Friday, April 30, 2010

REI family classes - book now!

REI offers these wonderful FREE family classes...

Seattle REI — Hiking as a Family
Description: Meet Joan Burton, author of Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington and the Cascades. Joan will discuss the goals and challenges of hiking with kids, share her favorite day hikes with kids and leave you with a better understanding of the positive impacts you will have on a child's life by introducing them to nature.
* Date: 5/8/2010
* Event Location: Seattle REI
* Event Fee: Free
* Time: 11:00am - 11:45am
* Presenter: Joan Burton

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Seattle REI — Family Paddling: A Remedy for Nature Deficit Disorder
Description: Learn how family paddling adventures right here in the Pacific Northwest can become your powerful remedy for "nature deficit disorder." For thousands of years, families have paddled the waters of the region - join the tradition!
* Date: 5/13/2010
* Event Location: Seattle REI
* Event Fee: Free
* Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
* Presenter: REI
* Group Size: 125

*reminder* GET enrollment extended

GET has extended enrollment to 4/30 for Newborns under 12 months (Thanks Lesa!)

GET (Guaranteed Education Tuition) is Washington's 529 plan, helping families save for college. With GET, your account is guaranteed to keep pace with rising tuition and you can use it at nearly any public or private college in the country. Read up and see if it is right for your family. Note: Credits are cheaper the earlier you start!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

safety recall: graco and simplicity cribs

Safety Alert: CPSC Announces Massive Recall on Graco and Simplicity Cribs

*Article from "The Bump"
*Article from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

weekend fun (fri/sat/sun)

(FRI/SAT/SUN) JBF Sale in Renton

(FRI) OhMamas.org - Food Drive
Join us to collect food donations in a neighborhood just north of Lincoln Park. Food will be delivered to the White Center Food Bank. This is a fun event for children of all ages. Bring a wagon, if you can!
When: Fri, Apr 30, 2010, 2 – 3 PM
Where: West Seattle (RSVP for address)

Old Navy: 30% off the entire store 4/30 – 5/2

(FRI) Disco Kid: Lux It Studios is so excited to announce the arrival of “Disco Kid,” the posh tot spot to shake your stuff! Each month, we will be hosting a themed dance party for kids and tots 7 years and younger.
Friday, April 30th
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Super Hero Theme
$10 admission

(FRI/SAT/SUN) A Tribute to Vaudeville/CATS
Community musical theater troupe Applause Players presents a tribute to Vaudeville that includes classics such as Abbot and Costello's "Who's on First," plus skits, songs and dance. Act II is made up for highlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS. Dance, music and colorful costumes make this all-ages show appealing to kids.
Date: 05/02/2010
Time: Friday, Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
Location: Wade James Theatre, Edmonds
Ages: All ages Cost: $5-$10
Event Info: 425-774-9600

(SAT) South Sound Summer Camp Fair in Puyallup

(SAT) Opening Day of the Redmond Saturday Market
Stop by to celebrate the 35th year of the Eastside’s oldest Farmers’ Market. Lots of special events are planned including a 9 a.m. performance from the RHS Band, hands-on activities for kids from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. provided by KidsQuest Children’s Museum, a fire truck in the morning, and baby alpacas on display all day. This is in addition to approximately 80 vendors providing fresh food, flowers, crafts, and more. This year the market is adding monthly visits from KidsQuest and a monthly story time from an actor from Second Story Repertory.
Sat, May 1. 9am-3pm

(SAT) From ThriftyandThriving: On Saturday, May 1st all McLendon Hardware stores will be offering a FREE pancake breakfast. They will be serving fresh panckakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee from 7:30 – 10 am. In addition, the first 800 customers will receive a 2 inch tomato plant for FREE.

(SAT) From DailyCandyKids: Free Comic Book Day
What: Stop by to pick up a variety of comics for free in honor of the national holiday.
Why: An easy way to convince them that reading’s fun.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Arcane Comics, 5809 15th Ave. NW (206-781-4875).

(SAT) From RubySlipper: Orange Blossom Society in Redmond will be launching their Children's Garden tomorrow with a fun, free event from 1pm to 3pm. Go enjoy arts and crafts, veggie plants, and learn about the Caterpillar Club!

(SAT) Ballard Urban Picnic
Ballardites, come out and meet your neighbors at the family friendly BURP! Enjoy a picnic lunch from mobile food trucks, hang out in the beer garden, enjoy live music and entertainment, let the kids run wild in a bounce house, watch skateboard demos and stick around for an evening movie. Ballard Commons Park, corner of Northwest 56th Street and 22nd Avenue Northwest, Seattle.
Date: 05/01/2010
Time: Noon-9pm
All ages; FREE

(SAT) MOMS Club of Lacey GARAGE SALE!
St Mark Lutheran Church 2109 College Street Southeast Lacey Washington.
MAY 1, 8:00AM – 4:00PM Children’s Clothing FurnitureMen’s & Women’s Clothing Pack ‘N PlaysHouse Wares Toys/BooksElectronics Sporting Goods Cribs ToolsStrollers DVDs And MUCH MUCH MORE!!!!!
10% of all proceeds will be used for our Service Project

(SAT) Fariview Christian School Rummage Sale
Come for great deals on furniture,clothing, toys, electronics, CDs, DVDs, collectables, home goods, and more!
Date: 5/1/2010
Time: 9am-3:30 pm
Location: 844 N.E. 78th St., Seattle, WA 98115
Ages: All ages
Event Info: 206-526-0762

(SAT) From DailyCandyKids: Toddler Tales and Trails
What: Little squirrels (ages 2-5) listen to a story told by a naturalist, then go for a short hike afterward.
Why: Time for a breath of fresh air.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-noon.
Where: Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S. To register, call 206-652-2444 ext. 103. Adults, $4; children 5-14, $2; under 5, free.

(SAT) Fitness Day! My Gym Open House
My Gym is celebrating National Fitness Day with a free open house - come play!
Date: 5/1/2010
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: 24030 132nd Ave. S.E., Kent, WA, WA 98042
Ages: Ages 8 weeks-13 years with caregiver
Cost: Free, suggested donation $5
Event Info: 253-630-8880

(SAT) Fabulous Fox Island May Indoor Market
It's May Day! Welcome in warmer weather and browse from hundreds of hand crafted items as well as other unique gifts. Free admission, free parking. Drop by for the day - we even have a playground for the kiddies! Refreshments will be available for purchase. Held at Nichols Community Center, Fox Island.
Date: 5/1/2010
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: 690 Ninth Ave., Fox Island, WA 98333
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free
Event Info: 253-549-2701

(SAT) Mad Hatter Tea Party
Wear your favorite dress up outfit and come have a silly time dancing to music from the Ballet "Alice in Wonderland." There will be dancing, storytelling and of course tea and cookies during this 45-minute party! Space limited; call to register. Held at Children's Dance Theater, Auburn.
Date: 5/1/2010
Time: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Location: 14 B St. N.E., # 1 & 2, Auburn , WA 98002
Ages: Ages 3-6 Cost: $10 per participant
Event Info: 253-887-8937

(SAT) Mosaic offers a free sample of topics discussed at Birds + Bees + Kids events and offers a space for questions. The casual chat takes place at Mosaic Coffeehouse behind Dick's in Wallingford.
Date: 05/01/2010
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: 4401 2nd Ave. N., Seattle, WA
Parents only; FREE

