Tuesday, April 26, 2011

weekly fun (apr 28- may 4)

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(THURS) Bring Your Kids To Work Day
Red Tricycle Event. Join us for a fun and educational spring afternoon. On “Bring Your Kids to (Our) Work Day”, we are welcoming kids and families to our work space to enjoy a fun couple of hours with yummy snacks, entertainment, crafts and a MAGIC show (4:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m)! The event is FREE and open to the community. So, please extend our invitation to your friends and parenting networks. Be sure to register, so we know how much food to bring in! There will be all sorts of activities geared towards creativity and play! Plan to come and stay, so you do not miss any of the fun!Where: Thinkspace
8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200 Redmond
When: Apr 28, 2011
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

(THURS) Noontime Recital
Music for Spring.
Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011, 12 p.m.
Daniels Recital Hall
811 Fifth Ave.
Seattle WA 98104
All ages; FREE

(THURS) Author Appearance – Rachel Aboukhair
Author Rachel Aboukhair (age 16) signs her new book Grumpy Girls Guide to Good Manners (recommended reading level young adult).
Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
31325 Pacific Hwy. S.
Federal Way WA 98003
Middle School, High School

(FRI) Movies at Mercer Slough
Raptor Force, part of the PBS Nature series. All ages, ages 11 and younger with adult.
Friday, Apr. 29, 2011, 2 – 4 p.m.
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
1625 118th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue WA 98005
All ages; FREE

(FRI/SAT/SUN) LMNOP Kids Consignment Sale
Thurston County Fairgrounds/ Olympia; Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st
special early shopping time for military, police, firefighters, teachers, & expectant mothers on Fri April 29th from 5-7pm

(FRI/SAT/SUN) Get Your Bloom On!
Come and celebrate spring at the 10thAnnual Olympic View Elementary Plant Sale! With more flowering plants and edible varieties than ever, the school’s legendary sale kicks off with coffee and treats at 9:00 am on Friday. Shop early and snag exotic collector perennials and edibles including blueberries, raspberries, and organic tomatoes. Plus, special activities are planned for the kiddos on Saturday including a Craft Fair from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and a special Garden Concession Stand and Hands-on Activity Stand from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Make a garden fairy or Chia pet to take home and get your face painted! All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the students of Olympic View Elementary.
Olympic View Elementary
504 NE 95th Street Seattle
* Friday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
* Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
* Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

(SAT) Sheep Shearing
Sheep-shearing extravaganza includes sheep-shearing demonstrations, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony rides, inflatables, sheep herding demonstrations and more. Nominal fees for activities (cash only). Shuttles from Wilburton Park & Ride and Bannerwood Sports Park.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kelsey Creek Farm
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue WA 98005
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Seattle Families of Multiples Sale
Kids Clothing & Equipment Sales – Shoreline;
Saturday April 30th from 8:30am – 11:30am

(SAT) Caspar BabyPants
NE 8th & 156th Ave. NE in Bellevue
set time 1:00pm

(SAT) Spring Garden Fair
Seminars, exhibitors, plant sale, kids’ activities and food.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
University of Washington Bothell Campus
18115 Campus Way N.E.
Bothell WA 98011
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Earth Day in Sammamish
Take a little trip to the Sammamish Plateau to get some Earth Day fun at Beaver Lake Park this Saturday, April 30, at 10 am. This year it is all about family fun as they honor Mother Nature with a raptor display (the birds, not the dinos), fishing demonstrations, crafts, games, food and entertainment. Sammamish just received honors from the National Wildlife Foundation for being so friendly to wildlife, so come celebrate it! For more information, visit the Sammamish website right here.

Fraser Cabin Heritage Day
What: Get a free peek at life in the 1880s with hands-on activities like butter churning and corn grinding.
Why: Pint-size pioneers learn what it was like to really rough it.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Pl. SE, Bellevue (425-452-7688).
Info at 425-450-1049.

(SAT) Dinosaurs. Real Close
What: Don’t miss towering animatronic replicas of creatures that once roamed the Earth.
Why: The T. rex looks so real, he’ll swear it roared.
When: Sat. Sept. 5.
Where: Woodland Park Zoo, N. 50th St., b/t Fremont & Linden Aves. (206-548-2500). Zoo admission: adults and teens, $17.50; children, $11.50; under 3, free. Exhibit: adults and children, $3; under 3, free.

(SAT) Myrtle Reservoir Park dedication
Just got the announcement from Seattle Parks – the dedication ceremony for Myrtle Reservoir Park is now set for 10:30 am Saturday, April 30th – that will be five months to the day since it actually opened to the public. From the official flyer:
Enjoy great jazz music by Jacob Lakatue Quartet ‘Ooh and ahh’ as Capoeira Malês demonstrates an amazing acrobatic capoeira performance at 11:30. Spectators will have a chance to learn some of the basic movements and sequences of this exciting Afro-Brazilian art form that incorporates martial arts, dance and music together in a fun and accessible manner!
Create at the arts and crafts table sponsored by the ARC Summer Day Camp program from High Point and Delridge Community Centers.

(SAT) Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon boat race cosponsored by Saint Martin’s University and the Washington Dragon Boat Association includes lion dances, music and martial arts performances.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Port Plaza
Columbia Street and Corky Avenue
Olympia WA 98504
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Seattle Center Festál 2011
Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month kicks off this weekend and you’re invited to experience the rich cultures of the Asian-Pacific Islander communities through song, dance, music, art and displays. Catch a spectacular lion dance show, see colorful costumes and performances by youth drill teams and martial arts students and make fun arts and crafts. Sun., noon - 5:00 pm, Seattle, Free.

