Where to Celebrate NYE

New Year’s Eve 2018 is almost upon us, and if you are still looking for something to do, read on! There are lots of options in the greater Seattle area, whether you are looking for the biggest blow-out bash or an earlier, family-friendly event.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Seattle Center
There are actually two parties that will converge at midnight for the iconic Seattle fireworks show.
The Armory Stage will host rock band SWAY from 8pm until midnight. And at the International Fountain, you can dance the night away with live electronic music and video projection show (starts at 10pm). Tickets are required for both parties, however the big fireworks show is free to enjoy.

SPECTRA: New Year’s Eve Under the Arches
The Pacific Science Center transforms on NYE with fire sculptures, drinks and live music. There will be special entertainment throughout the night, as well as the standard Science Center exhibits. At midnight, head outside for the Space Needle fireworks. Purchase tickets in advance.
New Year’s Eve pARTy at Chihuly Gardens and Glass
Watch the Seattle Center fireworks from under the glass of Chihuly Gardens. The evening includes appetizers, desserts, live music and a midnight toast. Purchase tickets in advance.

INDULGENCE New Year’s Eve Bash at MoPOP
Another Seattle Center option, the Museum of Popular Culture offers four 21+ parties in one. With live music on three performance stages, comedians, party favors, special VIP areas, more than 20 bars, and a special singles-only cocktail hour, this is one of the largest parties of the year. Museum access is included in the price of the party, purchase tickets in advance.
Tacoma’s First Night
First Night is an all-ages, family-friendly celebration in Downtown Tacoma’s Theater District. The affordable admission price includes museums, music, art, drama, dance, and a whole day and night of activities. The cost of entry increases as the festival gets closer, so buy early to save!

Nighttime Party for Families at Imagine Children’s Museum
The perfect NYE celebration if you have older kids, this pajama party features comedians, balloon makers, pizza, snacks, and educational, hands-on activities throughout the night. The fun culminates at 9pm with a ball drop.

New Year’s Eve with Ivar’s Salmon House
Ivar’s on Northlake will host live music, tasty food and view of the fireworks without the crowds. Advanced reservations are required, and will range in price depending on your selections.

Slamming’ Jammin’ New Year’s Eve Party
Ring in the new year with the latest in R&B, Old School, Jazz and Hip Hop music. This is a 21+, semi-formal event, and hotel packages are available with your ticket purchase.

Resolution New Year’s Eve Party at WAMU Theater
A Seattle tradition for almost a decade, this 18+ party always brings a mixed crowd together for a night of dancing. This is one of the biggest EDM parties of the year.

New Year’s at KidsQuest Bellevue
Celebrate the coming new year all day at KidsQuest! There are activities every hour from 10am to 4pm, including Bubble Wrap Stomp, New Year’s Hats, Storytime, glittery tattoos, and more. Admission is free with membership or museum admission.


Posted on December 8, 2018 at 12:07 am
Jen Bowman | Posted in Uncategorized |

Christmas Tree Farms


 King County:
♦  Buttonwood Farm
14500 NE 116th St, Redmond
100% organic you-cut or white-glove delivery service, saws provided, hot chocolate and cookies
♦  Carnation Tree Farm
31523 NE 40th St, Carnation
You-cut trees, pre-cut trees, wreaths, garlands, mistletoe, Santa visits, Christmas decorations, trees baled, saws provided, hay rides
♦  Cedar Falls Tree Farm
15200 Cedar Falls Rd SE, North Bend
You-cut trees, wreaths, trees bagged & tied, saws provided, free hot cider, picnic area, porta-potties
♦  Christmas Creek Tree Farm
15515 468th Ave SE, North Bend
You-cut trees, pre-cut trees, trees baled, refreshments, hay rides, Santa on weekends, picnic areas
♦  Coates Christmas Trees
17225 SE Green Valley Road, Auburn
You-cut trees, pre-cut trees, wreaths, boughs, garlands, mistleto, Santa, trees bagged and tied
♦  Country Tree Farm
18225 116th Ave SE, Renton
You-cut trees, wreaths, holly, refreshments, Santa
♦  Crown Tree Farm
13005 424th Ave SE, North Bend
You-cut trees, pre-cut trees, wreaths and boughs, decorations, saws provided, trees bagged, free tree trimmings
♦  Crystal Creek Tree Farm
23604 SE 192nd St, Maple Valley
You-cut trees, saws provided, trees baled, cider, porta-potties
♦  Enchanted Winds Tree Farm
8021 Issaquah-Hobart Rd, Issaquah
You-cut trees, wreaths, swags, boughs, holly, gifts, decorations, crafts, trees baled, tree stands, hay wagon, trailer rides, fire pit, hot beverages
♦  Hunter Farms Fresh Cut Trees
7744 35th Ave NE, Seattle
Precut trees, mistletoe, holly, wreaths, flocking, restrooms, trees baled, fire retarding
♦  Keith and Scott Tree Farm
42999 SE 120th St, North Bend
You-cut trees, pre-cut trees, wreaths, boughs, trees tied, baled and trimmed, saws provided, bonfires, refreshments, restrooms
♦  McMurtrey’s Red-wood Christmas Tree Farm
13925 Redmond-Woodinville Rd, Redmond
You-cut trees, pre-cut trees, saws provided, wreaths, beverages, restrooms, wagon rides, tree stands
♦  Serres Farm
20306 NE 50th St, Redmond
You-cut trees, pre-cut trees, saws provided, wreaths, free hot chocolate, restrooms
♦  Snow Valley Christmas Tree Farm
17651 W Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Duvall
You-cut trees, pre-cut trees, wreaths, Santa appearances, decorations, free hot beverages, gift shop, porta-potties

