Super Mario’s Tukwila Roots

One of the most recognized video game characters of all time got his start in one of the most unlikely of places. Mario, the famous plumber turned princess-saving superhero, is a direct descendant of a local Tukwila tradesman turned tradesman and real estate developer.

Mario A. Segale was born in Seattle on April 30th, 1934. He grew up on the southside, where he attended Highline High School, and eventually started his own construction business after purchasing a single dump truck. A clever businessman, Mario made a name for himself by growing his initial investment into a construction and real estate empire. While building his fortune in the early 1980s, Mario made another key investment that would eventually shape his legacy in ways he never could have imagined.  

A small start-up video game company in Seattle trying to break into the growing market rented space from Mario. The story goes, employees of the company (called Nintendo of America) were struggling to come up with a name for a certain plumber-themed character featured in their now classic video game, Donkey Kong. After many failed attempts to capture his likeness, the creators finally noticed the physical resemblance between their little 8-bit superhero and the landlord collecting the month’s rent. “Mario” stuck and history was made. Although the real Mario never really leaned into his connection to the widely successful video game franchise, he did once jokingly mock the creators for not offering any royalties. 

Years later, Hollywood is adapting the story of this little plumber from Tukwila enlisting the help of another Seattle area local, Chris Pratt. Releasing on April 5th, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a star-studded affair that’s already garnered massive hype. 

And what better way to celebrate this pivotal moment in Mario’s history than by watching the movie at Westfield Southcenter’s AMC in the very city where the story first began? Not only that, but Tukwila’s video game culture is still going strong.

After catching the film, continue the celebration at one of our many gaming centers, including:

Legacy Gaming

This local arcade gaming lounge hosts a variety of top-of-the-line gaming experiences. Play your favorites on traditional consoles like Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC, or step into the next generation with virtual reality gaming. You can also turn back time and play some of your favorite classics like Mario, Pong, and thousands of other foundational games. 


Dimension XR

Gaming has changed immensely since Mario first popped onto the scene and the thrill of exploring virtual worlds has only gotten more intense. At Dimension XR, experience the next evolution of gaming and get a glimpse of what the future has in store through dynamic virtual reality gameplay.


Sykart Indoor Racing

And of course, celebrating Mario wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to one of the character’s most iconic spinoffs: Mario Kart. Although banana peels are not allowed, Tukwila’s own Sykart is the closest thing to bringing the high-powered action of Mario Kart to life. Gather your friends, dress as your favorite character, and step on it.


March Book Talks at Barnes and Noble

Barnes & Noble Southcenter welcomes investor and feminist Tori Dunlap to bring you financial knowledges and help you reach your first $100k, so mark your calendars for this special book signing event.

March Book Talks At Barnes and Noble

Barnes & Noble Southcenter welcomes two prolific authors to their store this month. Local writers Robin Jeffrey and Bryan Asher will land you in the hearts of some of their most exciting sci-fi mysteries. Mark your calendars for these special book signing events. 

10 Things To Do in Tukwila in the Rain


Oh right, rain. 

After what felt like an eternity with that giant mass of fire in the sky, the rain has once again returned to its rightful realm: the Pacific Northwest. And what makes this place so special is how unbothered everyone is by a little water. Simply put, it’s all a matter of perspective. If you fight the rain, you only fight yourself. Accept the rain and you free yourself to enjoy all the amazing things this region has to offer. 

Buuuuuuut, if you really just don’t want to deal with it all, then we have a few recommendations on where to spend a nice rainy PNW day right here in Tukwila. So go ahead, check out our Top 10 Rainy Day Activities in Tukwila!


Escape in a Game Room

Does the rain have you wanting to escape to a new reality? Maybe one where you’re not stuck inside seeing daylight rainy skies move into dark rainy skies at 4pm? Then stop by Tukwila’s premier gaming destinations—Dimension XR and Legacy Gaming—and get transported to a new dimension filled with adventure where anything and everything is possible.


Get a Thrill at iFly

Feeling couped up inside? We have the perfect place for you: iFly. The indoor skydiving craze has taken over the country, and now you can try it for yourself. Like Superman in training, don the fancy jumpsuit and helmet and then shoot off into the stratosphere* with guidance from one of the skydiving professionals. 

*more like 20 feet, but you can use your imagination.


Fill Your Belly at Spice Bridge

Rain + gray = give me cozy comfort food right now. Duck on into one of Tukwila’s most vibrant displays of world cuisines: Spice Bridge. This global food hall is home to immigrants and refugees who bring with them insane culinary talents. With a rotating selection of food businesses, there’s always a new exciting dish to try. It’s the perfect place to cozy up with a hot meal.


Hit the Lanes at Bowlero

Bowling is an absolute classic rainy-day activity. So, it should come as no surprise that Tukwila has one of the best bowling spots around, Bowlero. What more do you need to know? It’s bowling. You get it. Ball, lane, pins. Done. Now go do it and have a killer time inside not getting wet.


