Schools Out? Don’t Panic!

We are in the final weeks of the school year. Don’t panic! There is still time! Just because the kids are out of school doesn’t mean parents don’t have to get things done. As we all know, summer camps are a great way to get the kids out, meet new people, and reduce the amount of screen time. They also give parents a minute to do, well… all of the things we need to do on our mounting lists. Right now — if you’re like me you’re just trying to get through the last few weeks of crazy with all of the end of year activities.  So summer camp may be just an after thought….until NOW… there is still plenty of  time to find a great camp in your community!!

Where do I look? 

The Puget Sound area offers a variety of great camps for all ages, check out 6crickets to see what camps are in your community.

How cool would an indoor ski camp in Bellevue be? What a great way to get the kids ready for the slopes this winter! Sign the kiddos up for Nature Camp Sessions and allow them to deepen their understanding of the environment and its inhabitants through games, exploration, hands-on activities, stories and art. This program is offered at Madrona Park, The Valley School, Hamlin Park, Cascade K-8 Community School, Soundview School, or Brookside Elementary School.

Parentmap is another great resource for camps in your area. You can search by key word, location, day camps, classes, or overnight camps and by category. With so many great options this makes it really simple to find the perfect fit for your kiddos.

Kiddie Pool Fun!

If summer camps are not working out or maybe not in the budget, I found some really fun things to do with your kiddie pools… and some of them do not require water! I am not sure what I want to try first… walking the plank or maybe the rainbow soap foam? I would love to know what you decide to try! Check out these fun things to do with kiddie pools.

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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Don’t Forget Dad!

 

Just a head ups, next Sunday,  June 16 is Father’s Day.  And we have your back!  We are dedicated to helping with a few places to go and things to do for the Dad or Dad’s in your life!

Washington Brewers Fest June 14-16 – Marymoor Park in Redmond offers 500 beers from Washington breweries, wine, cider, food trucks, live music, and a kids’ area.  Check out this fun event!

Fenders on Front Street is a great car show in Downtown Issaquah where you can see hundreds of classic cars as you stroll down Front Street.  Don’t miss the “cruise” that starts at 3pm. For more great ideas in your community click here.

NO more tie’s — I don’t really think that’s a thing anymore but we have found some personalized, inexpensive and heart tugging gift ideas too.

Let’s get those little hands dirty! So many fun projects to do with your hands!

How cute is this? If you can’t get your hands on the fancy letters grab the markers and crayons and have the kids draw their own! Get the full tutorial from Make It & Love It. If you have pets have them help with this too, maybe dangle a letter from their collar? Let us know if you try it and how it worked, we would love to see how creative you get!

Click here to check out some other fun ideas!

 

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 2:39 am
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Forget the cart… shop local online

Let’s face it!  You’re busy…heck we’re all busy.  And in the case of shopping — technology is your friend.  I’ve been wishing this new shopping and pick up thing was available for years.  Mostly when my kids were little — who wants to take three kids into a store and roam the isles!  EEK! But I guess better late than never.   Many of us have tried online grocery shopping but it seems there is a new alternative to this.  I can still shop at my  local grocery store then pick it up — it’s all ready and waiting for you in a designated spot in the store.  Even better —  having fresh produce delivered to your front door? There are so many great options for this (see below).   It may take a few times to get your online ordering skills on point but let me tell you, it’s so worth it! Your orders will be saved and the next time you shop you can just click click click on the items you need and love and you’re done. Another bonus —  coupons are more accessible and it’s easier to take advantage of additional savings while shopping this way. With so many local grocers offering this service, whether it is delivery or pick-up, this will save you time and these days, time is money so it is a win win!

https://www.fullcircle.com/

Located in North Bend this is a great option for your produce. Farming organically since 1996 they make it simple to live the good food life and bring the season’s best mix of organic produce and specialty farm products conveniently to your home or office. Each delivery comes with farm news and some fun fresh recipes.

