There s still a month left of summer and there are a lot of ways you can live up the month of August. From local outings to travel, Julie Ogata from ParentMap explains.
What are some fun, local things to do with the kids?
These activities are all August-specific.
Blueberries happen to be in season from now to late August, so blueberry picking is a great family activity. There s blueberry picking at Bellevue s Mercer Slough and Larsen Lake farm and up north in Arlington at Bryant Blueberry Farm.
Renting a kayak or canoe is a fun way to keep cool. You can rent a kayak and hug the shore of Lake Union or on the UW campus you can rent a canoe and explore the Arboretum. You can also kayak around the Mercer Slough Nature Park or Renton's Coulon Park
Also, August is the month for local outdoor movies! Marymoor Park in Redmond shows an outdoor movie every Wednesday at dusk on the marquee in August: Mamma Mia, Toy Story 3, E.T. and Up.
Kirkland s Carillon Point is showing Twilight: Eclipse and How to Train Your Dragon. And on Mercer Island on select Wednesday and Sundays, they have free music concerts at Mercerdale Park.
Isn't August also a big travel month?
Yes, and you can find some great deals for local getaways. If you want to escape to Suncadia, there are Trailhead condos offered at a discount. If you stay three nights you get 30 percent off; Six nights, you get 50 percent off. Also, at Lake Chelan's Campbell s Resort, there s a special package where you can get four passes to a water park and dining credits.
If you re a big believer in getting your children to spend more times outdoors, one of ParentMap's top travel picks is the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.
There is a family weekend August 12 14. You spend three days exploring Diablo Lake which has turquoise-colored water. There are nature experts to lead walks and explorations. The lodges were all built green and the meals are all organic.
What if you want to look for some of our missing sunshine?
ParentMap has done a few articles on family travel to Hawaii, both Maui and Honolulu. We checked airfare and if you booked today, we found round-trips in August for about $500 a person.
We found lots of hotel specials and unique children s programs including a unique adventure through the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki. Your kids can learn how to go crabbing complete with nets and bait. Most kids clubs at hotels just watch your children on the hotel property, but the Halekulani takes them sightseeing around Oahu to the Dole Plantation, Bishop Museum and Honolulu Zoo.
On Maui, there are plenty of condos to rent with kitchens to save money on eating out. There s a Costco right by the airport to stock up on food. You can snorkel for a few dollars a day and if you drive up Haleakala, a dormant volcano, you can see one of the most fabulous sunrises for free