Edy Kizaki

Kids Activities in Bellevue & the Eastside

February 1, 2011 in Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Markets, Museums, Seattle for Kids, Woodinville

This is one of the most wonderful areas to raise kids in the whole country, and we are prepared to prove it.  More to come, but if you are considering moving to Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Issaquah, Sammamish, or another of the highly rated Eastside communities, this cheat sheet is for you.  I put it together to just give you a taste of what’s available, and will add more as soon as possible.  Share your favorites too, once you’re here!!

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue
Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Bellevue
Bellevue Square, Bellevue…great play areas for YOUNG kids
Bellevue Youth Theater, Bellevue (New Home)
Boehms Candy Factory, Issaquah (tours in summer)
Chesterfield Beach Park (Bellevue)
Chism Beach Park (on Lake Washington, Bellevue)
Coal Creek Park Trails (Bellevue)
Cougar Mountain Zoo (pretty small), Issaquah
Crossroads Farmers Market, Bellevue (May 25-Oct 5)
Downtown Park and Rose Garden, Bellevue (Outdoor Movies)
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah.
Juanita Beach Park, in Kirkland (Juanita, the north part)
K1 Speed (Indoor Go-Kart Racing), Bellevue
Kelsey Creek Park in Bellevue (sheep sheering in April)
KidsQuest Childrens Museum, Bellevue, suggest up to age 8.
Kirkland Parks info
Marymoor Park, Bellevue/Redmond (summer concerts)
Mercer Slough, Bellevue
Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, Bellevue (U Pick, open in summer) also ranger-guided canoe trips
Point Defiance Park (Tacoma)
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (Tacoma)
Remlinger Farms, Carnation
Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, Bellevue
St. Edwards State Park (in Kenmore/Juanita)
Scratch Patch is reopening on the Eastside spring or summer
Bellevue Skate King (roller skating, Bellevue)
Sk8 Park, Bellevue
Thistle Theater, Bellevue (puppet theater)

Edy Kizaki

Seattle Kids’ Activities – cheat sheet

February 1, 2011 in Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood/Phinney Ridge, Magnolia, Markets, Montlake, Museums, Queen Anne, Seattle for Kids, Wallingford, West Seattle

We’ll be adding information and links, but here are a lot of resources in a quick cheat sheet format.  If you are looking for kids’ activities in Seattle including sightseeing and fun, even a few kid-friendly restaurants, here is our A-List!  We love living in this city and my 9 year old Daniel and I never run out of great things to do…just time!!  We want you to know how great the city is and look forward to coming here.  Or if you live here, please share your favorties with me too!  The Comments is open, folks!

A book I recommend is Seattle Mama’s Handbook, here is a review I did: Edy’s blog on  Books on Seattle, including Seattle Mama Handbook, also here’s A Good Book for Relocating.

Links I Like for Kids in Seattle:

http://familyfun.go.com/vacations/destinations/pacific-states-vacations/washington-vacations/seattle-a-natural-urban-getaway-712335/ Seattle for Kids

http://familyfun.go.com/vacations/the-tropics-near-seattles-space-needle-713133/ Butterfly Garden at the Space Needle…it’s in the Pacific Science Center

for fun, check out the Space Needle webcam!

City of Seattle Self-Guided Walking Tours

City of Seattle History and Culture of Seattle

Good site for Seattle Festivals

A Good List of Seattle Kid’s activiites and interesting spots includes:

Alki Beach (in summer though, but has a nice prominade if it’s a sunny day, or fly a kite if it’s windy) and famous Salty’s Restaurant at Alki (West Seattle)
Alki Kayak Tours (West Seattle, on Alki…open weekends starting in March)
Seattle Aquarium (on Alaskan Way, Seattle Waterfront)
Aqua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club (on Lake Washington, U District…kayak rentals and guided tours)
Bainbridge Island Day Trip…we love the Ferry ride to Bainbridge, and you can get off, walk around, have lunch, shop and explore, even stay till dinner ( take the Ferry from near the Aquarium on Alaskan Way)
Ballard Locks (Ballard)
Benaroya Hall Garden of Remembrance
Boat Ride in Puget Sound (sailing or cruise),
Boeing Museum of Flight (south and west of Qwest Field)
Seattle Bug Safari Bug Zoo (near Pike Place Market)
Burke Gillman Trail (goes all the way from Sammamish to Ballard…ride bikes?!  rollerblade??!!)
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (near UW)

Bus “Free Ride” Area in Seattle
Cal Anderson Park
(for smaller kids?)
Carkeek Park (has Environmental Learning Center)
Center for Wooden Boats, Lake Union (Eastlake)
Discovery Park (Magnolia)  This is the city’s largest park with over 11 miles of trails for walking, including on the Sound (go over the train tracks)

Experience Music Project & SciFi Museum, (back at Seattle Center) it’s great!!! Good cafe for lunch, too
Fremont Troll (and Rocket, and the Cut with Dinosaur Hedges Topiary),
Japanese Garden at the UW Arboretum
and another, Kubota Garden in South Seattle
Fisherman’s Terminal (Interlake/Magnolia)

