Wednesday, June 30, 2010

bastyr well child visits

Is your child eating, sleeping, learning, playing and growing well?

Bastyr Center will offer $20 Well-Child Visits July 1 - August 31, 2010
(Includes one free bottle of pediatric vitamins per child.)

Learn about the benefits of keeping your kids healthy through good nutrition, exercise and taking care of their bodies as they grow. Call 206.834.4100 to make an appointment with the natural health experts at Bastyr Center.

A licensed, supervising practitioner and a team of advanced student clinicians will assess your child's:

* Current physical health
* Growth and development
* Nutrition and digestive needs

This offer valid for one Well-Child Visit and one bottle of pediatric vitamins per child. Only children ages 11 and younger are eligible. Multiple children from the same family may not be seen as a group; one appointment per child is required. This appointment intended for a wellness evaluation only. Other health issues must be addressed during a separate appointment. This offer valid July 1 through August 31, 2010 only.

(Thanks Stella!)

jetty island opens!

Jetty Island Opening Sandblast
Flag raising ceremony (11:30 a.m.), buried pirate treasure hunt and more. FREE, donations accepted. Free ferry to the island at 10th Street boat launch off W. Marine View Drive, Everett.

When: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 11:30am
Where: Jetty Island, Everett WA
All ages; FREE

thursday fun

IN addition to these ongoing Thursday events....

Free Day at Free Museum of Flight @ 5pm
Free Day at Bellevue Art Museum @ 11am
Free Day at the Burke Museum, Seattle @ 10am
Free Day at the Musuem of History and Industry @ 10am
Free Day at Seattle Art Museum @ 10am
Free Day at Seattle Asian Art Museum @ 10am
Free Day at the Wing Luke Asian Museum @ 10am
Free Day at Henry Art Gallery @ 11am
Free Day at Northwest African American Museum @ 11am
Free Day at Free KiDiMu (Kids Discovery Museum on Bainbridge Island) from 10am-4pm

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

wednesday fun

In addition to these ongoing Wednesday events...

Presenting The Free Family Film Festival!
The Film Festival is a 9-week program of free "G" and "PG" rated movies. The films are shown at 10AM on Tuesday and Wednesday, after school is out for the summer. We play popular titles of kid's movies. Admission to all movies is FREE for kids and adults. Seating is available as a first come first serve basis. For concessions, we offer a special kids reel meal combo pack!
Wallace and Gromit
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
*Alderwood 7:
Rugrats The Movie
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
*Thornton Place:
Kung Fu Panda
The Tooth Fairy Thornton Place

Entertainment from Valentines Performing Pigs. Ages 5 to 10 and families. In case of rain, Lynndale Elementary School, 7200 191st St. S.W., Lynnwood.
When: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12pm
Where: Lynndale Parks Amphitheater
18927 72nd Ave. W.
Lynnwood WA 98036

Edmonds Library
Make a Splash with the Pacific Science Center as cauldrons of mystery liquid boil and bubble in this bambozling show!
Event Type: School-Age Program
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Start Time: 2:00pm

Rainier Beach Branch Library
Kids learn about and celebrate different cultures by playing games that use luna sticks, diabolos, pelele (fling-it nets), lariats, takraw balls, and petecas.
9125 Rainier Avenue S
Seattle, WA
Ages: 5-14
Time: 2:00pmpm

Farm Gardening
Pick from a variety of seeds, plant one to take home and watch it grow just like the gardens at Kelsey Creek Farm Park. All ages, children with adult. Donations welcome.
When: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 1 – 1:30pm
Where: Kelsey Creek Farm Park
410 130th Place S.E.
Bellevue WA 98005
All ages; FREE

Monday, June 28, 2010

tuesday fun

In addition to these ongoing Tuesday events...

Presenting The Free Family Film Festival!
The Film Festival is a 9-week program of free "G" and "PG" rated movies. The films are shown at 10AM on Tuesday and Wednesday, after school is out for the summer. We play popular titles of kid's movies. Admission to all movies is FREE for kids and adults. Seating is available as a first come first serve basis. For concessions, we offer a special kids reel meal combo pack!

Wallace and Gromit
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
*Alderwood 7:
Rugrats The Movie
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
*Thornton Place:
Kung Fu Panda
The Tooth Fairy Thornton Place

There are two morning concerts at Kenyon Hall in West Seattle. Experience the fun of the old-time Wurlitzer organ!
This coming Tuesday morning, June 29, at 9:45 and 11:20 A.M., we’re presenting two forty-five minute shows featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ and several of your favorite Kenyon Hall artists.
The occasion is the national convention of the American Theatre Organ Society. On Tuesday, conventioneers will be bused to several Seattle locations to hear the instruments our city has to offer, and we’re going to show them the best of Kenyon Hall, including free Root Beer Floats!
The two morning shows will have only 50 in each audience from the convention, so we’re offering the rest of the seats to our loyal fans.
Performing will be Andy Crow on the Mighty Wurlitzer and the recently acquired 1938 Concert Grand Hammond, New York society pianist Peter Mintun, in town for his July 2 and 3 performances at the hall, Connie Corrick, Hugh Hastings, Louis Magor, and gospel luminary Pat Wright.
Tickets are only $5, and free for children on laps. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. To reserve, e-mail and let us know which show you’d like to attend, and how many seats you’d like. You’ll receive a return e-mail confirming your reservation. We accept cash and checks at the door.

what to do on a monday?

Well, here are a TON of ideas that happen every Monday...


Kids Free at Museum of Flight
Children under age 18 will be admitted free at The Museum of Flight June 14, 21 and 28 when accompanied by an adult (up to four youths per paying adult). $15, $13 seniors, $10 active military.
When: Monday, June 28, 2010, 10am – 5pm
Where: Museum of Flight 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle
Age recommendation Toddler, Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High

Rodney the Shark
Undersea puppet adventure from Rowbes features Rodney and his friends, and kicks off the summer reading program.
When: Monday, June 28th @ 7:00pm
Where: Mountlake Terrace Library
23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace WA 98043

Thursday, June 24, 2010

weekend fun (june 25-27)

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(FRI) Campfire Program: Batty About Bats
Learn about bats with crafts, stories, and games around the campfire; plus flashlight walk to search for bats
When: Friday, June 25, 8-9:30pm
Address: Cedar River Watershed
Age: Families/ youth 3 and up
Cost: $5 per person

(FRI) Auburn KidsDay
Inflatable rides, arts and crafts, face painting, activity and information booths, miniature golf, food, spraypark, playground and more.
When: Friday, June 25, 2010, 11am – 4pm
Where: Les Gove Park 910 Ninth St. S.E. Auburn
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Pirate Party
Swashbuckling adventure at the Captain Cody Buccaneer Bash includes pirate arts and crafts, activities and loot.
When: Friday, June 25, 2010, 3pm
Where: Puyallup Public Library 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Community Dinner and Full Moon Walk
Eat a dinner with new friends, then take a guided night walk and find out what creatures are about after dark. Not suitable for strollers. $4.
When: Friday, June 25, 2010, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Audubon Center, Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle WA 98118
All ages
Cost: $4.00
Pre-register: Yes
Phone: 206-652-2444

(SAT) Seattle Children’s Boutique Sale
What: Eight stores (Sugarlump, Buggy) team up to offer deep discounts on clothing, books, toys, and gear.
Why: Tottini is offering 50 percent off bedding, furniture, and more, so be prepared to schlep home some serious finds.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 2719 E. Madison St. For more info, call 206-254-0400.