 

Snohomish County:
♦  Bowen Tree Farm
19301 95th Ave NE, Arlington
You-cut trees, wreaths, decorations, free hot cider, gift shop, porta-potties
♦  Farmer Brown’s Tree Farm
12017 109th Ave NE, Arlington
You-cut trees, saws provided, hot beverages, flocking, gift shop, restrooms
♦  Hemstrom Valley Tree Farm
4329 Robe Menzel Road, Granite Falls
You-cut trees, saws provided, winter events, refreshments
♦  Holiday Forest
3125 280th St NW, Stanwood
You-cut trees, wreaths, boughs, saws provided, winter wagon rides, snacks and refreshment stand
♦  Lochsloy Acres
5511 State Route 92, Lake Stevens
You-cut trees, wreaths, boughs, saws provided, free coffee, cider & hot chocolate
♦  Paterson’s Lazy Acres Tree Farm
1315 188th St NE, Arlington
You-cut trees, saws provided, trees baled, wreaths, decorations, refreshments
♦  Pilchuck Secret Valley Christmas Trees
9533 Mose Rd, Arlington
You-cut trees, wreaths, swags, boughs, holly, picnic area, fire pit, hot beverages, restrooms
♦  Stocker Farms
8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish
You-cut trees, saws provided, warming fire
♦  Wintergreen Tree Farm
13606 S Machias Rd, Snohomish
Precut trees, you choose and you cut trees, wreaths, boughs, garlands, decorations, Christmas festival, bonfires, free hot cider, gift shop, restrooms
Remember to always call the farm before you go to confirm their supply, hours, if they are allowing choose-and-cut or just pre-cut trees, and which attractions or winter activities are available. All of these things can change quickly during the short Christmas season due to weather, demand, and the farmers business conditions!


Posted on December 7, 2018 at 11:55 pm
Jen Bowman | Posted in Uncategorized |

Back to School Basics

The first day of school sneaks up so fast… summer is here and then gone in a flash! Use these helpful tips to start getting settled into a new routine for fall, before life gets hectic.

Start talking about it. New teacher, new classmates, new schedules can all create some anxieties with kids. Start talking about school a few weeks before the first day. Talk about practical things like what the new schedule will be like, but also make sure to address their feelings and concerns about the upcoming year.

Go back to school shopping early. The store aisles are currently packed with school supplies. Take advantage of your summer schedule to shop while the store isn’t as busy and the supplies haven’t been picked through. Don’t forget to buy extras for homework time or the winter re-stock that inevitably happens in January.

Determine how your child will get to and from school and practice the route.

Ease back into the scheduled days. When you and your kids are used to lazy mornings and staying up late, shifting to the early morning school bus rush can be incredibly difficult. To ease the transition, start 7-10 days before school starts, and shift bedtimes and wake-up times gradually. Every day, start their bedtime routine 10-15 minutes earlier and wake them up 10-15 minutes earlier until they’re back on track. And don’t forget to readjust your bedtime schedules, too!

Re-set eating habits. When school starts, your student’s eating patterns need to maintain a high level of energy throughout the day. Implementing a routine for breakfast, lunch and snacks is just as important as their sleeping patterns. Begin this transition 7-10 days before school starts as well.

Sync your calendars. Add the school calendar to your personal/family calendar, so important dates like parent-teacher night aren’t missed.

Set rules for after school. After-school time and activities such as TV, video games, play time, and the completion of homework should be well-thought out in advance. Talk about the rules (and consequences) for these before school starts.


Posted on August 9, 2018 at 7:06 pm
Jen Bowman | Posted in Uncategorized |

2018 Seahawks Schedule


Posted on August 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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Outdoor Movie Schedule: Summer 2018

Don’t forget your blanket and the popcorn! It is the time of year when it’s nice enough to grab a movie outdoors – how fun!  Here is a list of local outdoor movies planned for this summer. 

