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What to do in Seattle with Kids – Part 2

From Vancouver to Seattle to spend another wonderful weekend,  filled with family, turkey and… Space Shuttles! Really!

Saturday morning we headed to the Museum of Flight in Seattle where now everyone can be an astronaut! Our group consisted of 3 adults, a 12 year old, a 4 year old and an 18 month old baby. Our initial plan was to do the Shuttle Trainer Crew Compartment Connections Tour. However,  this tour is designed for 10 year old kids or older and reservations are a good idea…there was just one space left for the 11:00 am tour. The tour itself sounds a bit pricey:  Adults $30 – Children (age 10+) $25 with a $5.00 discount if you are a member. This is on top of the regular admission of $17.00 per adult and $9.00 for youth 5-17. Children under 5 are free. We opt out of the tour portion of our visit,  which would have run us around $US200.00 for the day, plus lunch and simulator flight rates. (Although there are some free options for the simulators)

Having said so, the museum itself without the Shuttle Trainer Tour is more than worth it! The big spaces were a great ground for the baby to wobble around, the 4 year old to let out some steam and ask some interesting questions and the 12 year old to explore and learn.

With the general admission ticket you are allowed to go see the pace Shuttle Trainer  and get on board. You just don’t have access to the Crew Compartment.

For those of you planning to have an activity packed weekend, consider buying a CityPass, where you get 6 different attractions at a discounted price. Please be aware that the ticket voucher is good up to nine days only. Attractions include: Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center, EMP Museum, Woodland Park Zoo or The Museum of Flight.

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Flight Simulator 1 – In action
So, what do you do @ the museum? Besides learning a lot about space flight, space toilets, astronauts suits and more, the kids can go on different kinds of simulators to try to land airplanes or experience space flight. There is a little kids zone as well with many interactive displays and all sorts of games. Kids will enjoy getting inside F18, and will wonder at the World War II airplanes and history. 
Checking Out the Astronaut Suit

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There is so much to see and explore,  this could be a whole day program and believe me, you won’t get bored! (Great plan for a rainy day as well!)

 
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Flight Simulator 2 – Getting Ready
 
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Looking @ the Model Airplanes from WWII
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Boeing – Early Days
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Ready for Take off!
 
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 The Museum of Flight is a private non-profit air and space museum at King County International Airport, south of downtown, Seattle, Washington. It was established in 1965 and is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. Address: 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108, United States

Phone: (206) 764-5720

Christmas Camps and Activities in Vancouver – Part 1 – In the Ski Mountains

Christmas Camps and Activities in Vancouver

A window into WinterNovember 15… It seems early (for me) to be thinking about Christmas Camps and Activities but with mom, sis, brother in law and niece & nephew coming for Christmas this year, I have decided to start looking into activities & camps for the kids and the whole family for the Christmas holidays. Here is a summary of the camps offered by our three ski mountains on the North Shore.

Ski or Snowboard Camps

We are soooo lucky to have 3 mountains to choose from when thinking about Ski or Snowboard Camps for our kids! It boils down to personal taste and probably accessibility.

Mount Seymor Ski and Snowboard Camps:

Awarded 3rd best Terrain Park in the West by the SBC Resort Guide Editor’s Choice Awards and voted the top snowshoe friendly ski resort in North America,  this is really a NO brainer.

Choose from 2 or 3 day camps for Bear Cubs Beginners,  Bear Cubs Adventurers  plus take advantage and get your own lesson with the  Momma and Papa Bears ski camp while the kids have their lesson.

As well you can buy a snowshoe pass for $9.00 (or $27.00 with rentals) for the whole day and enjoy this fast growing sport. How awesome is that?

Mount Seymour also has an Introduction to Park  lesson for kids 9 years and older. It is “offered weekends and holidays at 3:00pm. These two-hour sessions are designed to introduce skiers and riders to the terrain park in a safe, positive and encouraging environment.”

Prices: $125 to $200 plus Rentals for 1:30-2:00 hours, 2 – 3 days. *20% discount given to Season Pass Holders.
Introduction Park: $55.00 to 105.00 for two hours.

Cypress Mountain Ski and Snowboard Camps:

With the largest vertical rise on the North Shore,  53 downhill winter skiing and riding runs accessed by 6 chairlifts and 2 surface lifts Cypress is a BIG Kid’s Park.

Cypress offers 3 or 4 day camps for kids 6 to 12 years old: Raven Riders and Ski Riders and a Learn to Ski or Ride Flex Camp for kids 13th and older. The later one is 3 days of full day lessons with a unique teaching system. They guarantee that you’ll be turning by the end of your camp or they’ll keep teaching you! … Sounds like good value to me!

Finally, their Ski Rider Christmas Camp will teach you how to ride steeps, trees, bumps or how to stomp your airs in the park. This is a 4 day camp for kids 6 to 16

Prices: Starting at $349.00  for a Full Day 3 day Camp to $ 479.00 plus rentals. *Discounts given to Season Pass Holders
Terrain Park: $379.00 to $529.00 for a 4 day Camp.