https://www.smithbrothersfarms.com/

Smith Brothers Farms is a local family-owned and operated dairy that has been serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 90 years. They are one of the largest independent dairies in the region, processing and delivering the freshest milk and select Northwest products to more than 50,000 homes every week. And don’t be fooled, they don’t just have milk and eggs, my kiddos love the Alki Bakery Banana Bread and Blazing Bagels.

https://newrootsorganics.com/

Although I have not tried New Roots Organics I love that they are located in Ballard and have been supporting healthy customers and local growers since 1999! Each week a bin of fresh seasonal produce is delivered, you will have the option to customize what you are getting prior to your delivery.  Throughout the year they make it a priority to include locally grown produce 1st, and then when needed to make your bins balanced and complete, they will include citrus, avocados, fresh greens and lettuces , etc. from California, and sometimes Mexico but they will always identify what is grown locally. Let me know what you think if you have tried New Roots Organics, I would love to know.

Check out https://www.fredmeyer.com/ for a location offering pick-up/delivery near you.

A few locations are below:

17667 Ne 76Th St
Redmond, WA 98052

12221 120th Ave NEFred Meye
Kirkland, WA 98034

23475 NE Novelty Hill R
Redmond, WA 98053

2041 148Th Ave Ne
Bellevue, WA 98007

2746 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105

2902 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075

21045 Bothell Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021

 

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 12:13 am
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Celebrate Memorial Day Northwest Style

Let’s face it — we live in a pretty amazing area. There is no need to go elsewhere if you want to enjoy Memorial Day weekend.  It’s seems like the perfect time to stick around and have some LOCAL fun. And as a bonus — this weekend is supposed to be SUPER fabulous as far as being able to get some vitamin D is concerned.   We’ve looked around some of our most favorite communities so you can find the fun — no mater where you live.  Don’t forget to let us know what your favorite events are.  Especially if there is something everyone else should know about.  Post some pictures on IG or FB and be sure to Tag me!!

Northwest Folklife Festival & Kindiependent Showcase

The 48th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival & Kindiependent Showcase is one of the largest folk festivals in the country and fun for the whole family. With hands on activities for the kids, 26 different stages, back to back performances and dancing you will have a hard time choosing what to do first. Oh! and there will be food so make sure you are hungry!

https://www.nwfolklife.org/festival/

Memorial Day Weekend Train Rides

All Aboard! With what looks like a promising weather weekend ahead take a scenic train ride through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley to celebrate Memorial Day. This special 75-minute train ride is in addition to the railroad’s usual weekend train schedule and takes you to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. As a bonus, the Northwest Railway Museum will be offering $5 round-trip train fare Sat.-Mon. to members of the military, including active duty, guard, reserve and retired and their dependent family members, with current military ID.

https://www.trainmuseum.org/

Remlinger Farms

Remlinger Farms is now open on Saturdays and Sundays. Take a ride the half-sized steam train along the Tolt River, pet the farm animals (think: goats, horses, piggies, cows, alpaca, sheep, bunnies, donkeys) or take a pony ride and jump in the hay maze, spin on the mini roller coaster or “fly” on the pumpkins. Plus, go ’round and ’round in the pedal cars and enjoy a day full day of farm fun.

https://remlingerfarms.com/

Memorial Day Weekend Run

Put on your running shoes and bring the family to the Memorial Day Weekend run. You can choose a 5K, 10K or 15K run/walk as well as a 1 mile Memorial mile and there is a Kid’s Dash! The 400-meter Kid’s Dash (for ages 2-10) will start 15 minutes before race time, giving you the perfect chance to run with your kiddo and get warmed up before your race.