(SAT) Drawing in the Park
Draw all day at Olympic Sculpture Park. Easels and drawing materials provided. Morning to dusk Saturdays June 19 through Aug. 21.
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Where: Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave. Seattle WA
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Friday Night Moonlight Movies at the Coal Creek YMCA

(SAT) Lake Marcel Community G-Sale

(SAT) Discovery Center Garage Sale: all proceeds to benefit Breast Cancer Research

(SAT) Artopia and Georgetown Music Fest
What: A multidisciplinary, interactive art and music celebration takes over the streets.
Why: Power tool races, a graffiti installation, more than 30 live bands (Fatal Lucciauno, The Pica Beats, Dark Time Sunshine), and two beer gardens.
When: Fest, Fri., 6-11 p.m. & Sat., 2-10 p.m.; Artopia, Sat., 2-10 p.m.
Where: Artopia, Airport Way S., b/t Corson Ave. & Bailey St.; Fest, Airport Way S., b/t Nebraska & Harney Sts. Admission is free.

(SAT) Chalk the Walk
Artists on hand to help kids create their own sidewalk chalk masterpiece. All ages and artistic abilities.
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 10am – 12pm
Where: Puyallup Public Library 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Bridle Trails Party in the Park
When: Saturday, June 26, 8:00 am- 12:30 pm
Address: Bridle Trails State Park Horse Show Grounds NE 53rd and 116th NE, Kirkland, WA
Age: All
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
Notes: Pony rides, cake walk, face painters, Donkey Dash (no donkeys, just a race for the kids), fishing hole, and more

(SAT) Redmond Town Center Arts Festival
The RTC comes alive this weekend with its annual Sidewalk Sale and arts festival, complete with craft vendors, tunes, food and plenty of activities to distract the Littles as you hunt for bargains. Fri.-Sat., 10 am to 7 pm; Sun, Noon to 4 pm, Redmond, Free.
(SAT) Book Signing at Ballard Public Library
Authors Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorenson read from their new book How to Have Your Second Child First: 100 Things That are Good to Know. Anyone with more than one child will appreciate their stories of lessons learned. Sat., 2 pm, Ballard, Free.

(SAT) Greenwood Car Show
If you’ve got a car-lovin’ Little One, get thee to Greenwood’s most popular neighborhood festival for your share of cars, tunes and food. (And don’t forget to check out the Kid’s Zone!) Sat., 8 am to 4 pm, Greenwood, Free.

(SAT) Shoreline Arts Festival
While there’s plenty to do at this two-day community fest (including making crafts, listening to music from flamenco to funk, and sampling yummy food), make sure you hit one of two performances of King Arthur’s Quest by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Shows are on Saturday at 1 and 5 pm. Sat.10 am to 7 pm; Sun. 10 am to 5 pm, Shoreline.

(SAT) Kent International Festival
Ethnic dance, music, traditional attire, arts and crafts and authentic cuisine.
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 10am – 6pm
Where: Town Square Plaza, Second and Smith Street. Kent
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Songs, Sculptures and Sea Life at the Shore
Songs, Sculptures and Sea Life at the Shore. Kick-off party for Mukilteo Library’s adult summer reading. Chantey sing, driftwood art display and demonstration and tide pool touch tank.
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 11am – 1pm
Where: Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St, Mukilteo
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Tunes and Trains
Tunes and Trains. Concert by The Left Coast Gypsies (folk/blues/country/rock/psychedelic) and Satellite by Night (folk-fusion).
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 12 – 3pm
Where: Railroad Park
7971 Railroad Ave. S.E.
Snoqualmie WA 98065
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Sensory Friendly Fims: Toy Story 3
Movie is played with lights up higher, and noise from the audience is acceptable, to allow for children with sensory needs to comfortably watch the movie
When: June 26, 10am
Address: 17640 Garden Way NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
Age: All
Cost: $6

(SAT) Rosalie Whyel herself shares some of her favorite children's books from the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art's library at the museum's first-ever story time. Afterward, co-director Shelley Helzer will present a program on manners and etiquette.
FREE. Saturday, June 26, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ages 3-12.

(SAT) KidsQuest Concert
Jun 26, 2010 (6:00-9:00pm)
6pm - Doors open and dinner available
7pm - Music begins (Dancing is strongly encouraged!)
Museum open until 9pm for play The Board of Education plays kids music like you listened to as a child! Close your eyes and think back to the simultaneously intelligent, witty and fun music that you remember. Want music like that for your kids? Well, The Board of Education has granted your wish.
The Board of Education joins us to move and groove at a concert designed for the ten and under set. Take a night to relax, play, chow down and shake your money-maker…even a diapered one!

(SAT) Down on the Farm
Vintage farm equipment, tractor pulls, plowing demonstrations, hay wagon rides, farm tours, egg factory tours, local hot-rod "Cruise In,” food vendors and live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 and 27.
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 10am – 4pm
Where: Wilcox Farms, 40400 Harts Lake Valley Road, Roy WA
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Party in the Park
Bridle Trails' 8th annual Party in the Park is happening on Saturday, June 26. It will take place at Bridle Trails State Park Horse Show Grounds from 8am to 12:30pm (kids' activities and entertainment begins at 9:30am). Enjoy a performance by Valentine's Performing Pigs, pony rides, cake walks, face painting, and much more!

(SAT/SUN) Ananda Mela- Joyful Festival of India
Celebrate the colorful heritage of the Indian community, with magic shows, jugglers, traditional folk dancers, games and much more.
When: June 26 & 27, 12-9pm
Address: Redmond City Hall Campus
Age: All; Free

(SAT/SUN) The 2010 Bellevue Strawberry Festival
June 26 & June 27, 2010
The incredibly delicious and popular Strawberry Festival will be taking place this weekend at Crossroads Park in Bellevue. Have fun on Saturday and Sunday eating yummy food (yes, strawberries will be there in a variety of treats), listening to live music, hanging out in the family area with inflatables, face painting, games, and more, checking out arts and crafts from vendors, and browsing through a museum of local history brought to you courtesy of the Eastside Heritage Center.

(SAT/SUN) Live Arts Bothell
Artists and art booths, juried art, food and entertainment.
June 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: U.W. Bothell, 18345 Campus Way N.E.
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Skandia Midsommarfest
Family-friendly Swedish celebration of summer solstice includes a folk parade and raising of the 55-foot Midsommar Pole (2:30 p.m.), music, dance performances and instruction, colorful Nordic costumes and flower crowns, activities for children, and traditional Scandinavian crafts and food. Free parking.
When: Sunday, June 27, 2010, 11am – 6pm
Where: Saint Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive N.E. Kenmore
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Highland Park Market (West Seattle)
One month after Tiffany Silver-Brace put out the call to gauge interest in a Sunday market in the Highland Park Improvement Club parking lot – it’s come together and will debut this Sunday. We asked Tiffany what the Highland Park Sunday Market has lined up so far: The market will offer fresh eggs (laid by Highland Park hens), fresh sourdough bread and sourdough starter, fresh herbs, hand-made clothing, art, photography, hand-etched pint glasses, hand-made jewelry, locally silk-screened pillows, napkins, tote bags, onesies, hand-dyed yarn … It’s rumored that we may also have fresh kettle corn. And that’s just the first week. Additions to the next market (7/11) include homemade pickles, soaps, and hand-blown glass.
The market is set for 9 am-1 pm Sunday; HPIC is at 1116 SW Holden.

(SUN) Kids’ Jam Session
Kids’ Jam Session. Rock out with Seattle-based recording artist Connor Desai. Inflatable microphones and guitars provided.
When: Sunday, June 27, 2010, 6pm
Where: Full Tilt Ice Cream
5041 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle WA 98118
All ages; FREE

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2.2 million cribs recalled

USAToday: "2 million baby cribs recalled amid concerns of suffocation danger"

More than 2 million cribs from seven companies are being recalled over concerns that babies can suffocate, become trapped or fall from the cribs.

With Thursday's recall, 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled in the past five years.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 2 million cribs, warning that some drop-side cribs could trap or suffocate babies.

Drop-sides, which have a side rail that moves up and down so parents can lift children from them more easily, have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000. The cribs are suspected in another 14 infant fatalities during that time.

No deaths have been associated with the latest cribs being recalled, but there have been reports of at least 16 entrapments of infants. In one case, a child was found unconscious and later hospitalized, the Associated Press reports.

