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This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length. I’m Kaya Nieves. I’m 18 and a senior at Newport High School in Bellevue. I was a member of the Teen Arts Group at Seattle Art Museum (SAM) for three years; I recently graduated from the program. Next year, I’ll be going to Parsons School of Design [in New York City] to study photography. It was actually because of photography that I found out about the Teen Arts Group. I started doing photography in eighth grade and took classes with [the Seattle-based photography nonprofit] Youth in Focus. I volunteered at SAM for one of their Teen Night Out events where I learned about the arts group.

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What I’m up to I love SAM and I love art so when I heard about the Teen Arts Group, I was really “I worked with interested and decided to apply. Anything I can do to be more connected to my so many teens community or art, I’m interested in. and really got During my three years [with the program], I helped host two Teen Night Out events to learn about each year, one in the fall and one in the spring or summer. I also developed and led other people’s several tours, which focused on a particular experiences work of art or theme. When the “Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect” and how they exhibit opened at SAM, a friend and I developed a tour focused on the male gaze see their world.” in art. How were women portrayed by a male artist like Wyeth as compared to when a female artist portrayed them? In one example, a female artist named Mickalene Thomas portrayed two women as clothed [editor’s note: The subjects were nude in the original photograph on which Thomas based the painting]. Thomas showed that the women had their own power and that they can make their own decisions. They were beautiful.

Want to get involved, too? What I recommend Look for community events. For example, I know that SAM offers a lot of really great options that allow you to meet other people in the community and look at what other artists are doing locally. Another organization I know of: Youth Speaks. They’re really great because they help teens develop poems to present at a grand slam. It’s all about community building; I learned that in the Teen Arts Group. I worked with so many teens and really got to learn about other people’s experiences and how they see their world. It strengthened my relationships with people and my skills on how to communicate and work together. n Elisabeth Kramer is managing editor at ParentMap.

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Summer is nearly here and it’s the perfect time for you and your baby to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Put a hat and some sunscreen on your little one and try one of these stroller-friendly hikes in Western Washington (parentmap.com/ stroller-hikes). For more fun you could invite your mom and baby group along.

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Regal Summer Movie Express. Cheap summer flicks: this week it’s “The Lego Movie” (PG) and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (PG). Tuesdays, Wednesdays through Aug. 22, 10 a.m. $1. Check online for participating Regal locations. regmovies.com ONGOING EVENT 3rd of July Fireworks Spectacular. Live music, free kids’ bounce house, food vendors and super fireworks show (10 p.m.)! 4–11 p.m. FREE. Rainer Vista Park, Lacey. ci.lacey.wa.us

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Downtown Summer Sounds. Naomi Wachira kicks off free concerts at various times and locations all summer. 4:30–5:30 p.m. FREE. Van Vorst Plaza, Seattle. downtownseattle.org ONGOING EVENT Free Monday Nights. Let the kids loose at this sea-themed indoor playground, free Monday nights. 5–8 p.m. FREE. Ages 12 and under with adult. PlayDate Sea, Seattle. playdatesea.com ONGOING EVENT

Pool Playland. It’s swim time for parents and tots in the warm pool. Daily, 11 a.m.– noon through Sept 9. $3.75–$5.50; under 1 free. Ages 0–5 with caregiver. Mounger Pool, Seattle. seattle.gov/parks/aquatics ONGOING EVENT Karaoke in the Park. Belt it out on stage at this family-friendly summer program. Tuesdays through July 31, 5:30–8 p.m. FREE. Cromwell Park, Shoreline. shorelinewa.gov ONGOING EVENT

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Dragon Fest. Pan-Asian street fair, Dragon and Lion dances, $3 food walk and more. Saturday–Sunday, July 14–15. FREE; items for purchase. Chinatown/International District, Seattle. cidbia.org Summer Celebration. The theme this year is Island Vibes: Enjoy all things tiki, sand and paradise at this annual fest. Saturday– Sunday, July 14–15. FREE. Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island. mercergov.org

Marine Creature Monday. Watch as local divers collect sea life for up-close viewing. 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. FREE; preregister. Boston Harbor Marina, Olympia. streamteam.info Meet-Up Monday. Meet up with friends for discounted play. Mondays, 10 a.m.– noon. $7.70 with discount; adults and under age 1 free. Kids under 48 inches in height. WiggleWorks Kids, Bellevue. wiggleworkskids.com ONGOING EVENT

Downtown Movies in the Park. Enjoy free popcorn, pre-show entertainment and the movie “Boss Baby” (PG). Pre-movie entertainment at 7:30 p.m.; movie shows at dusk. Tuesdays, July 10–Aug. 28. Bellevue Downtown Park. bellevue.com ONGOING EVENT Lunchtime Concert Series. Say aloha to this summer concert series and enjoy some Pacific Island dance tunes! Tuesdays, July 10–Aug. 14, Noon–1 p.m. FREE. Check online for Shoreline parks locations. shorelinewa.gov ONGOING EVENT

Washington State Toy and Geek Fest. Toys, vehicles, cosplay, kids’ activities and more. Saturday–Sunday, June 30–July 1. $20–$34; ages 4 and under free. Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup. toyandgeekfest.com Celebrate America. Join in a patriotic sing-along and other 4th of July festivities. 3–5 p.m. $12–$15; ages 9 and under free. Pickering Barn, Issaquah. masterchoruseastside.org