(SAT) Story Time at Cabela's
On the first Saturday of each month, enjoy stories about outdoor adventures with the South Sound Reading Foundation at Cabela's, 1600 Gateway Blvd. N.E., Lacey. Afterward, kids can enjoy treats courtesy of Cabela's Deli Restaurant.
Date: 5/1/2010
Time: First Saturdays 10:30 a.m.
Ages: Ages 4-9
FREE

(SAT) May Day Celebration
Make a May basket at the art station and join the ring around the Maypole. Learn dances and songs from Puget Sound Revels in celebration of May Day! Tollefson Square (across Pacific Avenue from Tacoma Art Museum), Tacoma.
Date: 5/1/2010
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free

(SAT) Third Place Books/Commons: Meet Author Henry Winkler
In the 17th Hank Zipzer book Hank graduates from 5th grade. Fans of “The Fonz” the actor as well as Henry Winkler’s middle-reader books will be delighted to welcome him back to Third Place!
Receive a signing line ticket with your purchase of A Brand New Me!
Lake Forest Park Towne Centre17171 Bothell Way NE
Time: May 1 @ 4pm
Ages: 9-12

(SAT) Xakary the Magician
Xakary the Magician puts on a show for kids at the community club.
Mount Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Drive S, Seattle, WA
Ages: All Ages
Time: SAt @ 10:30am
Cost: $3

(SAT) Brian Vogan
Local children's musician Brian Vogan performs songs that encourage creative movement and teach early learning concepts.
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
206.386.4283
Ages: 4-12
Time: SAT @ 11am
FREE

(SAT) Behind the Scenes at the Bothell Library
Families can get an inside look behind the scenes and find out how materials move throughout the library system. The event features tours of the library and the new rain garden, a look at the new automated check-in system, and door prizes.
Bothell Regional Library
18215 98th Avenue NE, Bothell, WA
425.486.7811
Ages: 6 & up
Time: SAT 1pm-4pm
FREE

(SAT) Opening Day of Boating Season Come by land or by sea (well, actually by lake) to celebrate this Northwest tradition.
Spectators line the Montlake Cut (by the UW) along Lake WA to watch the Windermere Cup crew races (10:20-11:40 a.m.), followed by the Parade of Boats from Noon -2:30 p.m.
If you’re one of the lucky ones watching by boat, be sure to flag down Lake Union Sea Ray’s “A Cup for Kids” yacht which will be serving coffee by boat with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital.
PS: The Montlake Bridge will be closed from approx: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. that day, so plan accordingly.
Saturday, May 1. FREE

(SAT) Farm Days at Fox Hollow Farm This fun farm is open to the public every once in awhile, and this happens to be one of those weekends!
Stop in to say hi to the farm animals (horses, goats, bunnies, pigs and more), bounce on their inflatables, or drive the mini tractors.
Bring your own picnic, or hot dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy and drinks are available for purchase.
Sat, May 1
$6.00/per person, under age 1 is FREE

(SAT/SUN) 44th Annual Rock and Gem Show
The theme of this year's rock and gem show, hosted by the West Seattle Rock Club, is "Gems in Bloom". It will include beautiful displays of rocks, mineral specimens, fossils, geodes, gemstones, crystals and more, created by club members of all ages. There will also be demonstrations of jewelry and lapidary techniques like cabochon, cutting, beading and wire-wrapping. Kids can make their own Gem Tree, the Burke Museum will host a display, and Amazing Earth Theater will show educational videos.. And "Amazing Earth Theater" will show educational videos.
Time: Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Location: 4736 40th Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98116
All ages; FREE
Event Info: 206-932-3292

(SAT/SUN) MayFest
The gardens are open all week in celebration of the spring bloom. When you visit, look for membership specials and displays of art, orchids, bonsai and ikebana. One May 5, receive 2-for-1 admission, and on May 8, join an origami star-making workshop with Debbie Alder (drop by between noon-4 p.m.). On Mother's Day, May 9, the garden hosts a brunch at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. (non-members $50; by reservation only).
Date: 5/1/2010 - 5/9/2010
Time: Daily 10am-4pm
Location: Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood
Ages: All ages Cost: $5-$7, under 12 free
Event Info: 253-584-4106

(SUN) From DailyCandyKids: Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration
What: Tour fifteen countries (from Cambodia to Japan) through music, dance, and more.
Why: The step dance really gets things moving.
When: Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. (206-684-7200).
Admission is FREE

(SUN) Swedish Pancake Breakfast and Open House
The Swedish Cultural Center invites you to an all-you-can-eat authentic Swedish breakfast (8 a.m.-2 p.m.) of pancakes, ham, lingonberries and all the fixin’s. Immediately concluding breakfast, head to the Swedish Open House (2-5 p.m.), for face painting, Swedish arts and crafts, coloring, music, traditional dancing and more. All ages welcome.
Date: 5/2/2010
Time: 8am-5pm
Location: 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109
Ages: All ages Cost: $8, $6 SCC members, children ages 5–12 $4.
Event Info: 206-283-1090

(SUN) Rotary May Day Kids' Parade
Kids are invited to dress in costume and walk through downtown Sumner with their pets in the parade.
Date: 5/2/2010
Time: 1 p.m.
Ages: Ages 6-14
FREE

(SUN) Grand Opening of Seattle Sweden Week The festive “Seattle Sweden Week” kicks off with a celebration at Westlake Park this weekend.
Enjoy music, hula hoop contests for all ages, bring your favorite bear to the Teddy Bear Clinic (sponsored by Swedish Hospital), and enjoy Swedish treats and culture.
Sun, May 2. 11am-2pm
FREE

Fremont Abbey Arts Center presents: 2nd Annual FREMONT VILLAGE FESTIVAL (Facebook page HERE). "A springtime neighborhood festival celebrating local food and arts for ALL ages!"
WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 1st
10a-2p Workshops
2-6p Free Arts & Food fun!
7-10pm Benefit Concert
WHERE: FREMONT VILLAGE*
BF Day to the Zoo, Fremont Abbey to Peak Park
www.fremontvillage.org
FESTIVAL HUB: Fremont Abbey Arts Center
4272 Fremont Ave North for maps & schedule
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
ZOO - Meerkat exhibit & West Entrance grand opening
WOODLAND PARK - Fremont Arts Council May Pole celebration
CAFE VITA - FREE Hot Chocolate for Kids
TRIBUNALI - Pizzas for $5 (2-6pm extended happy hour)
RIALTO - Special new Happy Hour 'open house', discounted food/wine (2-5pm)
STREET CLEANUP - Neighborhood Council Adopt-A-Street Clean-up, 9a-11a, start at the Powerhouse

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Ongoing (FRI/SAT/SUN) Take a train ride at Country Village. Fridays-Sundays 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ($3.50)

Ongoing (SAT): Lowes "Build and Grow" Clinic (free)

Ongoing (FRI) Open Mic Night
Take the microphone at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater. Songs, instruments, skits and jokes – anything family-friendly is welcome. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, sign up 7 p.m. FREE, donations welcome.
When: Fridays @ 7:30pm
Where: Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater
1211 4th St.
Snohomish WA 98290
All ages; FREE

Ongoing (FRI) Free admission to Kidsquest
When: Fridays (5-8pm only)
Where: KidsQuest Children’s Museum @ Factoria Mall
Cost: FREE *every Friday from 5-8pm
Phone: 360-568-9412

Ongoing (SAT/SUN)Weekend Storytimes Around Town

Ongoing (FRI/SAT) DRIVE IN / Valley 6 Auburn
Gates open at 7:00, show at dusk.

