2011 has been an exciting and rewarding year at Red Tricycle. Our success and growth is directly correlated to you — our readers whose unwavering loyalty and support make us feel like the luckiest mamas in the world! As a way to reflect on the awesomeness of this past year, we’ve made a list of Seattle’s top stories of 2011. So thanks wonderful Red Tricycle readers, we couldn’t have done it without you. And, stay tuned because we’ve got a lot more fun in store for 2012. From our family to yours, happy new year!

1. Ok let’s face it: kids are expensive! Seattle mamas and dads all seem to agree with that statement, which is why our top 10 free (or cheap) things to do with kids in Seattle story proved one of the most popular of 2011.

2. There’s nothing like taking the kids to a u-pick blueberry farm and then making some delicious blueberry cobbler or pie with your fresh fruit. Bonus: the u-pick blueberry farms in this article are organic and natural.

3. Who says hanging with the kids and kicking back with a beer are mutually exclusive activities? Surely, not the folks who run Seattle’s kid-friendly breweries, or our many readers who gave us a thumbs up for this story. Cheers!

4. Got a kid with ants in his/her pants and with a birthday coming up? Get the wiggles out and celebrate in style by opting for a birthday party where kids stay get to run, jump, play and bounce around.

5.  Who knew that Australia was right in our backyard? Well, we sure didn’t! Take the kids to a Kangaroo Farm down-under style without even hopping on a plane.

6. From swimming holes to fishing to outdoor parks and playground, Seattle has an overwhelming amount of things to do with kids during the summer. How to choose? Well, for starters take a look at this list, which received a round of applause from our Seattle moms and dads.

7. If the phrase “what’s for dinner?” elicits groans (us too!) then don’t fret because Seattle has a bevy of places for dinners to-go.

8. Seattleites just loved this story outlining the coolest (literally) splash spots on the East Side. 

9. While we think kids should eat free everywhere that notion hasn’t caught on at all dining establishments. Luckily, Seattle has a handful of great family restaurants where kids do eat free.

10. There can never be too many parks and playgrounds in Seattle. Here’s a top 10 list to get you and your kiddos started.

11. Parents need a lot of things to keep our sanity. While we can’t create extra hours in the day, stop the terrible twos, or give you more helping hands, we can let you know about some sweet delivery services in Seattle that local moms and dads love.

12. Go fish! And, we’re not talking about the card game.

13. You all seemed to agree that fall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a local u-pick apple farm.                                                                                                                                           

As always, we love to hear feedback from our readers so if you have a tip about a new local business, your favorite hidden park, or merely, want to let us know what you’d like to hear more of in 2012 then shoot us an email to tips (at) redtri.com. Ride on!

— Erin Lem

Photo credit: Kate C. via Flickr.