Sat., May 25 at 10 a.m. Seattle. $3 to $32. Registration required. Ages 2 & older.

http://magnusonseries.org/

Tankfest Northwest

Get ready for the noise at Tankfest Northwest this Memorial Day Weekend. This family event will showcase military vehicle demonstrations, remote control tanks and a scavenger hunt, plus face painting, a bouncy house and food from some of our region’s top food trucks.

https://flyingheritage.org/Visit/Events/Tankfest-Northwest.aspx

Memorial Day Ceremony

This 3 day event is a great way to teach your kids the importance of Memorial Day. Enjoy this annual ceremony held at The Museum of Flight. The Museum will honor military service with patriotic music from The Boeing Employees Concert Band, followed by a ceremony with local officials and US Military personnel. And! All veterans and active US military personnel will receive free admission with ID.

http://www.museumofflight.org/News/1884/memorial-day-weekend-events-at-the-museum-of-flight

 

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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19 miles of never ending fun – in your backyard

Did you know May is National Bike month? Yes that’s right,  it’s time to dust off the wheels and enjoy those sunny day’s — because we all know, sometimes in Spring they are few and far between.  One of the best places to ride in our area is the Burke Gilman Trail — enjoyed by runners, walkers, bikers, young, and younger.  Extending from Seattle to Kenmore –with MANY amazing spots along the way. Much of the trail is wide and flat with great spots to stop for lunch and views of our beautiful region. With so many access points along the trail you will usually be able to find a good spot to start and will always find a new view.  If you’re really ambitious you can always just ride the whole thing from start to finish, 19 miles in total! This is a great trail for the whole family, you will not be disappointed.

https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/burke-gilman-trail

Miri’s at Golden Gardens
Begin your journey at the sandy beaches of Golden Gardens that lie at one end of the trail. If you don’t pack a lunch Miri’s specializes in local, organic breakfast and lunch goodness. Make sure to try the poffertjes, Tiny Dutch pancakes! Yum! Open Thurs.-Sun. and Mon.-Sun. starting in mid-June.
8498 Seaview Pl. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
360-317-8530
mirisseattle.com

The Lockspot Cafe
The Lockspot is located at the entrance of the Ballard Locks, so if you are hungry or thirsty be sure to stop. From The Café the kiddos will be intrigued as they watch the boats go through the locks. Maybe Mom can actually eat her fish sandwich while it is still hot, one can only hope! With a menu for your little riders, and a beautiful patio, make sure this is marked on your map as a must see.
3005 N.W. 54th St
Seattle, WA 98107
206-789-4865
facebook.com/TheLockspotCafe

Hale’s Ales
Hale’s Ales and the Burke-Gilman share the same corner of the path in Fremont. Order some Mexican food from El Camión and check out the live event at Hale’s, make sure to catch The I Hate Children Children’s Show, a very funny magic show starring… kids!

4301 Leary Way N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
206-782-0737
halesbrewery.com

Recycled Cycles
Whatever you may need bike related Recycled Cycles will have what you need. Have you heard of a Trail-a-Bike? It is hitched to an adults bike and the kiddo gets to pedal along while still safely attached to your bike. With 25 years of dedication and knowledge Recycled Cycles is a great place for all your cycling needs including, air, parts, new and used bikes.
1007 N.E. Boat St
Seattle, WA 98105
206-547-4491
recycledcycles.com

Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club
Switch it up and add some water fun to your cycling journey. Agua Verde rents stand-up paddleboards and kayaks for the whole family. It is also a great place to grab tacos, nachos, and margaritas… Oh my!
1307 NE Boat St
Seattle, WA 98105
206-545-8570 (ext. 2)
aguaverde.com

Great State Burger & Burke Gilman Brewing Company
2 in! Burgers and Beer at 1 stop! Are you tired yet? Grab a burger, fries from Great State Burger and a NW IPA from the recently opened Burke Gilmand Brewing Company, which opened July of 2018. No worries… they are kid and dog friendly.
And if you prefer wine over beer and Burrata Tartin instead a burger try Erickson’s Bistro Shirlee just opened in the same complex. bistroshirlee.com

Great State Burger
3600 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
206-775-8990
greatstateburger.com

Burke Gilman Brewing Company
3626 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
206-268-0220
burkegilmanbrewing.com

 

Where are you going when you hit the Burke Gilman trail?  Any great places to be sure to see, play, restaurants to enjoy?  Let us know!