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Toddler Time. Escape from the heat while your tot plays with cars, wagons, bikes, slides and more. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8 a.m.–noon. $2. Ages 0–3 with adult. Issaquah Community Center. ci.issaquah.wa.us ONGOING EVENT Rhino Keeper Talk. Gather ‘round to learn about the new rhino residents of the zoo. 11 a.m. daily except Thursday. Included with admission. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. zoo.org

Unicorns Believe Musical Show. Show up Tuesdays for interactive summer fun at the Lacey in Tune kids’ series. Tuesdays through Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Huntamer Park, Lacey. ci.lacey.wa.us ONGOING EVENT Adventure Playground. Build in the woods with provided tools and materials. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, 1–4 p.m. through Aug. 31. Admission by donation. Ages 4 and up; under age 12 with caregiver. Deane’s Children’s Park, Mercer Island. mercergov.org ONGOING EVENT

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Renton River Days. Cheer for the duckies in the Rubber Ducky Derby (Sunday), watch the parade (Saturday), get wild in the KidZone inflatables and more. Friday–Sunday, July 27–29. FREE; fee for some activities. Liberty Park, Renton. rentonriverdays.org Mary Olson Farm. Learn about family farm life in a bygone era. Saturday–Sunday through Aug. 26, Noon–5 p.m. FREE. Mary Olson Farm, Auburn. wrvmuseum.org

Kitty Literature. Call and sign up for your kids to practice reading with a supportive audience of shelter cats; 20-minute sessions. Monday–Friday. FREE; preregister. Ages 5–10. See website for schedule. Seattle Humane, Bellevue. seattlehumane.org Live Animal Show. Sheruff entertains and educates about sustainability with a cast of animal and human co-stars. Daily, Noon and 3:30 p.m. Included with admission. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma. pdza.org

Kirkland Kids Concerts. Captain Awesome Sauce entertains all ages today. Tuesdays, July 10–Aug. 21, 10–11 a.m. FREE. Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland. kirklandsummerconcerts.weebly.com ONGOING EVENT Trout Fishing Derby. Try to catch a tagged trout for prizes at one of many derby lakes across Washington. FREE with valid fishing license; no license needed for ages 14 and under. Find lakes online. wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/derby


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A Seattle Children’s Publication | Summer 2018

Encourage Independence Through the Years One of our jobs as parents is to safely guide our children toward as much independence as possible. We do this in simple ways, every day, over many years. Through systems and routines, we can help our kids build their skills and self-confidence — all while strengthening their bonds with the family. Steps toward independence are different for each child, depending on their health and development. Following are examples of tasks that typically-developing children may be able to accomplish as they grow increasingly independent. Preschoolers can choose what to wear and get dressed with a bit of help from a parent or older sibling. At night they can get undressed, put on their pajamas and choose their bedtime story. They can put their dirty clothes in the

services in more than 18 pediatric specialties. The new site opens Aug. 15 and is located on Providence Regional Medical Center Everett’s Colby Campus.

Seattle Children’s North Clinic in Everett Opens Aug. 15 Seattle Children’s North will serve families in north King, Snohomish, Whatcom and Skagit counties. The clinic will offer urgent care and

to learn more:

Visit www.seattlechildrens.org/ northclinic or join us on Sept. 15 at the community open house (see back cover for details).

hamper, put their toys away and help with family chores. By elementary school, kids can organize and pack up their own belongings for school, sports and music lessons. They can start to choose their own hobbies and other non-school activities. At home, they can plan a family game night, help with cooking and take on other chores. They can assist and encourage younger siblings with simple tasks, and read to them. Tweens can walk or bike to and from school, and they can be home alone. They can help with virtually all household chores, and they can babysit younger siblings and kids in the neighborhood. If they are having an issue at school or on a sports team, they can talk directly to their teacher or coach to work out a solution. Teens can have more of their own social activities. They can talk with their doctor on their own and begin to schedule their own appointments. They may work at a part-time job and do volunteer work. Teens of driving age may earn the privilege of borrowing the family car. No matter a child’s age, our role as parents is to teach them the skills they need, provide opportunities for lots of practice and encourage them along the way. to learn more:

Visit www.healthychildren.org/English/ ages-stages/preschool/Pages/GrowingIndependence-Tips-for-Parents-of-YoungChildren.aspx.


Add More Veggies! Vegetables are a vital part of an overall healthy diet. These heroes of the food world provide key nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium and folic acid — plus dietary fiber our bodies need. Eating veggies can even reduce the risk for obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Since most kids don’t exactly beg for broccoli or clamor for cauliflower, try some proven ways to help them get their veggies —

and actually enjoy them! Grow your own, visit an outdoor farmer’s market, or explore the produce section of your grocery store and have your child choose a vegetable they haven’t tried. Offer veggies as snacks, and invite your child to help prepare a tasty new recipe for vegetables. to learn more:

Visit www.choosemyplate.gov/vegetables-tips.

