Madrona

Welcome to the Peaceable Kingdom, a neighborhood loaded with more family-friendly amenities than you can shake a Maclaren stroller at. Here, the heart of the kid zone is the small but nicely accessorized Madrona Park, with an excellent playground that includes zones for both small and smaller kids, enough grass to run around on and kick a soccer ball, and a basketball court for the bigger kids. A charming field house with a fireplace is available for birthday parties, and smack across the street is Cupcake Royale, where parents can grab a double tall and kids can find some of the city’s finest sugar bombs. But the neighborhood infrastructure offers even more for kids, including the very family-friendly Madrona Eatery and Ale House, where toddlers can run around a play area kitted out with toys while mom and dad sip a cool one. The family-supportive vibe extends to cyberspace, where the 1,400-member Madrona Mom list--"an informal, fun-loving community group" that aims "to make Madrona feel like a small town"--helps bind neighborhood families with everything from tips on fun activities to good deals on baby gear and a zillion other topics in between.

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