I'm the Out and About editor at ParentMap, which means, not surprisingly, that I spend much more time writing up fun/educational/outdoorsy/really cool things to do with kids than actually doing those things.
It also means that I have a very long wanna-do list. And now that we're in the middle of August (how did that happen?), I thought I'd share my top 15 for the end of summer. I'd love to hear yours, too!
1. Go blueberry picking at one of these farms with my berry-obsessed kid (he still hopefully wades through our raspberry bushes every day looking for a lone red berry), buy some peaches at a farmers market, then make this blueberry-peach crumble.
3. Splash in the shallow waters of magical Jetty Island, off the coast of Everett. (This adventure is planned; some friends have gathered a group and made reservations for the free ferry, a highly recommended strategy to avoid lines.)
6. Spend a few hours at Mercer Island's Adventure Playground program, where kids use real tools to build forts and tree houses. (Actually, my son is not old enough for this, but I may either bring a neighbor kid, or see if they'll let me build a fort!)
7. Walk the new 150-foot suspension bridge at Bellevue Botanical Garden.
9. Spend a day with the driftwood, seashells, seastars, anemones and tides at Dungeness Spit near Sequim (#4 in this list), which was a favorite pre-child spot of mine.
10. Make a day trip of trying a new spray park, such as the very popular spray pad at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish or Les Gove Park's spray park in Auburn.
12. Bike along Lake Washington on one of the four Bicycle Sundays left.
13. Make this homemade sailboat and try it out on the creek near our house. (I am actually a terrible crafter, but this one looks easy enough for us to pull off!)
14. Make one (or two) of these popsicles.
15. Do some beach time in Edmonds followed by drinks and apps at Anthony's Beach Cafe while the kids play in the sandbox.
Wow, I could add another 20 to my already-too-ambitious list, but I'll stop there.
And then, of course, there's all that hoped-for downtime in the garden, the backyard, and laying low in the hammock...
What's on your end-of-summer wish list?