Building an Emergency Kit Have you been putting off building an emergency kit? Many families do. But this important task is simpler than you might imagine, so move it to the top of your to-do list! Reasonably priced emergency kits (also called survival kits) are available online and at home-improvement stores — and are even sold by nonprofit groups as fund-raisers. If you’d rather build your own, the internet has lists prepared by experts. You can even buy a few items at a time to spread out the costs and make the task seem more do-able. Building and maintaining an emergency kit can

be a fun family activity that teaches kids the value of being prepared. When you have your kit together, be sure all your family members and babysitters know where it’s located. And once or twice a year check your supplies for expiration dates and replenish items as needed. Building an emergency kit does cost a bit of money, but peace of mind and your family’s safety are priceless! to learn more:

Visit www.ready.gov/kids/build-a-kit or https://youtu.be/FNYZtADUDgU.

Drowning Prevention for Older Kids As parents, we’re vigilant about water safety when our children are very young because they lack swimming skills and experience. But it’s also vitally important to monitor water safety as kids get older and become more physically capable and independent. One of the tricky things about parenting tweens and teens is that they can be confident and fearless. They often overestimate their own abilities and underestimate potential dangers. This puts them at higher risk for drowning — a leading cause of accidental death among older kids. Statistics tell us that males are more likely than females to drown, and that most drowning deaths happen in open water: lakes, rivers and the ocean. Kids need the knowledge, skills and

environment to be safe around water. Help your child develop strong swimming skills, and talk about water safety. Teach them to swim in lifeguarded areas whenever possible, and to use the buddy system. Have them wear a life jacket when boating and swimming in non-lifeguarded areas.

Explain that open waters can be very cold even in summer, and that currents, waves and tides can overwhelm even strong swimmers. They should know not to dive or jump into shallow or unfamiliar water, nor swim in areas where jet skis and motor boats are in use. Build the skills they need to deal with peer pressure. Kids commonly dare one another to swim a certain distance or jump from a dangerous height. And while drugs and alcohol are always a bad idea, they can’t ever be used when swimming or boating. Give your child skills and provide them ways to have fun and be safe. to learn more:

Visit www.seattlechildrens.org/pdf/CE140.pdf.


Kid Bits

Playing with Your Baby

Summer Food Safety

Stay Hydrated

There are many clever toys for infants out there, but what your baby craves and needs most at playtime is you: your full attention and affection. Close-up, loving human interaction helps develop a baby’s brain, body, emotions and personality. There are lots of simple ways to play. Read to them from picture books and provide lively voices and sounds, pointing to the pictures you are describing. Sing songs, play peek-a-boo, make entertaining faces, and hold a tempting object so they can track it with their eyes, reach for it and grab it. Spend plenty of time outdoors and narrate what you are seeing and doing. No toy or device will ever be as fascinating (or more loved!) by your baby than you.

Summer fun includes eating outdoors at picnics, barbecues and camping sites. While food safety is crucial all year long, the risk of food-borne illness increases when warmer temperatures allow bacteria to grow faster — and when refrigeration is trickier. So keep items that require refrigeration in coolers with plenty of ice. Keep meat chilled before cooking and immediately after eating, and keep raw meat away from other foods with separate containers, plates and cutting boards. (Ice used with raw meat mustn’t be used for anything else.) Use a food thermometer to ensure meats are safely cooked, and be sure to bring along cleaning supplies for hands, utensils and surfaces. Enjoy the tastes of summer — safely!

Especially during summer, busy kids often don’t slow down to drink water. By the time they feel thirsty, they’re already at risk of dehydration — and when playing in or near water, it’s even harder to notice thirst. So bring water bottles with you everywhere, and several times an hour remind your child to drink. Teach your child to check the color of their urine: clear or light yellow shows they’re drinking enough, while dark yellow means mild dehydration. Kids who are especially active or playing a sport should have 12 ounces of water 30 minutes before the activity begins, then at least 10 gulps every 20 minutes during the activity, plus at least 10 gulps every 20 minutes in the first hour after the activity.

to learn more:

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to learn more:

Visit www.foodsafety.gov/keep/basics/

Visit www.eatright.org/fitness/sports-and-

index.html.

performance/hydrate-right.

Visit www.seattlechildrens.org/pdf.CE356.pdf.

Quick Tip Store firearms unloaded and locked using a firearm safe, lock box, trigger or cable lock. Store and lock ammunition in a separate place.

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Online Resources

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Visit www.seattlechildrens.org for the following: • Child Health Advice • my Good Growing email newsletter • Doctor Finder • Seattle Mama Doc, Teenology 101, Autism and On The Pulse blogs • Medical condition information • Safety & wellness information • Ways to help Seattle Children’s • Research Institute information

Bellevue Everett Federal Way Mill Creek

• Olympia • Tri-Cities • Wenatchee

Primary Care Clinic • Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Main Hospital Numbers 206-987-2000 866-987-2000 (Toll-free)

Heather Cooper is the Editor of Good Growing, which is produced four times a year by the Marketing Communications Department of Seattle Children’s. You can find Good Growing in the January, April, July and October issues of ParentMap and on our website www.seattlechildrens.org. For permission to reprint articles for noncommercial purposes or to receive Good Growing in an alternate format, call 206-987-5323. The inclusion of any resource or website does not imply endorsement. Your child’s needs are unique. Before you act or rely upon information, please talk with your child’s healthcare provider. © 2018 Seattle Children’s, Seattle, Washington.


