I'm a freelance writer and proud mom of two. I've lived in Seattle my whole life and I still find new places to explore all the time. This is a great place to live!

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Fun For Kids at the Jacobsen Observatory

By kendahlcruver

Have a child who is into star gazing? Check out the Jacobsen Observatory on the University of Washington campus. There’s a lot to see and do here, from special programs and exhibits, to access to telescopes and a view via the 120-year-old refractor in the Observatory dome. Students of the UW astronomy and physics departments […]

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Seattle Children’s Theater Review: Adventures with Spot

By kendahlcruver

With colorful sets, happy songs and goofy jokes, the Seattle Children’s Theater production of Adventures with Spot is great fun for the preschool set. There were lots of giggles in the theater the night I saw this cheerful musical with my five-year-old daughter. Though she is usually a mostly attentive audience member, I was surprised […]

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Family-Friendly Activities at South Lake Union Seattle

By kendahlcruver

On a recent family outing to check out the Center for Wooden Boats, we ended up falling in love with the whole South Lake Union area. It has so much to offer. There are options for any budget and all kinds of weather, from lazy strolls by the water to fascinating programs for a wide […]

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Free Story Time at the Nordic Heritage Museum Seattle

By kendahlcruver

If you’re in search of a way to introduce your preschooler to museums, Nordic Stories at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard is a great place to start. On the first Thursday of each month, this fun, free story hour begins at 10:00 am in the museum’s auditorium. Kids can hear tales written by Nordic […]

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Exploring Rhododendron Park in Kenmore

By kendahlcruver

One of our favorite family adventures is to visit the many parks in the outskirts of Seattle. They’re always just a bit different, from novel playground equipment to wide open spaces that feel far removed from the city. We recently checked out Rhododendron Park in Kenmore, and it was a great place to explore. The […]

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Indoor Play: Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall

By kendahlcruver

I’ve wanted to check out Seattle Symphony’s Soundbridge in the Benaroya Hall building for ages. It’s a place for kids to explore music, with the goal of fostering a lifelong love of music and the classics. As a former cello student and school orchestra member, I know how powerful learning to play music can be, […]

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Weekend Getaway: Chevy Chase Beach Cabins in Port Townsend

By kendahlcruver

Big vacations are always a treat, but I have a special fondness for the weekend getaway. Just pack a bag, catch a ferry or take a quick car trip, and you get a lovely escape for much less effort and cash. A new favorite for easygoing fun: Chevy Chase Cabins in Port Townsend. There’s plenty […]

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Seattle Neighborhood Parks: Pinehurst Playground

By kendahlcruver

  I love checking out different neighborhood parks. Sometimes they won’t be too different from the playground down the street, but the kids love the small differences the most. A bouncy toy shaped like a motorcycle instead of a car! A slide that’s slightly more slippery! It is this mindset that brought me to Pinehurst […]

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Seattle Indoor Play: The Water Playground at Mountlake Terrace Pool

By kendahlcruver

Even in the dead of winter, it can be fun to splash around in a pool. It’s a playful, easy way to liven up a weekend morning. With that in mind, I packed up my family to go check out the leisure pool at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, because it looked beautiful and sounded […]

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A Storybook Park: Meridian Playground

By kendahlcruver

There are so many things to love about Meridian Playground in the Wallingford neighborhood. Its location, play equipment and charm give it a unique feel among Seattle parks. You can’t see the park from the street, it sits behind a high stone wall that circles nearly an entire block. This is great, because not only […]

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