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Our 2013 Family Guide to Summer Fun

summerBring the heat! Summer is what we live for around Puget Sound, and we've rounded up umpteen ideas for summer fun, getaways and learning for your little campers! Enjoy!

Mini-adventures and day trips

Summer bucket list: 20-plus mini adventures

Awesome guided tours: Live like a tourist

South Sound summer adventures: A bounty of affordable fun

Eastside summer adventures: From ravine adventures to farmers' markets

North Sound summer adventures: Beaches, baseball and farm fun


Shakespeare Festival with kidsSummer arts

Theater on the ground: Outdoor theater all around the Sound, from Pinocchio to Shakespeare

Summer arts guide: Cheap or free concerts and movies

One-of-a-kind summer festivals: Family friendly and loads of character

Oregon Shakespeare Festival with kids: Ashland makes it easy to make the Bard a family affair


Picha Farms - U-pickBerries, biking, hiking, fishing

13 U-pick berry farms: Go-to guide for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, tayberries

9 new, nearby hikes: When you don't want to drive far for a nature hit

Secret urban hikes: You don't have to leave the city!

8 cool hikes for hot days: Hikes with AC included

7 parks to discover in Seattle: Wonderful, lesser-known park finds

A clamming adventure: An expert shares how to dig for your dinner

Summer night adventures: Programs that explore bats, owls and stars

Family bike-riding tips: Our guide to a safe, wheely fun adventure

8 bike and brew adventures: Wheely fun rides to family-friendly breweries

13 great scoot bike paths: Safe, fun places for push bikes and scooters

10 spots to try fishing in Puget Sound: Teach a kid (and yourself) to fish


 Boy swimmingWater play

Super spray parks: Our picks for a splashing good time

Wading pools: For toddler, tween and grown-up toes alike

Outdoor pools and water parks: What's worth the drive

7 tips for fun beachcombing: Head to the beach on minus-tide days for low-tide learning

Big sand: 8 great family beaches


Cannon BeachGetaways and adventures

Budget vacation makeoversSkip the flights and try one of these local gems

Shake up summer vacation: 4 ideas for unusual family getaways

Best Washington beach getaways: From the Olympic Peninsula to a unique family resort

Vacations for families that rock: Fossils, lava tubes, caves and other geologic wonders

Crystal Mountain in the summer: Off-season magic

Family camp: Why should kids get all the summer camp fun?

Yeehaw! Dude ranch vacations: A round-up of western-themed vacations

Great train vacations: Ditch the car and head to urban paradises and national parks

48 hours with kids in San Diego: Legoland, beach hikes, Mexican food

A raft-astic trip down the Yakima River: A just-exciting-enough float trip


Camping girlsLet's go camping!

10-plus nearby campgrounds: Great choices for procrastinators and planners alike

The campsite planner: Your guide to making campsite reservations

Car camping 101: All you need to know to get started

5 super kid-friendly campgrounds in Washington State

The foodie guide to great campground cuisine

The foodie's camp kitchen packing list.

Family backpacking 101: How to plan your first wilderness adventure


boy on rope swing campAll about summer camp

Summer camps. More than 250 camps listed, of all kinds and varieties

DIY summer camp: Don't have the budget for camp? Do it yourself!

Summer camp survival guide: Tons of resources and articles.

Choose a kickin’ sports camp: Improve skills and have fun

Overnight camp guide: Ready, set, camp! Is your child ready?


Cool summer treatsSummer eats

10 fun foods on a stick

15 amazing burgers to make

15 cool homemade treats for kids

15 homemade popsicles to make


Summer readingSummer reading and learning

5 ways to help kids fall in love with books: Not just like, but love

Keep summer learning fun: Four strategies to combine fun and play.

Great adventure books for summer: Swashbuckling and high seas

Summertime boredom busters: A  round-up of affordable fun toys that will keep your tots busy all summer long.


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