Ongoing (SAT): Head to Cherry Street Coffeehouse on First and Seneca for their Kid's Cafe! Kids can enjoy free hot cocoa, books, toys and a chalk wall. In Downtown Seattle from 10-11 (free)

Ongoing (SAT) Crafts for Kids:
Lakeshore Learning offers FREE craft activities for kids ages 3 and older.
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Where: Lakeshore Learning , Bellevue
Age recommendation: Preschool, Elementary School
Cost: FREE

Ongoing (SAT) Get Crafty Saturdays
Bellevue Arts Museum: Gold Standard - What is an object worth? With this project kids can explore the concept of worth as it relates to Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard by applying gold paint to objects visually reflecting the item’s value.1-3pm ($2 materials fee).

Ongoing (SUN) Free Public Sail @ The Center for Wooden Boats
StreetHop into one of the Center for Wooden Boats' fleet of classic sailboats for a free half-hour sail around Lake Union, or take a ride in the 1906 Steam Launch Puffin. The Cast Off! program allows visitors the chance to sail in boats that are too large or too complex to be a part of the Center's regular livery program. Arrive early to sign up; all seats are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. All sails are weather permitting, so call after 12noon to check if there's a question. Also, Help master Haida carver Saaduuts, artist-in-residence at The Center for Wooden Boats, carve a canoe from a 37-foot log.
1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Ages: All Ages
Time: 2pm-3pm public sail, 1-4pm canoe carving
Cost: FREE

Ongoing (SUN) Sunday Ice Cream Cruise
Year round service. This is a 45-50 minute tour of the Lake Union floating homes, a peek at Dale Chihuly's studio, Gas Works Park and the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. The tour includes a humorous narration of old Seattle and some funky background music.
Whe: Every Sun. Hourly departures from South Lake Union, 11am-3pm
Cost: Adults $11, Seniors $10, Kids 5-13 $7, under 5 $2. Pets OK.
Walk-on only, tickets available on boarding, cash or check only. Ice cream treats, coffee, hot chocolate, tub of tomato soup and soft drinks, $2 to $4.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

potty training

Visit the "Goodnites" website for "Bedtime Theater": a free audio series that gives you and your child the power to imagine a better bedtime" (20 chapters broken apart so you can listen to a section every night)

*BONUS*
Great links from ThriftyNWMom including:
* Free sample of Huggues pull-ups from Costco
* Free potty-training DVD
* Free Potty Training Kit from Pampers

moms club of lacey - garage sale!

(SAT) MOMS Club of Lacey GARAGE SALE!

When: MAY 1st, 8:00am–4:00pm
Where: St Mark Lutheran Church 2109 College Street
Southeast Lacey Washington.

Children’s Clothing, Furniture, Men’s & Women’s Clothing ,Pack ‘N Plays, Housewares, Toys/Books, Electronics, Sporting Goods, Crib,s Tools,Strollers, DVDs And MUCH MUCH MORE!!!!! 10% of all proceeds will be used for our Service Project

kidserve

We love the OhMamas organization. Now, here's ANOTHER group doing good!

kidServe Seattle is a unique organization that brings a variety of volunteer experiences to families with kids ages 5 - 12. But kidServe is more than just a database of Seattle-based volunteer opportunities for kids – we believe in educating kids about the value of volunteerism and how giving back can make a real difference in the lives of others. In fact, volunteerism can impact the entire community!

So, how do we do it? kidServe Seattle partners with other organizations to bring social, civic and environmental volunteer experiences to families and children who want to give back – all in one place.

Are you and your kids ready to get out there and make a difference? Seattle is ready for you! Click here to view a list of kidServe’s current volunteer opportunities throughout the greater Seattle area.

Now get out there and have fun!

31 cent scoops!

(WED) April 28th, 2010: Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® and help us honor America's firefighters. The Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation™ (NFFF).

Participating stores will reduce prices of ice cream scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have an opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

12 strategies for curbing difficult behavior

Blog Spotlight: Another installment in Heligirl's Positive Discipline Articles: "12 Strategies for Curbing Difficult Behavior"

iphone apps for kids

Here are some fun (and some educational) ones....

*Bubblesnap (free) is one of many shrink-wrap popping apps that, for some reason, are equally as addicting as the real thing.
*Balloonimals ($1.99) even better - make balloon animals!
*Wheels on the Bus ($.99) is an electronic pop-up book, where users drive the action by touching, swiping and tapping their way through the familiar preschool song. Ages 2-5.
*iWriteWords ($.99) turns the letters of the alphabet into dot-to-dot puzzles. Ages 4-5. A more limited lite version is free.
*MiniPiano (free) is a 14-key keyboard
*Scoops ($.99) lets you tilt your screen left or right to sort falling scoops of ice cream. You can make patterns with same-colored scoops, while dodging the veggies. Ages 3-up.
*iPrompts ($49.99) "Thousands of caregivers use iPrompts® to provide visual support for those with language and behavioral challenges, including autism and ADD/ADHD. Acclaimed in news stories around the world, iPrompts® also works great with typical kids!"

See also THESE iphone apps recommended by RedTricycle!

summer camp fair

(SAT) From ParentMap....NEW! South Sound parents: Here's a summer camp event just for you! Summer Camp Fair is coming to the South Sound on May 1 to the South Hill Mall in Puyallup. Visit more than 30 different summer programs under one roof! FREE to the public.

*Click HERE for a list of participating South Sound programs.
*North Sound listing from the Feb 6th event is HERE.

SAT, May 1 (10am-4pm)

Monday, April 26, 2010

diapers.com | britax sale

Diapers.com has a great deal on Britax convertible car seats right now:
* Automatic FREE Shipping
* Enter BRITAX15for 15% off!
* Add an order of diapers and enter code TRYUS10 *or* FREE for another $10 off!
* Look for more code combinations at retailmenot.com
* Enter KRIS8687 too and piggybank can get a $5 credit :)

jbf sale - renton

Plan Ahead for the JBF Seattle Spring Sale. NEW LOCATION! In the TOPICS Entertainment Building (just two blocks north of IKEA) at 3405 Lind Ave SW in Renton!

May 1 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
May 2 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

author appearance

(Tues) Author Appearance. Lois V. Harris shares her new book, "Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist" (reading level ages 4 to 8).
When: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 7 – 7:30pm
Where: Secret Garden Bookshop
2214 N.W. Market St.
Seattle WA 98107
FREE

village playdays

(TUES) University Village Playdays. Attend a Playdays event and receive a Playdays Pass featuring special offers to select Village shops and restaurants.

Tuesday, April 27th | Crewcuts (9-11am)
crewcuts (of j.crew) invites you for a morning of refreshments and private shopping. Receive an exclusive 15% off on all in-store purchases* during the event. Kindly RSVP to Kevin Navarro (206)527-3059

* Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions or used toward the purchase of gift cards. Not applicable on branded items. Discount valid at the University Village crewcuts location only on 4/27/10.


young composers workshop

(MON) Ten local teenage composers will have their music premiered by Seattle Symphony musicians, a culmination of a 12-week workshop. teen photographers from Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) Teen Workshop, Open Lens, will have their photographs on display in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall Lobby as part of the evening’s celebration of teens in the arts.
When: Monday, April 26, 2010, 8pm
Where: Benaroya Hall
200 University St.
Seattle WA 98101
Age recommendation: Middle School, High School
Cost: FREE
Phone: 206-215-4747

Sunday, April 25, 2010

day out with thomas

Public ticket sales begin April 26th!
Have a Thomas fanatic on your hands? Then be sure to attend the 2010 “Day Out with Thomas” event at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. A little steep, but this is special. Tickets are $18 for ages 2 and up. Advance purchase is recommended. Ticket sales are final. Events are rain or shine. Event is July 9-11 & 16-18, 2010 – but tickets will probably sell out way before then!

