Our 2013 Family Guide to Summer Fun
Bring 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
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
Berries, 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
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
Getaways and adventures
Budget vacation makeovers: Skip 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
Let'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
The foodie's camp kitchen packing list.
Family backpacking 101: How to plan your first wilderness adventure
All 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?
Summer 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.