Classes and Events To register or view more information, please visit www.seattlechildrens.org/classes. A phone number is provided for those without Internet access. No one will be denied admission if unable to pay the full amount. If you need an interpreter, please let staff know when you register. These classes are popular and often fill up several months in advance, so register early. PARENTING CLASSES Autism 101

PRETEEN AND TEEN CLASSES Better Babysitters

WHEN: Thursday, July 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Autism 200 Series

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Pavilion for Women & Children, 900 Pacific Ave., Everett

Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood: Housing Options – A Panel Discussion WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Seattle Children’s South Clinic, 34920 Enchanted Pkwy. S., Federal Way

Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood: Behavioral Support for Adults WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

View more dates and locations online FEE: $45 per person CALL: 206-987-9878 for all locations

Autism 208: Hiding in Plain Sight: Girls With Autism Spectrum Disorder WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For youth, ages 11 to 14. Topics for responsible babysitting include basic child development, infant care and safety, handling emergencies, age-appropriate toys, business hints and parent expectations.

View more dates online FEE: Free WHERE: Seattle Children’s main campus, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle CALL: 206-987-8080 For parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand this disorder. These classes are also available through live streaming. Sign up online. Past Autism 200 lectures are available online.

Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. View more dates online FEE: $75 per person WHERE: Seattle Children’s main campus, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle CALL: 206-987-2304 For parents and caregivers. Topics include how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first-aid emergencies. Also includes infant, child and adult CPR and AED use.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

NEW CLASS

WHEN: View dates and availability online FEE: $15 per person WHERE: Seattle Children’s Sand Point Learning Center, 5801 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle CALL: 206-987-9878

This 8-hour class is for adults who regularly interact with adolescents 12 to 18. Youth Mental Health First Aid will improve your knowledge of mental health and substance use problems, and will teach you how to connect youth with care when needed.

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CPR and First Aid for Babysitters WHEN: Sunday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Sunday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. View more dates online FEE: $75 per person WHERE: Seattle Children’s main campus, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle CALL: 206-987-2304 For youth, ages 11 to 15. Topics include pediatric CPR, treatment for choking, and first-aid skills. Students receive a 2-year American Heart Association completion card.

For Boys: The Joys and Challenges of Growing Up

4 locations

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 5, 1:30 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 19, 1 to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Everett Community College, Wilderness Auditorium (Bldg. 8), Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, Everett WHEN: Tuesdays, Sept. 11 & Sept. 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Seattle Children’s main campus, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

For Girls: A Heart-to-Heart Talk on Growing Up

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WHEN: Tuesdays, Aug. 7 & Aug. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Seattle Children’s main campus, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WHEN: Mondays, Sept. 17 & Sept. 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Overlake Hospital, PACCAR Ed. Center, 1035 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue View more dates and locations online FEE: $80 per parent/child pair; $60 per extra son or daughter CALL: 206-789-2306 These classes use an informal and engaging format to present and discuss the issues most on the minds of pre-teens ages 10 to 12 as they begin adolescence; conversations about body changes, sex, and other growing up stuff. Content outlines and short videos available at www.greatconversations.com.

EVENTS Low-Cost Life Jacket Sales WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Medgar Evers Pool, 500 23rd Ave., Seattle WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Rainier Beach Pool, 8825 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Green Lake (Evans) Pool, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle FEE: $20 infant and youth sizes, $30 adult size. Families who qualify for Seattle Parks and Rec scholarships pay $10 for any size. CALL: 206-684-4961 Come get properly fitted for a new life jacket and learn about water safety. The person who will be using the life jacket must be present for proper fitting. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children less than 6 months or 18 pounds cannot be fitted at this sale. All sales final.

Seattle Children’s North Clinic Community Open House WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FEE: Free WHERE: 1815 13th St., Everett Enjoy lots of fun activities at this free, hands-on event for families. Bring a doll or teddy bear for a ‘check-up,’ learn about water safety and healthy eating, try out an obstacle course in the sports gym, and enjoy live music. Get the kids fitted for a free bike helmet, while supplies last. Wearers must be 1 to 18 years old and present.


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Bellevue Family 4th. Family Fun Zone with awesome activities (some with fee), live music and 10:05 p.m. fireworks display. 2–10:30 p.m. FREE. Bellevue Downtown Park. bellevuedowntown.com Seafair Summer 4th. Live entertainment, food vendors, carnival games and fireworks show at 10:10 p.m. FREE; reserved seating available for purchase. Noon–11 p.m. Gas Works Park, Seattle. seafair.com

First Thursday at Lake Union Park. Sail a pond boat, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. ($5 suggested donation) and build a toy boat at the Center for Wooden Boats, 2–5 p.m. ($3 suggested donation). cwb.org Evening Zoo. Experience the wonders of the zoo at night for extended hours on select evenings this summer. 6–8:30 p.m. Included with admission. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. zoo.org

Arlington Fly-In. Military vehicles, air show, drone light show and more. July 6–8. $10–$17; ages 15 and under free. Arlington Airport. arlingtonflyin.org Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Get caught up in the Broadway sensation, including all the songs you love. July 6–29. $22–$31. Ages 5 and up. Tacoma Musical Playhouse. tmp.org

Seafair Pirates Landing. Ahoy, the famous pirates come ashore amid a beachside festival including live music, a pirate look-a-like contest and more family fun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (pirates land about 2 p.m.). FREE. Alki Beach, Seattle. seafair.com Polish Festival. Kids’ activities, delicious food, music, dancing and more illuminate Polish traditions. Noon–8 p.m. FREE. Seattle Center Armory. polishfestivalseattle.org