Northwest Railway Museum
38625 SE King Street
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Celebration Includes:
* 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine™
* Meeting Sir Topham Hatt
* Storytelling
* Live Music,
* Build with Mega Bloks©
…and Much More!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

keep it simple

Check out this family of great websites:
SimpleBites: Real food for the family table
SimpleKids: Uncomplicated parenting in a complex world
SimpleMom: Live simply, stay sane
SimpleOrganic: Back to nature, back to basics
SimpleHomeSchool: Never let your schooling interrupt your education

Recent articles include:
* Spring Cleaning Children’s Spaces
* Snacking and Your Child: Finding the Healthy Balance
* 20 Tips for Finding your Routine with Kids
* BPA: What It Is, Where It Is, What to Do

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

weekend fun (apr 24 & 25)

EARTH DAY EVENTS, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, SALES, HIKES, FAIRS, SHEEPS, GOATS & MORE!

(FRI/SAT/SUN) JBF Sale @ Puyallup Fairground
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From RedTricycle: Great Mother’s Day Hikes
And also check out these “Perfect Hikes for Kids”
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(Fri/SAT/SUN) DRIVE IN @ Valley 6 Auburn, WA
How to Train Your Dragon (PG) playing with Percy Jackson & the Olympians (PG)
Gates open at 7:00, show at dusk.
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(Ongoing (FRI) Free admission to KidsQuest
When: Friday, March 12 (5-8pm only)
Where: KidsQuest Children’s Museum @ Factoria Mall
Cost: FREE *every Friday from 5-8pm
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(Ongoing (FRI) Open Mic Night
Take the microphone at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater. Songs, instruments, skits and jokes – anything family-friendly is welcome. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, sign up 7 p.m. FREE, donations welcome.
When: Fridays @ 7:30pm
Where: Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater
1211 4th St.
Snohomish WA 98290
All ages; FREE
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(SAT) “Save Our Cinema” Garage Sale (Columbia City)
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(SAT) Annual “Families of Multiples” Garage Sale (Shoreline)
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(SAT) OhMamas.org Volunteer Opportunity #1:
Earth Day at the Arboretum

Join UW Botanic Gardens, SCA, and Seattle Parks for a day of fun projects at the Washington Park Arboretum. Get your hands dirty for a cause removing non-native invasive plants, mulching, and improving the Arboretum. Bring your whole family for games, leaf rubbings, and more.
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Where: Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Dr E
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(SAT) OhMamas.org Volunteer Opportunity #2:
Global Youth Service Day

Join EarthCorps, Seattle Service for Peace, Ballard Kiwanis and the Green Seattle Partnership as we celebrate Global Youth Service Day by continuing efforts to restore this amazing park. We will be performing maintenance on past restoration sites and removing invasive plant species such as English ivy. Minimum age 5.
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time: 10:0am - 2:00pm
Where: Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Pl. NW
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(SAT)OhMamas.org Volunteer Opportunity #3:
Family Gardening Workparty

Come spend a spring morning at the Magnuson Children's Garden, doing simple and easy tasks to help care for the garden! All adults who participate are invited to bring children with them for free nature activities, such as exploring the worm bin, going on sensory walks, creating nature art, planting and harvesting! Tools and gloves are provided for all adults and children, along with refreshments. To top it off, King County Master Gardeners and other horticultural experts are on hand at each event to answer questions about your own garden free of charge!
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Magnuson Park Children's Garden
7400 Sand Point Way NE
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(SAT) OhMamas.org Volunteer Opportunity #4:
Earth Day Beach Clean-up

