Here in the Northwest, even our family activities involve multitasking. On a given day you can head to a park where you can watch trains, go beachcombing and take a run down a salmon slide; or go to a farmers market, where you can pick up 10 kinds of berries, listen to folk music and pet a few goats; or visit a bookstore that doubles as an indoor play area and cafe. And half the fun of taking the kids to a new favorite family activity is sharing it with others. So thanks for sharing your top picks for 2012!
Birthday Party Venue
Winner: HappyNest Play Centers
HappyNest, a play space in Redmond started by two local moms, earned top marks for making kiddo birthday bashes fun and hassle free, according to you. With plenty of activities for infants on up to older kids, plus a special party room, it adds up to a “place where kids can celebrate and play,” with “versatile parties, attention to details, great staff.”
Kids, birthdays and inflatables are clearly a winning combination, as our finalists were Pump It Up, with locations in Kirkland, Lynnwood and Tacoma; Jump Planet, another bouncy emporium in Bothell (“Kids can jump, jump, jump …enough said.”); and Kidz Bounce in Issaquah, which one reader says is “worth the drive for the private bouncy party. Work that sugar off!”
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