Summer family fun!
Bring the heat! We've rounded up a selection of must-read info and resources for your summertime pleasure. Read on for ways to save $$, find some fun, and create very happy little campers!
Arts and festivals
2012 guide to outdoor arts: Concerts, theater, and film throughout the Sound, and most won't cost you a penny.
2012 summer festival calendar: A dizzying array of local festivals that celebrate every corner of our quirky Northwest culture.
Summer mini-adventures from A to Z: A glossary of doable family outings with an agenda that’s fit for small fry, from outdoor art to Jetty Island to zoos and beyond.
12 summer adventures on the Eastside: From a new ravine adventure at Bellevue Botanical Garden to kidsbowlfree.com.
17 summer adventures on the South sound: Outdoor swimming, free summer concerts, miniature golf, letterboxing and more.
Summer fun on Jetty Island: Just a quick (and free!) ferry ride from downtown Everett is a two-mile-long gem of a beach.
Destination Edmonds: Five ways to explore our charming ferry town.
Destination Bellevue: A culturally rich, and really fun family destination.
Adventure Playground program: Kids build forts and tree houses with real tools.
Cheap thrills: Dozens of strategies for saving money this summer.
7 parks to discover in Seattle: Wonderful, lesser-known park finds.
U-pick berry picking: Nothing says summer like fresh-picked strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.
Family bike-riding basics: Our guide to a safe, wheely fun adventure.
Super spray parks: Our top picks for a splashing good time.
7 tips for fun beachcombing: Head to the beach on minus-tide days for low-tide learning.
Swimming how-tos: Helping your child take the plunge.
Water safety for young kids: How to keep 'em safe and you relaxed.
Let's go hiking and camping!
Family backpacking 101: How to play your first wilderness adventure
All about camp
Summer camps. More than 250 camps listed, of all kinds and varieties.
Summer camp survival guide: Tons of resources and articles.
Overnight camp guide: Ready, set, camp! Is your child ready?
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.
Guided tours: Fun and education summer fun, from candy to the Capitol.