10 Last Minute Ideas for Your Kids' Last Days of Summer Vacation

The idea of vacationing at home seemed to resonate with readers, both as a money saving idea, and as a practical solution with time remaing before school starts.  Here are some ideas for those of you in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area.  For those of you who don’t live in this area, use the ideas to think about what’s available in your hometown.

What are you waiting for?  Pick one.  Pick another.  Send the kids back to school with lots of fond memories about the best summer vacation ever.

  1. Pacific Science Center:  Dinosaurs, butterflies, and insects co-mingle with technology and astronomy in creating exhibits that make you think and wonder why.
  2. Woodland Park Zoo:  All the animals in the zoo are jumping up and down for you. . . . Come see the lions, and tigers, and bears in natural habitats.  Don’t forget to check out the new baby animals that may be making an appearance.  A lot of exhibits, and hands on displays, to teach kids about animals and habitat conservation.
  3. Seattle Aquarium:  A chance to see, touches, and learn about the wonders of the sea and the creatures that live in it. Kids will learn that the sea is about more than Nemo and Dory.
  4. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium:  Tacoma’s zoo and aquarium located in Point Defiance Park.  Family programs include animal presentations and close encounters with members of the animal kingdom.
  5. Wild Waves:  A water-based theme park with water slides, pools, roller coasters, and outdoor concerts. 
  6. The Children’s Museum of Seattle:  Hands on and participatory exhibits to stimulate the mind and the imagination.  Day camp options are also available.
  7. Planetarium:  Located at the Pacific Science, the Planetarium presents live astronomy demonstrations.  Check out the star maps, laser shows, and learn all about the planets and stars.
  8. Cougar Mountain Zoological Park:  Located in Issaquah, the focus of Cougar Mountain is on endangered species and education.  Most of the animals were born or raised here.
  9. Northwest Trek:  Take a tram through 400-plus acres of Yelm forests, wetlands, and meadows and view over 200 animals native to the Pacific Northwest.
  10. Remlinger Farms:  A working country farm on 200 acres in Fall City.  

Ok, step away from the computer, and go have some fun!


Photo credit:  Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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