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Pick up free art kits, go on free story walks and more!
Pick up free art kits, go on free story walks and more!

Best lake-swimming spots for families

Cool off at these awesome lake beaches around the Sound.

7 more family getaways close to home

You loved our first local vacay guide; we’ve rounded up seven more fab family spots for your 2020 summer staycation.

Sammamish Montessori School

We are a licensed, accredited, authentic Montessori school for preschool and kindergarten students ages 2.5–6. Prep, STEAM, summer and extended care programs available.

King County Library System

This summer, all library events and activities are online. Join us for virtual events, performances, activities, book recommendations and more.
The fun doesn’t have to stop! Our calendar is filled with virtual and in-person events, including our own free virtual playtime activities and parenting speakers.
1. Join a virtual family trivia night on science and nature for a chance to win a prize. (FRI.)
2. Make mobile masterpieces, wacky wands and wearable art with free to-go craft kits from BAM. (FRI.–SUN.)
3. Enjoy some good old-fashioned fun at a farm. Adorable Maine Coon kittens will also be out and ready to play! (SAT.)
4. Laugh along with a 10-year-old author as he reads from his hilarious book of STEM jokes; you also get to make slime. (SAT.)
5. Your family can now bike, walk or roll alongside the lake on a car-free Lake Washington Boulevard. (THROUGH SEPT. 8)
6. These free story walks will get kids reading outdoors in a fun and unique way. (ONGOING)

What does child care look like moving forward?

Take a short survey to provide local organizations with your insights about working parents’ child-care needs and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card.



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