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Capital Lake Fair. Car show, carnival, parade (Saturday, 4:45 p.m.) and fireworks finale (Sunday, 10 p.m.). Wednesday–Sunday, July 11–15. FREE; some activities have fee. Various venues, Olympia. lakefair.org Hooked on History. Make music with musical instruments you create, then head to Les Gove Park for summer concerts. Wednesdays, July 11–Aug. 1, 10:30–11:30 a.m. FREE. Ages 3–12 with families. White River Valley Museum, Auburn. wrvmuseum.org ONGOING EVENT

Explore the Shore. Discover marine creatures in tide pools with naturalists from Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. 10:15 a.m. FREE. Ages 5 and up. Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park, Tacoma. pdza.org Children’s Concert Series. Get your dance on at the beach; this week enjoy the hilarious tunes of Recess Monkey. Thursdays, July 12–Aug. 23, 10–11 a.m. FREE. Thornton A. Sullivan Park, Everett. everettwa.gov ONGOING EVENT

Redmond Derby Days. Carnival, fun run, pancake breakfast, live entertainment, bike race and parades make for non-stop fun. Friday–Saturday, July 13–14. FREE; some activities have fee. Redmond City Hall. redmondderbydays.com West Seattle Summer Fest. Explore the Kids Zone packed with carnival rides, crafts and activities. Friday–Sunday, July 13–15. FREE; fee for rides and some activities. West Seattle Junction. wsjunction.org

Wallingford Family Parade. Join this Bastille Day-themed parade in your berets and decorated bikes to celebrate French culture and independence. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE. Along N. 45th St., Seattle. seafair.com Lakewood SummerFEST. One-day party with triathlon, extreme trampoline, live performances, KidZone fun, car show, trapeze show and more. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. FREE; some activities have fee. Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood. cityoflakewood.us

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Swingin’ Summer Eve. Find your village at this community festival with food, games, used book sale, live music and more. 5:30–8:30 p.m. FREE. Cromwell Park, Shoreline. shorelinewa.gov Movies at Marymoor. Cozy up in the grass for “Coco” (PG); part of this summer series with entertainment and food trucks. Select Wednesdays through Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m.; films show at dusk. $5–$6. Marymoor Park, Redmond. epiceap.com ONGOING EVENT

Auburn Summer Cruise–In. Car show, music, food and more. 4–7:30 p.m. FREE. Les Grove Park, Auburn. auburnwa.gov Music at the Marina Concert Series. Come ready to dance to the upbeat alt-folk tunes of the Nick Drummond Band. Thursdays through Aug. 30, 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE. Port Gardner Landing, Everett. everettwa.gov ONGOING EVENT

A Day Out with Thomas. If your little train fan wants to meet the “real” Thomas, this is your chance; get tickets early. Friday–Sunday, July 13–15 and 20–22, $19–$30; age 1 and under free. Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie. trainmuseum.org E-Scow Fun Fridays. Free boat rides around the lake for all ages and abilities! Fridays through summer, 5:30 p.m. Sail Sand Point, Seattle. sailsandpoint.org ONGOING EVENT

SandBlast Festival. Enjoy a weekend of music, art, food, live sand-sculpting and more at the scenic Snoqualmie River! Saturday–Sunday, July 21–22. FREE. McCormick Park, Duvall. duvallarts.org Kla Ha Ya Days. Carnival, bed races, ice cream-, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, skydiving demos and lots more. Wednesday–Sunday, July 18–22. FREE; some activities have fee. Snohomish. klahayadays.com

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Auburn Kids Summer Stage. Fabulous kids’ outdoor entertainment series every Wednesday, July 11–Aug. 15. Today, catch Reptile Isle’s exotic animal show. Noon– 1 p.m. FREE. Les Gove Park, Auburn. auburnwa.gov Sounds of Summer Concert Series. DoctorfunK entertains tonight as part of this concert series with kids’ activities in the play area. Wednesdays, July 11–Aug. 22, 7–8:30 p.m. FREE. University Village, Seattle. uvillage.com

Kirkland Summer Evening Concerts. Boogie to some oldies tonight during a summer night at the lake. Thursdays, July 5–Aug. 16, 7–8:30 p.m. FREE. Marina Park, Kirkland. kirklandsummerconcerts.weebly. com Ice Cream Social. Bring your picnic to the park and indulge in $2/scoop premium ice cream with live music. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Loyal Heights Community Center, Seattle. seattle.gov

Kruckeberg Garden Tots. Visit this lovely hidden garden for exploration and a craft project. Fridays through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. $10/family. Ages 2–6 with caregiver. Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline. kruckeberg.org ONGOING EVENT BAM ARTSfair. Celebrate art and design with hands-on kids’ activities and free museum admission. Friday–Sunday, July 27–29. Bellevue Arts Museum. bellevuearts.org

Kitsap Live Steamers Train Rides. Friendly railroad enthusiasts give rides on their scale mini trains. Second and fourth Saturdays through October, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE; donations appreciated. South Kitsap Regional Park, Port Orchard. kitsaplivesteamers.org ONGOING EVENT Ethnic Fest. Celebrate the cultures that make up the Pierce County community with music, dance, art and kids’ activities. Saturday–Sunday, July 28–29. FREE. Wright Park, Tacoma. ethnicfest.org