More info at: (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

fire department day @ museum of flight

(FRI) Fire Department Day
Fire departments from around King County share cool trucks and awesome gear in this annual event at Museum of Flight. Kids’ safety skills and adult life-saving information provided in the Safety Zone. FREE outdoor event.

When: Friday, June 25, 2010, 10am – 1pm
Where: Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S. Seattle
All ages; FREE

skatepark opening celebration

(THURS) Skatepark Opening Celebration
Seattle Parks and Recreation is partnering with Skate Like A Girl and Sno-Con, a local skate shop, to provide free lessons and helmet fittings. The community is encouraged to bring the whole family, take a skateboard lesson, eat some pizza from Jet City Pizza, and win some prizes. HomeStreet Bank will provide refreshments.

When: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 4 – 6pm
Where: Dahl Skatespot
7700 25th Ave. N.E. Seattle
All ages; FREE

family-friendly world cup

Watch soccer matches (45 of them!) live on a big screen in a family friendly environment, and enjoy free WiFi, door prizes, food vendors and face painters. Matches occur daily June 11-29, on July 2 and 3 during the quarterfinals, July 6 and 7 during the semifinals, 3rd place match is July 10, and the final match is 11:30 a.m. on July 11.

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle
Date: 06/11/2010 - 07/11/2010
Time: Daily, most matches 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Ages: All ages
Cost: Families $10/game

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

two free concerts today in west seattle

(WED) Lots more fun for all ages on this first day of summer vacation – Brian Waite Band’s "20,000 Volts Under the Sea" at 11:30am at Southwest Library (free)

(WED) The friendly folks at ALL your local Seattle Parks-run Community Centers (WSB sponsor) present Olympic Day activities tonight at West Seattle Stadium, 5-8 pm, activities for kids 3-12, including a chance to meet Olympic athlete Emily DeRiel and Paralympic athlete Mike Peters, and to rock out with Recess Monkeys FREE

harmonica pocket @ bellevue library

(THURS) Harmonica Pocket Kids’ Show at Bellevue Regional Library
When: Thursday, June 27, 2:00 pm
Address: 1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue
Age: All
Cost: Free

health & wellness event @ merry go round

(THURS) Health and Wellness Event at Merry Go Round
Here's a fun event for those who are expecting a wee one or for parents of young babies. Merry Go Round, the 2010 Best of the Eastside winner of best children's store, will be holding a Health and Wellness Event on June 24 from 6pm to 8pm. The event is hosted by ItsaBelly Baby Planners and Britax, the event will have tables from services like PEPS, La Leche League, and Stroller Strides as well as raffles and prizes of up to $1300, including a new Britax stroller! Walk around, browse and pick up lots of information, and sip a Preggatini!

free movie thursday

(THURS) Free Family Film Series in Renton
June 23rd: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (PG)
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 am
Address: The Landing Stadium 14, 900 N 10th Place, Renton ,WA 98055
Age: All
Cost: Free

(THURS) Free Family Film Series in Tukwila
June 23rd: Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG)
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 am
Address: Parkway Plaza Stadium 12, 5910 South 180th Street, Tukwila ,WA 98188
Age: All
Cost: Free

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

westside baby diaper party!

School's Out and The Diapers are Coming!
Wednesday June 23 at 11:00am
WestSide Baby will receive 200,000 Diapers!

Free lattes, cake and activities for the kids!

As part of the WestSide Baby Community, we thought you'd want to be the first to know that we will receive 200,000 diapers thanks to Kimberly-Clark's Huggies Brand tomorrow, Wednesday June 23 at 11 am.

Join us!! We are located at 10032 15th Ave. SW Seattle 98146. We are just south of the Dollar Store and behind White Center Chiropractic. Please park on the street.

Ever wonder what 200,000 diapers looks like?
We have! Come join us to see for yourself! A big semi-truck is scheduled to arrive at our little facility in White Center at 11 am loaded with diapers! We've lined up containers in our parking lot, a fork lift and pallet jacks and can't wait to celebrate this amazing gift.

While we gave 200,000 diapers out in 2009, we've never seen that many all at one time. Along with 9 other diaper banks across the country, we've been talking with Huggies about diaper need since last fall. The donation arrives not only because of the obvious need but, at WestSide Baby, we believe these things happen also because of the incredible community support we have. Huggies wants to be a part!

Wear Red and get a Free Latte or Italian Soda
Espresso Elegance donates a latte cart!
Come on down tomorrow between 10-12 and receive a free latte! Kids can have an Italian Soda treat.

We expect there to be some media coverage of this event. If it's easy for you, please throw on something RED and join us. We want Huggies to know how much the entire WestSide Baby Community appreciates diapers.

Because the truck will be arriving at 11am, you may consider coming a bit before or after that time.

Kids get Cake
While supplies last!
We'll cut a cake to celebrate once the truck is unloaded. We're hoping to have enough for all the kids (and maybe a few lucky adults too!)

We are working on getting the fire department to stop by for a bit subject to availability. Feel free to call us in the morning if that is of interest to you.

We'll have sidewalk chalk and coloring pages on hand to occupy little ones for their short stay here. We do ask parents to help us keep little ones inside the courtyard and out of the way of machines in the parking lot. We'll keep the gate closed!

"secret kids menu" @ chipotle

While they are still test driving out an "offical kids menu" in different markets - you can ask for the following items off the "secret menu" - pretty much whatever they have you can pick from?

All Kid's Menu items served with kid's chips and a drink. Kid's Drinks include juice, organic milk (plain or chocolate) or a small soda.

1. Small Cheese Quesadilla. With a side of rice and beans @ $2.95
2. Small Meat & Cheese Quesadilla. With a side of rice and beans @ $3.50
3. Single Taco. Soft or crispy shell, and a choice of any three items (one meat or guacamole) and a side of rice @ $3.50
4. Taco Kit (they build it). Choose any three ingredients (one meat or guacamole) and two soft or crispy shells. Served on a tray for easy building @ $3.95.

top 50 etsy moms "Top 50 Etsy Moms" is a booming hub for artists all around the world to sell their handmade products, consequently creating a community bursting with creativity and ingenuity. It’s a place to find unique treasures that directly supports some of the most talented individuals and their crafts. Not surprisingly, many of these artists, dreamers, designers and builders are moms like us. They’re balancing the day-to-day parenting responsibilities — sometimes with another day job, sometimes as a single mom — while still squeezing in time for their growing business. (This is where naps and bed times come in handy.) And they’re not just doing it for the money; they’re utilizing this creative outlet while teaching their children the value of artistry, resourcefulness and determination.

Monday, June 21, 2010

free summer kids movies @ crossroads mall

Free Summer Kids Movies at Crossroads
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26 & 27 @ 10:00am
Address: Crossroads 8 Cinemas 1200 156th Avenue NE Bellevue
Cost: Free

June 22 Rurats in Paris (G)
June 23 Kung Fu Panda(PG)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

museum of flight - kids free on monday

Children under age 18 will be admitted free at The Museum of Flight June 14, 21 and 28 when accompanied by an adult (up to four youths per paying adult).
Adult Price: $15, $13 seniors, $10 active military.

