Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Compassion Experience in Snohomish - (Worth the trip!) - Interactive global experience exhibit with headphones provided for all - family friendly! - Monday, February 1st 2016 from 10am-5:40 (free online tix available, as well as, walk-ins) Highly recommend!


Image courtesy of The Compassion Experience


Went to this event today and wanted to share it because I thought it was a great experience and my 7 year old loved it too. I try to teach him about our global world and to have compassion for all others. 

This is a good event to attend and there are openings tomorrow online for free tickets and walk-ins as well.  :-)



For more info. go here.




Heads up! January 2016...A New Year and a really great, brand new giveaway coming up...



Hi All! I have a great new sponsor giveaway coming up very soon to kick off this wonderful New Year! You are gonna REALLY love this one! Coming up soon...

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We did and I am looking forward to getting back on track with the blog now that my schedule has finally solidified. Happy 2016 Everyone!



Thursday, December 24, 2015

THREE FREE ONLINE THINGS TO DO BEFORE CHRISTMAS IS HERE INCLUDING ONLINE VIDEO LETTER FROM SANTA, WATCHING THE LIVE REINDEER (You can watch them and Santa start their journey at 5pm today PST!) AT THE "NORTH POLE" AND WATCHING THEIR TRIP AROUND THE WORLD!




While Christmas is always magical, it won't be too many more years before my little guy doesn't think there is a real Santa. So, I make sure we do this every year until that happens:


1) Watch a special video letter from Santa customized just for my son...






2) Watch the reindeer, their friends and sometimes Santa at their home at the "North Pole" before their big night of deliveries at Reindeercam.com. 





3) Track Santa's and the reindeers' trek across the world on Norad's Santa Tracker and making sure we're (well he's) asleep before Santa arrives in Seattle! ;-)




What are some things you do to enjoy these moments with your kids while they are still young and still believe in Santa Claus?




Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Art Market and Open House in Kirkland - Saturday, December 5th 2015 from 10am-7pm



KAC opens its doors for a Holiday Art Market and Open House on Saturday, December 5th, from 10am to 7pm.  Join us for an annual favorite holiday tradition, with opportunities to:
  • Get your holiday shopping done early this year during a one-day Art Market featuring the work of over 50 local artists and KAC students! Pick from a variety of one-of-a-kind selections including pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry and more. (10am-7pm)  
  • Watch the magic of art-making during Live Printmaking and Raku Firing Demonstrations! All ages welcome, participation invited. 11am- 6pm.
  • Marvel at the creations made by the masters before your eyes during the "Cropped" Competition. Four KAC all-star artists will battle it out on the easels during this 3-round competition. Each round, after making works of art utilizing unexpected mystery items, one competitor will get "cropped" until the final artist stands to be named the ultimate "Cropped" Champion. Begins at 5pm.
  • Get creative with your family at a Craft and Activities Table. Guided by a KAC instructor, children (and adults) will get to partake in holiday crafting activities.(11am-3pm)
  • Enjoy a selection of crepes sold from the Crisp Creperie food truck or delicious mulled wine and cider.
  • Get your chance to register for Winter Art Classes (ages 2 to 102 - beginning through advanced).
  • Tour the historic 121 year old Peter Kirk Building. Completed in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Peter Kirk Building exemplifies commercial Victorian-era architecture, and is one of the last vestiges of the man for whom the City was named. 
Event is free to the public and there is plenty of free street parking.  




For more info. go here.





Holiday on the Bay with Santa visit, tree lighting, entertainment, fire trucks, refreshments, kid activities and more in Everett - Saturday, December 5th 2015 from 12-6:30pm






For more info. go here.






New Year Celebrations from Around the World Workshop presented by Live Paint at the Shoreline Library - Saturday, December 5th 2015 at 11am


Take the kids and learn how other cultures celebrate the New Year.

" In many cultures, ringing in the New Year is a time to celebrate and honor new beginnings. Through storytelling, cultural artifacts, music and art children will explore New Year celebrations from China, Japan, Russia, Peru and Ireland and create pretend firecrackers to take home. "




For more info. go here.




Santa Arrival and Tree lighting with choirs, a gingerbread display, the grinch, pony & train rides (for a fee), treats and more at Country Village in Bothell - Saturday, December 5th 2015 from 10am-8pm


I miss Santa "flying in" but still a fun event!