Grouse Mountain Ski or Snowboard Christmas Camps:

Hard to beat the majestic view of Vancouver from Grouse Mountain on a clear winter’s day. With their Y2K pass offer, Grouse Mountain really becomes great value for the money. New this year is the addition of the  Zone Club,  a Junior and Youth Camp Program.

For kids 5 to 6 years old there is the Junior Zone Camp  and for kids 5-12 years old there is the Zone Camp.  They both offer Four or Five full or half days with a lunch option for the full days. Youth Zone Camps for teens 13-17 offers Four or Five Half Days.(Half Day is 3.5 hours with at least 2 hours in the snow)

Parents of Junior Zone Campers may request a complimentary Escort Ticket  and you can purchase a special lift ticket for $40.00 if you would like to ski or snowboard while your child takes lessons.

Prices: From $179.00 to $379.00 for a Four or Five Days Half or Full Days + Lift and Rentals. Add Lunch for Full Day Camps for $40.00 or $50.00

While you are up in Grouse Mountain, there are countless activities to enjoy during the Christmas Season.  The Peak of Christmas includes having breakfast with Santa (or lunch) meeting the reindeer, going for a sleigh ride and more. It really doesn’t get any more magical than that! Well, perhaps if you include an afternoon skate at their outdoor skate rink right by Santa’s workshop (complimentary with your admission or lift ticket).

The Colors of Fall – Seattle with kids – Part 1

Spending the weekend in Seattle doesn’t have to be a costly affair. Vancouverites usually head down to go shopping but Seattle has so much more to offer besides shopping. The culture, parks, restaurants and kids attractions make it for a great weekend trip. The border wait, if you time it properly, is no more that 30-45 minutes. A stop at  Lake Padden breaks the trip quite nicely. The entrances on the north provide convenient drive-up access for horse trailers, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, swimming & fishing beaches, grassy lawns, boat launching, tennis courts, ball fields, trailheads, golf course, and even a small fishing dock. During the summer time we usually stop for a quick swim and keep on driving. Fall & winter we go for a walk or sometimes a quick bike ride before getting back on the I5 heading for Seattle.

Because we have family there, our outings are more about spending quality time with the little ones and enjoying each others company. Here are some of the attractions we have enjoyed while in Seattle, for little or not extra money:

Madrona Park: Madrona Park and Beach is located on the waterfront on Lake Washington. The park include a wooded hillside that slopes down to a grassy beach and swimming area, where lifeguards are on duty in the summer. It also features a jogging path along Lake Washington and picnic areas. Address: 853 Lake Washington Blvd, 98144  “Countless bike races among cousins have taken place here!”

Seattle Art Museum (SAM): In a rainy day, head to the Museum… I know what you are thinking. Not with my kids! Well, YES, with your kids. The museum is designed with little ones in mind, counting with exploratory Family Rooms where the kids can spend hours, and hours, without worrying about knocking master pieces down.

For a lazy morning, before heading back to Vancouver, we suggest going to Cafe Soleil where you can enjoy a very well priced brunch after letting the kids release some steam at the Madrona Playground . A game of basketball, soccer, riding their scooters around or just hanging out on the playground and the kids will be ready to devour Curi’s delicious scrambles, fritatas of French Toasts.

DISCOVERING CAMPS IN THE NORTH SHORE

“Summer Ski & Snowboarding Camp”. No, it’s not a typo, a ski camp in the middle of summer! And where else other than in Whistler. They have a 24 hour supervised camp with all meals – including dinner fully catered by a famous Whistler restaurant – and a “private” glacier facility. @ WSSC – Whistler Summer Snowboard  Camps. This is just ONE of the jewels I have uncovered while building this website!

I have discovered many exciting and wonderful camps in North and West Vancouver that I had “No idea” existed!

I have  found great wake-boarding camps (of course that will mean the weather would have to warm up;-( ) and sailing and canoeing camps. @ Cove Watersports

If your kid is more the artistic type the listings in Kids Camps Canada include Computer Animation & Design Camps, Drama Camps, Fine Arts Camps etc.@ Arts Umbrella or @ Eaglearts @ Byte Camps

Then, there are some awesome day combo camps that combine “Soccer & Swimming Camps”  or Adventure camps and art…huh? @ Royal Soccer @ Camps Artaban

And of course for those kids a bit more focus in a particular sport there is the Whitecaps Soccer Camp where you will be learning to play with the pro’s!

I am just naming a few because we are so lucky to have so many talented and caring  people willing to share their knowledge and experience with our kids, that the list is quite extensive.

So to get more information you can simply view ALL the listings and get a pretty good and up-to-date idea of what each camp offers by checking the excerpts or clicking on the website link on the listing.

Happy Summer!!!