FileNo matter when the urge for a ‘Sunday drive’ hits, the entire family will love a trek up to beautiful Saint Edward State Park, located on the shore of Lake Washington in Kenmore. This is much more than a play structure and some grassy fields, this parent fave sits surrounded by majestic trees and quaint brick and stone buildings.The area is beautiful and a great place to spend an afternoon with the kids!

Approximate Travel Time: 30 min North of Seattle.

What to Do In The Park:
Kids of all ages will race to the brilliant playground, constructed in 2003. You’ll discover two all-wood play areas, including a totally-fenced in area for kids up to age five. Older siblings will enjoy neighboring climbing/hiding structures with a medieval castle theme. Take time to stroll along one of several easy hiking trails winding through the woods, or down near the beach. An entire afternoon could be spent exploring this park, easily.

Where To Next:
Next stop, a short drive over to Snapdoodle Toys — they’ve got aisles of fresh-for-the-holidays toys for you and the kids to meander through. You’re sure to find a few holiday gifts in their enormous selection — from indoor, rainy-day goodies like art supplies and books, to get-moving gadgets including Wheely Bugs and Prince Lionheart bikes. Sneak a peak in Snapdoodle’s DoodleZone –a room you can reserve for birthday parties. Plus! you can grab a free latte or cup of tea at Snapdoodle.

Where to Eat:
Check out neighboring Mia Roma, or local-favorite TaiHo. No time to sit? Plan ahead and give Kenmore’s Jet City Pizza a ring — pick one up to take home.

—Matina Fresenius