Come to Discovery Park and help clean up the beach. We have two miles of beaches that get trashed (literally) during the winter months. Participants must be at least 8 years old.
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Discovery Park
3801 W Government Way
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(SAT) From ParentMap: Celebrate Earth Day at Leap for Green, a fair brimming with activities for all ages - storytelling by Alleyoop at 11 a.m., a visit by The Reptile Man at noon, hula hoops, a nature walk at Luther Burbank Park, and more.
When: Saturday, April 24, 1a.m-2pm
Where: Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island
All ages; Free
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(SAT) Spring Garden Fair
Seminars, exhibitors, plant sale, kids’ activities and food.
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 9am – 3:30pm
Where: University of Washington Bothell Campus, 18115 Campus Way N.E.
Bothell WA
All ages; FREE
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(SAT) B-EARTH-DAY Celebration
Bird banding demonstrations, bird house building, guided bird walks, games, and a host of citizen-science opportunities. Did we mention the cupcakes?
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10am – 3pm
Where: Audubon Center, Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle WA 98118
All ages; FREE
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(SAT) Leap for Green
Earth Day Celebration includes food, kids’ entertainment, hula-hooping, music, recycled arts and crafts, nature walk and more.
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10am – 2pm
Where Community Center at Mercer View
8236 S.E. 24th St.
Mercer Island WA 98040
All ages; FREE
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(SAT) Watershed Fun Fair
Nature crafts, activities, speakers, guided nature walks, entertainment, “all-species” parade and more.
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 11am – 4pm
Where: Yost Park
9535 Bowdoin Way
Edmonds WA 98020
All ages; FREE
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(SAT) Free Eagle Walk Reader
On an eagle walk, our naturalists will help you learn about the nesting bald eagles. Come take a short 3/4 mile stroll to the nest and watch the eagles (adults and babies!) through the scope. This stroll has a difficulty level of easy and is less than one mile in length. It's part of the center's B-Earth Day Super Saturday.
Date: 4/24/2010
Time: 10am, noon, 2pm
Location: Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center, Seattle
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free
Event Info: 206-654-2444 ext. 103
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(SAT/SUN) Katan Children's Earth Day Celebration
The store will feature a variety of fun, eco-friendly activities in celebration of Earth Day. Kids will have the opportunity to create a piece of art from recycled materials, decorate a pot and plant a seed to grow at home, and leave a wish for the earth on our community tree (all while you have a moment to check out a variety of earth friendly toys)!
Date: 4/24/2010 - 4/25/2010
Time: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Katan Children, Mercer Island
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free
Event Info: 206-399-2199
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(SAT) Come Rock Out to The Not-Its!
Seattle's hottest kid band. Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of lauded '90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within "fantastic danceable pop gems about gettin' fancy, birthday parties, bath time and intergalactic play dates." All proceeds benefit FamilyWorks Food Bank and Resource Center and the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club.
Date: 4/24/2010
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Wallingford Boys & Girls Club., 310 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA WA
Ages: Ages 8 and under
Cost: $10, family $25, or pay what you can.
Event Info: 206-694-6727
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(SAT) Green Kirkland with Goats
Help remove invasive plants at Juanita Bay Park, along with a herd of Rent-A-Ruminant goats.
All ages, ages 13 and younger with adult, ages 14 to 17 need signed waiver.
Pre-registration preferable, arrive early to find parking.
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 9am – 12pm
Where: Juanita Bay Park
2201 Market St.
Kirkland WA 98033
Pre-register: Yes
Phone: 206-322-9296, ext. 225
Email: lina@earthcorps.org
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(SAT) Earth Day Potting Up Event
Help pot native bare-root plants to be used for future restoration events around King County. Potting done in the King County Greenhouse, where the potting tables are made from old hot dog carts, jail bunks, even an Olympic diving board. All ages, families welcome. FREE, pre-register via email.
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 9am–1pm
Where: King County Greenhouse
Cedar Grove Road
Maple Valley WA 98038
All ages; FREE
Pre-register: Yes
Phone: 206-297-8141
Email: nisa@cedarriver.org
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(SAT) Parks Appreciation Day
Help spruce up parks throughout Pierce County. Bring work gloves and labeled tools. All ages, children with adult. Find a site online.
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 9am – 12pm
Where: Various locations in Pierce County
All ages; FREE
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(SAT) Sheep Shearing
Sheep-shearing extravaganza includes tractor/wagon rides, pony rides, kids’ crafts, spinning demonstrations, animal viewing, food and more. Fees for food and activities (cash only).
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 11am–3pm
Where: Kelsey Creek Farm
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue WA 98005
All ages; FREE
Shuttle from Wilburton Park & Ride, 720 114th Ave. S.E., Bellevue
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(SAT) Safety Fair and Open House
Fire and safety demonstrations, children’s activities, station tours, safety booths, Smokey Bear, refreshments and more.
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10am – 3pm
Where Snoqualmie Fire Department
37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Pkwy.
Snoqualmie WA 98065
All ages; FREE
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(SAT) Star Party
Dress in warm clothes to view celestial objects through instruments provided by Seattle Astronomical Society. Dusk at two locations, event canceled if rain or cloud cover.
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 7:45pm
Where: North shore of Green Lake, west of Bathhouse Theatre
7312 W. Greenlake Drive N.
Seattle WA 98103
**AND**
Where: Paramount School Park
15500 Eighth Ave. N.E.
Shoreline WA 98155
All ages; FREE
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(SUN) University District Street Scramble
Urban orienteering event. Search for 30 mapped checkpoints (on foot or bicycle).
At each checkpoint find the answer to a multiple-choice question.
Rules and tips online. 9:30 to 11 a.m. or until 12:30 p.m.
$20 adult, $10 ages 13 to 21, $5 ages 6 to 12, FREE ages 5 and younger OR $40 family team.
When: Sunday, April 25, 2010, 9:30 – 11am
Where: University Heights Center
5031 University Way N.E.
Seattle WA 98105
All ages
Phone: 206-291-8250
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(SUN) Top Pot Doughnuts 5K Doughnut Dash and Walk
Starting at Green Lake Community Center, run a 3.1-mile course around the lake. The kiddos can run 1K course for free beforehand. Free coffee and doughnuts at the end, folks!
Date: 4/25/2010
Time: Registration 8 a.m., kids' dash 9:15 a.m., 5K 9:30 a.m.
Ages: Kids' dash ages 12 and under
Cost: Kids' dash free, adult run $30 advance, $40 day of
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(SUN) Talk with Your Kids About Sex
Amy Lang of Birds + Bees + Kids will facilitate a free discussion for parents of elementary school age children and older. This interactive talk helps parents understand the need to start the conversations early and continue them throughout childhood and adolescence. Parents learn what works for kids, have time to talk about their own experiences and values, and learn about teen sexual behavior in an open and candid atmosphere.
Date: 4/25/2010
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: This event takes place at Babeland, 707 E. Pike St., Seattle
Ages: Parents only
Cost: Free
Event Info: 206-328-2914
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Ongoing (SAT/SUN)Weekend Storytimes Around Town
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Ongoing (FRI/SAT/SUN) Take a train ride at Country Village. Fridays-Sundays 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ($3.50)
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Ongoing (SAT): Lowes "Build and Grow" Clinic (free)
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Ongoing (SAT): Head to Cherry Street Coffeehouse on First and Seneca for their Kid's Cafe! Kids can enjoy free hot cocoa, books, toys and a chalk wall. In Downtown Seattle from 10-11 (free)
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Ongoing (SAT) Crafts for Kids:
Lakeshore Learning offers FREE craft activities for kids ages 3 and older
When: Saturday, April 3, 2010, 11am – 3pm
Where: Lakeshore Learning , Bellevue
Age recommendation: Preschool, Elementary School
Cost: FREE
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Ongoing (SAT) Get Crafty Saturdays
Bellevue Arts Museum: Homemade Window Stickers: Use a special paint on a clear plastic surface to create whatever design you wish. Take the artwork home and let it dry. Then peel off your image for your very own self-stick window decoration. 1-3pm ($2 materials fee).
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(SAT) **LAST WEEKEND**
Wingit Productions Present: Adventure Playhouse

Saturdays: March 20-April 24th
(Thanks Cheri)
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(SUN) Open Castle at Green Lake United Methodist Church
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Ongoing (SUN) Sunday Ice Cream Cruise
Year round service. This is a 45-50 minute tour of the Lake Union floating homes, a peek at Dale Chihuly's studio, Gas Works Park and the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. The tour includes a humorous narration of old Seattle and some funky background music.
When: Every Sun. Hourly departures from South Lake Union, 11am-3pm
Cost: Adults $11, Seniors $10, Kids 5-13 $7, under 5 $2. Pets OK.
Walk-on only, tickets available on boarding, cash or check only. Ice cream treats, coffee, hot chocolate, tub of tomato soup and soft drinks, $2 to $4.
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Ongoing (SUN) Free Public Sail @ The Center for Wooden Boats
Hop into one of the Center for Wooden Boats' fleet of classic sailboats for a free half-hour sail around Lake Union, or take a ride in the 1906 Steam Launch Puffin. The Cast Off! program allows visitors the chance to sail in boats that are too large or too complex to be a part of the Center's regular livery program. Arrive early to sign up; all seats are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. All sails are weather permitting, so call after 12noon to check if there's a question. Also, Help master Haida carver Saaduuts, artist-in-residence at The Center for Wooden Boats, carve a canoe from a 37-foot log.
Ages: All Ages
Time: 2pm-3pm public sail, 1-4pm canoe carving
Cost: FREE
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king county earth day expo

(THURS) From ParentMap: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day at the annual King County Earth Day Expo - get in on interactive demonstrations that show you how to recycle, volunteer and reduce your carbon footprint, and visit the activity corner with the kids to meet Bert the Salmon!
Weslake Plaza, Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle.
Thursday, April 22, 10am-2pm
All ages; FREE

annual "families of multiples" garage sale (shoreline)

From Craigslist: The amazing bi-annual Seattle Families of Multiples Kids Clothing & Equipment Sale will be held Saturday, April 24! Tell your friends and neighbors with kids or people who are pregnant so everyone can stock up!

Saturday, April 24th, 2010
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Aurora Church of the Nazarene
1900 N 175th Street
Shoreline, WA 98133

Only cash and (local) checks accepted.

Over 50 families of twins and triplets selling gently used, name-brand, season-appropriate children's clothing and equipment TO THE PUBLIC. Everyone welcome!

Bring your friends, your neighbors, and tell your pregnant friends and other parents in your schools and playgroups - this is not a sale to be missed!

The pricing varies - some is very cheap ($1-$2 for gently used and brand name clothing in excellent condition) and some is more expensiv. It depends because our members tag their own stuff. All the other items too are very reasonably priced and we try very hard to keep quality high. There's lots to choose from - come early because the line begins to form about 1/2 hour or more before the doors open.