When: Monday, June 14, 2010, 10am – 5pm
Where: Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

weekend fun (june 18th-20th)

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(FRI) Meeker Days
Pierce County’s largest street festival features entertainment, food, arts and crafts, vendors, inflatable rides, car shows and more. Noon to 9 p.m. June 18, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 20.
When: Friday, June 18, 2010, 12 – 9pm
Where: Downtown Puyallup WA
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Sammamish Teen Fest, Skate Competition and Dance
Live music, food, and fun, in partnership with Boys and Girls Club
When: Friday, June 18th 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Address: Sammamish Commons
Age: Must be 13-21, resident of Sammamish or student at Issaquah or Redmond High
Cost: free admission, pre-registration for skate competition required

(FRI) Solstice Storytelling
Storytellers tell tales and spin yarns about peoples’ quest to understand nature. Bring your own stories. Smores provided. Ages 3 and older. Donations accepted.
When: Friday, June 18, 2010, 7 – 8:30pm
Where Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle
Age recommendation: Preschool, Elementary School
Cost: FREE
Pre-register: Yes
Phone: 206-684-0877

(FRI) Fire Department Day
Fire departments from around King County share cool trucks and awesome gear in this 10th annual event at Museum of Flight. Kids’ safety skills and adult life-saving information provided. FREE outdoor event.
When: Friday, June 18, 2010, 10am – 1pm
Where: Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle WA 98108
All ages; FREE

(FRI/SAT) Greenway Days
Celebrate the gorgeous 100-mile stretch of road that starts on Mercer Island and ends in Thorp at Greenway Days, a mashup of outdoorsy events and festivals held at locations along the highway. Geoteaming contests, hikes, Greenway Challenge and more. More than 25 events in Ellensberg, Snoqualmie, Cle Elum, Fall City, Mercer Island, Roslyn, Issaquah, Seattle, North Bend and Bellevue.
When: June 19th & 20th

(FRI-SUN) Edmonds Arts Festival
Edmonds' granddaddy of an art festival, now in 53rd year, is back at its traditional time, Father's Day weekend. Visit the Kids Creative Corner for cool crafts and a lineup of performers that includes The Bubbleman, and oh, yeah, there are dozens of fine arts and crafts booths for adults to browse, too.
June 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When: Friday, June 18, 2010, 11am – 9pm
Where Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St., Edmonds

(FRI-SUN) Father's Day at Seattle Bug Safari
Seattle Bug Safari invites families to visit its live bug zoo Father’s Day weekend. All dads with little ones in tow (one dad per each paid child admission) are admitted free.
1501 Western Ave., Seattle
Date: 06/18/2010 - 06/20/2010
Time: Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: All ages
Cost: $6-$8

(SAT) Seattle Children’s Playground Grand Opening!
We are opening the doors of our newly renovated "Field House" and our beautiful new "Minnie Bergman Garden House." You're Invited! Please join us for our Grand Opening, June 19, 1-3 pm!

(SAT) Henry Moses Aquatic Center and Waterslides
When: Opening day: June 19; Open daily, noon- 3:30pm, 4pm-7:30pm
Twilight Swims: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8pm- 10pm
Address: Henry Moses Aquatic Center, 1719 Maple Valley Highway, Renton
Age: All, cost varies

(SAT) Waterfest! Festival of Water
Activities, games, stories, tours about the watershed
When: Saturday, June 19, 10am-4pm
Address: Cedar River Watershed
All Ages, Free

(SAT) Celebrate the solstice with an evening walk, hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers, through Ballard and Shilshole. Twilight will be long, the views will be lovely, and the 5k route is just right for families with strollers. FREE. Saturday, June 19, start between 4-6 p.m.

(SAT) American Heroes Air Show at the Museum of Flight!
Each year we bring in more than a dozen helicopters (17 are scheduled this year) that will be on static display for the public to view, climb in, and talk to their crews. Additionally, we offer helicopter rides for $40 each, so helicopters will be flying by all day for added effect. :)

(SAT) Fall City Days
Live music, watermelon-eating contest, a Duck Derby race, a kiddie and main parade, pony rides and carnival, inflatables and a 3-on-3 b-ball tourney. Directions: Take I-90 to Exit 22. Head north and take a right at the "T" in the road. Follow Preston Fall City Road Southeast to Fall City. Festival is on SR 202 (Southeast Redmond Fall City Road). Part of this weekend's Greenway Days events.
When: Sat, June 19th (900am-5:00pm)

(SAT) Pop Rides Free
Snoqualmie Valley Railroad’s scenic 70-minute round trip departs from Snoqualmie or North Bend. See schedule online. $12, $10 seniors, $8 ages 2 to 12, dads free June 19 and 20. with paying child of any age. 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie or 205 McClellan St., North Bend
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Where: Snoqualmie Valley Railroad 38625 S.E. King St.

(SAT) Guy's Night Out - Benefiting WestSide Baby
When was the last time you had an excuse to either have a night out with just your friends OR to set something fun up for the guy in your life and his cronies? When was the last time you said to your partner, "I'm sending out you for the night to play poker, pool and horseshoes with good food and great drinks." without being the hero of the house? What a great Father's Day prelude! ACT TODAY!!
Date: Saturday June 19 5:30 PM - 10 PM
Goal: To raise funds to support WestSide Baby Programs.
Location: 10452 15th Ave. SW Seattle, WA 98146
Questions: Email Kemp at
Call us at (206) 767-1662

(SAT) Strawberry Harvest Festival
Pony rides, puppet shows, animals, games, storytime and more farms on the Red Rooster Route. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19 and 20. FREE, food and fun reasonably priced. Off I-5 exit 208 – head east on 530 toward Arlington.
When; Saturday, June 19, 2010, 9am – 5pm
Where: Arlington area
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Fremont Fair
Music, arts and crafts, street performers, kids' area, art cars (assembly of wildly decorated cars), food and more. The unconventional Fremont Solstice Parade (some fair guests appear in full or partial body paint) is noon today. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20. Donations encouraged. Limited parking, bike corrals available.
When Saturday, June 19, 2010, 10am – 8pm
Where Phinney Avenue N. and N. 35th Street, Seattle
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Marysville Strawberry Festival
Citywide events include carnival, vendors, food, music, kiddies’ parade (6 p.m. today), grand parade (8 p.m. today), fireworks (10:10 p.m. today) and more. Noon to 6 p.m. today. FREE. Various locations, Marysville.
Kids Party in the Park. Entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts, concessions and more. Noon to 5 p.m. today. FREE. Totem Middle School, 1605 Seventh St., Marysville.
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 12 – 6pm
Where: Various locations around Marysville WA
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Vintage Plane Fly Day
Watch two historic aircraft from the Flying Heritage Collection take to the sky for a maintenance flight. Bring lawn chairs. Noon to 1 p.m. June 5 and 19, subject to weather and operational considerations.
When Saturday, June 19, 2010, 12 – 1pm
Where Paine Field
3407 109th St. S.W.
Everett WA 98204
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Biringer Farm Strawberry Fest
Pony rides, puppet shows, animals, games, storytime and more at Biringer Farm's new address. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19 and 20. FREE, food and fun reasonably priced.
When Saturday, June 19, 2010, 10am – 5pm
Where Biringer Farm
21412 59th Ave. N.E.
Arlington WA 98223
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Family Fun Day @ Wing Luke Museum
Seattle artist Anne Knapp helps you create a collage mixed with Sumi-e brush painting. Museum hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 1 – 3pm
Where: The Wing, 719 S. King St. Seattle WA 98104
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Family Fun Day
Amusement park rides and other fun for all ages.
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 3 – 6pm
Where: Westlake Park 401 Pine St., Seattle

(SAT) Fraser Cabin Heritage 1880 Settler’s Life Fair
Visitors are invited to participate in hands-on activities that relate to 1880s settler life: agriculture, dairy, household tasks, log cabins, games and eastside history.When: Saturdays, April 24, May 15, June 19, 2010
Saturdays, July 17, August 21, September 18, 2010
Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10, 2010
Address: Fraser Cabin, Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 13204 SE 8th Pl., Bellevue
Age: All; Free

(SUN) Marymoor Mashup
Marymoor Mashup. Join three artists in making kites from recycled materials - and fly them, create clay sculptures to inspire cello compositions, listen to and tell stories about the Regional Trails.
When: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 11am – 2pm
Where; Marymoor Park
6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond
All ages; FREE
Pre-register: Yes

(SUN) Swedish Mid-Summer Festival in Bellevue
You say you love dad AND you love meatballs? Why not combine the two at the Swedish Mid-Summer Festival at Vasa Park? This Sunday, from 9am to 8pm, on the shores of Lake Sammamish in Bellevue, you can celebrate with a pony ride, bouncy house, and a water trampoline, along with a midsummer Maypole, Swedish dancers and singers, and more. And of course, Swedish meatballs. There is a no charge for the event, although there are small fees for food.

