Seattle Scavenger Hunt

Planning a visit to Seattle?  Or do you live in Seattle and want to enjoy a downtown day with your kids?  Our awesome photo scavenger hunt will keep your kids walking, happy, and engaged!  Actually adults like it too.  It’s just plain fun and helps anyone enjoy the details of our fabulous city.

The area covered by our scavenger hunt is the downtown core.  Walk on 1st Avenue between Pike’s Place and Pioneer Square.  As a round trip, you will want to come back along 3rd with short detours to see the library and the opera hall.  End up at Westlake Center and take the monorail to Seattle Center.  You’ll capture all the pictures within this route.  You can get off at Seattle Center (no photos there – makes for a long day) or buy a round trip ticket in advance and just enjoy the ride. Read more »

Great Family Escape – Sleeping Lady

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Looking for a quick escape from city or suburb? Sleeping Lady is a perfect family-friendly destination.  Tucked in between Leavenworth, a fun Bavarian village, and the Cascade Mountain Range, Sleeping Lady offers peaceful Read more »

Fall Family Camping Adventures

DSC07530Before kids we were adventurous campers. We camped while backpacking, rafting, sea kayaking, and even skiing.  Rarely, if ever, did we go car camping.  In fact, we wondered why anyone would pack the car and head to a campground full of other people.  But now that we have kids, we know better.  It’s fun, affordable, relaxing, and great for the kids.  Camping with children, however, takes a bit of work and some practice to do well.  Fall is the perfect time!  The number of both bugs and people is greatly reduced.  Here’s some our favorite tips for a fun and successful camping trip. Read more »

Local getaways – Spring in the Pacific Northwest

We had a lot of fun picking out favorite local family-friendly destinations in all directions for a recent post on Technorati.

We could only describe a few in the article.  There are so many great Seattle-based getaways that kids love: Winthrop, Roslyn, Victoria B.C., Hurricane Ridge, Neah Bay, Bremerton, Mt. Rainier, Tacoma, and more. We plan to hit the road ourselves this spring to discover new local adventures.   Add your favorites to our comments section.

Family Skiing at Snoqualmie Pass

From the top of Chair 1 at Alpental.

Snoqualmie pass is the major east/west migration route through the Cascade mountain range from Seattle.  It is also the home of The Summit at Snoqualmie, an amalgam of four ski areas that each have a unique and distinctive vibe despite being commonly-owned.  There is Summit West, a perfect place for families to learn to ski.  Summit Central has the terrain park and is popular for night skiing.  Summit East (a.k.a. Hyak) is my family’s low-key favorite.  And finally there is Alpental, which has the steeper terrain and backcountry access that expert skiers love.  I’ve been skiing at Snoqualmie pass for over 20 years and have had a season pass there for the last decade.  I won’t tell you where my secret stashes of snow are located, but here are a few other things that I have learned:

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Bremerton WA – A great kid destination

Bremerton WA – A great destination for kids? Yes! Bremerton is the home of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and that’s all many Seattlites know about it. But, we have spent a night or two here every year for the past few years and there is more to explore every trip. Read more »