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 1:23 am
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My Five Favorite Cold Treats on the Eastside

My Five Favorite Cold Treats on the Eastside

Summer and warm weather in our region is always somewhat of a surprise, isn’t it? Just like this week — 80 in May!!?  There have been years where the kids have splashed in Lake Washington on Easter, and there have been years that we’ve all worn coats well into July.  And with June-uary approaching we never know what we’ll get.  Since we don’t know what mother nature has in store for 2019, I thought it’d be great to plan ahead and have your list of hot places for cool summer treats ready to go in advance! Enjoy!

Menchies

With several locations scattered across the Eastside, Menchies is a FROYO place that comes out heads and shoulders above the competition. They’ve built a brand around fun, and have been able to stay on brand with ease. The colors and design of the stores are fun, you’re encouraged to walk your dog to their shops (even if he can’t come inside), and they feature trendy revolving flavors that often capitalize on pop culture. Add as many or as few toppings as you like, they have a whole buffet of options, but you’ll pay by the total weight of your dish. If you go on Fridays after 6 pm, your treat costs $5 no matter how much it weighs.

Molly Moons

The new kid on the block, Molly Moons in Downtown Redmond rarely fails to have a line around the block when the weather is nice. It’s delicious, sure, but the real story is about how the ice cream is made. 90% of ingredients are locally sourced in the PNW, making it a real hometown treat. They donate more than 3,000 scoops of ice cream per year and donate 1% of their profits to food banks. This is a cone that tastes as great as it makes you feel. With regular and revolving “seasonal” flavors, there is always something new to try… and a trusty favorite on tap for if it’s not a hit!

Cold Stone Creamery

Almost as much fun to make as it is to eat, having a Cold Stone is a full adventure. You go to the shop and start by picking your ice cream flavor. Then you pick candies, treats, and sauces that sound good. A sundae artist then uses metal spatulas to blend them into one dreamy mix while you watch. This is done on a frozen marble slab (hence the name) right before your eyes. It’s a place to let creativity run free! There are various locations on the Eastside, but my family prefers the one in Woodinville by the AMC theatre.

Snoqualmie Creamery

Not exactly Eastside, but my conscious wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t mention it. The Snoqualmie creamery isn’t in Snoqualmie either. In fact- you need to go the exact opposite direction to find it. Located on an unassuming hill in Maltby, this is the birthplace of all those gourmet and artesian flavors you can find in your local freezer section at the grocery. The inventiveness of the chefs at Snoqualmie never ceases to blow me away. (Who would ever have thought to create Tennessee Bourbon flavored ice cream?) The kids can also run around the little farm and watch as ice cream is being made. It’s a cozy, inviting family place that can be turned into an educational afternoon, and you’ll never have ice cream so fresh!

Fog Rose Ice Cream

A boutique ice cream joint in Bellevue, this is the hot new contender on the market. Yelp! Is literally blowing up with people singing the praises of this one, and it’s not hard to see why. Targeted at a more mature, sophisticated audience, Fog Rose bills themselves as “a secret that you want to keep.” Made with liquid nitrogen right before your eyes – the ice cream is never preserved. It never sits in a tub in a freezer. It goes directly from the mixer to your mouth. What a concept! Ice cream is served in a beautiful manner, and with an impressive list of upscale toppings.

Honorable mentions go out to Baskin Robbins in Kirkland and the plethora of boutique ice cream shops in downtown Seattle. For top value, my kids also never get sick of an ice cream sundae from Costco, or a or a Wendy’s Frosty (they’re surprisingly good!).

 

 

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 11:05 am
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6 Easter Egg Hunts on the Eastside

6 Easter Egg Hunts on the Eastside

There is just something special about Easter chocolate. It doesn’t even matter if you can buy chocolate year round. There is just something special about Easter chocolate. Maybe that’s why so many East-siders are so loyal to the idea of community egg hunts.

