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

Edy Kizaki

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Edy Kizaki

Walking in Fremont

November 16, 2010 in Fremont

There is never a bad time to be walking around Fremont, but one late afternoon a couple weeks ago it just seemed that everywhere I looked there was a scene that I wanted to capture.  When I first came to Seattle I really wanted to understand more the soul of the place, and I think every time I walk around Fremont I get a sense of it again.  Here are a few of the sights and sounds from that twilight. 

Tall and Narrow Fremont house Tall and Narrow Fremont house
"Let's meet over by the Rocketship in front of Burnt Sugar." “Let’s meet over by the Rocketship in front of Burnt Sugar.”

 

Fremont rocketship provides landmark for any kind of pathfinding necessary.  Shopping starts here.
We parked in the secret garage and headed for Blue C Sushi. We parked in the secret garage and headed for Blue C Sushi.

 

 
More Shopping More Shopping

 

Willow & Bloom for lovely gifts and flowers. Willow & Bloom for lovely gifts and flowers.

 

 
Dream in Fremont, always something perfect. Dream in Fremont, always something perfect.

 

Dream of Fremont offers Spring fashion and window reflects the twilit street. Dream of Fremont offers Spring fashion and window reflects the twilit street.

 

Dream and street. Dream and street.

 

Fremont Place Book Company in the heart of the neighborhood Fremont Place Book Company in the heart of the neighborhood

 

 
 
Fremont Place Book Company welcomes you with a warm glow in the twilight. Fremont Place Book Company welcomes you with a warm glow in the twilight.

 

The Triangle Lounge in Fremont.  Squeeze through the door and you're in! The Triangle Lounge in Fremont. Squeeze through the door and you’re in!

 

Outside El Camino in Fremont friends chat before snagging a table for Happy Hour. Outside El Camino in Fremont friends chat before snagging a table for Happy Hour.

 

They rave over the unusual gifts and vintage furnishings at Burnt Sugar They rave over the unusual gifts and vintage furnishings at Burnt Sugar

 

Get peeks of Henry in Fremont, Ballard, and...where will we see him next? Get peeks of Henry in Fremont, Ballard, and…where will we see him next?

 

Orange Splot Gallery, the coolest gallery in the known universe. Orange Splot Gallery, the coolest gallery in the known universe.

 

Usually at least one of the Orange Splot Gallery Artists is there to meet. Usually at least one of the Orange Splot Gallery Artists is there to meet.

 

Imagine my delight when I was very drawn to a certain group of paintings and told the artist who happend to be there, and they turned out to be his work!  Synchronicity? 

Orange Splot Gallery Splot (on ceiling and other found elsewhere!) Orange Splot Gallery Splot (on ceiling and other found elsewhere!)

 

The Orange Splot Gallery, officially known as the “fun place to buy art”, grew from it’s inception in September of ’07, then started growing and adding more great artists as well as a plethora of art services that allow you to get your own art screened, framed, and otherwise ready to put on your wall! 

Going to Orange Splot Gallery the landscape mysteriously changes. Going to Orange Splot Gallery the landscape mysteriously changes.

 

There is every reason to believe the claim to being the fun place to buy art is not in any way an exageration, further evidence being the clues on the path leading to the gallery, such as this greedy crow mural. 

Keep an eye out for further Fremont walks, including Theo Chocolate Factory, the country’s first organic and fair trade chocolate factory, the Ship Canal, the Fremont Sunday Market, the Solstice Parade float warehouse, and much much more. 

Fremont, the Center of It All

September 14, 2010 in Fremont

Some time ago a resident of the Fremont neighborhood came to an important realization.  It turns out that Fremont is the Center of the Universe.  After this crucial fact was imparted to the community a general air of celebration came into being and has never really vanished.  Fremont is a great place to be whether it’s for a window shopping stroll, very serious shopping, a casual or upscale meal of unusual merit, a chocolate factory tour, happy hour at one of the popular pubs, or art gallery and antique store hopping.  One favored activity is simply a sightseeing walkabout which must include not only the huge troll under the Aurora Street bridge but also the 20 foot bronze statue of Lenin which a traveling Fremonter got a great deal on while in Russia, and sent home to adorn the center of the neighborhood.  There are bookstores, music stores, organic bakeries, flower shops, plenty of coffee houses of course, and other amazing food and drink in many manifestations.  The Summer Solstice Parade, the Fremont Ocktoberfest,  and the Fremont Sunday Market are some of the area’s well known events, the Market actually is held all year.

Those lucky enough to find their dream home among the relatively few properties in this neighborhood will have to fight for parking but do have the benefit of being within walking distance of virtually everything they can dream or imagine to enjoy on a lively Saturday twilight blending into midnight, or a sunny Saturday afternoon in search of frozen yogurt or coffee to be enjoyed at leisure on the banks of the Ship Canal and the Burke-Gilman Trail as cyclists pass and kayaks ply the waters.  Do not fail to visit, just being aware that it may be more difficult to leave than you at first suspect.