Edy Kizaki

The Next Fifty Opening Day…Album

April 21, 2012 in Fesitvals, Seattle for Kids, Seattle Lifestyle

Bright blue skies and shirtsleave temps made the special day when Seattle Center turned fifty a thoroughly enjoyable outing.  We couldn’t even believe how fun and enjoyable it all was, from the (wow, only a dollar today?) trip up the Space Needle to see the 360 degree view to the opening ceremony with plenty of drill teams, speeches, and cool remembrances, including a speach by John F. Kennedy (yes, we heard his voice…) the Skillet and burger food stands, to the bright water garden of the Pacific Science Center, the splendiferous Imax theater Polar Bear flick, the dino exhibit, the mineral exhibit, the water play stream, then back out and wandering around the grounds where everything was entertaining and finally a walk through lower Queen Anne (if you park up in the neighborhoods there is no time limit or parking fee, of course… and we all go out for a walk anyway, so why not combine it?) to cap it all off. Read the rest of this entry →

Edy Kizaki

March in Seattle 2012

March 1, 2012 in Seattle for Kids, Seattle This Month

March 2012It can be chilly, it can be gray, and it is still getting dark on the early side, although the days are lengthening.  But the shafts of sunlight as they break through the clouds now and then have a golden tinge, and we have already seen two rainbows as rain falls and sun shines all at once and the mountains that surround the City of Seattle rise in the distance.

March is full of activity and the promise of Spring.  Don’t stay indoors, get out and enjoy.  Here are a few suggested events to make the month pleasant and pass quickly!



Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration (*kids!)
March 2, Children’s Museum in Seattle Center

Northwest Women’s Show
March 2 – 4, CenturyLink Field Event Center

Polar Science Weekend (*kids!)
March 2 – 4, Pacific Science Center

Penn Cove Mussel Festival
March 2 – 4, Downtown Coupeville

Winthrop Balloon Roundup
March 2-4, Downtown Winthrop & the Winthrop Inn

Seattle Dances
March 3, Fremont Studios, Seattle

Dino Day (*kids!)
March 3, Burke Museum, Seattle

Spring Ahead
March 10 (Sunday night) turn your clocks forward 1 hour
at midnight it becomes 1 a.m.

First Date: A New Musical
March 10 – May 20
ACT – A Contemporary Theater, Seattle

Spring Craft and Antique Show
March 15 – 17, Northwest WA Fair and Events Center, Lynden

Crossroads Doll and Teddy Bear Show
March 17 – 18, Puyallup Fair and Events Center

Driftwood Show and Glass Float Roundup
March 17 – 18, Grayland Community Hall

Irish Festival
March 17 – 18, Seattle Center

American Girl Fashion Show 2012
March 17 – 18, Bellevue Hilton

aia Seattle Tour of Architects
March 17 -18 & 24 -25

Sandhill Crane Festival
March 23 – 25, Othello

Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show
March 10 – April 1, Magnuson Park, Seattle

Olympic BirdFest
March 30 – April 1, Sequim

Mount Baker Rock and Gem Club Show
March 31 – April 1, Bloedel-Donovan Park, Bellingham

Note on Good Times:

The Washington Trails Association is dedicated to expanding and improving our state’s hiking and biking trails.  Every year volunteers execute hundreds of projects that make our state a better place to be.  Go meet some people worth knowing and enjoy yourself while making a difference!

The Nature Conservancy, active around the world, has Northwest trips.  These include one-day events which can be about managing various types of “invasive vegetation.”  Meet new people and get involved or bring some friends and make it a party…or both!

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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