(SUN) Father’s Day Car Show
Family fun includes vintage autos, train rides and more.
When: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 12 – 3pm
Where; Country Village
23732 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell WA 98021
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Fenders on Front Street
Cars and Father's Day go together like -- well, you know. Take a look at cool cars parked along Front Street in Issaquah, groove to tunes by local bands, and watch cars cruise Front Street at 3 p.m. It's part of the annual Greenway Days.
Date: 06/20/2010
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
Ages: All ages; Free

(SUN) Crafts for Kids
Spend Father's Day at beautiful Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, making kites, taking a guided nature walk, looking at animal bones, playing with bubbles, and more. It's part of this weekend's Greenway Days events. Directions: Take I-90 Exit 31. Continue through North Bend on SR 202 toward Snoqualmie. Take a right on Boalch Avenue Northwest, and follow for a half-mile to the farm (on the left).
Date: 06/20/2010
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: All ages; Free

(SUN-TUES) Got Milk?
The "Got Milk”"tour is crossing the country from March thru September & in a few weeks, they will be hitting Seattle & Portland. Their purpose is to encourage parents to serve milk at dinnertime by showing all the benefits & nutrients that milk has to offer. They will have 3 FREE events from June 20 – June 22nd in Seattle.
When: Saturday, June 19
Address: Fall City
June 20 – Woodland Park Zoo; 9:30am – 11:30am; 12:30 – 2:30pm *not sure if zoo admittance is required
June 21 – Woodland Park Zoo; 9:30 am – 11:30 am
June 22- The Children’s Museum of Seattle – 10am -12pm

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grocery shopping fun!

LittleToadStools: An interactive, educational tool to keep children happy & occupied while grocery shopping. The cost is $19.95 CND plus shipping.

Article: "Winning Ways to Grocery Shop with Your Children"

PBSKids: Arthur: Supermarket Adventure online game!

The Childrens Museum: Check our their newly Remodeled "Metropolitan Market Bite" grocery store! Teach the wee ones to fend for themselves (someday) at the Children’s Museum’s recently unveiled 740-square-foot mini “Metropolitan Market.” Little fellas and gals can peruse fuzzy peaches, assemble felt-slice sandwiches and bring mommy fresh (fake) flowers. Reusable shopping bag not included.

8 methods for implementing positive discipline

Another installment from HeliGirl: "8 Methods for Implementing Positive Discipline"

In Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline for Preschoolers, she starts the book with a simple list of eight methods for implementing positive discipline. Remember, it really starts to work around age three and that’s about where we are. Time to put this stuff to the true test.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

beauty & the beast

(THURS-SUN) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Puppet Show)
Musical produced by Friendship Theatre
When: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 7pm
Where: Knutzen Family Theatre
3200 Dash Point Road
Federal Way WA 98023
Performance Type: Puppet
All ages
Cost: $6.00
Phone: 253-835-6900
June 1719 @ 7:00pm
June 20th @ 2:00pm

university village

(THURS) Thursday events @ University Village

1. Start off with Storytime @ Land of Nod, 11:00am
2. Then go shopping @ University Village's Sidewalk Sale - Many stores will have items 50% off - Click HEREfor participating stores!


Love OXO products? Me too! I cannot wait for their new kids line - coming soon to a store near you by the end of summer. View a preview of the line HERE and a review of their Expo debut HERE.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

bat walk

(WED) Bat Walk
Learn about bats, then search for them using a bat detector.
When: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 8:30pm
Where: Green Lake Park near Bathhouse Theater
7201 E. Green Lake Drive N.
Seattle WA 98115
All ages; FREE

class: starting solids

June 17, 2010: "Starting Solid Foods for Baby"

Join us each third Thursday of the month at 6 pm for lectures on health topics by the physicians at Naturopathic Family Medicine in Fremont. Each class costs $20 per person, or $30 per couple. For the sake of others, please leave the children at home.

To attend, please RSVP by phone (206) 683-4495 or email.

Monday, June 14, 2010

kids free at museum of flight today!

Children under age 18 will be admitted free at The Museum of Flight June 14, 21 and 28 when accompanied by an adult (up to four youths per paying adult). $15, $13 seniors, $10 active military.
When: Monday, June 14, 2010, 10am – 5pm
Where: Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S.

KCLS Summer Programs

TONS OF GREAT SUMMER PROGRAMS @ your local library! Too many to link to individually. I highly recommend locating your favorite library on this link and bookmarking events you want to attend! Most starting in late June - make a Splash this Summer!

study finds lead in kids juice boxes

From Safemama: One of our wonderful readers emailed me about this over the weekend (Thanks Vanessa!) and of course I was all over it, checking it out. I’m not the first to report on it but I felt it warranted SafeMama attention. A study done by the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) revealed that a large number of juice box and baby food brands, including organic brands, exceeded levels of lead that would be dangerous for the 6 and under age set. This infuriates me beyond belief.

They have published the list of products tested for lead (PDF) and listed the brands that exceeded the CA Prop 65 limit of 0.5 micrograms of lead per serving and those who did not exceed it. See article link for FULL LIST.

caspar babypants more please!

(TUES) Caspar BabyPants @ the Federal Way Library

Chris Ballew is better known as the lead singer of the Seattle based rock and roll band, The Presidents of the United States of America. This group includes three singers, electric piano, electric guitar and percussion. The show will feature simple songs families can sing together to reinforce many concepts related to Early Literacy. Space is limited, first come, first seated.

Start Time: 11:00am
Ages 2 to 5 with adult.

sale @ cruizin kidz

CruizinKidz: BUY 2 Get 1 FREE!!! Buy any 2 consigned items and get the 3rd for Free.*

Tuesday through Saturday: 10am till 5pm

Have you been holding on to a highchairs, pack n play, crib, exersaucer, changing table, dresser, toddler bed, twin/full bed, or other bedroom furniture, train tables, jogging strollers (singles, doubles and triples), motorized cars/scooters, play kitchens, basketball hoops, play structures (big or small)? Now is the time to get those itens ready, we need these items and array of others, please call or email if you have questions or would like to bring them in.

Do you need help loading these large items up and getting them down to us? Cruzin Kidz can help!

We now will be offering a pick up service from your house or storage unit FREE of charge. No more worries on how in the world you will get it down to us, we will come and get it from you! (call if you are interested in the details or want to schedule a pickup)

Friday, June 11, 2010

weekend fun (june 11th-13th)

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(FRI) Starbucks We Love Your Fridays! Pick up a free Aquarium, Ticket!

(FRI) Westfield Family Friday
A series of free monthly themed WFamily events that take place on the second Friday of every month. These events target families with children ranging in age from 5 – 10 and are planned for the months of June through October.

(FRI) Outdoor Bounce Fest at Loyal Heights Community Center
The little ones will love the opportunity to, literally, jump into summer. Dress in your fave Hawaiian-themed outfits and try out the various and sundry bounce houses, game stations and more. (P.S.: Don’t forget to support the Cookies for Kids Cancer bake sale.) Fri., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Ballard, $2.

(SAT/SUN) Free Fishing this weekend - Just in time for the sun! Oregon and Washington is having free fishing in any waters open to fishing this weekend (June 12 & 13) — no license required!

(SAT) 5th Annual Morgan Junction Festival
Time: Saturday, June 12, 11am to 7pm
Place: West Seattle, Morgan Park & the parking lots of Beveridge Place Pub and Zeeks/Feedback Lounge.
Come to the 5th Annual Morgan Junction Festival! The Bite of Morgan is returning and we have a full schedule of music and performers in the Park, including The Bubbleman. We hope you can join us for a fun day of music, crafts and vendors and food. Here’s the line up for both the music stage and the park performances.

