Best Summertime Activities for the Family

Summer provides a unique challenge for working parents. FInding ways to keep school children entertained when they have nothing but time is definitely on the forefront of parent’s minds but like many of their peers, finding something to do can be a challenge. Check out some of these ideas we found particularly enjoyable.

The painted rock phenomenon has made its way into the Puget Sound. What’s the painted rock phenomenon? Throughout Western Washington, people have decorated and hidden rocks in parks, playgrounds and other public places. Seattle, Tacoma and Mercer Island all have their own Facebook groups. Simply type ‘(City) Rocks’ into Facebook to join the thousands of people decorating, hiding and finding rocks throughout the Sound.

Not only is this a great activity for families while out-and-about but encouraging kids to paint their own creations provides another activity while stimulating a child’s artistic side.

Movies@Marymoor is already underway, having started on June 28, but movie-goers have plenty of opportunities to catch a film and entertainment through the end of August. On either Wednesdays or Thursdays, the movie series typically goes rain-or-shine but if weather is particularly ugly, cancellations can be found at Epic Entertainment’s website.

Sometimes, you just have to get out of Seattle. Don’t worry, we’ve got you.

If you live in north Seattle or are escaping to Snohomish County, the Jetty Island pedestrian ferry is a pleasant diversion. When the heat becomes too much to bear, few things are better than a cool breeze and Jetty Island will certainly provide that. The ferry operates with a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children but the five-minute ferry ride leads to one of the better beaches publicly available in the sound.


For those planning an adventure south of the sound, kids will love Old McDebbies Farm and Jim’s U-Fish in Spanaway. There, visitors are able to engage with animals in a relaxed, farmlike setting. Some of the animals roam the farm freely giving visitors maximum availability for new experiences.

In addition to the petting zoo, Jim’s U-Fish provides opportunity to catch a rainbow trout in their pond. The Farm offers gutting services for a nominal fee and will refrigerate your fish until it is time for the family to head home.

These are but a few of the examples of the myriad ideas found on this website. We suggest going there for even more ideas about how to spend this summer. We suggest going here to get healthy snacks delivered to your office every week from ThirdLeaf NW! Click for a free tasting today!