Clothing sizes are from preemie to pre-teen and also maternity clothes. You will also find toys, books, bedding, strollers, activity toys, cribs, high chairs, potty chairs, safety items, bikes, gates, shoes, bath toys and other items, feeding supplies for babies and toddlers, indoor and outdoor play equipment for kids, walkers, boppies, parenting books, DVDs, videos, computer games, stuffed animals, play kitchens, car seats (maybe an extra for grandma or a babysitter?), bike trailers and more. The actual selection each time depends on what our members have to sell. Some years we have a large selection of a particular item, and other years we have none. It really depends - but the only way to find out is to come!

Come early for the best selection, and bring a laundry basket for easy carrying of your items! Yes you can bring your stroller, but it does get very crowded to maneuver down the aisles. We have a hold area and can help you out to your car if you have a lot of stuff.

We have this sale twice a year and many people return year after year to get great deals and stock up on the next season's wardrobe. Don't miss it!
Mark your calendar and we'll see you on the 24th!

ORIGINAL CRAIGSLIST AD HERE

save our cinema garage sale (columbia city)

Save Our Cinema Benefit Garage Sale: Come down to a major multi family (more than 20 families from Magic Lantern Montessori Preschool) BENEFIT Yard Sale.

Saturday April 24
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Magic Lantern Montessori Preschool
Corner of 46th Ave. S. and Findlay Street

RAIN or SHINE!!

Lots of great bargains on kids' items, furniture, household goods, books, games, toys, bikes, fixtures, etc etc.

Proceeds go to support our wonderful local cinema - the Columbia City Cinema.

Please spread the word!! (Thanks Anthony!)

search local etsy

Finally - it has arrived. A way to search ETSY for LOCAL SELLERS only.



SUPPORT LOCAL ART(ists)

* Looking for great baby birth necklace? Try LoveLettersByMilli
* An adorable knitted baby hat? Try tinytoppers
* Super cute and absorbent burp rags and bibs? Try thechicbambino
* Unique handmade thank you cards? Try SeattleStamper

Something else? Find them all here on the NEW search engine!

tugboat storytime

Tugboat Storytime: Hear stories about boats and the sea aboard the Arthur Foss, a 100-year-old tugboat. Ages 2 to 5. 11 a.m. to noon April 8 and 22.
When: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 11am – 12pm
Where: Historic Ships Wharf
866 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle WA 98109
Age recommendation: Toddler, Preschool
FREE

volunteer opportunity

(THURS) OhMamas.org: "Seed and Weed"
This event is a community contribution to the Longfellows Creek Pea Patch. Here is a chance to support those who are supporting the community by providing produce and flowers. This is your opportunity to get to know Mother Earth firsthand. Refreshments provided.
When: Thu, Apr 22, 2010, 3–5pm
Where: Southwest Community Center
2801 SW Thistle Street
Seattle, WA 98126


Mission Statement: Our mission is to raise a new generation for whom active service to community is a part of life. We introduce children to community service in fun and friendly ways. We plan service events that are lively, safe and appropriate for young children. We provide parents or caregivers with an opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in their neighborhood while actively contributing to their community.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

story time with stella

(WED) Baby Story Time with Stella
Date: Wednesday, March 17th
Location: Tougo Coffee (Madison Park area)
Time: Noon; FREE

coupon database

Okay, I think this is pretty damn cool - check it out! FrugalLivingNW presents their COUPON DATABASE. Happy Hunting!

reading with a doggie friend

(WED) Reading With A Doggie Friend: Practice reading to a trained therapy dog.
When: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 1:30 – 2:30pm
Where: Puyallup Public Library
324 S. Meridian
Puyallup WA 98371
Age recommendation

crossroads play & learn

(WED)Stories! Art! Games! Hey Kids, bring parents, grandparents, friends and other adults who take care of you to 'Play & Learn' at Crossroads! It's FREE and it's FUN!!! Play & Learn sponsors include: Crossroads Bellevue, Child Care Resources, CISC-Chinese Information & Services Center, Crossroads Mini-City Hall Parks & Community Services Cultural Diversity Program & the Jubilee Reach Center
Ages: 2 to 5 *must be supervised with adult
When: Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30am
Where: Crossroad Market Stage
FREE

family bingo night (tukwila)

(WED) Family Bingo Night
Bingo with prizes. Popcorn, hotdogs and concessions available. $4/three cards, extra cards 50¢.
When: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S.
Tukwila WA 98168
All ages

lynnwood’s 50th birthday bash

(WED) Lynnwood’s 50th Birthday Bash
Celebrate Birthday Traditions from around the world. See a Chinese Lion Dance, watch dancing from Hawaii and Mexico, rock out to Recess Monkey, participate in Chinese Ribbon dancing, meet Seattle Seahawks and AquaSox mascots, wave at Former Miss Washington Tina Marie Mares, support Clothes for Kids, try foods from around the world and more.
When: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 4 – 8pm
Where: Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street S.W.
Lynnwood WA 98036
All ages; FREE

Monday, April 19, 2010

dairy queen deal

Great deal from Dairy Queen as found on ThriftyNWMom: Buy 1 Blizzard, get the 2nd for 25 cents - all week! YUM

Also, check out DQ's Family Fun Page for games

village playdays

(TUES) University Village Playdays. Attend a Playdays event and receive a Playdays Pass featuring special offers to select Village shops and restaurants.

Tuesday, April 20th @ Kid's Club (10-11am)
Kid's Club Dot-a-Dot art activity hosted by Kid's Club. Create a unique piece with our special paint markers.

all day skate

Bring your family to our all day skate, going on all week!
Date: 4/19/2010 - 4/23/2010
Time: Daily 9:30am-5:30pm
Location: Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline, WA
Ages: All ages
Cost: $5.50-$6.50, rent ice skates (figure or hockey) for only $3. Under 6 free
Event Info: 206-546-2431

reading with rover

(TUES) Read to a therapy dog at Borders - see www.readingwithrover.org
When: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Redmond Town Center
7525 166th Ave. N.E.
Redmond WA 98052
Age recommendation
All ages; FREE

Sunday, April 18, 2010

fewer toys?

Through FrugalLivingNW, an article from BecomingMinimalist.com: "Why Fewer Toys Will Actually Benefit Your Kids"

smaska

If you are looking for baby feeding supplies, look no further than IKEA..

The SMASKA line is sturdy, dishwasher safe, microwavable, BPA-free, cute...and cheap! Made of Polypropylene, a Bisphenol-A free plastic that has no known leeching chemical components. The spoons are perfect, not too flat, not too curved - we love them!

west seattle bike swap

From WestSeattleBlog: West Seattle Cycle University’s Bike Swap to benefit the Major Taylor Project
Date: May 2, 2010
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Location: Cycle University in West Seattle, 4550 Fauntleroy Way SW

Saturday, April 17, 2010

open castle

....for Julie

(4/24 & 4/25) From MyGreenLake.com: The Green Lake United Methodist Church (6415 1st Ave NE, across the street from Green Lake Elementary) is holding an “Open Castle” on Saturday, April 24 (10 a.m. – noon) and Sunday, April 25 (noon – 2 p.m.).

All are welcome to tour the castle, built in 1903, and enjoy free espresso drinks from the GLUMC coffee cart. Kids are invited to create green crafts in honor of Earth Day. There will also be an opportunity to donate to the Nothing but Nets Campaign to prevent Malaria in Africa.

mec mondays

(MON) Explore the Maritime Event Center (formerly Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 and 19.
When: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9am – 3pm
Where: Maritime Event Center
2205 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle WA 98121
All ages
Cost: FREE

repost: national park week

From HERE....(Plan Ahead) WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that all 392 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week, April 17 to 25. Parks will also offer additional family friendly activities and special offers on tours, lodging, food, and souvenirs. A listing of parks and promotions is available HERE. (Thanks Shannon!)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

weekend fun (april 17 & 18)

30+ IDEAS FOR THE WEEKEND....HAVE FUN!!