(SAT) Library Opening Celebration
Help celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Newport Way Library. Ribbon-cutting ceremony, music from The Toy Boats, refreshments and more.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 9:30 a.m.
Newport Way Library
14250 S.E. Newport Way
Bellevue WA 98006
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Sensory Friendly Film
Families affected by autism and other disorders can enjoy a film with lights brought up, sound turned down and no previews or ads. Bring your own snacks and feel free to move about. Today, Rio (PG).
COST: $4 to $6.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 10 a.m.
AMC Woodinville 12
17640 Garden Way N.E.
Woodinville WA 98072
AMC Kent Station 14
426 Ramsay Way
Kent WA 98032

(SAT) Spring Recreation Expo
Displays and demonstrations on camping, fishing, boating, climbing and more, carnival rides, food, dog show, horse show, swap meet and a trout fishing pond, sponsored by Snohomish County Parks and Recreation. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30, 10 to 4 p.m. May 1.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
14405 179th Ave. S.E.
Monroe WA 98272
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Families in Motion on Riverwalk Trail
Vendors, kids’ treasure hunt, fun run, bicycle obstacle course, dog events, skateboard competition and music. Next to Puyallup Skatepark.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Puyallup Skatepark
1299 Fourth St. N.W.
Puyallup WA 98371
All ages; FREE

(SAT) MIPA Circus
The 45th annual MIPA Circus is an afternoon full of big top-themed fun: pony rides, face painting, cupcake walk, inflatable and live entertainment. Sponsored by Mercer Island Preschool Association. Cash or check only. Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St., Mercer Island.
Date: 04/30/2011
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ages: Ages 2-8
Cost: Free admission, game tickets nominal 50 cents

(SAT) NFFTY: Bring the Kids!
Sixty minutes of youth-made films for families of all ages from National Film Festival for Talented Youth. $10, $5 ages 12 and younger.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
SIFF Cinema
321 Mercer St.
Seattle WA 98109
All ages

(SAT) Ecofest
Earth Day ecology festival includes exhibitors and displays, music, food, animals, kids’ activities and entertainment. Parking at Gordon Elementary School, 26331 Barber Cutoff Road, Kingston, and Bayside Community Church, 25992 Barber Cut Off Road N.E., Kingston
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Stillwaters Environmental Education Center
26059 Barber Cut Off Road
Kingston WA 98346
All ages; FREE

(SAT) The Giving Tree Preschool Fine Clothing Sale
Saturday April 30th from 10am – 4pm; Puyallup
New & Used higher-end clothing items, accessories, baby gear, & more.

(SAT) Ranger Walk
Take a guided tour of Lake Hills Greenbelt. Visit restoration sites, tour a cedar forest and learn about local wildlife. 2 to 3 p.m. Saturdays through August.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 2 – 3 p.m.
Lake Hills Greenbelt
15416 S.E. 16th St.
Bellevue WA 98007
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Sheep to Shawl Open House
Carnation's Dog Mountain Farm and the School of the Lost Arts host a day of old-timey farm demos: sheep shearing, raw wool handling, felting, spinning and knitting. Tour the farm, feed the alpacas and buy freshly laid eggs to take home. Saturday, April 30, noon-4 p.m.

(SAT) April Pools Day
Water safety tips and family activities.
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Meadowbrook Pool
10517 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle WA 98125
All ages; FREE

(SAT/SUN) West Seattle Rock Club Rock & Gem Show
This year's theme is the Alaska Gold Rush! Gold prospecting equipment and demos, panning for gold, and lots of kid-friendly activities at the Alki Masonic Temple in West Seattle. FREE. Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(SUN) Caspar BabyPants
set time 10:00am

(SUN) The Land of Nod
Presents the mother of all Mother’s Day card-making events.
On Mother’s Day there’s really only one thing to say: thanks! Stop by any of our store locations on Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and your kids can make their very own cards for mom. We’ll have all of the supplies, all the kids need are their thinking caps.

(SUN) A Festival for May
Maypole dancing, crafts, minstrels and more at Camlann Medieval Village. Medievel clothing optional (greens and yellows preferred). Noon to 6 p.m. April 30 through May 1. COST: $6, $4 seniors and ages 6 to 12, free ages 5 and younger (adults must supervise ages 12 and younger). $45 fair plus banquet (pre-register for dinner).
Sunday, May 1, 2011, 12 – 6 p.m.
Camlann Medieval Association
10320 Kelly Road N.E.
Carnation WA 98014

(SUN) Juanita Bay Wildlife Tour
Here’s your chance to see what really lives in and around Lake Washington. Join a Juanita Bay Park Volunteer Ranger and view the hundreds of plant and animal species that inhabit this unique and spectacular park! Don’t forget to bring your camera and your binoculars and remember to dress for the weather! Sun., 1:00 pm, Kirkland, Free.

(MON) Caspar BabyPants
15990 N.E. 85th, Redmond, 98052
show is free but please call
ahead for admission information
set time 6:30pm

(WED) Caspar BabyPants
400 SW 152nd Street,
Burien, 98166
show is free but please call
ahead for admission information
set time 11:00am

(WED) Hilltop Spring Craft, Antique and Garden Show
Antiques, collectibles and handcrafted items from some of the Northwest’s best crafters and designers. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 4-6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Northwest Arts Center
9825 N.E. 24th St.
Bellevue WA 98004
All ages; FREE

(WED) "How Does Your Garden Grow?" Musical
A musical performed by The Island School kindergarten and first grade students. Audiences will delight in the music and story featuring a lazy farmer, his plants and colorful creatures from the great outdoors.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Webster Hall at The Island School
8553 N.E. Day Road
Bainbridge Island WA 98110
Toddler, Preschool, Elementary School

Monday, April 18, 2011

weekly fun (apr 21-27)


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(THURS) Westfield Family Fun Day
First level near Play Space and Starbucks. Free for WFamily members. Not a member yet? Sign up for free at the event!
WFamily members are invited to join us for a free, exclusive event featuring:
Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Westfield Suothcenter
2800 Southcenter Mall
Seattle, WA 98188
*Storytime with the books, "The Tiny Seed" and "Zinnia's Flower Garden" read by Mother Goose.
*A fun flower bouquet craft that kids can make and take home.
*Photos and hugs with Jollibee and Auntie Anne's Twistee the Pretzel.
*Meet & greet with Rainforest Cafe's Cha Cha the Frog, who will be handing out free growth charts, kids meal certificates and flower seed packets to take home and plant.
*Complimentary snacks.
*Plus More.

(THURS) Plant a Seed Day for Kids
Plant a Seed Day for Kids. Book-It Theatre's dramatic presentation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. After the play, visit the library's secret garden for a special spring activity. Ages 5 and older.
Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011, 2 – 3 p.m.
Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle WA 98104
FREE; Elementary School

(FRI) West Seattle Thriftway Earth Day
Thriftway is celebrating Earth Day with a Bag Giveaway with a $20 purchase and Free Baby Trees (while supplies last).