The tradition of hiding and seeking eggs goes back thousands of years. In many cultures, the egg represents new life, making it the poster-child for Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For many of us, memories of hunting hidden eggs and acquiring hidden candy, toys, or even money brings back all kinds of fond memories. It’s so much nostalgia!

Here’s where to find the best egg hunts around the Eastside in 2019.

  1. Kirkland Egg Hunt

Kirkland

Held every year at Peter Kirk Park, this event is a favorite for so many people in Western Washington. The city will scatter eggs inside of the baseball diamond before releasing the kids like a pack of hungry wolves. There really is no “hunt” involved, and every year I am terrified that some child will be mobbed and trampled to death, but so far that hasn’t happened. All anxiety aside, this is a fun event where you’re almost certain to run into a neighbor. Just make sure you get downtown early to find a parking spot.

  1. Beat the Bunny

Redmond

Pair a 5k with a traditional egg hunt and come out with something for everyone in the family! This event places eggs along the 5K route, which really motivates runners to hustle! Get this- the eggs are prize based. Some eggs will add minutes to your run time. Other eggs take time off your total. The catch? You’ll never know what is inside the egg until you’re done running and gathering. So, is it worth it to collect a lot of eggs? That’s up to you! While there is a fee for participation for the grown-ups, kids can dash for free and without prior registration.

  1. The Great Golden Egg Hunt

Fox Hollow Farm, Issaquah

I just love the idea of this one! The folks over at Fox Hollow in Issaquah blend an old-fashioned farm experience with thousands of hidden eggs just waiting to be found! Kiddos can fill their baskets while petting baby animals, playing in the corn bin, and meeting the Easter Bunny himself! If your kiddo finds the 1 (out of thousands) of Golden Eggs hidden at the farm, we’re told you’re in for a “big” surprise. You must pre-reserve a spot to attend this event, and prices range from $10 per person to $50 per carload.

  1. Spring Eggstravaganza

Redmond Town Center

RTC seems to always have something exciting going on, don’t they? Their annual egg hunt is pretty great, too. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club, the event will be held on April 20 and kicks off at noon. The event features an egg scavenger hunt as well as prizes for the first 2,000 kids under 12. There will also be inflatables, trampolines, arts and crafts, face painting, and all sorts of other fun things to do.

  1. Bellevue Community Egg Hunt

Bellevue

Every year Bellevue College puts this event on as an annual community affair. It’s free and open to children 10 and under, and one of my favorite events in Bellevue. With more than 50,000 eggs, you can also expect face painting and inflatables. Even better yet? You can pre-reserve things so that you’re able to skip the long lines on the day of. Now THAT is nice!

  1. KidsQuest Egg-Tastic Event

Bellevue

What better way to play around than in a comfortable, safe kid’s museum? This annual event does have a cover charge, but once you’re in the door you can expect games, crafts, and of course a good old fashioned egg hunt. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Watch the website for sales times on tickets!

There are so many egg hunts out there that AREN’T on the Eastside, and I wanted to share those with you as well. Everything from a flashlight hunt for teens to egg hunting with animals at Woodland Park Zoo, it’s all right here.

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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Holiday Lights on the Eastside

 

 

Part of the joy of the holiday season is exploring holiday lights with the kids. They’re bright and festive, and just inspire imagination and awe. Especially in young children, going hunting for lights is a time-honored holiday tradition. Unfortunately, more and more people are not decorating their homes with lights. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still great light displays out there to be found and enjoyed. Here are a few of my favorite holiday lights hot spots.

 

 

Woodinville Wonderland

23620 ne 183RD St. Woodinville, WA 98072

A family oriented display awaits you in Woodinville! Here you’ll find a full acre display of lights set to music and light animations. The display is free to visit, but cash donations are appreciated. The donations benefit a variety of charities. To get the most out of the experience, tune your radio to 101.9 FM.