Ongoing (FRI) Free admission to Kidsquest
When: Friday, March 12 (5-8pm only)
Where: KidsQuest Children's Museum @ Factoria Mall
Cost: FREE *every Friday from 5-8pm
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Ongoing (FRI) FREE Friday Night Live!
Imagine Children's Museum is FREE 5:30 to 9 p.m. third Fridays.
When: Friday, April 16, 2010, 5:30 - 9pm
Where: Imagine Children's Museum
1502 Wall St.
Everett WA 98201
All ages; FREE
425-258-1006
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Ongoing (FRI) Open Mic Night
Take the microphone at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater. Songs, instruments, skits and jokes - anything family-friendly is welcome. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, sign up 7 p.m. FREE, donations welcome.
When: Fridays @ 7:30pm
Where: Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater
1211 4th St.
Snohomish WA 98290
All ages; FREE
360-568-9412
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Ongoing (SAT/SUN)Weekend Story Times Around Town
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(FRI/SAT/Sun) Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Celebrate everything Japanese with performances, exhibits, demonstrations, traditional costumes, martial arts, food and hands-on activities for kids. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 16 through 18.
When: Friday, April 16, 2010, 10am – 6pm
Where: Seattle Center House and Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison St.
Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE
206-684-7200
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Ongoing (FRI/SAT/SUN) Take a train ride at Country Village.
Fridays-Sundays 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $3.50
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(SAT) Thomas PlayDate @ your local Toys”R”Us.
Click HERE for Details
April 17th 11am-1pm
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(SAT) OhMamas.org: Beach Clean Up
We'll head to the beach at low tide. We'll work our way out as far as we can getting the debris off the beach. Afterwards we are going to have roasted hot dogs and s'mores.
When: Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 12 – 4 PM
Where: Alki Community Center
5817 SW Stevens St
Seattle, WA 98116
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(SAT/SUN) Spring Book Sale
More then 250,000 books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, videos, sheet music, art prints and posters are among the items up for sale to the public at bargain prices. Paperback and hardback books sell for $1. A section of "better books" priced separately. Proceeds from the Book Sale benefit The Seattle Public Library.
When: Sat, April 17, 2010, 9am–5pm and Sun, April 18th 11am–4pm
Where: Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Building #30
Seattle WA 98115
All ages; FREE
206-523-4053
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(SAT) Earth Day at Earthworks
Remove invasive plants, prune and plant natives.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 9am – 12pm
Where Earthworks Park
742 E. Titus St.
Kent WA 98030
All ages; FREE
Pre-register: Yes
253-856-5113
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(SAT) April Pools Day
Hands-on water safety activities, in and out of the water. Call for specific activities.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 9:30–10:30am
Where: Meadowbrook Pool
10517 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle WA 98125
All ages; FREE
206-684-4989
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(SAT) Healthy Kids Day @ Local YMCA's
Kids’ activities, carnival games, entertainment, rock climbing wall, obstacle course, tours and more.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10am – 1pm
Where: MANY YMCA’s - call your location!
All ages; FREE
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(SAT) Earth Day for Kids
Connect to all things green, in art, plants and animals. Learn more about how to make your home more sustainable. Make mixed-media collages, sketch art in a sculpture park, create your own Earth Day flags, complete printmaking projects and more. To add to the festivities, there will be story time, live music, dancing and games, along with loads of information on how to make yours a "greener" household for kids and parents.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 12 – 3pm
Where: Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave.
Seattle WA 98121
All ages; FREE
206-654-3100
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(SAT) Spring Planting and Weeding Party
Help weed, trim and plant natives in the community demonstration backyard garden at Willow Creek Hatchery.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10am – 2pm
Where: Willow Creek Hatchery
95 Pine St.
Edmonds WA 98020
All ages; FREE
Pre-register: Yes
206-382-7007
Email: koconnell@pugetsound.org
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(SAT) Author Appearance
Andrew Clements reads from “Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: We the Children” (reading level ages 9 to 12). Sponsored by Secret Garden Bookshop.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10:30 – 11:30am
Where: Ballard Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle WA 98107
Age recommendation: Elementary School
FREE
206-684-4089
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(SAT) Reading With Rover
Read to a therapy dog at Edmonds Library. 11 a.m. to noon April 3 and 17.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 11am – 12pm
Where: Edmonds Library
650 Main St.
Edmonds WA 98020
All ages; FREE
425-771-1933
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(SAT) CHILDREN’S PUPPET THEATRE
The area’s best puppet entertainers are coming to Alki Bathhouse on Saturdays. Mark your calendar so you won’t miss out on these outstanding performances. All performances begin at 1 p.m. and you can buy tickets in advance at Alki C. C.
When: Sat. 1-2pm
Ages 1 and older
Where; Alki Bathhouse, West Seattle
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(SAT) Family Low Tide Beach Walk
Join a Discovery Park naturalist for beach exploration. Ages 3 and older, families with young children.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 12 – 2pm
Where: Discovery Park
3801 W. Government Way
Seattle WA 98199
Age recommendation: Preschool
FREE
206-386-4236
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(SAT) Beach Cleanup and Low Tide Walk
Wear gloves and boots to help clean up the shoreline of Edmonds Marine Sanctuary, and explore the beach with a ranger.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 12 – 2pm
Where: Olympic Beach Visitor Station
200 W. Dayton St.
Edmonds WA 98020
All ages; FREE
425-771-0227
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(SAT) Earth Day Festival
Food, kids’ activities, information booths, music and more.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 2 – 4pm
Where: Pathfinder School
1901 S.W. Genesee St.
Seattle WA 98106
All ages; FREE
206-382-7007
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(SAT) Author Appearance
Sundee Frazier answers questions about “Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It” and gives a preview of “The Other Half of My Heart” (both, reading level ages 9 to 12). Giveaways inspired by rock hound Brendan Buckley for all attendees (while supplies last).
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 2pm
Where: Barnes & Noble
19401 Alderwood Mall Pkwy.
Lynnwood WA 98036
Age recommendation: Elementary School
FREE
425-771-2220
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(SAT) Snapdoodle Toys 2nd Anniversary!
Snapdoodle Toys in Kenmore is celebrating their 2nd anniversary this Saturday!
There will be art and science demos, face painting, raffles, and birthday cake (they said "for much of the day")!! If you've never been to Snapdoodle before, you need to check it out - it rocks.
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(SUN) Enviropalooza
A celebration of National Environmental Education Week and Earth Day includes bilingual hands-on exhibits, arts and educational activities and the Run for Water – a 6K course representing the average distance most people worldwide have to go for fresh drinking water. FREE, $5 per family suggested donation.
When: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 12 – 4pm
Where: IslandWood
4450 Blakely Ave. N.E.
Bainbridge Island WA 98110
All ages; FREE
Pre-register: Yes
206-855-4340
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(SAT) From RedTricycle: Brian Vogan at Mount Baker Community Clubhouse The kid-friendly musical genius is back and as entertaining as ever. Don’t miss it, because we all know you love to tap your toe and sing along as much as your Little One does.
When: Sat, 10:30 a.m., Seattle
Cost: $3
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(SAT) From RedTricycle: Better Than TV
Emerald Ballet Theatre Storytelling Meet local author/illustrator Barbara Helen Berger, check out paintings from her ballet-inspired book The Jewel Heart, and watch EBT dancers do a demo.
When: Sat, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Bellevue
Free
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Ongoing (SAT): Lowes "Build and Grow" Clinic (free)
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Ongoing (SAT): Head to Cherry Street Coffeehouse on First and Seneca for their Kid's Cafe! Kids can enjoy free hot cocoa, books, toys and a chalk wall.
In Downtown Seattle from 10-11 (free)
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Ongoing (SAT) Crafts for Kids:
Lakeshore Learning offers FREE craft activities for kids. Ages 3 and older. 11am to 3 pm Saturdays.
When: Saturday, April 3, 2010, 11am - 3pm
Where: Lakeshore Learning, Bellevue
Age recommendation: Preschool, Elementary School
Cost: FREE
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Ongoing (SAT) Get Crafty Saturdays
Bellevue Arts Museum: Mosaics - Create pictures or intricate geometric designs using repetition and colored squares. 1-3pm ($2 materials fee).
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Ongoing (SAT) Wing It Productions: Adventure Playhouse
Saturdays: March 20-April 24th
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Ongoing (SUN) Sunday Ice Cream Cruise Year round service. This is a 45-50 minute tour of the Lake Union floating homes, a peek at Dale Chihuly's studio, Gas Works Park and the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. The tour includes a humorous narration of old Seattle and some funky background music.
Whe: Every Sun. Hourly departures from South Lake Union, 11am-3pm
Cost: Adults $11, Seniors $10, Kids 5-13 $7, under 5 $2. Pets OK.
Walk-on only, tickets available on boarding, cash or check only. Ice cream treats, coffee, hot chocolate, tub of tomato soup and soft drinks, $2 to $4.
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Ongoing (SUN) Free Public Sail @ The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley StreetHop into one of the Center for Wooden Boats' fleet of classic sailboats for a free half-hour sail around Lake Union, or take a ride in the 1906 Steam Launch Puffin. The Cast Off! program allows visitors the chance to sail in boats that are too large or too complex to be a part of the Center's regular livery program. Arrive early to sign up; all seats are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. All sails are weather permitting, so call after 12n to check if there's a question.
Ages: All Ages
Time: 2pm-3pm
Cost: FREE
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mother's day photographs