(SAT) Family Festival Presented by Target
Make a playdate with the Olympic Sculpture Park—and carpool if you can! Celebrate summer being just around the corner with a magnificent family festival all about native plants and local talent. Live music, art making and park tours will fill the afternoon.
Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Where: Olympic Sculpture Park

(SAT) 6th Annual Tanner Jeans Memorial Bike Safety Rodeo
The TJMF, in cooperation with the City of Snoqualmie Police Department, will be holidng the 6th Annual Tanner Jeans Memorial Bike Safety Rodeo. This is the largest bike safety rodeo in Washington State and is free to the public. Last year's event had over 1,000 participants. The rodeo will continue to provide police officer-assisted bike safety instruction, free bike helmets to those in need and a free bike inspection. Participants will also receive a t-shirt and a certificate after completeing the safety course.
Date: June 12, 2010
Where: Community Park on Ridge Street in Snoqualmie Ridge
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

(SAT) Better Than TV Farm Tour at Willows Edge Farm
Might wanna don your overalls and workboots for this fun family excursion where you get a tour plus get to help with chores like feeding the chickens, horses and bunnies. Pre-registration required.
Sat., 9 to 10:30 a.m., Bothell, $5.

(SAT) Tastin’ n Racin’
Hydroplane (and other water craft) races, food, vendors, family area, boat, motorcycle and car exhibits, and entertainment. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 13. $10, $5 ages 6 to 16 and seniors, free ages 5 and younger, free parking.
When: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 9am – 7pm
Where: Lake Sammamish State Park
2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah
All ages

(SAT) Hawaiian Canoe Races
Outrigger canoe racing (youth and adult), Hawaiian music and concessions.
When: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 10am – 2pm
Where: Thornton A. Sullivan Park
11405 Silver Lake Road, Everett
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Car Seat Clinic and Open House
FREE child car seat checkups (first come, first served); bring car seat instructions and vehicle owner’s manual. Stop by to see a fire engine, meet firefighters and check out fun fire safety activities.
When: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 9am – 12pm
Where: Edmonds Fire Station 17
275 Sixth Ave. N. Edmonds
All ages; FREE

(SAT) GPS Treasures fun in Bellevue
Here's your chance to try out geocaching, a fun hobby that's great for families to participate in - no matter how old you are! Head to the Mercer Slough Nature Park this Saturday at 11:45am where you'll be given a GPS unit (just for the activity mind you, not for keeps!). You'll search for surprise items hidden around the area using your unit and get to see and learn more about Mercer Slough and geocaching. Here's some info if you're interested, and space is limited to 30 people. Join us on the second Saturday of the month for an interactive hour of hands-on learning about the Mercer Slough. We will cover a variety of topics for all ages to enjoy. Donations are welcome for participation in this program.
Workshops are 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

(SAT) World Ocean Day Festival
Music, boat rides, picnic area, environmental speakers and displays, kids’ activities and crafts, and more.
When: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 9am – 5pm
Where: Camano Island State Park and Cama Beach State Park
1880 S.W. Camano Drive, Camano Island
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Hats Off to Summer
What: Take a spin around the museum, then watch dancers from the Grant Center for Performing Arts groove across the stage at this day especially for families. Create a personalized sailor cap for the perfect warm weather statement.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma (253-284-4750)
Adults, $12; children 6-12, $5; under 6, free.

(SAT) Safari Splash-tacular
Kids age 3 to 12 can participate in fun-filled activities that give them hands-on experience in several aspects of water safety, including practicing first aid, digging for coins in an “ice cave” and learning about hypothermia, a swim in the Leisure pool and more. King County Library staff will promote the summer reading program, Safe Kids Campaign of King County South will sell properly fitted lifejackets. Parents must accompany ages 6 and younger in the water.
When: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 11am – 1pm
Where: Federal Way Community Center 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way
Age: Preschool, Elementary School

(SAT) CIRCUS begins at Pacific Science Center!

(SUN) FREE Fit-Day for ages 3-18!
Fun interactive booths, challenge stations, live DJ, demo's and workouts from King CrossFit, Emerald City Zumba, U.S.S.D, great raffle prizes & more!
Participants will visit booths, challenge stations or participating merchants to receive a stamp in their "Fit-Day Flyer/Raffle Entry." Kids that receive stamps at more than 50% of the booths will be entered to win great prizes from our sponsors!
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Kent Station

(SUN) Seattle Pride Family Picnic
The picnic welcomes the LGBT community and allied families. Food, dance music, Soap Box Car installation (for ages 7 to 11) and more. Buffet $1.
When: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 11am – 4pm
Where: Volunteer Park
1247 15th Ave. E.
Seattle WA 98112
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Farm Days and Play Dates at Fox Hollow Farm
Play with the horses, goats, chickens, pigs, peacocks, bunnies, kittens, and more. Enjoy games on our large ball field, bounce on the HUGE inflatable castles, explore Issaquah Creek, and drive miniature John Deere trucks and tractors. Whatever you choose to do, it’s a great way to have a memorable outing with your little ones. Bring a picnic or there will be hotdogs, kettle corn, cotton candy, and drinks available. No reservation required, just show up!
When: Various Wednesdays and Saturdays
Address: 12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
WWhen: June 12th , 10:00am-1:00pm
Age: All
Cost: $6 per person

(SUN) Share the Music Festival
What: Spend the afternoon rocking out to the kid-friendly music of Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its, and Johnny Bregar.
Why: The trio of hipster schoolteachers, Recess Monkey, sure know how to put on a show.
When: Sun., 12:00pm-2:00pm
Where: Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St.
Admission is free.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

plan ahead for the american heroes air show

(SAT 6/19) *Great Father's Day Weekend Activity!


From HeliGirl:

I'm writing to give you a heads up about an event I volunteer to put on every year at Boeing Field. It's called the American Heroes Air Show and Code 3 Fair. It's a free helicopter and public service event we hold every June at the Museum of Flight in the museum's parking lot.

The American Heroes Air Show was started as a way to increase public awareness and knowledge about the helicopters in our skies and their vital roll in our community. Aircraft scheduled this year will include EMS, police, Customs and Border Protection, DEA, Army, Navy, Air Force, collectors and flight schools. Attendees can learn about the public service aircraft serving our communities, learn about how to become a helicopter pilot, and get information on careers in these fields.

Each year we bring in more than a dozen helicopters (17 are scheduled this year) that will be on static display for the public to view, climb in, and talk to their crews. Additionally, we offer helicopter rides for $40 each, so helicopters will be flying by all day for added effect. :)

In the past few years we've added the Code 3 Fair, which is a public service education and recruitment fair. This year we have about a dozen participants, most of which bring "big toys" for kids of all ages - fire engines, bomb truck, police cars, etc.

This year the event is from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, June 19. Parking and admission is free (museum admission is extra).

Enthusiasts will want to know when they can be there to watch the aircraft arrive. Our first arrival for the morning is scheduled for 7 am (a Chinook), with the action really picking up with arrivals every 15 minutes at 8 a.m. The public is welcome to come and watch the arrivals from the safety of the museum's lawn. We have a sponsor who's offered to provide FREE coffee, hot chocolate and pastries to anyone coming early to watch the action.

Thanks again,
American Heroes Air Show, Seattle

daily activities *udpated*

A few changes to take note of...instead of listing *repeat/ongoing* activities I've simply added links onto the blog on the right-hand side for each day of the week. I'll add events as I find them or people send them in. As always, *unique* events will be posted on their own. These links are NOT visible on the Facebook page - so just keep the bookmark in mind on those "we're bored" days...and please share with friends!

