the ones I know are there, but places like Carkeek Park and Green Lake have great playground toys and nice places to walk/hike and have water access. My son loves places like Richmond Beach, where he can throw rocks in the water and look for crabs.
There's tons of stuff for a 2 year old to do, but probably not walkable from Pax.
Last year, Geekmom and Geekdad joined together for a panel--something I hope they do again this year! They gave a lot of age appropriate suggestions on how to get your kids into games and doing some stuff as a family.
Good luck and have fun!
I saw that panel. It was really good.