(FRI) King County’s Earth Day Expo
Includes activities and educational opportunities for children such as the activity corner and an appearance by Bert the Salmon.
Friday, Apr. 22, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Westlake Plaza
400 Pine St.
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Earth Day Celebration at the Farm
Classes, crafts, & demonstrations. Hay rides, mazes, animals, farm stand, Farm Tots, & more. Check our website for event description & schedules.
Friday, Apr. 22, 2011, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dr. Mazes Farm
15410 N.E. 124th St.
Redmond, WA 98052
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Earth Day Open House
Come take a tour of our cloth diaper laundry, learn about Baby Diaper Service Earth-Friendly practices, meet one-on-one with our staff, and owner to learn about our new cloth diaper innovation that will revolutionize the cloth diaper industry. You will leave an expert on reusable cloth diapers, our environmentally sustainable efforts and the carbon footprint of cloth vs. disposable diapers. There is fun for the whole family! Enter the raffle to win free service.
Friday, Apr. 22, 2011, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Baby Diaper Service
6559 Fifth Place S.
Seattle WA 98108
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Pancake Pig Storytime and Visit
Protect your pancakes and join the fun at Barnes & Noble as we read some stories and meet Pancake Pig.
Friday, Apr. 22, 2011, 11 a.m.
Barnes & Noble
2675 N.E. University Village St.
Seattle WA 98105
Infant, Toddler, Preschool

(FRI) Picnic for the Planet
Bring your own lunch or purchase one from participating restaurants and join Pike Place Market and the Nature Conservancy in a global celebration of the planet we live on, the food it provides and the people with whom we share it. Live music, Earth Day King or Queen competition, Green Game and more.
Advance orders are being accepted at six Pike Place Market food venues for Lunch Box Specials through Wednesday, April 20. See a list of participating restaurants online.
Friday, Apr. 22, 2011, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Place
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Everything Earth and Eggs
Includes hands-on crafts and games.
Friday, Apr. 22, 2011, 6 – 8 p.m.
Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.
Seattle WA 98115
Middle School

(FRI) Luminary Procession
Join in this illuminated walk featuring fire dancers, drumming and more. Bring lanterns and luminaries.
Friday, Apr. 22, 2011, 9:30 p.m.
Fifth Avenue and Washington Street
Olympia WA 98501
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Teens Only! Hiawatha Community Center
(2700 California Way SW).
Teen Night Egg Hunt for ages 12-18 at 8:15 pm. FREE
Join us for the biggest outdoor teen night hunt in West Seattle! Please remember your flashlight and goodie bag, and there will be prizes. We’ll serve a spaghetti dinner after the hunt. Please call 206.684.7441 for more information.

(FRI/SAT/SUN) World Rhythm Festival
More than 100 world music performances, drum circle and drum and dance workshops. Today is Celebration of Youth Day, featuring youth performances and workshops for children and families. 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 23-24.
Friday, Apr. 22, 2011, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Seattle Center House
305 Harrison St.
Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE

(VARIOUS, mostly SAT) Seattle Community Centers Full List!
If you live near one of the city of Seattle’s numerous Community Centers, there may be an egg hunt going on right around the corner! The best bet is to find your closest CC here then click on the Spring Brochure for egg-hunt info. Here’s a sampling of some Community Center hunts around the city:

(SAT) West Seattle Thriftway
Thriftway is having an Easter Egg Hunt!! The fun begins at 9 am but the line forms early! Kids aged 1-10, please.

(SAT) Lincoln Park Egg Hunt
11 am. Eastridge Church invites the community to its FREE Egg Hunt. 6,000 Easter Eggs. The annual Easter activities for families and children includes an egg hunt with thousands of candy-filled Easter eggs, face painting, train rides, inflatables, prizes, and more! This children’s event is free and the community is invited! Eastridge Church Seattle Campus is located on 39th Avenue SW in West Seattle. For more information on Eastridge Church and Easter Services click here or call 425-270-6300.

(SAT) Vasa Park Resort, Bellevue
This egg hunt, for ages 1-12, is set along the shores of Lake Sammamish. Thousands of eggs and prizes abound, plus photo ops with the Easter bunny. When: Sat. April 23, 10:00 am start time, free. Read more.

(SAT) Gilman Village, Issaquah
Children are invited to visit Gilman Village merchants for Easter egg treats. (There may even be special eggs with discounts for parents). Bring your camera…the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance, and you wouldn’t want to miss capturing his meet and greet with your kiddies! When: Sat. April 23, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free admission.

(SAT) Bothell Country Village Eggstravaganza, Bothell
When: Sat. April 23, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Visit all 29 participating shops Saturday April 23rd & collect your eggs. Its fun - participating shops will have a special Easter basket with candy or prize filled eggs for the kids and our information booth will have coupon books for you! Each coupon book will include specials throughout the Village; some of them have random prizes including a gift certificate from Country Village or one of the participating shops (one coupon book per family). You might be the lucky one to draw a $20.00 gift certificate good at any Country Village shop. Shop around all day and collect eggs for kids (and special coupons) for parents at participating shops. Don’t miss the fun playground at the back of the village with train rides and more.

(SAT) Spring Eggs-travaganza, Mercer Island
Put the kids down for an early nap, then hop over to Mercerdale Park by 5:00 pm (sharp!) for a fun egg hunt for little ones, ages 1-3. A separate section will be geared to the under 3 set. Got older kids? They can participate in a 8:30 pm flashlight hunt (7-10 year olds). When: Sat. April 23, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm for under 6 year olds.

(SAT) Northshore YMCA Eggstravaganza
When: April 23, 2011, 10:00 am sharp
Where: Doug Allen Sports Field, 19417 88th Ave NE, Bothell, WA
Age: 12 and under
Cost: Free

NOTE: Kenmore Egg Hunt has been canceled this year.

(SAT) Nancy Stewart Concert
Bellevue Library, Saturday, April 23, 10:30am
Ages 3 and older.
Join Northwest singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart for a guided musical tour through your house. Explore fun and easy ways the whole family can stay safe and go green. Learn about creating a disaster kit, preparing for an emergency and getting the whole family involved in conserving energy.