Gasworks Park to climb and fly kites, good for long or short visit, also arrive early to get a place for fireworks July 4 and New Year’s Eve (Wallingford on Lake Union)
Golden Gardens Park (Ballard)
Green Lake is a 3 mile walk around the lake which is always a great activity, and there is a playground to run around (in the Green Lake neighborhood which also has tennis courts, sports fields, kayak lessons, and some well-know casual dining, or Duke’s Chowder House for a slightly more formal meal with 4 award-winning chowders and good fish) and kids’ menu).
Harbor Steps, Seattle (near SAM, the Art Museum)
International District Attractions
Klondike Gold Rush Park & Museum (downtown Seattle)

Log House Museum (West Seattle)  Birthplace of Seattle, roots & heritage of Native Americans
Matthews Beach Park (summer swimming…north of U District on Lake Washington)
Molly Moon’s ice cream/frozen custard shop in Capitol Hill (or try Peaks or Old School)
Monorail (downtown to Seattle Center)
Mt. Baker Park (Mt. Baker looking toward Bellevue on Lake Washington, has swimming)
Mount Baker Sailing and Rowing Center (on Lake Washington)
Museum of History and Industry (on Lake Washington in Montlake/U Dist)
Myrtle Edwards Park (Elliot Bay next to Olympic Sculpture Garden, great views of bay and Olympics)
Nordic Heritage Museum (Ballard)
Northwest Puppet Center (Maple Leaf north of the U District)
Olympic Sculpture Park (Elliot Bay)
Orca Whale Watching tour (San Juans)
Original Starbucks (at Pike Place Market)
Pacific Science Center (Seattle Center)
Pike Place Market,
Pioneer Square
Qwest Field Tour (near Alaskan Way…home to Seattle Seahawks)
SAFECO Field Tour (near Qwest Field…home to Seattle Mariners)
Salty’s Restaurant at Alki
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Acts (Georgetown)  video
Seattle Art Museum (SAM, above Alaskan Way)
Seattle Center
Seattle Center Skatepark
Seattle Central Library (amazing building, downtown)
Seattle Children’s Museum (it’s for younger kids, but Daniel still likes it, some fun computerized and art stuff, in Seattle Center)
Seattle Center House events,
Seattle Glass Blowing Studio (near Seattle Center)
Seattle Outdoor Markets (neighborhoods, some open year round, others are seasonal)
Smith Tower (8 blocks south of Pike Place Market in Free Ride zone)
Sno Parks for Snowmobiling (Washington)
Space Needle (you can eat at the Sky City restaurant on top, Dave and I did it for brunch, it’s great, revolves slowly and food was good!),

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour (need reservations, I did a blog on this once, will try to find it…it’s in Fremont)
Underground Tour (Pioneer Sqaure)
UW Arboretum also has great Family Programs
Vertical World Rock Climbing Gym (in Queen Ann down around Nickerson…also new facility being planned for 2011)
Volunteer Park Conservatory (Capitol Hill)
Waterfall Garden (Pioneer Square…secluded and beloved)
Wing Luke Museum (“The Wing”), International District
Woodland Park Zoo even though sometimes the animals hide, it is a good example of a modern, “green” zoo where the animals’ comfort is considered over that of the visitors, and has a cool parrot house where you can hold and or feed the birds, and a variety of exhibits…also a great indoor run/climb/play area which will be less crowded in the weekdays.  (Phinney Ridge, near Green Lake and Fremont)
World Spice (you like to cook, right?  kids can explore and sniff, you can stock up…)
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (near Acquarium on Alaskan Way)

All the Best,


Edy Kizaki

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Central Market in Shoreline

November 17, 2010 in Markets, Shoreline

Fresh handmade tortillas are only the beginning.

Shoreline has several exceptional markets distributed throughout it’s various neighborhoods, and one of my favorites is Central Market.  It’s near Shoreline Community College at the cross of  Aurora and 150th NE. Uniformly, Central Market offers NW bounty at it’s finest, as well as a magnificent selection of prepared foods to take home or for a fast and healthy lunch.  Something rarely seen around here is the station where a lady makes handmade fresh tortillas (wonderful entertainment for the kids to watch, too), but in addition there’s the large selection of bulk items, fresh seafood tanks, a stunning variety of fresh antipasto, and prepared cakes and baked goods. There is a large kitchen section.  The owners are a local Japanese family and that is reflected in some high end Japanese specialty kitchenware, including those little mats to make sushi rolls by rolling them up, which I find always are interesting as themed place mats too.  I could rave on and on about the fresh and imaginative produce, a huge selection.  Then there’s the staff, dedicated to a high level of customer service!  And the tidbits often being offered to try out some of their products.  It’s just your basic wonderful market, visit soon. 

Fresh tortillas daily


making the tortillas


superior cheeses


great deli


shopping can be fun!


olives &


a slice anyone?


great selection of bulk foods