Friday, July 3, 2015

"4th of July" 2015 Celebration Roundup with 20+ events!

Happy 4th of July Everyone! Here is the roundup for all the local 2015 celebratory events!

" City fire officials warn that setting off fireworks yourself this year is not only illegal, but places you and your neighborhood in danger. Each July 4th, thousands of people are injured while using fireworks. In 2013, there were 239 reported injuries in Washington. This year we are experiencing drought conditions throughout the state, creating an even greater risk for fires resulting from fireworks. During 2013, there were 102 reported fires caused by fireworks. For the Fourth, catch the fireworks at your local city's planned event instead and keep it safe for everyone. Report illegal fireworks displays immediately by calling 911. "

Don't forget to bring a little bag to any of the parades as they seem to throw a lot of candy around here!

Please click on the links for times, festivities, suggestions, restrictions & parking fees, if any, etc.


4th of July in Newcastle - Info. here.

Fireworks over Des Moines - Info. here.

Grand Old Fourth of July in Downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island - Info. here.

Colors of Freedom events - Everett, WA - Info. here.

Freedom Festival in Bothell  Info. here.   (Free pancake breakfast!)

The Great Carnation Fourth of July Celebration at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation - Info. here.

It’s an Edmonds Kind of 4th! - Info. here.

Kingston Fourth of July Celebration - Info. here.

Issaquah's Downhome Fourth & Heritage Day - Info. here.

Fourth of July Festival at Les Gove Park in Auburn - Info. here.
(purchase wristband for $5 - unlimited kids activities)

Celebrate Kirkland! at Marina Park - Info. here.

Fabulous Fourth of July Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton - Info. here.

SEAFAIR Family Fourth at Lake Union AND at Gasworks Park in Seattle - Info. here.

Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park in Kent - 
Info. here.

Bellevue Family Fourth in Bellevue Downtown Park - Info. here.

94th Annual Independence Day Parade in Burien - Info. here. 

Tukwila’s Family Fourth at the Fort - Info. here.

Fourth on the Plateau at Commons Park in Sammamish - Info. here.

Red, White & Blues Festival at Celebration Park in Federal Way - Info. here.

13th Annual Cal Anderson Park Independence Day Picnic in Capitol Hill - Info. here.(Free everything, food, ice cream, face painting, root beer, patriotic portraits and more!)

Fourth of July Fireworks Show in at Log Boom Park in Kenmore -  Info. here.

Admiral 4th of July Kids Parade in West Seattle  - Info. here.

 Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

FREE TICKETS TO SAMI'S Morning PLANETARIUM SHOWS and Evening Stargazes IN BELLEVUE - ALSO 1 SHOW FOR YOUNGER KIDS ages 5 and under on August 14th! - FREE TIX AVAILABLE TOMORROW STARTING AT NOON FOR The JULY 10TH MORNING SHOW! OTHER SHOWS TICKETS AVAILABLE 1 WEEK PRIOR - 2nd and 4th Fridays in July and August 2015 - Planetarium Shows at 10:30 AM and Stargazes at 9 PM

Grab FREE tickets and attend a SAMI's Free Community Planetarium Show! Don't forget they have 1 show as well for kids age 5 and under!! 
We attended the first one for the little ones and it was cute! Some facts at the beginning geared a little more toward grown-ups but then a cute planetarium show for the littles!

 So take the kids and join in at the Willard Geer Planetarium at Bellevue College to view "The Little Star that Could", "Wonders of the Universe", "New Horizons", and "The Secret Lives of Stars".

 "The Little Star that Could" showing on August 14th will be geared towards young children (ages 5 and under).  All other shows are not recommended for kids under the age of six. 

Upcoming Schedule:

This summer (July and August) we have a special planetarium show schedule. The tentative schedule for Summer 2015 is as follows, but may occasionally change:
Friday, July 10 – 10:30-11:15AM – “New Horizons” + Night Sky Narration
Friday, July 24 – 10:30-11:15AM –  “Wonders of the Universe” + Night Sky NarrationFriday, August 14 – 10:30-11:15AM – “The Little Star that Could” + Night Sky NarrationFriday, August 28 – 10:30-11:15AM – “The Secret Lives of Stars + Night Sky Narration
Thursday, July 9 9:00PM – Stargaze on the Roof *weather dependent*
Thursday, July 16 – 9:00PM – Stargaze on the Roof *weather dependent*Thursday, July 23 – 9:00PM – Stargaze on the Roof *weather dependent*

Planetarium Shows -

Public Shows:

" Bellevue College’s Astronomy Department and the Science and Math Institute are pleased to sponsor free planetarium shows to the public TWO Fridays of each month. The Planetarium is a special domed-ceiling room (room B-244) where the nighttime sky is accurately produced. 
Admission is free for each show and stargaze, but reservations must be made in advance. Ticket reservations will begin starting at noon a week prior to the show/stargaze. Reservations can be made through Brown Paper Tickets at with the search term “Bellevue Planetarium.”
For our morning summer shows, we will show a professionally produced full-dome video, as well as a live segment introducing the audience to that night’s sky. For a description of the videos, please click HERE. During the live segment, the presenter will point out the brightest stars and constellations so audience members can go home and stargaze from their own backyards. Each show will last approximately 45 minutes. Shows are not recommended for kids under the age of six, although all are welcome. Please note: we do ask all participants to be respectful of other participants.
For our evening summer stargazes, telescopes will be set up to view different astronomical objects in the sky. The stargaze will last until crowds die out, or 11:00PM, whichever comes first. Access to the stargaze is via the stairwell near room B-134 downstairs, or B-262 upstairs. Continue on up to the rooftop. If you need special assistance, please let us know in advance. Stargazes are intended for adults and mature children (the roof does not have a railing). Stargazes are weather permitting and clouds or haze could cancel the stargaze at any time. Please check on the status of any stargaze before coming, by visiting this site.
There is limited capacity to each show and stargaze. When you finalize your reservation on Brown Paper Tickets, you will receive a confirmation email. There is information in that email about cancelling your reservations in case you are unable to attend. We do not charge for these events, but we need your help to keep it that way – please follow the steps in the confirmation email to release your tickets if you cannot attend.
Parking is free in the parking garage after 3:00PM in all lots.  If you are driving to our morning shows, please park and pay in the metered lots (5th floor of the Parking Garage has metered lots and is close to B-244). "

Families on the other half of the room anticipating the start of the show overhead!

FYI - There is no late admission so please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early/NO food or drink is allowed in the planetarium.

For more info. call the BC Science Division at 425-564-2321 or go here.

For free tickets to the July 10th Show go here starting at noon on Friday, July 3rd 2015

39th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival with free boat rides, pond boat sailing, pirate story time, boat tours, music, fireworks and more in Seattle - Friday through Sunday, July 3rd - 5th 2015 - from 10am-6pm each day! Fireworks at dusk July 4th!

For more info. go here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Free Museum Admissions listed by day!

First Thursdays of the month:

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Free - first Thursday of every month.

Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum
Free - first Thursday of every month 5-8pm.

Henry Art Gallery
Free - first Thursday of every month, always students.

Nordic Museum 
Free - First Thursday of each month and introducing Nordic Nights and open until 8pm.

Museum of Flight
Free - first Thursday of every month 5-9pm.

Museum of History and Industry
Free - first Thursday of every month.

First ThursdaysPlus:

Seattle Art Museum
Free - first Thursday of every month, first Friday ages 62 and over, second Friday 5-9pm teens with ID.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
Free - first Thursday and Saturday and second Thursday 5-9pm of every month, first Friday ages 62 and

Wing Luke Asian Museum
Free - first Thursday and third Saturday of every month.

Free - first and second Thursday of every month.

Third Thursdays of the month:
"Less than a Latte" $1 each now - third Thursday of every month from 5-8pm

Third Friday of the month:

Imagine Children's Museum
Free - third Friday of every month 5:30-9pm, half price admission every Thursday 3-5pm.

Always Free:

Children’s Museum - Free Admission Policy:

The last hour of every weekday (4:00pm - 5:00pm), The Children's Museum, Seattle accepts any amount of payment for admission to the Museum. 

The Children's Museum, Seattle supports our community by admitting individuals FREE of charge (all day admission) if they show one of the following items: 

• Quest (EBT) card (WA residents only)
The Quest/EBT card allows free admission for the cardholder, their partner, and their dependent children.

• Medical Coupons (WA residents only)
Medical Coupon cards provide free admission for the individual listed on the card only.

In addition to these programs, the Museum provides unlimited free admission coupons to over 100 agencies in King, Pierce and Snohomish County. These coupons are distributed to low income or at-risk families who are not eligible for the above listed assistance programs. 



For more info. click on the name of each museum!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Skandia Midsommarfest at St. Edwards Park in Kenmore - Sunday, June 28th 2015 from 11am-6pm

" Midsommarfest activities, including music, dancing, food and crafts, all begin a 11:00 a.m. The grand parade and raising of the majst√•ng (garlanded midsommar pole) are at 2:30 p.m.  "

For more info. go here.

Big Day of Play with FREE bike helmets while supplies last, water craft rides, demos, performances, and TONS of other fun and free activities in Seattle - Sunday, June 28th 2015 from 12-4pm

Another favorite event of ours...take the kids and check it out!

" Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation and title sponsor, PCC Natural Markets, for this free, family-friendly event!

Mark your calendar from noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, to see what Seattle Parks and Recreation and other community organizations are offering in the way of fun activities and healthy food. This year’s Big Day of Play event will be held at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S.