 

Keener Christmas

16504 112th PL NE Bothell, WA 98011

Another home with a ton of lights can be found in Bothell. Keener Christmas is a drive-through experience with no foot traffic allowed. You’ll find more than half a million lights as well as animations and inflatables. This family favorite home has been featured in many newscasts about the best-decorated homes in Western Washington. From time to time you’ll even find Santa on site handing out candy canes! If you’re so moved, you can also donate food to charity at the site!

 

 

Garden d’Lites

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

12001 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98005

Get lost as you wander through the fields of flower-themed lights at Bellevue’s annual Garden d’Lites festival. Now in its 24th year, the tradition of nature-themed light shows is a must for many people during the holiday season. You’ll also find a running river made of lights. The Gardens set up a scavenger hunt among the lights to keep young people excited, and there is always espresso and hot cocoa on site, too. There is a small admission fee, but there are also free nights every season as well. Check the website before heading out so that you can plan! Remember – kids ten and under are free!

 

 

Cougar Mountain Zoo

19525 SE 54th St Issaquah, WA 98027

For something just a little different, head out to Issaquah and the Cougar Mountain Zoo! Here you’ll find a full Christmas themed park, culminating with live reindeer! The 31st annual Reindeer festival keeps limited hours, open only until 4:30 pm, but is nothing short of pure wonder for your children. Since the reindeer are on site, of course, you can expect to see Santa! You can also hear a story from an elf during your visit!

 

For more homes with amazing lights, check out this interactive map!

 

If you’re up for a drive, there are plenty of lights in Seattle, too. You can visit the Woodland Park Zoo for their annual Wild Lights show, or check out the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood! Whatever you do, be sure to take lots of photos and share them with me! And, if you know of a hot spot that I’ve missed, I really want to hear about it!

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 10:00 am
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Where to Cut Your Own Tree on the Eastside

If you haven’t gotten your tree already — and you are feeling adventurous —  here are some places you can cut your own tree down.  Close to home even!  

 

We live in the Christmas tree capital of the United States, it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy cutting their own tree. But, given the traffic situation in the Seattle & Eastside areas, it’s also easy to understand why you might want to cut a tree close to home. While there may not be any Christmas tree farms in Seattle, Kirkland or Bellevue, you can find a couple in Redmond and a few more just outside of the central Eastside. Now go find your perfect tree!

McMurtrey’s Christmas Tree Farm

13925 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE Redmond, WA 98052

Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm, McMurtrey’s makes it simple to plan a tree cutting trip with your family. Found in the heart of the Sammamish Valley, you’ll find Noble, Grand, and Fraser Firs on the property. Extra tall trees are on site, and delivery is even an option, in case you don’t have a large enough vehicle to tow the tree back to your home.  The farm is dedicated to sustainable harvesting, meaning that once a certain number of trees have been cut they’ll close the season. So get out there early! Once you’ve found the perfect tree, the farm treats you with complimentary hot cider or hot chocolate.

 

Buttonwood Farm

14500 NE 116th St. Redmond, WA 98052

Offering 100% organic trees as well as home delivery service, Buttonwood Farm is another close-by option for creating a family tradition of cutting your own tree. Here you’ll find Douglas, Turkish, Nordman, Noble, Grand, Fraser, and Blue Spruce trees. The site also offers sturdy stands. The farm has limited hours, however. If this is where you want to cut, be sure to visit on the weekends. Buttonwood is open Friday and Sunday from noon until 4 pm, and on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. You should check out their website before heading out to find tips for tree care as well as fun seasonal recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carnation Christmas Tree Farm

3861 Tolt Ave Carnation, WA 98014

Open from the day after Thanksgiving until trees sell out, the Carnation tree farm has been offering trees for over 30 years. The farm has been in the family since 1901 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That means you’ll be taking a step back in time as you step into the forest to play your part in this time-honored family tradition. Across 16 acres you’ll find Douglas, Fraser, Grand, Noble, and Nordman Firs as well as Norway and Blue Spruce. In addition to cutting your own tree, you can pick up handmade local greens, garland, swags, mistletoe, and holly. Employees will let you borrow a saw and even help you select your perfect tree. With a focus on family fun, expect to spend some time in the shelter area where you can have complimentary cider, shop a fresh bake sale, or even have your photo taken with Santa. The shop is open Sunday- Thursday from 9 am until 4 pm.