Race at SyKart

There’s a common joke in this area that people don’t know how to drive in the rain even though it’s raining all the time. What that says to me is that more people need to hit the go-kart track for some high-intensity practice. Sykart is the place for all your go-kart needs. Situated right here in Tukwila, it’ll provide the much-needed boost on a gloomy rainy day.


Jump Around at Defy

If you hate jumping in puddles, might we recommend jumping into giant pits filled with foam instead. That’s just the start of the fun at Defy, a trampoline park in Tukwila. Foam pits, trampolines, rock walls, basketball, this list goes on. This one-of-a-kind action park is filled with challenges that are fun for the whole family. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t feel the FOAMO. Visit Defy today!


Watch a Movie at AMC Southcenter

When it looks like Waterworld outside, it’s best to stay inside and watch a movie… like Waterworld. Research studies show that the best place to watch new movies is in a movie theater, and I definitely didn’t just make that up. Regardless, Tukwila is home to AMC Southcenter, featuring Dolby Cinema and IMAX theaters. Escape the rain and immerse yourself in a story far far away.


Stay Active at Mayweather Boxing

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t still stay active. Train like the champion you are at Mayweather Boxing and Fitness. The studio offers four different styles of classes throughout the week formulated with the perfect combination of boxing, strength, and cardo conditioning. Get drenched in sweat, not rain.


Visit a Meadery

Breweries are everywhere in the Seattle area. But only a few special places have meaderies. And situated right here in Tukwila is one of the best around, Oppegaard Meadery. Warm your belly and your spirits in this Viking-clad tasting room.


Go on a Hike

Okay, you got us. This activity won’t protect you from the rain. In fact, it puts you directly in its path. BUT, hear us out. Taking a walk or run along the Green River Trail or at the Duwamish Hill Preserve in the rain is a really unique activity that many won’t experience. So, if you work up the courage, grab that rain jacket, lace up those boots, and just lean into it.


As you can see, Tukwila is filled with all kinds of activities that make a rainy day actually something you will look forward to. So next time the clouds roll in and the rain starts falling, just make your way over to Tukwila to help brighten up your day.

Until then, head on over to our Activities and Events pages to stay up to date on all the exciting things going on in our city.


Photos with Santa at Southcenter

It’s happening, whether you’re ready for it or not. The lights are going up and the music is taking over because the holidays are finally here! And what better way to celebrate than getting a photo with the big guy himself, Ol’ St. Nick. 

Gather the family and bring them to Westfield Southcenter for a very merry photo opp with Santa starting November 17th. But this isn’t just your average Santa photo. Guests are encouraged to get creative with a variety of special photo events to help support local causes, including:

Santa Paws Pet Nights (12/5, 12/12, 12/19, from 4pm – 7pm)
Bring your pet along for a photo with Santa and help us collect donations on behalf of The Humane Society.

Pajama Party (Every Tuesday, all day)
Wear your coziest holiday pjs for your photo with Santa and help us support St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. 

Ugly Sweater Days (Every Thursday, all day)
Make it the most ugly time of year by wearing your ugliest holiday sweater for your photo with Santa. 

Walk-ups are allowed, but space is limited. So be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time here.

Where: Westfield Southcenter
When: November 17th – December 24th (except Nov. 24th)
Time: 11am – 7pm



Easter Bunny Photos at Westfield Southcenter

Everyone’s favorite 6ft tall anthropomorphized egg-laying mammal is back in Tukwila! Hop on down to the Macy’s in Westfield Southcenter for a special photo op with the one and only Easter Bunny from April 1st through Saturday, April 16. Featuring a totally redesigned set, this photo experience is the perfect way to kick off Spring with the whole family! 

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Walk-up visits may be available as space permits.

Santa at Westfield Southcenter

It’s that time of year again and Santa is visiting Tukwila at Westfield Southcenter to take merry pics with kids and families. Walk-up visits are available as space permits, but pre-booking is recommended.

📅 Date: Now – December 24th

📍 Location: Westfield Southcenter, Level 1 at Macy’s Court

✔️ Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience, masks are required for all guests ages 2+.

This year includes a few special event days and themes!

Sensory Santa: December 5, 9:30AM-10:30AM

  • All families with children with autism and other special needs can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa, in a more subdued and calm environment. Sensory-friendly Santa events are free and keepsake photo packages will be available for purchase. Reserve spot and RSVP here.

Santa Paws: December 6 and 13 from 4PM-8PM

  • Dogs love Santa too! Guests are invited to bring their pup for a visit and festive photo app with Santa. Reservations are encouraged, and pups will be treated with a special holiday goodie.

Holiday PJ Day: December 13, 10AM-8PM

  • Wear your favorite Holiday PJs for your Santa pics!

Ugly Sweater Day: December 17, 10AM-8PM

  • Wear that amazing ugly sweater you’ve been waiting all year to break out.


Westfield Southcenter Job Fair

Westfield Southcenter retailers are hiring! Over 35 shops and restaurants are hiring for a broad range of full and part-time positions – from sales associates, to store managers, baristas, kitchen staff, and more. Dust off your resume and connect with hiring managers in person at the Westfield Southcenter Job Fair on Saturday, September 25, from 11am – 3pm inside Macy’s Court.

For questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]