(SAT) Lowes Build & Grow Clinic: Bird House!
Saturday at 10am, see your local Lowes for details. Spring is here! This unique birdhouse sticks to your window so you can actually see the nest! Your child will love it!

(SAT) 2nd Annual Spring Festival at Adventure Kids Playcare
When: April 23, 2011, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Where: Adventure Kids Playcare, 775 NW Gilman Blvd., C-3, Issaquah, WA 98027
Age: All
Cost: Free
Notes: Indoor Easter egg hunt @ 9:00 and a parking lot full of fun activities- bounce house, mobile video game trailer, treats, crafts, hair do’s, face painting, games and more

(SAT) Flashlight Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 8:30 pm
Where: Mercerdale Park, 77th SE & SE 32nd, Mercer Island
Age: 7-10 years
Cost: Free
Note: No parents on field, bring flashlight and basket

Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt
When: Friday April 22, 2011, 8:30-9:30PM
Where: Centennial Park, 39903 SE Park Street, Snoqualmie
Website: http://www.siviewpark.org/events.phtml
Age: 6-12 graders
Notes: Bring flashlight

(SAT) Annual Moose Lodge Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday April 23, 2011, 9am
Where: Si View Park, North Bend
Age: 5th grade and younger
Notes: Moose Lodge pancake breakfast follows the egg hunt, kids eat free!

(SAT) Kids Egg Hunt
When: Saturday April 23, 2011, 10 a.m.
Where: Centennial Park, 39903 SE Park Street, Snoqualmie
Website: http://www.siviewpark.org/events.phtml
Age: 2-12 years

(SAT) Orange Blossom Society's Free Family Earth Day Celebration
When: Saturday, April 23 from 11am to 1pm
Where: Orange Blossom Society in Redmond
What: Families can plant a tree to take home, help build a pea vine tunnel, participate in a recycled art project, and listen to a story.

(SAT) Patty Cake Prints @ Creative Mom Toys
(11am - 1pm) Pattycake Prints has been preserving childhood memories in the Puget Sound area since 1995.16 years and tens of thousands of prints later, we're still providing lasting, quality keepsakes your family can enjoy for generations. As a true "Mom and Pop" company, we know the importance of capturing those precious early moments in our childrens' lives, because they do grow so fast.
Creative Mom Toys
840 N. 10th Pl. Ste. A
Renton, WA 98057

(SAT) Redmond Eggstravaganza
When: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10:00 am (pancake breakfast- 8am)
Where: Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Avenue NE, Redmond
Age: 12 and under
Cost: Free; Pancake breakfast: Adults $10, Kids $8

(SAT) Medina Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10:00am
Where: Northwest side of Medina Park,
Age: 12 and under
Cost: Free

(SAT) Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10:00 AM
Where: 36800 David Powell Road, Fall City, WA 98024
Website: http://foresttheater.org/
Age: 12 and under
Cost: Free

(SAT) Spring SpEGGtacular
Breakfast, entertainment, face painting, games, crafts and storytime.
Ages 12 and younger. 9 to 11 a.m. $4, free younger than age 1, $4 photos, scholarships available.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 9 – 11 a.m.
Burien Community Center
14700 Sixth Ave. S.W.
Burien WA 98166
Toddler, Preschool, Elementary School

(SAT) Green Kirkland
Help with Earth Day restoration work at Juanita Bay Park. Wear work clothes, bring gloves, water bottle and rain gear (if necessary). All ages, ages 13 and younger with adult, ages 14 to 17 need signed waiver. Pre-registration preferred.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Juanita Bay Park
2201 Market St.
Kirkland WA 98033
All ages; FREE

(SATY) Lowes: Free Tree Seedlings!
Lowes is giving away 1 million tree seedlings. Get yours on satruday in honor of Earth Day!

(SAT) B’Earthday
Bird banding demonstrations, bird house building, guided eagle walks, fun activities and free cupcakes.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Audubon Center, Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle WA 98118
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Seattle Tilth Family Day
“Earth Egg Day.” Garden snacks, exploration of organic learning gardens and maybe some animals (hens, rabbits and a goat). Find out about Seattle Tilth’s children’s garden programs.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Children’s Garden behind Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
Seattle WA 98103
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Earth Day Extravaganza
Family activities featuring Insect Safari, Plankton Parade and an ivy pulling contest. Ages 4 and older.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tacoma Nature Center
1919 S. Tyler St.
Tacoma WA 98405

(SAT) Seattle International Children’s Friendship Festival
Singing, dancing and musical performances by Turkish children’s groups and other local youth performance groups.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 11 a.m.
Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave.
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Snohomish Easter Parade
Parade led by the Easter Bunny, followed by an Easter Bonnet Contest.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 11 a.m.
First Street
Snohomish WA 98290
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Family Fitness Free-For-All
Family/team orientated, 60-second fitness challenges including heavy jump rope, shuttle runs, push-ups and more.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Center at Norpoint
4818 Nassau Ave. N.E.
Tacoma WA 98422
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Earth Day Celebration
Community event featuring garden activities, crafts, food and free play at unique facility designed to accommodate children of all abilities.
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011, 1 – 4 p.m.
Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
1745 24th Ave. S.
Seattle WA 98144
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Woodmark Easter Egg Scramble
When: Sunday, April 24, 2011, 1:30pm
Where: Woodmark Hotel 1200 Carillon Point , Kirkland, WA 98033
Age: 8 and under
Cost: Free- Registration required

(SUN) IKEA Easter Bunny Hop
When: Sunday, April 24, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Where: IKEA, 601 SW 41st St., Renton, WA 98057
Age: : 12 and under
Notes: Go to stations throughout store for treats and prizes

(SUN) Peter Kirk Park Easter Egg Hunt
When: Sunday, April 24, 2011, 1:30pm
Where: Peter Kirk Park- 4 and under: Playground area; 5-7: Lee Johnson Field; 8-12: Grass area west of QFC
Age: 12 and under
Cost: Free

(WED) Maple Valley FREE Clothing Exchange
Maple Valley Community Center; Wednesday April 27th; You can drop off clothes to exchange from 4-7pm & then shop from 6-8pm for clothes you need. Totally free!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

weekly fun (apr 14-20)

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(THURS) Puyallup Spring Fair!
Kids Free Thursday. On April 14th, your kiddos (age 0-18) can obtain free entrance with the suggested donation of a non-perishable food item. Hours are 2 – 10 pm. Kids under 5 are always free (on all days). Military Appreciation Friday. On April 15th, military (active, retired, reserve) and disabled veterans and their dependents can obtain free entrance. Just bring your military ID at the gate. The fair is open from 10 am – 10 pm on Friday. Discounted Tickets. Regular adult admission is $9 and child’s admission is $7. But if you purchase your tickets ahead of time at a participating location through April 17, you’ll save a few bucks! For an adult ticket, you’ll pay $7.50 and and $5.50 for a child’s admission. Participating locations include Safeway, Fred Meyer, and the South Hill Mall.