Where did you get your tree this year!

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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Family Friendly Holiday Events on the Eastside & Seattle

The Eastside does family fun with flair! There are so many fun family events around town that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! The good news is that most of these events are free, or at least low cost, so you can try them all out and see which ones are the best fit for your family. Here’s a rundown of the events that make creating family traditions fun!

 

Redmond Lights

Starts at City Hall

15670 NE 85th St. Redmond, WA 98052

Act fast! This is a weekend event special, happening on December 1-2. It’s a free event held in downtown Redmond. The progressive event starts at City Hall with a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show. From there, stroll down a lighted pathway dotted with carolers and performers. Your trail ends in Redmond Town Center where you’ll find more entertainers, shops, treats, and family fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argosy Christmas Ship

Assorted Docks

This event is the priciest on my list. But it does offer a fun experience that the kids will love. You board an Argosy ship at one of many docks around Lake Washington or in Seattle and set sail! Along the way, you’ll be serenaded by choirs and subject to beautiful views. Many local yacht and boat owners follow the parade of boats and have their vessels decorated as well. If you have kids, try to snag a ticket on the lead boat, since Santa is on board and there is a dedicated kid space for coloring and crafts. There are adult beverages available for purchase as well. The event will almost always sell out, so book tickets well in advance! If the ship isn’t for you, plan to take the family to designated beaches to view the parade of boats from land!

 

 

Snowflake Lane

Bellevue Square

828 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004

Another annual family tradition for many Eastside families, there just aren’t enough words to describe how magical this event is. Marching drummers, dancing snow fairies, and even ice queens. You’ll also experience “snow” falling every night. (It’s really a foam machine, but the kids won’t care. It’s still magical!) The event features a parade, music, dancing, and free candy handed out by the character cast. It’s a popular event, though, so be sure to get there early. The event is free and kicks off nightly at 7 pm.

 

Studio East, ‘Twas the Night

11730 118TH Ave. NE Kirkland, WA 98034

This annual play features local child actors. It’s a tradition for many families and offers a glimpse into theatre life for children. Recommended for ages 4 and up, the show is only offered on weekends. Tickets are $20 per person for all ages.

 

Evergreen Lights

3429 240th St. SE Bothell, WA 98021

An outdoor lights display, this one is just north of the Eastside. Put on by Bothell’s Evergreen Church, this is a free event. Take advantage of free cookies and cider while you’re there, too.

 Finally, let’s talk outside of the Eastside. One of the benefits to living here is the close proximity to Seattle. If you feel like making the trip across the bridge to the big city, here are my favorite holiday events in the city.

 

Enchant Christmas

Safeco Field

1250 1st Ave. Seattle, WA 98134

New to the city this year, this is a traveling display of lights that features the world’s largest Christmas light maze. You’ll find an ice skating trail, as opposed to a rink, which winds you by live entertainment and right to your visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. You need to pre-book your time in the event. Here’s a Groupon for tickets to help save you some cash!

 

Gingerbread Village

The Sheraton Seattle

1400 6th Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Now in its 26th year, this is an impressive display of gingerbread houses.  Many have moving parts and most are taller than your child! It’s simply magical. Every year they have a different theme — this year is Dr. Seuss.  Always a must see!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winterfest

Seattle Center

Fisher Pavilion & International Fountain

305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109

There are so many activities here! From the Winter Train Village to an ice skating rink and carousel to live ice sculpting demonstrations and live performances all season long. Be sure to check the website before heading down as the schedule changes daily.

These are all amazing activities in our very own backyard.  Many of which I have started as traditions in my family!!  What are your favorite traditions during this magical time of year!?

 

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Eastside, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Woodinville | Tagged , , , ,