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Summer It’s July. How are you doing on that summer bucket list? Or perhaps you’ve banished the phrase “summer bucket list” and all it suggests about our seasonal push to fit it all in and do too much of, well, everything. There’s a movement afoot, we’ve noticed: Instead of reserving campsites nine months in advance and booking every summer weekend solid, people are talking about slowness and spontaneity. After all, improv is fun. And because we live in the most glorious place to be during the summer (I’ve fact-checked this, so I know), spontaneous fun can be just as memorable as the precisely planned version. That’s what this July package is about. We’ve uncovered some of the best flexible summer adventures around Puget Sound. Whether your family wants to slow it down or pack it in, plan in advance or procrasticamp, here’s a mix of easy escapes and outings that you’ll want to add

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Don’t let its location almost underneath Interstate 90 in Bellevue deter you. Enatai Beach Park has some of the best views of Lake Washington around and is very kid-friendly. Stop first on the park’s upper level, with its huge lawn of perfectly mowed grass and two brightly colored play structures. Then, take the steps down to the sandy beach and dock. Kids can swim, dig in the sand and watch kayakers launch, while adults take in views of the lake and Mercer Island across the water. Lifeguards staff the beach from noon to 7 p.m. daily from the end of June through Labor Day. PRO TIPS: You can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards right at Enatai Beach through Cascade PaddleSports. The city of Bellevue also offers three-hour canoe tours of Mercer Slough from Enatai on weekends (kids have to be at least 5; $16–$18/person). FINE PRINT: 3519 108th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. Free parking is available in the lot. >>

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3 Fisher Creek Park

is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly, with paved paths. BONUS: Ride or walk one-third of a mile down the Alki Trail to Seacrest Park, where you’ll find a fishing pier, an awesome Hawaiian-Korean restaurant (Marination Ma Kai), boat and bike rentals, and beach access. It’s also where the pedestrian-only King County Water Taxi docks in West Seattle on its route to downtown Seattle. FINE PRINT: 2130 Harbor Ave. S.W. (at S.W. Florida St.), Seattle. Free parking available in two lots, one near the entrance and another 0.3 mile farther into the park.

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2 Jack Block Park

This unusually shaped, little-known West Seattle park (owned by the Port of Seattle and located at the northwest corner of the port’s Terminal 5) supplies one of the best views of the downtown skyline. Although there’s no real playground here, plenty of interesting features make it a fantastic spot for kids. Dig in the gigantic gravelly sandpit, play on the quiet beach, cross over pedestrian bridges and spy on activity at the port. Adults will be amazed at the sights from two viewpoints, one at the end of a wooden dock and the other from a 45-foot-tall observation platform. The entire park

Jack Block Park

This epic park, which opened in 2015 in the Snoqualmie Ridge area, will be a favorite of every adventure-seeking kid. The seven steep slides are pretty scary, the two ziplines pick up a lot of speed, and the net dome climber has an unusual, challenging shape. Don’t miss the huge climbing wall or the obstacle-course-style play structure. BONUS: Finally getting bored? Head into the small forest to find two kid-friendly bike courses, with jumps, dirt rollers and more. The town of Snoqualmie, where you can explore the Northwest Railway Museum, is also a short drive away. FINE PRINT: 7805 Fisher Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Free parking is available in the lot near the playground.

4 Redondo Beach and Pier

Des Moines’ long, curving Redondo Beach offers hours of toe-dipping, digging and exploring for kids, while adults take in views of Puget Sound, Vashon Island and the Olympic Mountains. Walk out on the wooden pier to take in even more sweeping views. BONUS: On the pier, visit the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center, the small aquarium operated by Highline College, which is home to 250 species of marine life. It’s free and open to the public on Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and Thursdays (summer only), 4–7 p.m. FINE PRINT: Redondo Beach Dr. S. and Redondo Way S., Des Moines. Free parking is available on nearby streets. There is a paid parking lot off Redondo Way S. — Linnea Westerlind

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No camping reservations? That’s okay. We’re here to tell you — no promises, of course — that you can still find nearby campsites for a last-minute jaunt. These three excellent campgrounds are within a 90-minute drive of Seattle and might still have summer openings, especially if you’re looking for midweek excursions. And as for other strategies for last-minute camping: Try campgrounds with non-reservable sites, check for cancellations or book now for a weekend in September, when campgrounds really open up.

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At this Snohomish County park on Puget Sound, nearly all of the campsites are tucked into a wooded area on a bluff that is a hike up from the shoreline. The beach has a little less than a mile of waterfront, with a pier that sees plenty of fishing and crab-pot action. Watch for eagles and the occasional gray whale. Kayak Point also has 10 yurts and the three-bedroom, Craftsman-style Kayak Kottage available for rent. BONUS: Go for a swim in nearby Lake Goodwin at Wenberg County Park, which also has campsites, just 6 miles away. Note: Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in county parks. FINE PRINT: Sites start at $28 per night during peak season. Book via the Snohomish County website or call 360Camping yurt 652-7992. 15610 Marine Dr., Stanwood. >>