(THURS) Alki Elementary Kids Helping Kids Club book sale
Aprl 14th; 5:30-7 pm
3010 59th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 252-9050

(THURS) Free Northwest African American Museum
The Northwest African American Museum is free 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. first and second Thursdays.
Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Seattle WA 98144
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Bunny Hop Northgate
Toys, tikes, scooters and bounce houses for ages 5 and younger.
COST: $5 per family.
Friday, Apr. 15, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Northgate Community Center
10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
Seattle WA 98125
Infant, Toddler, Preschool

(FRI) Indoor Cinema for Families
Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy Shrek the Third (PG) on the big screen. Concessions sold.
WFriday, Apr. 15, 2011, 7 p.m.
Memorial Community Center
601 N. Meridian
Puyallup WA 98371
All ages; FREE

(SAT) SNOMOMS Spring Clothing & Equipment Sale
Saturday April 16th, 2011
Open to the public from 8:30AM-12PM
Edmonds Community College ~ Gymnasium
20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036Payment: Cash & checks* only.
(*local, non-business with ID upon request)
SNOMOMS organizes two clothing & equipment sales each year; one takes place in the spring and one takes place in the fall. A portion of all proceeds go directly to the club to help support our outreach programs and club activities. All club members can take part in the sale.

(SAT) National Park Week!
April 16-24, 2011
Get out and discover something new about your 394 national parks. This year's focus, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both. Whether your prefer a 20-mile backcountry hike in Yosemite or a leisurely stroll around Philadelphia's Independence Hall, moving outside is good for you and offers a chance to explore these places you own. Search the events calendar to find your National Park Week "must-dos," and share your national park experience on Facebook or Twitter.

(SAT) PCC Egg Scramble
Meet and greet the Easter Bunny- Bring your camera! Find eggs throughout the store.
When: Saturday, April 16, 9:00 am
Where: Check your Local PCC (left hand side of link)
Age: 8 and under
Cost: Free

(SAT) Parks Appreciation Day
10th anniversary. Help spruce up parks throughout Pierce County to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. Bring work gloves and labeled tools. All ages, children with adult. Find a site online.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
various parks throughout Pierce County
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Lacey Family Fish-In
Event encourages fishing as a family activity.
Ages 5 to 14. $5, rod and reel included,
Pre-register by April 8 (or when full).
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Woodland Creek Community Park
6729 Pacific Ave. S.E.
Lacey WA 98503
Elementary School, Middle School
Pre-register; 360-491-0857

(SAT) Earth Day for Kids
Family-friendly activities in celebration of Earth Day.Explore making green art and check out fantastic live performances celebrating sustainability and giving planet Earth some much-needed TLC. Plus, enjoy a special performance inspired by Nick Cave’s art. Face painting, hands-on art activities and more. Special play station for children under 5.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave.
Seattle WA 98121
All ages; FREE

(SAT) April Pools Day
Water safety tips and family activities.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Leap for Green Family Fair
Earth Day Celebration includes music, food, sustainable vendors, arts and crafts and children’s activities. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Mercer Island Food Pantry. Coordinated by the City of Mercer Island and IslandVision. Walk, run or ride your bike!
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Community Center at Mercer View
8236 S.E. 24th St.
Mercer Island WA 98040
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA near you!
Activities for all ages include healthy snacks, information on raising healthy kids, safety demonstrations, bounce house, pool activities, interactive games, community booths, health screenings and more. Activities vary by branch.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Don't miss a minute of the fun!
- Free HKD T-shirts for the first 100 Kids!
- Facility Tours
- Summer Programs Information and Registration
- Educational Fun for Kids
- Fun Snacks - Pool Activities
- Information on Nutrition & Healthy Snacks
- Play Time in the Gym
- Make and Take Art
- Teen Program Information
- Games for all ages
- Fitness Activities

(SAT) Kindiependent Concert
Concert features Harmonica Pocket.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
Mount Baker Community Clubhouse
2811 Mount Rainier Drive
Seattle WA 98144
Cost: $4, $10 family.

(SAT) Ballard Preschool Co-Op Sale
Ballard Preschool Co-op's Kids Spring Sale is happening on Saturday, April 16, 9 am - 1 pm. Incredible deals on gently used clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, gear, maternity wear and more! Clothes are hung by size and gender for easy shopping! Grab a tote and line up early at the Community Hall in the PNA Brick Building (corner of 67th Street & Dayton) for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12 pm. Be sure and check out our Plant Sale in the lower parking lot on the same day!

(SAT) Toddler Tales & Trails
Indoor storytime, followed by an easy walk on the trails in Seward Park.
Ages 2 to 5. 11 a.m. to noon April 2, 16 and 30.
COST: $4, free ages 14 and younger.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Audubon Center, Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle WA 98118
Toddler, Preschool
Pre-register; 206-652-2444

(SAT) Celebrate Earth Day
Discover fun-filled ways to explore and protect planet Earth—as you make your own tote bag, learn about recycling & more!
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lakeshore Learning Store
11027 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Get Your Spring On Community Festival
Arts and crafts, vendor booths, Lakewood Playhouse presentations, Mexican dancing, Tae Kwon Do and treats. Ages 12 and younger.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
ortland Ave Neighborhood Center
3513 Portland Ave.
Tacoma WA 98404

(SAT) Homeward Pet's Annual Easter B'Egg Hunt - For Dogs!!
Too much fun. We go every year. It is almost here, Homeward Pet’s Annual Easter Hunt! Bring your Pup and have some fun!! The dogs LOVE it, and the $10 entrance fee all goes back to the animals in need! Remember to go to Camp Charlies Private Off Leash Park, 25809 NE 124th St in Duvall. Google for directions. Look for our A-Frame sign at the entrance of the park. You will drive in to a gate. Open gate and close gate and continue to drive in. Look over to the right and you will see a big canopy that we will be under

(SAT) Earth Day Tree Planting
Help restore salmon habitat by removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs. Dress for the weather with layers, rain gear and sturdy shoes or rubber boots. Tools, training and snacks provided.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Stillwater Wildlife Area
along Harris Creek
Carnation WA
All ages, ages 15 and younger with adult.
Pre-register; 425-252-6686

(SAT) BRANCH OUT for Arbor Day
What: Visit various ecostations to get your passport stamped and take a tour of Bellevue Botanical Garden.
Why: After making the rounds, they’ll be pros at all things green.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 12001 Main St., Bellevue (425-452-2750).
Admission is free.

