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Top Summer Activities for Seattle Kids and Families: Our List of Lists

Spray parks, berry picking, top tours, road trips, exhibits and more

Beacon Mountain spray park, Nate Cormier

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 summer fiends. Enjoy!

Water play and staying cool

Super spray parks: Our picks for a splashing good time

Best DIY water play ideas: DIY sprinklers, sponge bombs and more splashing fun

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

Shady hikes: Water-full rambles fora hot day

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: 11 great family beaches around Seattle

Mini-adventures, outings and day trips

55 deals of summer. Fantastic free and almost-free outings around the Sound.

Forts, treehouses and hobbit houses: Cool spots that will inspire hours of imaginative play

Walk-on ferry adventures: Six fun day trips involving ferries, ice cream, museums and more.

Great outdoor eats. Family-friendly decks, patios and other fresh-air dining destinations

Awesome guided tours: From chocolate to airplanes

Tourism makeovers: Where to take the visitors: How to do the top attractions right, and insider tips on cool alternatives

22 day trips : Beaches, cool towns, fantastic out-of-the way parks, picked by readers

I-5 play stops: 24 fun and educational ways to break up road trips

Hiking Little Si. Photo credit: Sonja Hanson

Berries, biking, hiking, fishing

19 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: Hike to lakes and through old-growth

6 must-do waterfall hikes: Stay-cool on these shady hikes with spray built in

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

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

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

Secret gardens: Blooming spots that take you right out of the city

Guemes Island, flickr cc

Getaways and adventures

Road trips: The six best family road trips to do from Puget Sound, including Mount Rainier, Lake Chelan and the Olympic Peninsula

San Juan Islands on the cheap: Hostels, smaller island gems, tenting: Yes, it's possible to get on island time at a discount

17 wonderful Northwest lodges: Rustic mountain lodges, beachside retreats, ranches and more

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

Rafting on the river: It only takes a couple of hours to get the thrill of a lifetime

Marymoor Park movies

Summer arts

Cheap summer movies: Dollar matinees, $3 first-run movies, movie story times

Summer movie and concerts: Cheap or free outdoor concerts and movies

Giant list of summer festivals: Family friendly and loads of character

This week's shows: From cheap kids' theater to outdoor music

Photo credit: Cameron Graves

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

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

Microsoft DigiGirlz

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 eats

10 fun foods on a stick

15 amazing burgers to make

15 cool homemade treats for kids

15 homemade popsicles to make

10 fresh and fast summer potluck dishes

summer reading

Summer reading and learning

5 ways to help kids fall in love with books

Keep summer learning fun

Great adventure books for summer

Summertime boredom busters


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