* monday
* tuesday
* wednesday
* thursday
* friday
* saturday
* sunday

ongoing sundays

Indoor Playground at the Mercer Island Community Center
11:00am-2:00pm (6 & under)
Times may vary depending on availability
Daily updates at 206.275.7892
Fee: $3/resident, $4 non-resident

Bellevue - CF Kids Storytime
CF Kids Story Time invites you to come relax on our big comfy couch and ottomans to listen to an animated story telling.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: CF Kids

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

Bicycle Sunday
Break out the bikes, tandems, trailers and training wheels! Four miles of Lake Washington Boulevard, between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach, are closed to traffic almost every Sunday this summer. Pack a picnic lunch and join the crowds for a leisurely pedal along one of Seattle's most scenic roads. If your clan needs it, you'll find plenty of places to stop along the way for a break, including a children's playground near the entrance of the park. Click on the link for a map of the area.
Seward Park, Seattle
Time: Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May2-Sep 26 (No event June 20)
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free

West Seattle Farmers Market

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.

Tukwila- Foster Golf Links: Kids play free.
All Juniors play free with a paid adult.
When: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Ages: 6-17
Location: 13500 Interurban Ave South, Tukwila

ongoing saturdays

Music Together Big Kids’ Free Sample Classes at Music Center
For children ages 5 to 7, Music Together Big Kids’ class is now offered at Music Center of the Northwest, and free sample classes are available Saturdays, beginning February 5. Early music training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning, enhances teamwork skills and discipline, and provides a means of self-expression. This class also teaches children to conquer fears, building confidence through performance. Understanding core musical concepts prepares kids for formal instruction, and a lifetime of joyful music making.

Teen Art Studio
Young artists are welcome to explore art. Every month a different professional artist teaches a new art form, including cartooning, figure drawing, mixed media and more. Ages 13 to 18. FREE, materials and refreshments provided, space limited so arrive on time.
Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Gage Academy of Art
1501 10th Ave. E.
Seattle WA
Middle School, High School

Tiny Tots Skate
Bring your new roller skater to the rink without fear of being run over by more experienced skaters. On Saturday mornings, the rink is reserved for kids 10 and under with their parents.This is an ongoing event, so check with the rink for unexpected schedule changes before dropping by.
Bellevue Skate King, Bellevue
Time: Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages: Ages 10 and under with parent
Cost: Admission $5, skate rental free. Blade rental $4.

Take a train ride at Country Village.
Cost: $3.50

DRIVE IN / Valley 6 Auburn
Gates open at 7:00, show at dusk.

Get Crafty Saturdays @ Bellevue Arts Museum
When: Saturdays, 1-3 pm
Address: Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue WAY NE , Bellevue
Age: Varies
Cost: $2 materials fee per child or free with paid admission

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)

Make & Take
Make a crafty project every Wednesday and Saturday
When: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where: A Muse
7107 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle
All ages; FREE

Issaquah Farmer’s Market
When: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm
Address: Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah
Age: All
Cost: free admission

Bellevue Saturday Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, 10am -2pm, June 5-November 20
Address: Washington Square, 10610 NE 8th St
All Ages; FREE

Redmond Saturday Market
When: Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm
Address: 7730 Leary Way, Redmond
Age: All
Cost: Free admission

Weekend Storytimes Around Town

(SAT) Early Open for Autism
The Children’s Museum, Seattle opens its doors early for families with children on the autistic spectrum. During the early open time the Museum does not run normal music or sounds and will not use the PA system.
8:30 to 10 a.m. FIRST Saturdays. $3.
Seattle Center House
305 Harrison St.
Seattle WA 98109
All ages

Preschool All Stars Planetarium Show
What: Stargazers (ages 2-5) find out about the night sky through song, dance, and other activities.
Why: The twinkly constellations will captivate them.
When: Ongoing. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Pacific Science Center, Willard Smith Planetarium, 200 Second Ave. N. (206-443-2001).
Adults, $14; children 6-15, $9; children 3-5, $7; under 3, FREE.

Lowes "Build and Grow" Clinic (free)

Drawing in the Park
Draw all day at Olympic Sculpture Park. Easels and drawing materials provided.
When: Saturdays, Morning to dusk: June 19 through Aug. 21.
Where: Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave. Seattle WA
All ages; FREE

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

Storytime at Elliott Bay Book Company
Capitol Hill
Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11:30am
Join us for this fun round of readings from picture and storybooks ... Go to the castle in the children's section ... and the stories begin!

Tukwila- Foster Golf Links: Kids play free.
All Juniors play free with a paid adult.
When: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Ages: 6-17
Location: 13500 Interurban Ave South, Tukwila

Family Story Time at the Lake City Branch
Bring your children to enjoy stories, crafts, songs and fun with our children's librarians.
10:30 – 11 a.m.

Storytime @ Ravenna Third Place Books
We invite kids to Children's Storytime every Saturday at 11am.
Ages: 1-5

Storytim @ Barnes & Noble Booksellers
When: 11:00am
All Ages
*Call your local B&N to see if they participate!

Story Time @ Mockingbird Books
Kids can enjoy stories at the store every morning except Sundays.
When: 11am
Where: Ravenna
Ages: All Ages

Storytime @ Borders Books & Music
Enjoy stories selected by a children’s book expert at Borders.
When: 11am – 12pm
Where: Westfield Southcenter
2437 Southcenter Mall
Seattle WA 98188
All ages; FREE

Baby Story Time at the Northeast Branch
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Northeast Branch
Bring your infants (0-12 months) to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian. Only ONE Saturday per month - June 12th is the first! Call to confirm!

Officer Cookie's Urban Youth Chess Club at the Rainier Beach Branch
"Play Chess and Not War!" All elementary and middle school kids and their parents are invited to join the group.
When: 12:00pm–2:00pm

sorticulture in everett

(FRI-SUN) Sorticulture
Garden art and plant vendors, display gardens, chef demonstrations, music and kids' activities.

June 11: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June 12: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 13: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Legion Memorial Park
145 Alverson Blvd., Everett - limited parking
All ages; FREE

Lux It Studio "Break In Sale"

(FRI/SAT)) The Break In Sale!
As you may have already heard, Lux It Studios, in downtown Sumner, was broken into Friday night and about $10,000 worth of equipment and products were stolen. It is such a violating crime, in what we thought was a safe area for local businesses. Both business effected are run by stay at home moms trying to help support their families. In order to try and recoup the losses, Stacy Jacobsen Photography and ARMOMMY are putting together a special event this weekend called "The Break In Sale." We are going to turn something so negative, into a positive experience.

Friday, June 11th 5pm to 8pm
Saturday June 12th from 2pm to 7pm
LOCATION: Lux It Studios @ 1018 Main Street Sumner, 98390
CONTACT: Stacy Jacobsen (253) 324-6417 or
Rae Friis (206) 304-4636 or and
Enjoy markdowns on all ARMOMMY products and 40% off of all gift certificate sales from Stacy Jacobsen Photography, as well as sales and discounts from other local vendors in attendance. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $1 each for a chance to win some fabulous prizes including a free photography session, a $100 shopping spree at Stella and Dot, and a $50 ARMOMMY gift certificate. We will be offering free food and drinks, so bring your friends for a fun girls night out! Please come out and show your support!

outdoor bounce fest

(FRI) Outdoor Bounce Fest at Loyal Heights Community Center
The little ones will love the opportunity to, literally, jump into summer. Dress in your fave Hawaiian-themed outfits and try out the various and sundry bounce houses, game stations and more. (P.S.: Don’t forget to support the Cookies for Kids Cancer bake sale.) Fri., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Ballard, $2.

columbia city beatwalk

(FRI) BeatWalk: Columbia City businesses and restaurants host family-friendly music and entertainment.
7 to 10 p.m. second Fridays through Sept. 10. $7, free ages 14 and younger.
When: Friday, June 11, 2010, 7 – 10pm
Where: Columbia City Historic District
Rainier Ave. S. between S. Angeline St. and S. Hudson St.
All ages

westfield family friday

(FRI) Westfield Family Friday
A series of free monthly themed WFamily events that take place on the second Friday of every month. These events target families with children ranging in age from 5 – 10 and are planned for the months of June through October. This month, enjoy a Mommy & Me Makeover from 4pm-6pm taking place in the Children’s Wing near JCPenney. Next month, enjoy Phineas & Ferb Summer Fun. It’s all part of WFamily, so join today. WFamily membership registration is simple, easy and FREE. Shoppers can register for membership at the event, Westfield Concierge, Management Office, or online at

starbucks we love you fridays!