Capture this Mother’s Day with a photograph on the Hotwire patio

On Sunday, May 9th from 12 Noon to 4pm we will be setting up a lovely outdoor studio in our patio for photos with Mom, wife, husband, dad, kids, main squeeze or pets! Wyn Bielaska, a local photographer, will be ready to capture your special day.

What: Mother’s Day Photographs for everyone
Where: Hotwire Online Coffeehouse 4410 California Ave SW
When: Sunday, May 9th 12 (Noon to 4pm)
Cost: $10 for a digital photograph emailed to you or $20 for an 8x10 & 2 5x7 photographs which can be picked up at Hotwire

Benefits: 25% of all proceeds will be donated to Westside Baby, which provides essential items to local children in need by collecting diapers, clothing, toys and equipment.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

GET enrollment extended

**UPDATE** GET has extended enrollment to 4/30 for Newborns under 12 months (Thanks Lesa!)

GET (Guaranteed Education Tuition) is Washington's 529 plan, helping families save for college. With GET, your account is guaranteed to keep pace with rising tuition and you can use it at nearly any public or private college in the country. Read up and see if it is right for your family. Note: Credits are cheaper the earlier you start!

thomas playdate

(SAT) Thomas PlayDate @ your local Toys"r"Us
When: April 17th 11am-1pm

Storytime
* Coloring
* Thomas Trivia
* Free gifts

*Thomas Play Date event activities are intended for children ages 3 and up. Parental supervision required at all times. Free gifts and all event activities are available while supplies last and are distributed to participating children only. Quantities limited; no rain checks.

Coupon for $5 off Thomas & Friends Busy Day Mega Bloks

westside baby needs your help!

WestSide Baby: "We are in desperate need of boys clothing size 4-12 and baby girl clothing 0-6 months. Have any board books laying around? Bring them on in! And as always, we could use strollers, carseats and highchairs!"

For Donations, Volunteers and Provider Pick-ups
WestSide Baby
10032 15th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98146

Hours and Location
Mon/Wed 9am - 1pm
Saturdays 10am - 1pm

In White Center, next to the Dollar Store and on the back side of White Center Chiropractic

bikes for books

Beginning April 1 and ending June 3, first-through third-graders have a chance to win a bike, a helmet and a lock by reading books, giving book reports and entering a drawing slip for every three books read. The Bikes for Books reading program, sponsored by Doric Lodge 92 in Fremont, is designed to inspire the love of reading in children at an early age. A celebration party will be held at the end of the program on Saturday, June 5 at 4 p.m. in the Fremont Branch's meeting room. At the celebration party, one winner will be drawn from the boy's box and one from the girl's box. Each winner is awarded a bike, helmet and lock. The child must be present to win. Certificates of accomplishment will be presented to all participants. For more information, call the branch at 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian.

Also, from From MyGreenLake.com: Kids: Read books and win a bike at the Green Lake Library. The Green Lake Branch of The Seattle Public Library will host a “Bikes for Books” reading program from Monday, April 12 to Saturday, June 2. A celebration and prize drawing will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

thursday story times

Special Story Time with Spot the Dog (Ages 3 to 7)
When: Thursday • April 15 • 11am
University Bookstore @ Mill Creek, Kids Books
Be at our Mill Creek store to see Spot read out loud! Join us for a very special Story Time where some of our Kids booksellers will read the popular Spot the Dog books. Call 425.385.3530 for details.

Story Time with Mary (Ages 3 to 7)
When: Thursday • April 15 • 11am
Where: University Bookstore - Bellevue, Kids Books
Join Mary for a lively hour of stories and art. Animated readings will entertain your children and help them form positive reading habits. Painting and drawing will stimulate their creative minds. Juice and cookies to follow. Call 425.462.4500 for details.

Reading With Rover: Read to a therapy dog at Third Place Books.
When: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 6:30 – 8pm
Where: Third Place Books
Lake Forest Towne Centre
17171 Bothell Way N.E.
Lake Forest Park WA 98155
All Ages

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

hungry girl

I am a big fan of the Hungry Girl website. But they just came out with a 1-2-3 Easy Recipes book that I think would work great for kids too! They use practical grocery store ingredients, but in an easy and healthy way! Check it out online or a local bookstore near you. It just debuted at on the New York Times Bestseller List at #1!

think green: kids clothes

You love consignment stores, you love garage sales..have you tried online?

* http://thredup.com/: Used Kids Clothing Exchange
* http://www.mamaswap.com/: Online Consignment Buy & Sell
* http://www.babyoutfitter.com/: "Online Children's Resale Superstore"
* http://www.frillyfrocks.com/: "A Very Unique CONTEMPORARY Consignment Store"
* http://www.stylishstork.com/: Gently Used Baby, Children's & Maternity Resale
* http://www.mykidscloset.com/: Online Consignment for clothes, toys, equipment and more
* http://www.wornbutnotforgotten.com/: New and Gently Used Baby & Children's Clothes, Sizes Newborn to 4
* http://www.cheapkidsclothes.com/: "Quality Clothes at Fantastic Prices"

Monday, April 12, 2010

free jamba juice

(4/12-4/25) Head on over to Jamba Juice with your kiddo. Promote healthy eating with their buy one get one FREE coupon in celebration of their 20th anniversary!

Download the COUPON HERE

Great article about Juicing For Kids and some Recipes