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Beat the Summer Heat at the City’s Best Splash Spots

Summer’s hottest days call for cool spots to splash and play.

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Dive In: NYC’s Free Outdoor Pools Are Open!

Get the suits ready because these cool spots open this Saturday! (Yes, including that one from In the Heights.)

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Your Guide to Seattle’s Coolest Spray Parks, Wading Pools & Beaches

Get the scoop on what’s open (and what’s not) so your kids can really make a splash this summer!

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13 Sandy Beaches Where Kids Can Swim

It’s a great time to go jump in the lake!

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15 Things We Love About Being a Parent in Seattle

Parenting and Seattle go together like toddlers and tantrums. But (way) more fun! Click through for our favorite things about parenting in Seattle.

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From Apes to Zebras: The Ultimate Guide to a Day at the National Zoo

Bookmark this! Here are the must-see zoo exhibits your brood will love…rain or shine.

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This Mom’s Back-To-School Photo Shoot Is Killing It

This mama was jumping for joy over her brood’s first big day back to school and she’s got the pictures to prove it.

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Beat the Heat at the Country’s Coolest Spray Parks

Even the coolest sprinkler can’t compete with the cannons, dump buckets, and spray nozzles. Check out our picks for the country’s coolest spraygrounds.

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Make a Splash: Water Slide Your Way through Summer

We navigated the waters to give you the rundown on some of the best water slides around, with options for wee guppies and bona fide sharks alike.

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A 1,000-Foot-Long Slip ‘n’ Slide is Coming to Town

Seattle has never seen anything like this before! Here’s what you need to know before you Slide the City.

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Take a Dip in This Splash-tastic Indoor Water Park

Change up your playground routine at this indoor water park that offers up family fun, rain or shine.

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From Sunup to Sundown: Make a Day of it at Navy Yards Park

Located along the breezy Anacostia River near the super-accessibly Navy Yard metro stop, and just blocks off of I-395, Navy Yards Park is a fantastic—and growing—place to spend a lazy, we-have-no-place-to-be-but-here day.

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10 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat

Regardless of where you live, you’re bound to have a few sunny days in the coming months, and when those days come, your kiddos will be champing at the bit to throw on their swimsuits and spend a few hours…

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Just Opened: Seattle’s Newest Place to Splash Around

The love between a little one and her spray park is a special thing. Somewhere between puppy love and her love for the ice cream truck on a sunny day, it’s high up there on the list. And we moms…

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Make a Splash: 5 Family-Friendly Outdoor Community Pools

Even at the height of summer, Seattle weather can be fickle. But when the mercury does begin to rise or heaven forbid… a full-fledged heat wave hits the Emerald City (gasp!), Seattle families flock to local watering holes to cool…

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An Idyllic Nook: Explore Lucas Valley-Marinwood

Ever cruised down Lucas Valley Road?  It’s an exit off of 101, not far north of San Francisco, that lazily winds its way through bucolic scenery and oak studded valleys en route to further pastures in West Marin (tough drive,…

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Where Your Family’s Inner Hipster Goes Out to Play

If Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came to Seattle, you’d be sure to find them walking around with their gaggle of kids in Capitol Hill – decked out in leather jackets, pants that you’re pretty sure must have a hidden…

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An Amazing Hike with a Hidden Waterfall Oasis

If there’s one thing the kids want to do during the dog days of summer, it’s go swimming. If you keep them inside in an attempt to stay cool, you’re only hurting yourself. The tending of wound-up little ones with…

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Splash into Summer with San Diego Water Parks

Summer is on the horizon and warm weather is just around the corner. Chances are with the season of outdoor sun and school being out, the kids are already clamoring for a swimming pool and water play activities. If you’re…

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Make a Splash: Our Favorite Pools & Beaches

School is out for summer and thankfully, for kids and parents alike, splash is now in session at the over 50 New York City public pools (most open June 28 through September 3, 2012, but call ahead or check pool…

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10 Awesome Ways to Celebrate the End of Summer in Seattle

We know it’s hard to admit, but summer is coming to an end soon. It won’t be long before we trade in our flip-flops for rain boots and put away the sunscreen in exchange for lunchboxes. Spend these last few…

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Explore: San Pablo Reservoir

Want to teach your kids to fish this summer? Or just take a picnic next to a peaceful body of water? The San Pablo Reservoir’s Recreation Area provides opportunities for Bay Area fishing and hiking, just on the other side…

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Los Angeles Activities: 6 Awesome (and Cheap!) Community Pools

Looking for a place to cool off with the kids this summer? Sometimes the beach just doesn’t cut it (too much sand, wind or saltwater for finicky toddlers) and an orderly pool is just the ticket to keep everyone in…

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5 Faves from Parent Hack’s Asha Dornfest

Asha Dornfest, founder and publisher of Parent Hacks and one of Portland’s Top Mom Bloggers , shared her favorite local family spots and of course some parenting hacks in 5 quick questions!

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Hiking with Kids in Seattle

When winter starts to loosen its grip, Seattleites hit the trails. Even the kids recognize they’ve been cooped up too long and need to expend some energy outside. It’s great to take the family on a relaxed hike to get…

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Explore: Vasa Park Beach on Lake Sammamish

Dreaming of spending a carefree day on the lake with the kids?  Grab your sunscreen and beach chairs and look no further than the beautiful shores of Vasa Park Resort on Lake Sammamish.  Conveniently located on south end of the…

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Five Great Seattle Hikes With Kids

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When winter starts to loosen its grip, Seattleites hit the trails. Even the kids recognize they’ve been cooped up too long and need to expend some energy outside. It’s great to take the family on a relaxed…

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Explore: Lincoln Park

Chances are, you’ve made more than a few summer voyages to Alki Beach in West Seattle for some fun in the sun with the family. But we have an equally attractive West Seattle beach destination for you, and despite entreaties…

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Explore: Queen Anne

Craving kid friendly restaurants, great parks and a little fun? Look no further than Queen Anne Avenue.  Local brunch spot, the 5 Spot, offers kid friendly menus and adult friendly diversity with roaming menus inspired by different regions of the…

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Explore: Eastside Splash Spots

Explore: Eastside Splash Spots

When the mercury climbs, what better way to cool off than at an outdoor pool or fountain?
In Kirkland check out the open swim times at Peter Kirk Pool right next to the library. There’s a…

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Explore: Chism Beach Park

Explore: Chism Beach Park

One of the best kept secrets in West Bellevue is Chism Beach Park and when the weather is lovely, it’s the ultimate venue for a morning play date. The park sits on Lake Washington, but the…

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Salmon Bay Community Lending

Wading through fixed rate and adjustable mortgages, second mortgages, and lines of credit can be a scary thing. That’s why we’re so glad we’ve met the team at Salmon Bay Community Lending. All moms, this group is an independent brokerage…

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Life’s A Beach

Your family’s weekend routine need a little shaking up? So why not load up the car and head down to Santa Cruz this weekend to catch a concert (the weather forecast looks promising). It’s not a party-hearty jam-band weekend with…

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Splish Splash!

Summer is finally here but the thought of scrubbing out your wading pool isn’t really floating your boat. Pack a picnic, grab the sunscreen, and check out Bellevue’s brand-new Water Spray Playground. Located within (the already fabulous) Crossroads Community Park…

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