Monday, June 20, 2016

Seattle is SO COOL!

A few weeks ago, a homeschool family we know invited us to visit the troll under the Fremont Bridge in Seattle.  How cool is it that we live in a place with an actual troll under a bridge?  
Benjamin was pretty sure that it was real, and didn't want to approach until he was convinced that it wouldn't move.  Eloise also had some qualms about it, and wasn't sure if it was real or not until Todd explained it to her before we went.  It is pretty eerie.  
 After the troll we went to Gas Works Park, which is just a few blocks away.  We were hoping that the old gas works would be a playground, but it isn't.  It is just a lovely scenic spot that overlooks Lake Union.
 Houseboats!
 This hilltop sundial was a great place for a dozen kids to chase each other in circles.
 The next day we went to the Seattle Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center.  Two field trips in one week was a special treat.  I didn't know if we would like this very much.  We were planning to meet up with some other homeschool families, but when we arrived we gravitated to the area designated for toddlers and preschoolers, and we knew that the other families had older kids, so I didn't look too hard to find them.  It was all of sixty degrees outside, so B and Eloise were begging to go in the fountain.
 There were stages set up all over the place.  Jared got into the rock and roll spirit of the event.  This is right before Sammy approached a strange dog and got nipped on the hand for poking it in the eye.  Sammy is getting really fast.
 There was so much cool stuff to do!  Seattle Children's Museum had a music booth set up.

 There were places to draw,
 and play with clay.
 The coolest thing was the Seattle Center for Wooden Boats, where, for a $3 donation, you could make your own boat.  Here a volunteer helps Jared drill a hole for his mast.
 Eloise and B realized that there was actually hammering and cutting going on, so they drifted over to help.
 Seriously, it was not that bright.  We have very low tolerance for light here in the Pacific Northwest.
 Since we were on our way home, and I had extra clothes for everyone, we stopped at the fountain to play.
 B got soaked, and Eloise ripped her pants to shreds scooting down into the fountain, but we all had a great time.  Yes, it was still only sixty degrees outside.
 The next week was the first week of June, so for free museum day (first Thursday of the month) we went to the Nordic Heritage Museum in search of more trolls, like this cool troll chair.  We met our friends Jillyn, Eve, and Mae at the museum.
 We spent a little time in the museum, but we ended up spending most of the time outside on the playground.
This is a successful outing for us.  I'm so glad we live near so many fun and exciting things.

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