There will be sample activities from Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities and programs, paddling and boating events, a main stage celebration of cultural diversity with music and entertainment, creative play opportunities, youth demonstrations and healthy food vendors. Stop by the PCC TasteMobile, where kids 12 and under can participate in a PCC Kid Picks taste test and all ages can spin the Color Wheel to test their food knowledge and win prizes. Or Children’s Hospital’s Free bike helmet giveaway for children at least 1 years old to age 18 (Wearers must be present and be fitted to receive a helmet. Quantities are limited; one helmet per child. First come, first served.) "

Main Stage Line-Up
  • 12:00 p.m. African Dance
  • 12:20 p.m. Hawaiian Dancers
  • 12:45 p.m. Chinese Dancers 
  • 1:10 p.m. Zumba
  • 1:30 p.m. Hip Hop Dance Class
  • 1:45 p.m. Rene Rope Jumper
  • 2:10 p.m. Mixxedfit
  • 2:20 p.m. Joyas Mestizad Mexican Dance
  • 2:45 p.m. Baile Dior Majorette Dance Team
  • 3:00 p.m. Compost Demo
  • 3:15 p.m. Rainjammers Free Style Frisbee Show Team
  • 3:30 p.m. South East Seattle Community Youth Orchestra
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Aviation
  • Board and Carnival Games
  • Big Blue Blocks
  • Frisbee Golf and Tic Tac Toe
  • Fitness Activities
  • Kite Making
  • Planting
  • Quickstart Tennis
  • Robotics
  • Boat Making Arts and Crafts
  • Sailing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP)
  • Kayaks
  • Canoes
All boating participants must sign a risk and release waiver to use the boats. Anyone under 18yrs old must have a parent or guardian sign the risk and release waiver. There is an age requirement and height restriction for the boating activities during the day. Be prepared to get wet!

For more info. go here.

WAAA hosts a "Tumble for Autism" event at Skymania in Kirkland - Friday, July 10th 2015 at 4pm or 5pm - PREREGISTER online! - "Less than a Latte" each with adults $7 each and kids FREE!

Just saw this event post on FB hosted by WAAA. 

" Kiddos bouncing off the walls already? Get some relief as WAAA hosts another Tumble for Autism at Skymania in two weeks! Choose from a 4pm or a 5pm session on July 10th. Preregistraton is required.
Kids jump FREE! "

Great fun at a great price and for a good cause!

" Tumble on into SkyMania for an afternoon of fun in support of a great cause!

This 30,000 square foot facility filled with trampolines, foam pits and more is open for all to enjoy. Trained staff and volunteers will be there to assist you with your tumbling moves. 


All jumpers, including parents, must register in advance and complete a waiver.  Drop-ins will not be admitted due to SkyMania’s safety rules and maximum capacity. Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to jump session to check in.  We are not responsible for late arrivals.

***Special Summer Pricing***
Kids jump FREE!
Adults are $7.00
Limit one session

All entry fees, donations and sponsorships will benefit Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (WAAA), a non-profit agency dedicated to helping those who are dealing with autism throughout the state. For more information contact Jess Silvernail at "

Click here to view SkyMania Trampoline Safety Rules.


July 10th, 2015 4:00 PM   through   4:50 PMboun

Child Tumble - Session 1 (4-4:50pm) $ 0.00
Adult Tumble - Session 1 (4-4:50pm) $ 7.00


July 10th, 2015 5:00 PM through 5:50 PM

Child Tumble - Session 1 (5-5:50pm) $ 0.00
Adult Tumble - Session 1 (5-5:50pm) $ 7.00

For more info. go here.

To register for 4pm slot go here.

To register for 5 pm slot go here.

Cooling Stations in Seattle per - June 27th 2015

Here is a list of cooling stations courtesy of They recommend calling ahead to make sure a/c is on, etc. before you head over to any of these locations.
" With temperatures in the Puget Sound area expected to hit the 90s this week, some cities and counties are offering air-conditioned facilities where people can get away from the heat. Heat waves can be dangerous for vulnerable people, such as the elderly, the very young, or those with other medical conditions that could lead to heat stroke or other problems.
This list will be updated as information becomes available. Check with your local government office for more locations and information.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Seattle and surrounding areas from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night. Here's a look at public spaces that may be used by residents to stay cool in the high temperatures.
The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working. "
  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) - 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) - 206-684-4089
  • Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) - 206-684-4711
  • Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) - 206-684-7519
  • Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) - 206-684-4715
  • Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) - 206-733-9125
  • Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) - 206-684-4704
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) - 206-684-4086
  • High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) - 206-684-7454
  • International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) - 206-386-1300
  • Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) - 206-684-7518
  • Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) - 206-684-4705
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) - 206-386-4225
  • New Holly (7058 32nd Ave S) - 206-386-1905
  • Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) - 206-386-1980
  • Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) - 206-386-1906
  • South Park (8604 8th Ave S) - 206-615-1688
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) - 206-684-4088
Seattle Center (View the campus map PDF) – 206-684-7200
  • Seattle Center Armory (Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • International Fountain
  • Fountain of Creation (Dupen Fountain)
The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:
  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
  • Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
  • The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
  • South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
  • The Central (500 30th Ave S)
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service Senior Center (3639 Martin Luther King Way S.)
  • Sunshine Garden Chinese Senior Community Center (611 S. Lane St.) housed in the Chinese Information and Service Center   

For more info. and to see info. on other locations go here.