(SAT) “Tax-Free Shopping Day” in West Seattle
West Seattle Junction (WSB sponsor), more than 30 merchants participating, look for the red balloons – latest list of participants, plus some deals, can be seen here

(SAT/SUN) Friends of The Seattle Public Library Spring Sale
What: Scoop up armfuls of books, CDs, and DVDs for dirt cheap.
Why: Piles of illustrated stories and bedtime-friendly titles.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, bldg. 30. Info at 206-523-4053. Map It

(SAT) Camlann Medieval Village
Camlann Village event is peopled with portrayals of medieval villagers and every-day village activities. Noon to 5 p.m. April 16-17.
$5 suggested donation, free ages 4 and younger.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 12 – 5 p.m.
Camlann Medieval Association
10320 Kelly Road N.E.
Carnation WA 98014
All ages; Fee

(SAT) PACCAR Inc Open House
You are invited to visit the PACCAR Technical Center on April 16, 2011 for fun,
food and the once-a-year opportunity to tour the Technical Center!
The facility opens to the general public at 11:00am, closing at 3:00 pm.
Lots of BIG TRUCKS for the little ones to explore!

(SAT) Kids Engineering A Better World
Ever wondered how river water turns into clean drinking water? Or how dams are built to create energy? Come discover the world of sustainable engineering through fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Learn about drinking water with “Enviro-Erin” and power generation with “Battery Bethy”.
First level near Play Space & Starbucks.
Presented by Seattle Chapter - American Society of Civil Engineers.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 12 – 4 p.m.
Westfield Southcenter
2800 Southcenter Mall
Seattle, WA 98188
Elementary School Age; FREE

(SAT) Family Fun Day
Learn to make animal parts that you can wear for fun, with inspiration from the Chinese Zodiac.
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, 1 – 3 p.m.
The Wing
719 S. King St.
Seattle WA 98104
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Cupcake Camp Seattle!
Sunday April 17, 2011
When: 12PM- 4pm
Where: The Canal, a Jewel Hospitality property in Ballard at 5300 34th Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107
Why: Because who doesn’t love cupcakes? Plus we will have some fun competitions and a fundraiser for HOPE Heart Institute
HOW: PURCHASE TICKETS for $8 prior to the event or $10 at the door.
Ticket valid for 6 mini cupcake tastings or 3 standard size on the day of the event only. No refunds available.

(SUN) Birds at the Burke
A day devoted to birds of Washington State includes kids’ activities, talks and presentations by bird experts. Included with admission. $9.50, $7.50 seniors, $6 students and youth ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger. See parking tips online.
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2011, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Burke Museum
4500 15th Ave. N.E.
Seattle WA 98105

(SUN) The Great Community Easter Egg Hunt
This is it! We invite you to the FIRST ANNUAL Community Easter Egg Hunt at the Woodinville Fields at 1pm on Sunday, April 17th. So, come join us for a great Sunday afternoon while kids devour over 5000 7500 eggs at the Woodinville Fields complex in the heart of downtown Woodinville. We want to make living in this community fun for kids! When communities value their kids, everybody wins. Time, energy, and resources invested in kids is time, energy, and resources well spent. RAIN OR SHINE, this event is gonna be a blast! See ya there! Questions? Contact us at info@emmausNW.org. The fields are located on the corner of NE 175th St and 131st Ave NE in Woodinville.

(SUN) Daffodil Marine Regatta
Decorated boats travel along Ruston Waterway. Starts at Tacoma Yacht Club.
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
Tacoma Yacht Club
5401 N. Waterfront Drive
Tacoma WA 98407
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Around the Market in 80 Minutes
Form a team or go solo, receive clues and search Pike Place Market for 5 check-in points in a timed and scored contest for prizes. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., drop-in anytime for the 80-minute adventure.
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2011, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pike Place Market
tent under the Market clock
1501 Pike Place
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Free Family Day
Celebrate spring with nature-themed family activities at Bellevue Arts Museum.
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2011, 1 – 4 p.m.
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue WA 98004
All ages; FREE

(MON) Woodinville Toddler Group Open House
18900 – 168th Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA
Monday, April 11 · 12:30pm - 1:30pm
We are proud to announce we will be having an OPEN HOUSE so you and your toddler can come see what we're all about. This event will allow you to see our location, how the school is set-up, learn about our routine, meet the instructors, and register (if you wish to and haven't already)
5 minutes before start

(MON) Volunteer Oppty: Package bulk foods
Help package bulk foods purchased with PCC food bank program donations from PCC shoppers. All ages welcome!
Wear closed toe shoes and layers as it can get cold in the warehouse.
PCC Natural Markets Food Bank Program
Date and Time: 4/18/2011 6:30:00 PM
Kirkland Food Bank/Hopelink, 11011 120th Ave NE, Kirkland
Event Outside: No
Hours Required: 2
Contact Name: Community Relations
Contact Phone: 206-547-1222
Contact Email: communityrelations@pccsea.com
Group Size: 8-20
Age Range: 5 and over
Is the Event Full? Spots still available

(TUES) Toddler Spring Extravaganza at High Point Community Center
A morning of fun and activities, including a very special bunny visit especially for toddlers. There will be games, crafts for the children and an egg hunt (11 am sharp) with age-appropriate prizes and candy. Activity Fee $5 please use #69489 in the SPARC registration system.
Ages 2 – 5.

