ParentMap Magazine

June 2017

In my family, we’re not hikers or bikers or skiers but we can chow down on local fare alongside the best of the Northwest’s fleece-wearing foodies. And the one spot that never disappoints? Pike Place Market.

We’ve been there hundreds of times, but I’ll never forget our first visit. Two words: Sensory overload. Gorgeous flowers, fresh fruit, perfect piroshky. And also, crowds. As any Seattleite well knows, Pike Place is often crawling with people, particularly in the summer.

As crazy as the Market can be, it’s a perfect spot to take your family this summer — whether or not you have visitors in town. Not only is Pike Place expanding, it’s home to countless stalls and shops that’ll keep kids of all ages (including any family outing-adverse teens) busy for hours on end. 

Also on our radar this issue: Seattle dad Jama’l Chukueke. Not only did the father of a 2-year-old recently start a new gig at the University of Washington Bothell, he works with Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) while also running a podcast, Diversity Dad. “Obviously,” he tells us, “you gotta work until your eyes bleed.”

What better expression to signal the end of the school year, right? With that, I wish you a Happy Father’s Day, a sunny start to a new season and a not-too-exhausting summer break.