Friday June 11th, stop by a participating Seattle-area Starbucks after 2pm and get a free weekday admission for a youth. They’ll get to go eyeball to eyeball with a colorful rockfish, stand within a circle of glowing jellyfish and run their finger along a sea anemone’s soft tentacles.

Voucher valid for one complimentary youth entry (ages 4-12), Monday-Friday only. Limit one per purchased adult entry. Voucher must be redeemed by July 30, 2010. Limit one voucher per customer while supplies last. No purchase required. Available at participating Seattle stores only. Reproduced vouchers or copies will not be accepted.

*no purchase necessary!

ongoing fridays

Birth and Beyond Mommy Meet-Up - starting Jan 2011!
Will occur each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for mothers and their young children. Moms will have the chance to spend time with other local moms while their children enjoy an hour of free play. The second Wednesday of the month will be a group birthday party for any children with birthday's that fall during that month. Check the website for more details.
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3-4 p.m.
Ages: Mothers and babies or toddlers
Cost: Free

Paint Me a Story
Painting and story time together! Join us for this popular story time and painting activity. For every six visits receive a free Golden Book. Ages 2 and older.
Bellevue Art and Frame
13131 N.E. 20th St.
Bellevue WA 98005

Storytime with Tegan from Queen Anne Books @ Twirl Cafe!
Join us the FIRST FRIDAY of every month for a FREE storytime from 10:30 - 11:15AM. Grab your coffee and head upstairs where Tegan, from Queen Anne Books, will bring a collection of children’s books to read. Perfect for ages 2-6, but all ages welcome! Join us for playtime after, $5 with purchase.

Storytime! @ Third Place Commons
Date: Fridays 10:00 – 11:00 am
Weekly storytelling is presented by Third Place Books. Meet in the Children's Books area. Older kids may like the giant chess board with chess pieces or the main stage which hosts daily performances as well as live local music every Friday and Saturday night. Don’t forget to make a memento of your visit in the retro photo booth. When you’re done, wander into the adjoining Third Place Books which boasts an expansive children’s book section, as well as a play area (pictured). The vibe is local, relaxed and very kid-friendly.
Children's Books in Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park WA 98155

Eastside Gymnastics Academy - Drop In
Indoor Playgrounds have begun! – Kids, ages 12 months to 5 years - come and play & explore at EGA! Anyone is welcome; you do not need to be a member of EGA. Feel free to eat lunch on the balcony before or after playing! Parents must attend with child. Discount PUNCH cards available.
Cost: $5/child
Fridays from 12pm – 1:00pm

Bellevue - CF Kids' Toy Demo Night
Join us for Toy Demo night every Friday night! We supply games and popcorn, you supply the family! We'll demo a fun featured toy! 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Breastfeeding 911: Help for Hurdles
Birth and Beyond, Seattle
This class is a triage style group where you can learn about achieving a comfortable latch and have a consultant observe you feeding your baby. However, it is not as in depth as a one-on-one consultation. You will be able to measure your baby’s intake using our scale and discuss the challenges you are having breastfeeding as well. Many mothers will not need additional care, but if further treatment is recommended, you will be referred to one of our Lactation Consultants. This class takes place every Friday. Walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is not required.
Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages: Parents only
Cost: $10 donation

Every OTHER Fri @ 9:45am: Kirkland ParkPlace Baby's Day at the Movies

Fridays are FREE days at Soundbridge! (Seattle Symphony / Benaroya Hall). Friday afternoons are free at Soundbridge! Come try an instrument, play Wii Music, sing and dance at story time (1:30pm), or listen to some of the Seattle Symphony's most famous recordings at the listening bar.
Call 206.336.6600 for more information or to make a reservation for six or more children. Every Friday Afternoon, 12-4pm

(FRI) Home Court Sport Tykes
For Toddler Boys & Girls. Sport Tykes Gym Time is for Toddlers and their parents looking to play games and have fun in a safe and organized environment. Home Court will have 4 separate play areas that will feature different sports and activities for the parents. Drop in sessions are Fridays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. beginning October 1st. The cost of Little Tykes is $5 per child. No Registration necessary, just drop-in during times listed below.
18600 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE
Woodinville, Wa 98072
Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Starts: Oct. 1st
Drop-In Fee: $5

Nature Yoga - Tacoma Parks
Ages 1-6, $6.00/child, no charge for adults
2 Fridays per month: see calendar
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Nature Center members $5.00/child
Fun, child-centered activities and nature poses are combined with time honored yoga practice to guide children and an adult partner through warm-up, work-out, strengthen, cool down and relaxation. Adult attendance is required. Participants may bring yoga mats or use those provided. Sponsored by Source Yoga.

Nature Discovery Hour - Tacoma Parks
2 Fridays per month: see calendar
Ages 2-7, $3.00/child, no charge for adults
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Nature Center members $2.50/child
Explore our new Discovery Pond play area with a Nature Guide during this reserved time. Special activities and nature discovery aids will be available. Adult participation is required, but there is no fee for adults.

Music Under the Stars
Classical music from the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival is broadcast through speakers to the Garden of Remembrance on the west side of Benaroya Hall. Bring a picnic or purchase food on site. 7 p.m. recital, 8 p.m. concert. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays July 5 through 30, plus July 18 and 24 (no concert July 19 or 21). FREE

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
All ages; FREE

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

Bothell Farmer’s Market
When: June 4- Sept. 24, Fridays from noon to 6 pm
Address: Bothell Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell

Phinney Ridge Farmer's Market
In 2010 the market is open Fridays, 3-7 pm, May 28 through October 1, in the lower parking lot at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, at 67th and Phinney Ave N. The parking area next to the market is free for market shoppers, and street parking can be found in the vicinity.

Madison/Madrona Farmer's Market
Madrona Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Madrona Grocery Outlet at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and E. Union Street. In 2010, it is open every Friday from 3-7 p.m., from May 14 to September 24.

DRIVE IN / Valley 6 Auburn
Gates open at 7:00, show at dusk.

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

Ongoing (FRI/SAT/SUN) Take a train ride at Country Village.
11:30am-4:00pm ($3.50)

Friday Night Market at Juanita Beach
When: Fridays, 3:00 – 7:00 pm, May 14-Oct 8th, 2010
Address: Juanita Beach, 9703 NE Juanita Dr., Kirkland, WA 98034
Age: All
Cost: Free

Goodie Gumdrops Game Night
Free game night every Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Goodie Gumdrops Toys
816 S.W. 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
Price: Free
Age ranges: 3-6 , 6-9 , 9-12

Storytelling with Steph
Stephanie Luckerath reads favorite new and classic children's stories.
Where: Santoro's Books, 7216 Greenwood Avenue N
When: 11am
All Ages

Story Time @ Mockingbird Books
Kids can enjoy stories at the store every morning except Sundays.
When: 11am
Where: Ravenna
Ages: All Ages

Teen Art Studio
Young artists are welcome to explore art. Every month a different professional artist teaches a new art form, including cartooning, figure drawing, mixed media and more. Ages 13 to 18. FREE, materials and refreshments provided, space limited so arrive on time.
This month's topic is 3-D Green Design with Jeanne Dodds.
Friday & Saturdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Gage Academy of Art
1501 10th Ave. E.
Seattle WA
Middle School, High School

Family Story Time at the Lake City Branch
It is family story time @ Lake City Branch
Bring your children to enjoy stories, crafts, songs and fun with our children's librarians.
When: 10:30 – 11 a.m.

After School Games at the Ballard Branch
Drop-in, after-school gaming at the Ballard Branch for ages fifth grade and up. Younger students are welcome with parents.
When: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Fantastic Fridays Story Time @ Federal Way 320th Branch
Great stories, funny songs and much, much more!
Start Time: 11:00 AM
Family program, ages 2 and older.