Stay cool!


Thought I would repost this post from 2012 since it will be in the 90's around Greater Seattle starting this weekend! Ready to keep cool when it gets HOT, HOT, HOT?!


After moving here from the Midwest (via the East Coast!) we were surprised how many homes, apartments and condos didn't have air conditioning. Now after living here for several years we, of course, understood why a/c wasn't important when you only get a handful of 90+ days. (Of course if you are pregnant at the same time, that is another story!) 

On those 90+ days, however, it can be a little unbearable. So, some of the things we did during those times (like now) is stocked popsicles in the freezer, took a cool shower and let hair airdry during the day, and discovered some local spray parks. But my favorite discovery was one I heard on the radio here years ago and it really does work.

You open all of the windows at night before you go to bed (if it is safe to do so) and keep them open to let the cool air in. Then before it gets hot and sunny you close all of them as well as all of the shades. The key is to close them between 5 and 6am if possible and 7am at the latest. When I first tried this I couldn't believe how well it worked. Our house is always 10 degrees cooler than outside by doing this. It is really refreshing to come home to a house without a/c that is 75 degrees instead of 85 like outside. (As I write this it is 78 degrees in my house and 89 degrees outside.) I am a person that always prefers it colder than hotter and the excessive sun and heat are no friends of mine.

Other things we do is use electric fans, and on especially hot days, we put a bowl of ice in front of the fan and it works like a mini a/c. I also sleep with a cold wash cloth on my neck or forehead to keep cool. And on days when it is just too hot upstairs we sleep downstairs on the sofabed. It's kinda like a vacation from the bed, a mini-adventure! At least my preschooler thinks so!

I have found 30+ more ways to keep you (even while sleeping) and your home cooler too. So click on the links below to discover more of the ways to beat the heat.

The first one I am going to try is the cold water spray bottle you keep in the fridge!

Don't forget the usual suspects for the kids at home too, like water balloon fights, wet sponge fights or catch, supersoaker fights, sprinklers and kiddie pools.

And if you want to avoid the heat altogether short of going to visit Santa at the North Pole, don't forget to take advantage of the indoor malls, libraries, movie theaters, book stores and the like.

Stay cool!

For more info. on staying cool go herehere and here.  

Bellevue Strawberry Festival = tons of fun at Crossroads Park in Bellevue - Now thru 6pm on Sunday, June 28th 2015 - Some things free and some for a fee.

All kinds of fun to be had at this annual event!

For more info. go here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Party in the Park with pony rides, face painters, games, petting zoo and more at Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland - Saturday, June 27th 2015 from 8:30-12:30 - Donations accepted.

Party in the Park 2015

13th Annual ‘Party in the Park’ 2015
Where:     Bridle Trails State Park
                 5300 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, at the
main public entrance
When:      Saturday, June 27th
                 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Free Shuttle:  Due to the increased attendance and need for horse trailer parking, there will be limited parking in the main lot. It will be restricted to disabled parking for those displaying a state-issued handicapped placard and event-support vehicles only. Attendees will need to park at the Central Park Tennis Club (5820 125th Lane NE, Kirkland WA 98033). The entrance to the Central Park Tennis Club parking lot is across the street from Ben Franklin Elementary School on NE 60th Street. There will be shuttle service between the Central Park Tennis Club and the event. Since the park is only a few minutes from this parking lot, the shuttle will be making trips every 10 minutes from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. Please consider using this FREE service!
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM:  Our famous ‘baked on the griddle’ Pancake & Bacon breakfast, served with coffee or juice - $5.00 a plate
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM:  Free entertainment featuring the Ellensburg Rodeo Royal Court, High Valley Riders, breed displays and more!
Kids’ Activities:
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM:  Pony rides, face painters, games, a petting zoo and more! No charge, but donations gladly accepted. A suggested donation of $5.00 for pony rides.
Trail Fun Runs: 5k and 10k
7:30 AM - Day-of-race registration and packet pickup begins
8:30 AM - 
Pancake Breakfast begins
9:00 AM - 10k run begins
9:05 AM - 
5k run/walk begins 

For more info. go here.