Sometimes the beauty of parenting is the routine. Wash, rinse, repeat. But if you’re looking for a way to spice up your days, we’ve got just the book to bring your parenting routine into Technicolor focus: Colorful Seattle. Use it as a city guidebook, coloring as you go, or play a game of chance, randomly picking a page and then heading out on an unplanned expedition. Whatever you choose, your little explorers will be tickled pink (or blue or green) with this new way to see the city.

Colorful Seattle book and Sound

In Living Color
Colorful Seattle is more than just an artfully illustrated coloring book. It’s an exciting new way to explore Seattle sights and sounds, both known (think the Space Needle and Gas Works Park) and unknown (Hing Hay Park and Oxbow Park to name a few) with your crew. Make a day at each site by packing snacks and staying to explore the area beyond the page. Parents can even let the tot lot take the lead with this one, because if there’s one thing the under 5 crowd understands it’s pictures. Help them find one they like and then get going, chubby crayons in tow. Recreate scenes from the book for added dimension or incorporate a short Seattle history lesson to draw the older bunch into the mix. (What’s the real story behind the Fremont Troll anyway?) The possibilities are endless. Whether the kiddos color first and explore later or do it in reverse, Colorful Seattle gives families a different way to experience the Emerald City. Bye-bye routine blahs!

Kubota Garden kids running

What Kids Love
Seattle is full of larger than life experiences for the Littles: the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Great Wheel and CenturyLink Field. And what better way for budding artists to bring those sights to life than by coloring them? Colorful Seattle earns big hugs from the little bunch for making the city accessible, through active illustrations that start them wondering about canoeing through the Arboretum or running around at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. Not only will it spark imagination, but it’ll encourage exploration too. Looks like family weekends might be booked for a while!

What Parents Love
Laura Lahm, Chief Explorer (and the creative force behind the book), put a lot of thought into its design. And she’s the one parents can thank for easy extras like perforated pages that help with sharing, one-sided pictures so colors don’t bleed through, and a blank page in the back where petit Picassos can draw their own treasured Seattle spot. Wonder which ones the kiddos will pick? But the real beauty of this book is that it gives families another way to visit familiar faves around the city, and maybe even find a new one. Explore on!

Colorful Seattle - Explore & Color Burke-Gilman Colored Illustra

Gotta Have It
Can’t wait to grab your copy of this coloring book? We don’t blame you. You can buy it online or at the coolest shops in town for $14.95. Check out this blog post (scroll down) for specifics.

Do you plan to grab a copy of Colorful Seattle for the kids this summer? Tell us about your adventures below.

-Allison Sutcliffe, words and pictures

Colorful Seattle coloring page courtesy of Colorful Seattle’s website