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Train obsession is a stage many kids go through. Some never outgrow it. Given the Puget Sound area’s Part of the excitement of camping in this King rich railway history, there are multiple ways to learn about, observe and ride the rails. Here are two. County park in Carnation is walking the 500-foot suspension bridge above the rushing Snoqualmie 1 Great Northern & Cascade Railway River to reach the yurts and some of the hike-in There are people in this world who love trains so much that they form clubs to run mini steam trains camping spots. The park is at the confluence of that you and your kids can ride on. For free. Example A: The Great Northern & Cascade Railway, a the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers; you will group of train buffs that has set up a 1/8-scale mini steam train in the historic railroad town of feel like you are in the country even Skykomish. Every Saturday and Sunday from May to October, volunteers operate the small though the campground is inside Berry picking at train (made up of one locomotive and 10 cars) on 2,700 feet of track around the old train Remlinger Farms Carnation’s city limits. (There yard, including two tunnels and two bridges. are also drive-up camping BONUS: Pair with one of the many kid-friendly hikes along U.S. Highway 2 near spots and RV pads.) Other Skykomish, such as Wallace Falls State Park or Barclay Lake. You can also ride highlights include mountain mini steam trains, through the Kitsap Live Steamers program, in Port Orchard. bike trails, a playground and FINE PRINT: Rides offered by the Great Northern 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, a nice riverfront area for play. May through October. There is also a museum, visitor center and gift shop open BONUS: Elevate your Thursday–Monday. Rides free; donations are appreciated. sleeping bag by booking one of the yurts, or a shipping 2 Northwest Railway Museum This restored train depot in the historic (and charming) town of Snoqualmie is a free container that’s been repurposed museum that’s open seven days a week. The depot alone can entertain train-loving kids for a as a cabin, with heat and electricity. chunk of time, or you can use it as the starting place for a 75-minute excursion on an antique railroad Get amusement-park or berry-picking thrills at coach that runs seasonally. Special events at the Railway Museum include the hugely popular Day Out Remlinger Farms, just 1.5 miles away. With Thomas in July, when the “real” Thomas the Tank Engine drops in for a visit (book early), and FINE PRINT: To reserve sites at Tolt MacDonald, the annual Santa Train, featuring the big guy in red (tickets go on sale in August). you must book at least 10 days ahead but if you PRO TIP: A fun time to visit Snoqualmie and ride the trains is during Railroad Days, the town’s want to take your chances, unreserved spots are up annual festival (held Aug. 17–19 this year) devoted to all things rail. for grabs. Sites start at $20 per night; choose from FINE PRINT: Visit the Snoqualmie Depot seven days a week, free of charge. Train excursions run hike-in sites, car camping sites, RV pads and more. on weekend days, April through October, with multiple departures each day. $10–$20, kids younger Book online or by calling 206-477-6149. N.E. 40th than 2 free. Day Out With Thomas and other special event tickets are pricier. 425-888-3030, ext. 7202. St. and State Route 203, Carnation. Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. 3 Millersylvania State Park — Nancy Chaney >> This 120-site lakeside campground is a mere 5 miles off Interstate 5, near Olympia, but the surrounding forest will make you forget this fact. There are tent sites in the shade and in the sun, and they are all near Deep Lake. Take a dip at both of the swimming beaches and hike or bike along 8.5 miles of flat trails. BONUS: Millersylvania also has luxury camping cabins, called Pampered Wilderness. Most are geared toward couples, but the Country Cabin has two full-size beds. FINE PRINT: Sites start at $25/night. Book online Day Out With Thomas or by calling 888-226-7688. 12245 Tilley Rd. S., at the Northwest Olympia. Railway Museum — Nancy Schatz Alton

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CAMPS • ARTS • ACTIVITIES 3 Ideas to Make the Most of Summer (Camp and All!) Ah, the paradoxes of summer. We want it to be rich in uncomplicated fun — berry picking, beach hopping and backyard games. We want to chip away at that fabled summer bucket list. We also want to give kids the opportunity to explore interests that don’t fit into the jam-packed school year. And, of course, we still need to Get. Stuff. Done. Here’s how a few planning and program gurus fight that old enemy procrastination. 1. Get out the calendar. Get a large-format paper calendar and pop in your “big rocks” — the big family vacations and other outings that are definitely happening. If your kids are going to sleepaway camp, add that to the calendar as well, as that requires early planning. Pro tip: You can also schedule your unscheduled time. Want a week that’s dedicated to spontaneous outings? Block it out. 2. Find a special specialty camp. Throughout the summer, consider adding in a few specialty camps that your child is excited to try. And when you find a specialty camp that really resonates with your kid, consider a repeat performance. 3. Work towards sleepaway camp. Is sleepaway camp in your child’s future? If not, maybe it should be. Overnight camp can be an oasis of unplugged summer fun for kids, where they gain independence, learn new skills and meet new friends. If you want your kid to attend sleepaway camp by age 10, start exploring options and perhaps book a “taster” camp or a family camp weekend to try a year or two beforehand.