(TUES) A Nordic Spring
Hands-on crafts for kids from Nordic countries.
Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2011, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 N.W. 67th St.
Seattle WA 98117
All ages; FREE

(WED) Nancy Stewart
Join Northwest singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart for a guided musical tour through your house. Explore fun and easy ways the whole family can stay safe and go green. Learn about creating a disaster kit, preparing for an emergency and getting the whole family involved in conserving energy.
Renton Highlands Library, Wednesday, April 20, 7pm
Ages 3 and older.

(WED) Volunteer Oppty: Package bulk foods
Help package bulk foods purchased with PCC food bank program donations from PCC shoppers. All ages welcome!
Wear closed toe shoes and layers as the warehouse can get cold.
PCC Natural Markets Food Bank Program
Date and Time: 4/20/2011 7:00:00 PM
Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle
Event Outside: No
Hours Required: 2
Contact Name: Community Relations
Contact Phone: 206-547-1222
Contact Email: communityrelations@pccsea.com
Group Size: 8-20
Age Range: 5 and over
Is the Event Full? Spots still available

(WED) Caspar BabyPants Dance Party
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200
all-day main floor pass $7.50
all-day toddler zone pass $4.50
single ticket $1.50 and FREE on Thursdays
set time 2:00pm

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Free Spring Crafts eBook

From "No Time for Flash Cards": "I am so excited to share this amazing eBook with all of you. It is a collaboration of many bloggers hard work and 26 favorite Spring crafts and activities all in one FREE printable download! I had a wonderful time working as a community on this with 15 wonderful bloggers especially the mastermind behind this project Mandi from Life...Your Way."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

weekly fun (apr 7-13)

Click for ongoing events:

FREE MUSEUM THURSDAY **Call ahead to confirm hours!
* Kids Discovery Museum (Bainbridge Island)
* KidsQuest Children’s Museum
* Bellevue Arts Museum
* Soundbridge @ Benaroya
* Hands On Children’s Museum Olympia
* Seattle Art Museum 10:00am-9:00pm
* Museum of Flight 5:00pm-9:00pm
* Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture *10:00am-8:00pm
* Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum *5:00pm-8:00pm
* Henry Art Gallery 11:00am-8:00pm
* Museum of History and Industry 10:00am-8:00pm
*Northwest African American Museum 11:00am-7:00pm
* The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience 10:00am-8:00pm
* Frye Art Museum *always FREE; donations accepted
* Northwest African American Museum
* Burke Museum

(THURS) Westfields Family Fun Day - Tukwila; 4/7; 10:00am to 12:00pm; Free event for WFamilies including storytime, Photos and hugs with Curious George and Cha Cha the frog, courtesy of Rainforest Cafe, kite craft that kids can make and take home, complimentary snacks and more. You will need to sign up for their free WFamily program if you are not already a member. WFamily members are invited to join us for a free, exclusive event featuring:
*Storytime with the books, "Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots" and "Curious George Flies a Kite" read by the Princess's Grandma herself.
*Photos and hugs with Curious George and Cha Cha the frog, courtesy of Rainforest Cafe.
*A fun kite craft that kids can make and take home.
*Complimentary snacks.
First level near Play Space and Starbucks. Free for WFamily members. Not a member yet? Sign up at the event instantly!

(THURS) Children’s Poetry in Motion
Childhood’s everyday moments will be poetry in motion when South Side Dance Force enacts poems from Erik Korhel’s new book, The Kid with the Red Juice Mustache and Other Nostalgic Companions.
Thursday, Apr. 7, 2011, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Covington Library
27100 164th Ave. S.E.
Covington WA 98042
Elementary School, Middle School

(FRI) Whirligig
Annual indoor carnival for pre-teens offers giant inflatable rides, balloon artists, face painters, entertainment and more, plus a Toddler Zone and art making.
Ages 12 and younger. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily April 8-24. Rides $7.50 all day, $4.50 Toddler Zone, or $1.50 per ride ticket. Kids ride FREE Thursdays.
Friday, Apr. 8, 2011, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Seattle Center House
305 Harrison St.
Seattle WA 98109
Toddler, Preschool, Elementary School

(FRI) Movie Night at the Village Bean
Bring a blanket and stuffed animals and curl up to watch a great family film. Food, beverages and snacks available for purchase. Space limited.
Friday, Apr. 8, 2011, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
The Village Bean, Country Village
720 238th St. S.E., Suite A
Bothell WA 98021
All ages; FREE
Pre-register: Yes

(FRI) Othello Public Market
Just Between Friends of Seattle is proud to be a part of the Grand Opening of the OPM with a Special Event appearance April 8-10, 2011. We will have a great room full of kids' gently used items for sale and lots of information about the benefits of childrens consignment sales - stop by to say Hi and learn how you can save money and make money with JBF!
Friday, April 8 at 9:00am - April 10 at 5:00pm
Othello Event Center
4200 S. Othello St
Seattle, WA

(SAT) Wildflowers Super Saturday
Pre-register for the Spring Wildflower guided hike, noon to 1:30 p.m. $4, $3 children. Learn how to identify, appreciate and cultivate spring wildflowers. Play foliage-flower matching games, inspect spring wildflowers under the microscopes, and try your hand at painting with water colors.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Audubon Center, Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle WA 98118
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Spring Celebration
Egg hunt, family photos and arts and crafts. Ages 12 and younger.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
South Park Community Center
4851 S. Tacoma Way
Tacoma WA 98409

(SAT) West Seattle Kids Consignment Fair
60+ families come together to hold a children’s toy, gear and clothing consignment sale. 1/2 off all proceeds go to the school to help keep it affordable, and many of the items that don’t sell are donated to WestSide Baby
Sat, April 9th from 8-3
Seaview United Methodist Church
4620 Southwest Graham Street
Seattle, WA 98136

(SAT) Green Kirkland
Help with restoration work at Kiwanis Park. Wear work clothes, bring gloves, water bottle and rain gear (if necessary). All ages, ages 13 and younger with adult, ages 14 to 17 need signed waiver. Pre-registration preferred.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kiwanis Park
1405 10th St. W.
Kirkland WA 98033
All ages; FREE
Pre-register Yes

