School is almost out, but the ABC fun doesn't have to end. We've got an alphabetic round up of the best summertime events and kid-friendly hot spots to help you make the most of your summer. Consider documenting the action with photos or drawings of each activity. By the time the school bell rings this fall, the kiddos can look back on 26 treasured summer memories, and they'll remember a summer filled with fun from A to Z.
A - Kick off summer with some unstructured, imaginative playtime at the Adventure Playground on Mercer Island.
B - Nothing says summer like baseball, so let's take them out to the ball game.
C - C is for concerts. The kids can hear all their faves at the Kirkland Summer Concert Series at Marina Park.
D - Dig in the dirt at a Seattle Tilth Summer Garden Camp.
E - Every day is Earth Day. Join the Seattle Volunteer Naturalists for a lesson in environmental stewardship at Discovery Park or Camp Long Environmental Learning Centers.
F - Celebrate the Family Fourth! Attend a hometown parade or watch the fireworks over Lake Union.
G - Time for a round of golf. Rainbow Run in Redmond is an 18 hole miniature golf course in a gorgeous setting. Practice your putting and grab some grub at the Fire Creek Grill afterwards.
H - Head for the "highlands" and celebrate the Celtic culture at the Highland Games in Mount Vernon.
I - Ignite your child's imagination at the Imagine Children's Museum in Everett.
J - Learn to juggle at Camp Zinzanni.
K - Rent a kayak and get a duck's eye view of Seattle.
L - Board the Link Light Rail for a speedy trip from Westlake Center to SeaTac and back.
M - Make a trip to Madison Park to picnic, climb on the huge play structures, and ride the zip line; then take a dip and play at the beach across the street.
N - Next, it's time for a little nature! Try the Tacoma Nature Center or spend the day at Rattlesnake Lake and the Cedar River Education Center. You could also just step outside and explore your own 'hood. The Pacific Northwest has no shortage of nature.
R - At the end of the summer, giddy up and go to the rodeo in Ellensburg.
S - Welcome the official start of summer at the super-quirky Fremont Solstice Fair.
T - Take the kids to see the 63rd annual Torchlight Parade, a Seattle tradition.
U - U is for under...Watch a movie under the stars this summer. You'll find a variety of movies for all ages at several locations around the Seattle area. Don't forget your blankets and popcorn.
V - Kids can enjoy storytime and crafts each Tuesday at Village Playdays. Oh, and don't forget the kiddy play structure, and a splash in the fountain. Mom might even squeeze in a little shopping.
W - Hit the water! Seattle is loaded with wading pools, splash pads and beaches, so you're never far from a refreshing dip.
X - Visit Triple XXX Rootbeer in Issaquah for an old fashioned burger experience. We recommend enjoying your tasty summer treat at the outdoor picnic area. Do you have a car fan? Spot some classics at the Saturday Cruz-Ins.
Y - Celebrate the end of summer at Youngershoot, the pint-sized version of Seattle's Bumbershoot music and arts festival.
Z - With new baby leopards and ZooTunes Concerts on the lawn, The Woodland Park Zoo is a perfect place to wrap up your summer adventure. Now, here's a challenge: See if you can spot an animal for every letter of the alphabet!
We all know that the most meaningful summertime experiences are also the simplest ones. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest is chock full of simple pleasures. So, for these last days of summer, slow down, feel the grass between your toes, and enjoy ti... read more