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The secret is out about Bremerton’s wonderful, compact waterfront, just steps from the ferry landing. And there’s now more than one watery way to get there: You can go the old-school way — take the hourlong WSDOT car ferry that leaves from Seattle’s Pier 52 — or blast over on the half-hour passenger-only Fast Ferry. Once you dock, adventures abound: Kids (and adults) who love weapons and control panels will enjoy touring the Navy destroyer USS Turner Joy ($9–$15, kids 4 and younger free), which was deployed during the Vietnam War. Even closer to the ferry terminal is the free Puget Sound Navy Museum, which offers interesting exhibits about Bremerton’s illustrious naval history and naval intelligence. But the summer highlight might be Harborside Fountain Park. Its series of volcano-like fountains can accommodate many joyful kids on hot days. BONUS: Time your trip for a Sunday, when there’s a Sunday farmers market right at the terminal. FINE PRINT: Washington state ferry, Pier 52 to Bremerton, $4.15–$8.35 (passenger-only), free for ages 5 and younger. wsdot.com/ferries. Fast Ferry, Pier 52 to the Bremerton ferry terminal. $12 round-trip. kitsaptransit.com. On the Seattle side, park in a pay lot, or on Sundays, you’ll find free street parking. Better yet, take public transit to the pier. — Elisa Murray >>

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younger kids, such as the sweet HECA Play Lab in Ballard, or the

4 Kids’ museums: Packed on winter weekends, these centers of

educational, hands-on fun are often crowd-free in the summer. Play at the new KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue; ferry over to Kids Discovery Museum on Bainbridge Island; or use a visit to Hands On Children’s Museum as the anchor for a day trip to

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The Seattle-based storyteller on making wild spaces accessible By Lauren Braden • Photo by Will Austin

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t’s no secret that being outdoors is good for kids. There’s abundant research on the topic, linking more time outdoors to everything from better performance in class to healthier physical and mental development. But as we diligently work to get kids more and better access to nature, have we missed something? More specifically, has our racialized American society largely missed an important barrier that keeps many — and most particularly people of color — from experiencing nature as a free, safe place? Such is the question at the center of Jéhan Òsanyìn’s work. A Seattle-based storyteller, poet, performer and outdoor educator, Òsanyìn spent years leading educational outdoor adventures. Her adventures in backpacking, whitewater rafting and canoeing as a Black woman inspired her to found Earthseed Seattle in 2013. Through Earthseed, Òsanyìn organizes workshops in which kids and adults use theater to make outdoor spaces more inclusive, or, as Òsanyìn explains, to “decolonize wild spaces and the bodies that pass through them.” The organization in turn supports the WildSeed outdoor school, a nonprofit that hosts outdoor hikes, climbs and theater workshops for people of color. Her work is getting attention. Earlier this year, Òsanyìn became a Creativity Connects fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts. The goal of her fellowship: Create a piece of theater that “explores how to have difficult conversations with the young people in our lives.” We spoke with Òsanyìn about that project and her other work with Pacific Northwest families.

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What does “decolonize wild spaces” mean exactly?

“I found freedom in defining myself in accordance with my own beliefs instead of in opposition to the rules I’d internalized.”

Decolonizing wild spaces means breaking the rules that colonizers actively — such as with segregation — and passively — such as with socially constructed cultural norms — enforce on them. [When I was growing up,] there were a lot of people who had a say in who I was and what I was supposed to value in my formative years. I was taught that being Black had rules, being a woman had rules, being the child of an immigrant had rules. As I grew older, I realized that a lot of the rules were hurting me. So, I found freedom in defining myself in accordance with my own beliefs instead of in opposition to the rules I’d internalized. The simple act of folks from marginalized communities being in wild and wilderness spaces is revolutionary. … Decolonizing bodies is having them just show up in colonized spaces. Then, the act of loving the way you look and move when there aren’t any mirrors or social constructs to combat that is the act of decolonization.

What — or who — inspired you to start Earthseed Seattle and WildSeed?

Harriet Tubman. Sometime around 2008, I remember thinking that Harriet Tubman was the original backpacker. Because of her own moral compass or sheer

will, she wanted to lead people from a place of literal slavery to a place of freedom. I was in the Shenandoah National Forest and that thought wouldn’t leave me alone. Where does your background in theater come into this?

Theater gave me a place to feel the emotions that are in many ways illegal for a Black woman to feel. So frequently, strong emotions are penalized by our society when they’re emoted by someone who looks like me, [but] onstage, I could be full of fury or rage and the audience believed me. They believed my story. Earthseed and WildSeed are my ways of seeing people, providing a space to see themselves and providing space for people’s stories to be witnessed. They are my way of validating others’ identities while facilitating opportunities for them to grow in all of the beautiful ways human beings are capable of growing. What impact have you seen your work have on young participants?

I’ve noticed the stories young people tell when given the opportunity. One group of theater students I was working with told a story that addressed gun violence in schools. One of the things I loved about that piece was that they didn’t offer up a solution. I love stories that ask the audience to think and feel. In this case, those students did that while also refusing to make the ending beautiful. They left room for the audience to be a character. Wild spaces are neither accessible nor comfortable for all young people. How can this change?

We need to trust in youth to great proportions, we need to invest money in youth, we need to surround them with unwavering support and provide them whatever they need to address the issues that they deem applicable in the ways that they value. n Lauren Braden is a Pacific Northwest writer. She blogs at nwtripfinder.com.


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Define ‘doing better’

“Many of my generation fear that doing better is not in the cards for you. We feel chagrined that you won’t inherit the SUV or the McMansion or the corner office, that you won’t do better than we did. But you are going to define what doing better means, and do that better than we did.” — Anna Quindlen, 2017

Be generous with kindness

“I’ve begun to learn in my life that perhaps the biggest thing you can do in a given day is really just a small act of kindness, of decency, of love, an exhibition of moral imagination, or creative compassion … we have so much power to make a difference.” — Cory Booker, 2017 — Angie McCullagh

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