Hike and Seek in Seattle

As many of you know, I am a HUGE proponent of outdoor time for everyone. (see our Summertime Challenge series)  I think we ALL feel better after we have spent a bit of time in the great outdoors. In my family, we are always less cranky after going for a walk or even a picnicking outside.  This looks to be a great opportunity for the people of the greater Seattle area to experience nature!

Cost is $12 for adult and $7 for youth ($15 and $9 the day of the event)

Hike & Seek Seattle will take place at the beautiful 300-acre Seward Park. The adventure will be held on October 13, 2012 on a ~2 mile hiking trail, where kids can connect with nature and interact with five adventurous Stop & Study locations.

By trading screen time for green time, this go-at-your-own-pace event will surely create a lasting impression and promote a healthy lifestyle for kids of all ages!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Please note: You must arrive between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.)

Seward Park

5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S

Seattle, Washington 98118

via Seattle – National Wildlife Federation.

Kids Can Run!


Kids Can Run!
Saturday, September 29 (9:30am)

It’s time for kids to have an event of their own!

Kids Can Run is a chip-timed, 1.5 mile event for youth ages 6 to 12. Bring the kids down and let them show the grown-ups how a race can be run! $4 entry fee includes water bottle and participation ribbon. My kids are not yet old enough for this event, we miss it by 2 months, it looks like a great way to keep running and exercise fun!

Start time: 9:30 am
$4 per child
1.5 Mile, chip-timed
Held at Jefferson Park (map)
Entry fee includes water bottle and participation ribbon
Ages 6 to 12

Canned Food Drive for Emergency Food Network.
Metro Parks main office, 4702 S. 19th;
(253) 305-1022
South Sound Running, 1736 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA

The Northwest Sand Festival | Aug 16 to Sept. 3 – Federal Way WA

Credit: NW Sand Festival


A giant sand box for the kids, full of toys, buckets and fun.

Sand Sculpting lessons daily, learn techniques from the Masters. get instructions and tools, and pick up tricks to impress your friends on the beach, or in your back yard.


Quick Sand ~ Quick carving competitions in the afternoons. A subject is chosen by the audience or drawn from a hat then two sculptors go heads up in ten minute grudge match carving showdowns. The winner is chosen by applause and advances to the next round.


Flying Colors ~ Master Sculptor and painter John Gowdy spins a giant canvas and throws paint creating awesome artwork creating paintings that feature  Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley to name a few. Come and see what he comes up with this time.


Put yourself in the Picture~ with Display Sculptures and an opportunity to have your photo taken in front of a sculpture with your name carved on it. Think family 2012 Christmas card!


10:00 – NW Invitational (doubles)
12:45 – Quick Sand Competition
  5:00 – Quick Sand Competition
  5:30 – Uncle Ernie

10:00 – Kids Contest
12:45 – Quick Sand Competition
  1:30 – Showcase of NW groups
  5:00 – Quick Sand Competition

Event Hours:

  • Monday and Tuesday – 10am to 8pm
  • Wednesday through Saturday – 9am to 8pm
  • Sunday – 10am to 7pm

Admission Prices:

  • Adult Admission: $7.00
  • Seniors (65+) and Youth: (5 – 17 yrs): $5.00
  • Children under 4 are FREE
  • Event Season Pass (All 19 Days): $25.00
  • For Public Transit Information:http://www.soundtransit.org
  • Location: SW corner of the mall  – 1701 South Commons Federal Way, WA 98003

via The Northwest Sand Festival | Aug 16 to Sept. 3 – Federal Way WA.


Hike-a-Thon — Washington Trails Association

Hike-a-Thon — Washington Trails Association

I don’t care for the Discover Pass fee. I have been vocal about this on twitter. There are too many local, free areas to access nature walks, beaches and out of the way places. But, I do believe that if you use a resource, you should pay for it. So this is a great fundraiser for a great organization, the Washington Trails Association.  You can sign up as a team and raise money, or you can sponsor a group that is already walking. 

This months Summertime Challenge is a hike near Snoqualmie on Sunday the 19th. Look at that, before the last week of the month!  We are getting better!  Whoo hoo! I am not hiking enough to warrant registering the family for the hike, but please do what you can and support a great organization.  I know I am!Image

Summertime Challenge – Junuary


It is almost the end of June, or this year Junuary. In the great Pacific Northwest, summer might have started according to the calendar, but the sun generally doesn’t start showing its face on a regular basis until late July. Since out family challenge is to explore more of what the great outdoors has to offer, it means we need to be true to our NW roots…we need raincoats!

Today we donned Thomas the Train raincoats, backpacks and the baby wore a hat (something I need to remember for next time) and we set off to Snake Lake trail off of S19th street in Tacoma. The Snake Lake watershed is connected to the Tacoma Nature Center, and both are run by one my favorite governmental entity’s in Pierce County, Metro Parks.

The walk was easy with the 18month old. We didn’t bring a stroller for him, or use a backpack carrier either. Though the backpack might have made it a faster walk. He tends to dawdle, even in the rain. I have to keep reminding myself that this is still relatively new. We met many people who were using the path to run and saw some great sites along the trail. Great thing is that the rain was light while we were walking and some portions of the trail were dry because all the trees kept the rain to a minimum.

After our walk, we ended up at the Tacoma Nature Center. We read books, tried on skunk/beaver/duck costumes and watched turtles swim in their habitat. The center was a big hit because: it was indoors, warm and the activities were numerous! Even during lunch, my older boys, who’ve been there before, kept explaining, ‘look at that!’. It was a natural place to stop and eat the lunch we packed. We made sure to clean up after ourselves. The facility is so nice, it would be a shame to leave it a mess!

Lessons Learned
1) Bring a hat! (I got really wet)
2) Keep a change of clothes in the car, in case of falling in the mud – or other extreme boys sports. (This helped keep us warm and dry on the way home)
3) Pack a lunch. This is a great way to make sure that you’re prepared when the munches hit and a way to rally the troops toward the end…only a little farther till we can stop for lunch! Plus, you can save money vs. eating out.
4) Bring a change of shoes. I forgot to pack the baby’s rain boots and he was mad I kept lifting him over puddles. He wanted to stomp in puddles like his brothers, but I didn’t have a change of shoes. So yes, I became the crazy lady telling her boy, who is surrounded by mud and nature, to be careful about getting dirty…