Children Play and Learn at KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Little ones splash and learn at the same time at KidsQuest Children's Museum, at least in the Waterways exhibit. It's one of local parents' favorite spots to explore with their kids, and it's no wonder why. This watery playground is distinguished by a pipe fountain table, where kids use their problem-solving skills to route a stream of water through interweaving plastic tubes. They can also splash around at the Contraption Table, where kids see firsthand how water becomes energy as it gushes out of jets and through water wheels.

Younger kids will probably be content to play at the train table. Miniature replicas of locomotives chug across bridges and through tunnels as youngsters interact with their fellow engineers. Nearby, budding architects can build blanket forts, prospective thespians can put on a puppet show, and parents can transform their kids into characters with water-based face paint (or you can let your child do it himself).

KidsQuest Children's Museum
4091 Factoria Mall SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
(425) 637-8100

Saddle Up for Riding Lessons at Farrel-McWhirter Riding School

If you've never been horseback riding, then you've never experienced the feeling of being truly one with nature. Riding high above the ground, you get to explore your surroundings with your four-legged companion.

For novice and expert equestrians alike, the Farrel-McWhirter Riding Facility is a great way to get away from it all. The riding school offers year-round horseback riding lessons for children and adults with instructors dedicated to your improvement. Here, instructors track your development so that you'll undoubtedly improve with each class, becoming more and more advanced. If you don't want to commit to regular lessons, just bring the family along and take a meandering ride through the forest, where you and your family can spend some time together and with these magnificent animals.

Farrel-McWhirter Riding School offers a range of programs. Check the website for more details!

Farrel-McWhirter Park
19545 NE Redmond Road
Redmond, WA 98073
(425) 556-2900

Kirkland Summerfest

Check out all the fun and festivities this weekend at Kirkland's Annual Summerfest celebration!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer in the Pacific Northwest Young Artists Exhibition 4pm–10pm
scrumptious food Marina Park Food Truck Plaza 4pm–11pm
Marina Park Beer & Wine Garden Live Music on the Marina Park Main Stage

Saturday, August 8, 2015
11am–7pm along Lake Street & Park Lane KidsZone Fun for all ages with activities, and rides
Touch-A-Truck cool vehicles to sit in, honk the horn and imagine driving Visit, shop and dine
unique Vendors & Exhibitors
Live Music on the Lake Street Stage
Art on the Lane juried art exhibition

11am–7pm in Marina Park
Summer in the Pacific Northwest Young Artists Exhibition Art in the Park open studios and art
activities for the whole family
Kids fitness course, yoga and Disney play area

2pm in Marina Park
Kirkland Rotary Club’s annual Puget Sound Duck Dash

4pm in Marina Park Seattle Synchro performance

11am–10pm in Marina Park
scrumptious food Marina Park Food Truck Plaza

11am–11pm in Marina Park
Marina Park Beer & Wine Garden Live Music on the Marina Park Main Stage

Kirkland Classic Car Show

A favorite annual summer event returns to downtown Kirkland this weekend. The Kirkland Classic Car Show hosted by the Downtown Association and Legends Car Club.

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015 4:30 p.m. TO 11 p.m.


SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. TO 7 p.m.
CAR SHOW 10 a.m. TO 4 p.m.
BEER GARDEN/MUSIC 11 a.m. TO 7 p.m.
LIVE BANDS 4 p.m. TO 7 p.m.

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Don’t Miss Kirkland Uncorked

Don't miss #KirklandUncorked this weekend, July 17th-19th!

Great food, wine, cooking demonstrations, and street fair all benefiting Homeward Pet Adoption Center.

Cougar Crest: A True Estate Winery

Located in the Walla Walla Valley in Redmond, Cougar Crest was established in 2001. The winery is recognized as one of the most popular places to grow grapes in the state, and Cougar Crest offers customers the opportunity to join a wine club and receive discounts as well as other special offers. The property features a tasting room and three vineyards where the grapes are grown on-site. Local wine favorites include Dedication Seven Red wine and Dedication 4 as well as Cougar Crest’s reserves. Varietals include Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.

The knowledgeable staff is available to provide a unique wine-tasting experience and to help answer any questions that guests may have. The ambience is welcoming and relaxing, and no winery would be complete without a bar in front of a wide selection of wines. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or you’d like to try experimenting with a new taste, Cougar Crest can provide wine-tasting opportunities for everyone.

Cougar Crest
14366 Redmond Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 398-9999

4th of July Fun!

Seattle has always been one of the best areas to enjoy the 4th of July (at least in our opinion!), and this year is proving to be no exception!

Komo News has put together a great list of all the festivities going on this July 4th weekend, and rest assured there is plenty to do!! You can find the link to their article here and if you have a favorite that you recommend over all the others, we'd love to hear about it in the comments below! The Bellevue Family 4th is always one of our favorites!

It's never too early to plan, as these events tend to fill up quickly, so have a game plan in place, and get ready for some FIREWORKS!!

Washington Brewer’s Festival!

This Father's Day weekend (June 19th – June 21st), the Washington Beer Commission is presenting its 10th Annual Washington Brewer's Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond! This 3 day event will feature over 400 beers from over 105 Washington breweries, and is a fantastic chance to chat with your favorite local brewers or discover some hidden gems that you've never heard about. The event on Friday is 21 and up only, however Saturday and Sunday are open to all ages, and will feature games and activities for kids and adults alike!

More information and tickets can be found at the official event website here:

With Marymoor Park only a short 15-20 minute drive from Kirkland itself, what better chance to spend an afternoon listening to live music and discovering your new favorite beer, especially with how fantastic our Washington weather has been lately! We'd love to hear about your experience in the comments below, whether you go this year, or have gone in the past, and we may even see you there!

Ride Around the Sound!

Looking for a fun activity this summer which combines both adventure and some great exercise in the sun? Well, we have you more than covered! Ride Around the Sound is an annual charity bike ride with proceeds benefiting the American Lung Association, and the bike route itself takes you all the way from downtown Seattle to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal in Kitsap County, where a huge celebration will be waiting for you!

The ride itself costs $35-$40 to join, with the proceeds going to the American Lung Association (ALA), however not only does it give you an amazing excuse to explore the towns and cities surrounding the ENTIRE Puget Sound itself, but there are also plenty of checkpoints along the way to grab a drink and socialize with other bikers, as well as that huge party for all of the participants and the ALA itself at the end!

So if you have a bicycle, need an excuse to get one, or are looking for an opportunity to give back while getting an amazing workout, head over to and sign-up for a spot TODAY!! We might even see you there!

Sip Tea Procured From a Tea Master at Smacha in Bellevue

Jason Chen launched a business selling wholesale tea in the late '90s, which eventually evolved into Smacha, an authentic tea house in Bellevue, about 15 years later. It wasn't that simple, though. During that time he became a tea master and traveled the world experimenting with teas and procuring the best ingredients from the right locations. His care and expertise comes through in every cup, according to those who frequent Smacha.

Regulars recommend having a seat at the bar, where you can enjoy the soothing indoor waterfall. Feel free to chat with a staff member behind the counter, who'd be happy to come up with some recommendations based on your preferences. Then, you can watch him or her as they craft a pot of cup of tea especially for you. They're also trained in the tea-growing process, and they can tell you about the region in which the tea you chose originated. If you'd like to recreate this experience at home, Smacha offers an extensive selection of tea and teaware for purchase.

14603 NE 20th Street
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 643-2117

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