" It’s a holiday wonderland at Country Village with live reindeer, caroling by local choirs all day long, whimsical gingerbread house display, surprise visit by the Grinch, and 40 local shops and restaurants all decked out in their best with thousands of twinkling lights. An animated light display featuring a 40’ sea serpent, fiddling pig, giant dragonfly, marching ducks and more!
Be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop featuring on the spot Santa Photos by Arthur & Associates. Complimentary hot roasted chestnuts begin at 4 pm ‘til they last. Our own Town Crier will herald the arrival of Santa at 7 pm on his dazzling Christmas float followed by a traditional tree lighting. Everyone will get a chance to greet Santa and receive a candy cane. 
The Gingerbread House Contest winners will be announced just before Santa arrives. 
Pony and train rides (weather permitting) are open for a nominal fee. 
This event is free and open to the public. "



For more info. go here.




Wednesday, December 2, 2015

FYI - Half off on select Melissa and Doug items on Amazon Today, Wednesday, December 2nd 2015! Too good not to share! ;-)

Gotta any littles to buy for? Kids, nieces, nephews, friends' kids?? Then this is a great deal to take advantage of and save! Today only on Amazon! 


For more info. go here.



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Kirkland Winterfest with Santa, Carriage Rides, Sledding, Tree lighting ceremony and more - Today, Sunday, November 29th 2015 from 2-6pm (Tree lighting at 5pm)





" The Kirkland Winterfest Holiday Tree Lighting and Music Festival will take place on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 2-6 PM, in Marina Park, Downtown Kirkland.

We have an afternoon of performances, bon fires, carols, kids’ activities, games, Santa arrival, refreshments, food, and the annual tree lighting ceremony marking the beginning of the Winterfest Celebration. For regular updates don’t forget to visit us at our new Facebook Kirkland Winterfest page. "



For more info. go here.



Friday, November 27, 2015

Magic in the Market Holiday Celebration with Santa, photo opps., cookie decorating, a caroling competition and more in Pike Place Market in Seattle - Saturday, November 28th 2015 from 1-5pm





" Celebrate the holiday season at Magic in the Market! Meet and take FREE photos with Santa. Decorate gingerbread cookies with your family in the Market Atrium Kitchen. 

Get a belly full of laughs from performances by the Figgy Pudding Caroling Teams, right under the Public Market Center clock and sign. 

Enjoy Martin Family Orchard's apple cider, indi chocolate's hot chocolate and MarketSpice tea while you shop for locally made gifts. 

At 5 pm, Santa will lead a countdown to the lighting of the 20-foot holiday tree and lights throughout the Market. Join in the fun and the kick off to the holiday season!

This event is free. No tickets required. "
 
 
 
For more info. go here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

REINDEER FESTIVAL WITH LIVE REINDEER (AND A CAMEL!) AT SWANSON'S NURSERY IN SEATTLE - NOW THROUGH WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24TH 2015 - FEEDING TIMES ARE 10AM AND 4PM DAILY!




Reindeer Festival

MODEL TRAIN VILLAGE 

Watch trains speed through snowy landscapes in one of Swansons' favorite traditions: a themed model train village. This year's theme draws from the classic children's holiday film, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 

DONATE TO THE BALLARD FOOD BANK

Bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Ballard Food Bank through December 23. Donation bins are located near our model train village and at the cashiers. See the food bank's wishlist

CAMEL AND REINDEER

Visit our special holiday guests: Curley the camel and Dasher & Blitzen, two of Santa's reindeer! Join us for feedings at 10am and 4pm daily, learn about these incredible animals, and experience a magical photo op!

SAMMY THE SALMON'S ADVENTURE TOURS

Kids and Adults alike can learn about Curley and the Reindeer, seasonal plants, Christmas trees, and local salmon habitat on Sammy's self-guided adventure tour. Groups can schedule a special guided tour by calling (206) 782-2543. 




 Pictures from previous visits:








For more info. go here.



The Magic of Gratitude Magic Show at the Richmond Beach Library in Shoreline - Saturday, November 21st 2015 at 11am



Take the kids and check out a holiday-themed magic show!


 " Enjoy a holiday tale that combines original poetry with magic to tell a story about harvest-time, family and the sharing of food. This show celebrates the hidden wonders of daily life and the astonishing power of gratitude. "



For more info. go here.





Sunday, November 8, 2015

Two more days to see/visit Seattle's famous Gum Wall before it gets cleaned off on Tuesday, November 10th 2015





Seattle's famous 20 year old Gum Wall in Pike Place Market will get a cleaning starting at 8am on Tuesday, November 10th. So if you want to visit it before it starts over today and tomorrow are your last days to do so before it gets cleaned off. 

The Market is also having a photo contest, as well, if you decide to check it out. Details at link below.


To see Kiro TV's online story about it go here.