(SAT) Arbor Day Planting
Group tree planting, kids’ games. Kids receive a free seedling.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 10 a.m.
Railroad Park
7971 Railroad Ave. S.E.
Snoqualmie WA 98065
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Daffodil Parade
Two-hour parade includes approximately 40 floats decorated with thousands of fresh daffodils. The parade travels through the towns of Tacoma (11th and Pacific Avenue, 10:15 a.m.), Puyallup (Seventh Avenue S.W. and Fifth Street S.W., 12:45 p.m.), Sumner (Kincaid Avenue and Main Street, 2:30 p.m.) and Orting (Bridge Street S. and Washington Avenue E., 5 p.m.)
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
11th and Pacific Avenue
Tacoma WA 98402
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Celebrate Urban Nature
Children’s concert with Eric Ode, presentations by Knox Cellar Bees, Bats Northwest, Roving Reptiles and Woodland Park Zoo, interactive booths and displays including Insect Safari, art and nature activities, nature-themed carnival and more.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Magnuson Community Center
7110 62nd Ave. N.E.
Seattle WA 98115
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Concerts for Kids
Music from Chic Street Man. Ages 4 to 12 with an adult. Space limited.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 11 a.m.
Northgate Community Center
10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
Seattle WA 98125

(SAT) Saturday Family Concert
Eckaman & Super Mokako performs upbeat yet mellow Congolese dance music. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
$25, $5 with child, free ages 12 and younger with paying adult, ticket required.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 1 p.m.
Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave.
Seattle WA 98101
All ages

(SAT) Radio Disney Minnie Masquerade
Kids and families can enjoy themed activities including do-it-yourself masquerade masks. Kids are invited to sing and dance to the tunes from their favorite Disney Junior series including "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Handy Manny," "Imagination Movers" and the new adventure series "Jake and the Never Land Pirates." Ages 2 to 7.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 1 – 3 p.m.
Tacoma Mall
4502 S. Steele St.
Tacoma WA 98409

(SAT) Saturday Family Concert
What: Wiggle to the rhythms of Eckaman & Super Mokako’s Congolese dance music.
Why: No one can resist the hip-shaking beats.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. (206-652-4255). Tickets at 800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com. Adults and teens, $5; under 13, free.

(SAT) Caspar BabyPants
SATURDAY APRIL 9TH; set time 11:00am
323 3rd Street
Raymond, WA 98577-2413
(360) 942-4127
tickets are $1.00 per person

(SAT) April Pools Day
Water safety activities and demonstrations include boating safety, CPR demonstrations, diving board and rope swing contest, and more.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 1:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Shoreline Pool
19030 First Ave. N.E.
Shoreline WA 98155
All ages; FREE

(SAT) This Saturday, Recess Monkey rocks the Bellevue Square Mall!
Saturday April 9th @ 10:30am
Second Saturday Kids’ Cove Concerts at Bellevue Square Center Court
Corner of Bellevue Way and NE 8th in Bellevue
We're as shocked as you are! Come rock out with us in the center court for this super fun FREE dance party at 10:30am! Tiffany approves.

(SAT) 4th Annual "Pets & the People that Love Them,”
Sat, June 11, 11a.m.-1:00 p.m., presented by Riverside East Retirement & Assisted Living . Event is for pets & their human companions. Free Hot Dog lunch & Doggie Snack Bar, local pet vendors, pet competitions & prizes. Donations of pet food & supplies collected for Hopelink to help those facing challenges caring for their pets.
Riverside East Retirement & Assisted Living, 10315 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell.

(SAT) Drama Story Event
Experience The Man Who Planted Trees from the inside. The current play at Seattle Children’s Theatre is explored using acting, imagination and interactive, multi-sensory props. Best for ages 7 and older.
Saturday, Apr. 9, 2011, 2 p.m.
Secret Garden Bookshop
2214 N.W. Market St.
Seattle WA 98107
Elementary School; FREE

(SUN) West Seattle Book Fair and Readings @ Freshy's Coffee
2735 CaliforniaAve SW, West Seattle

(SUN) Village Green
Talk from gardening expert Ciscoe Morris, ABC’s of vegetable gardening, meet the University Village resident landscapers, learn about organic and sustainable cooking from local celebrity chef. Interactive gardening activities for kids and adults.
Sunday, Apr. 10, 2011, 12 – 5 p.m.
University Village
2623 N.E. University Village St.
Seattle WA 98105
All ages; FREE

(WED) Student Wednesday
Explore the Bellevue Arts Museum after school. Students of all ages. FREE with downloadable coupon, pre-register.
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2011, 1 – 5 p.m.
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue WA 98004
All ages; FREE
Pre-register; 425-519-0770

(WED) West Seattle CoolMom meeting
There’s a lot of buzz about the upcoming April West Seattle CoolMom meeting. It’s so exciting, CoolMom couldn’t contain it. This meeting is open to the public! It’s a BEE EVENT!
Come listen to a panel discussion with 3 amazing, local beekeepers.
Brad Jones, president of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association
Gary DeBoer, featured on the West Seattle Blog for his artful hives
Jason Tatro, local beekeeper extraordinaire
Each panelist will share their story, discuss climate change and its effect on bees, as well as field questions from attendees about all things bees.
CoolMom is an incredible organization uniting MOMS to address the most important issue of our time: global warming. Act now for our children's future. We are very fortunate to have a West Seattle CoolMom group. Visit http://coolmom.org to learn more about CoolMom.

Monday, April 4, 2011

FREE Positive Parenting Webinar: "Get your kids to listen"

"Get your kids to listen—the first time. No nagging or yelling required"

Seattle Mommy Blogger Heligirl is hosting a free positive parenting webinar at 6 p.m. Pacific tomorrow, April 5. Amy McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions will present the webinar, which focuses on teaching parents tools to help encourage their kids to listen, not yelling or nagging required! To learn more or register for the free webinar, go here: http://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/heligirl

Make Your Own Chalkboard!

Okay, so I am NOT crafty, but this was fun and it turned out great! Tiny house (and currently for sale) so no room for an easel. Came up with this idea...

Step # 1: train table (ours a $30 Craigslist item we've had for some time - great for play and storage)

Step# 2: flip over the top (ours only had a one-sided scene)

Step# 3: chalk paint $8 - and we only used 1/4 of it (or if you have paint, any color - simply mix 1/2 tsp unsanded tile grout to every 1/4 cup paint)

Step# 4: 3 light coats, super fast dry

Step# 5: $1 egg chalks from Target = super fun!