The beginning of this year got off to a very rocky start, but there are many ways to refresh your perspective this summer.

‘Cause baby, you’re a firework

Although the SW Washington fireworks display has been cancelled, your own backyard or driveway may offer up some entertaining alternatives. If you have young children check out these…

  • …15 fun science experiment ideas for kids that pop, fizz, and crackle!

Summer feasts

Warm weather adventures require a lot of energy! To help fuel you and your family, check out these links for nourishing options:


The Great Pacific Northwest is a natural playground, offering up waterfalls to dazzle you, hikes to help you escape the city, forests to explore, and many bodies of water to laze about in on a sunny day. Here are some nearby family friendly trails:


Washington has some of the best fishing in the country. For a multitude of fishing resources, visit the Washington Department of Fishing and Wildlife. There you will find ideas for places to go, fishing and restocking reports, youth events and more.

Sun Safety

Having fun this summer shouldn’t be interrupted by a sunburn! Please take good care of your skin and follow these guidelines for enjoying the outdoors while staying safe:

From the CDC’s Sun Safety Tips for Families:

  • The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Be extra careful of prolonged exposure during those hours.
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Apply 15 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours.
  • If near the water, protect your eyes with sunglasses to shield them from reflected UV rays.
  • Hats and light weight linen or cotton clothing can give additional protection if needed.

These are interesting times we live in and it is easy to feel discouraged by closures and cancelled events. Let this summer give you an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and find new ways to entertain, explore, connect, and enjoy. Stay safe and have fun!