Community News: April, 2015-2016

Seattle Summer Activities

By Kristin Church, NSC Parent Educator

Seattle Summer Activities By: Kristin Church, NSC Parent Educator Raising kids is expensive work-especially in Seattle. Yet there are so many free or low cost activities and outings. Family outings and trips get everyone out of the house and can often improve the mood for everyone. Here’s a short list of free or affordable activities. Get out there this spring and try some new places or tuck this list away for this summer.

Free Activities

Museum of Flight Connections Membership
1 free child membership for any child ages 5-18. This membership gets one adult in free at each visit. There is no limit how many children in each family can hold an individual Connections membership. Remember as well, there is no cost for children ages 0-4 to visit the museum.
https://www.museumofflight.org/education/connections

Ballard Locks Visitors Center
The visitors center is free and open to public. Tours and concerts are free as well.
http://www.ballardlocks.org/about.html

City of Seattle Environmental Learning Centers
Lots of free one-time events are listed on the Seattle Parks and Recreation website (SPARC).
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/daycamp.htm

Cedar River Watershed
There are many FREE activities and classes for children of ages. Check their website for the updates.
https://secure.rec1.com/WA/cedar-river-watershed/catalog

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
This hatchery has plenty of outdoor education opportunities and is often not very crowded. The nearby Issaquah Library is also a fun stop if you’re already in the area. Guided tours are available during the spawning season or group tours for 10 or more are free with a suggested $2 donation per person.
http://www.issaquahfish.org/tours/

Kelsey Creek Farm
Kelsey Creek Farm has a large amount of seasonal activities and special events.
http://farmerjayne.com/Special_Events.html

Seattle Public Library Museum Pass
http://www.spl.org/library-collection/museum-pass

Discounted Activities

Seattle Children’s Museum
The last hour of every weekday (4:00pm – 5:00pm), Seattle Children’s Museum (downtown, Seattle Center location) accepts any amount of payment for regular admission to the Museum. A family is asked to pay what they can afford to enter and play.
Additionally, any family with State Medical Cards (Medicaid) or EBT/SNAP cards can get into the for $1/person.
http://thechildrensmuseum.org/visit/prices/free-or-reduced-admission/

Seattle Parks and Recreation
SPARC offers discounted classes and swim lessons for those who are income eligible.
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/reservations/feesandcharges/promo.htm

Discounted Theater events
Use your NSC Student ID card for discounted tickets at 5th Avenue OR utilize a site such at Goldstar to get discounted theater or event tickets. You can search by age group and performance type.
www.goldstar.com

The PAC Newsletter

The PAC Newsletter is produced by parents working in the PAC Communication Committee. The aim of the newsletter is to help co-ops communicate among themselves, inform families about important dates, ideas, related classes and seminars, Cooperative Preschool solutions and techniques from other preschools. It also advertises teacher openings, and fundraising activities.

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