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Seattle Municipal Archives
Volunteer Park wading pool in the 1930s.
If you're planning to chase your kids around watering holes for the rest of August,

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Four Kid-Friendly Lunch Spots Near Wading Pools

vol park wading.jpg
Seattle Municipal Archives
Volunteer Park wading pool in the 1930s.
If you're planning to chase your kids around watering holes for the rest of August, it's likely you'll work up an appetite for more than ice cream truck rocket pops. There are over two dozen parks with water elements in the city limits. Thankfully, a few are ridiculously close to very good lunch spots.

Ballard

A blessing and curse of living in Seattle is that, while fresh food is bountiful, if you want to eat at restaurants using real, quality ingredients, it's going to cost more. The newish Ballard Pizza Company from Ethan Stowell's Grubb Brothers Productions is a welcome exception to the rule, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed. A short walk from the splash pad at Ballard Commons Park, Ballard Pizza Co. lines out pre-made pies for a few bucks per wide slice. On a recent trip, one pizza covered with broccoli and whole roasted garlic cloves sat next to a meatier option topped with tiny seasoned rounds of pepperoni and a simple sauce and cheese pie. For a few dollars more, order the chickpea, sweet raisin, and celery salad.

Lower Queen Anne

While you've got a lot of lunch options at the new Seattle Center Armory near the kid-adored International Fountain, it's hard to go wrong at Pie. On a typical day, the list of savory options includes warm, individual-sized pastries stuffed with mac and cheese and peas, aloo palak, and classic chicken with veggies. There's ice cream from Full Tilt, too.

Capitol Hill

Cal Anderson Park in the middle of Capitol Hill has a slew of water features, including a wading pool and a cone-shaped fountain that are at times filled with equal portions of adults and kids. It's across the street from the excellent Cure, but unless your kid has a palate for take out featuring salty meats and rare cheeses it's best to head south a few blocks to the Other Coast Café on Pike St. With sandwiches thicker than the length of most adolescent hands, the Other Coast is what Subway would dream to be if it knew any better, with fresher shredded lettuce, juicier tomatoes, and better meats shaved in house. Gravity works against sandwiches piled high with roast beef or turkey. Grab extra napkins.

West Seattle

One of the best parts of the well-trodden wading pool at Hiawatha Community Center on California Ave. is that it's so damn close to The Swinery. One part deli, another part restaurant, fine Painted Hills beef burgers, BLTs, and other meat-centric sandwiches are made to be split, especially if you're under 12. It's not cheap, but it's worth it.

Check websites for hours and closing dates, some wading pools end their season in mid-August.

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