As the summer approaches, I’m sure you have plans galore. Summer always brings weddings, family reunions, camping trips, and vacations. With the sunshine in full force (we hope), there are so many fun things to be done outside. With small children, the key is always to find something safe for them, inexpensive for you, and fun for all involved. A few weekends ago, we embarked on a mini-vacation that only took half a day and our little ones had a great time. Get yourself to a ferry, Seattleites!
This is a great way to enjoy a sunny day. We hopped on the 10:30am ferry in Edmonds and journeyed to Kingston, which took about half an hour. Our little ones loved walking around the huge boat and looking out at the water. It was quite breezy while the boat was in motion, so I would recommend jackets and maybe even a hat for babies.
We drove our car onto the ferry, but you could just as easily park and walk on. This is a cheaper option, but I wanted to have a place to hold all the things we needed, rather than lugging it everywhere. Plus, it was a bit chilly that afternoon and it was helpful to have a “home base” where we could change diapers and warm up with snacks.
Once we got to Kingston, there was a small grassy area for the kids. We explored, which really took no time at all because it is tiny, and then headed to get some lunch. I had brought several snacks because I wasn’t sure what the food options would be and I’m glad that I did. Extra snacks = happy children.
Before our departure, I did a quick search on good eats in the area. I don’t like to be unprepared! There was an overwhelmingly popular place called J’ Aime Les Crepes and we decided to give it a try. This is a cute place, but very small. There was already a line out the door when we got there, but it moved pretty steadily. The menu consists of a large array of crepes – savory and sweet. I ordered the Italian (this will surprise no one who knows me), which had pesto with tomatoes and cheese; simple, but tasty. My hubby ordered one with black forest ham and Swiss. They are huge (my little boy and I split one) and you get to watch them being made, which was neat.
I’m not going to lie, the wait was long, but this place has some very loyal customers. There are only a couple tables inside and two or three outside. Many people grabbed their food and drink and walked or sat at the nearby grassy area. We grabbed a table outside, which would be lovely on a warm day, but as I mentioned, it was chilly and we ended up eating with our kids in the car. Not what I had pictured for our outing, but it worked. We had our very own picnic in the back of our SUV. Ah…memories.
Our preschooler was excited to head back to the ferry for our ride home, so we drove onto the next scheduled ship. As it made its way to our destination, we took in the view and savored the fresh air blowing through our hair.
If you’re looking for an easy, beautiful outing with your family, schedule a ride on a ferry! Your children will have fun and take an excellent nap when you get home. Somethin’ about that salty sea air, right?