Snohomish County

Arlington’s Old Time Movies

Terrace Park

7/6       Star Wars: The Last Jedi (at the Airport Fly In)

7/12     Early Man

7/19     Peter Rabbit

 

Edmond’s Outdoor Movie Night

Frances Anderson Center Field

7/27     Moana

8/3       Wonder

 

Everett’s Cinema Under the Stars

Thornton Sullivan Park, Camp Patterson Field

7/20     Early Man

7/27     Coco

8/3       Wonder

8/10     Moana

8/17     Guardians of the Galaxy Vol

 

Marysville Popcorn in the Park

Jennings Park, Lioins Centennial Pavilion

7/14     Despicable Me 3

7/21     Jumanji

7/28     Cars 3

8/4       Wonder Woman

8/11     Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

Sundquist Family Movies in the Park

Willis Tucker Park

7/12     Jumanji

7/19     Ferdinand

7/26     The Greatest Showman

8/2       Coco

8/9       Wonder

8/16     Beauty and the Beast

 

Eastside

Bellevue Movies in the Park

Downtown Park

7/10        Despicable Me 3

7/17        Boss Baby

7/24     The Lego Ninjago Movie

7/31     Goodbye Christopher Robin

8/7       Paddington 2

8/14     The Greatest Showman

8/21     Ferdinand

8/28     Ghostbusters

 

Crossroads Movies in the Park

Crossroads Park

8/2       TBD

8/9       TBD

8/16     TBD

8/23     TBD

 

Carillon Point Outdoor Movies

Carillon Point Plaza

7/7       Despicable Me 3

7/21     The Wedding Singer

8/4       Jumanji

8/18     Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

Movies at Marymoor

Marymoor Park

6/28     The Goonies

7/5       Wonder Woman

7/11     Jumanji

7/18     Coco

7/25     The Greatest Showman

8/2       10 Things I Hate About You

8/8       Thor: Ragnarok

8/15     Ferdinand

8/22     Black Panther

8/29     The Princess Bride

 

Seattle Area

Bite of Seattle

Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre

7/20     A League of Their Own

 

Cinema under the Stars

Columbia Park

7/14     Best of the Children’s International Film Festival

8/18     Coco

 

Movies at the Marina

Shilshole Bay Marina

8/3       Overboard

8/17     Moana

 

Movies at the Mural

Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre

7/28     The Princess Bride

8/4       Get Out

8/11     Little Shop of Horrors

8/18     I am Not Your Negro

8/25     Wonder Woman

 

Seattle Outdoor Cinema

South Lake Union Discovery Center

6/16     The Goonies

7/21     Jurassic Park

8/25     Black Panther

 

West Seattle Outdoor Movies

Fauntleroy Triangle

7/21     Wonder Woman

7/28     The Secret Life of Pets

8/4       Star Wars: The Last Jedi

8/11     A Wrinkle in Time

8/18     Coco

8/25     Black Panther

 *Check websites for start times, pre-movie activities and to make sure your favorite movie hasn’t been canceled or changed! 


Posted on June 14, 2018 at 11:37 pm
Jen Bowman | Posted in Uncategorized |

Where to Watch Fireworks 2018

The Fourth of July is right around the corner.  With it being on a Wednesday, keeping it local makes sense.  Here is a list of local firework shows to help you celebrate the great U.S. of A!

Bellevue – Downtown Park 10:05 p.m.

Des Moines – Marina 10:20 p.m.

Edmonds – Civic Stadium 10 p.m.

Everett – Port Gardner Bay 10:20 p.m.

Federal Way – Celebration Park 10:15 p.m.

Kent – Lake Meridian Park 10 p.m.

Kenmore – Log Boom Park 10:00 p. m.

Kirkland – Marina Park 10:15 p.m.

Lakewood – Joint Base Lewis-McChord 10 p.m.

Newcastle – Lake Boren Park 10 p.m.

Renton – Coulon Park 10 p.m.

SeaTac – Angle Lake Park 10 p.m.

Seattle – Lake Union 10:20 p.m. BIG!

Tacoma – Ruston Way 10:10 p.m. BIG!

Tukwila – Fort Dent Park 10 p.m.


Posted on June 14, 2018 at 11:33 pm
Jen Bowman | Posted in Uncategorized |

Local Splash Parks

It is that time of year when the sun comes out and the kids need to cool down and get their wiggles out outside. My blog has a list of local splash parks that are sure to beat the summer heat!

South Snohomish County

Daleway Park

19015 64th Ave W, Lynnwood WA 98036

Edmonds City Park

600 3rd Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

North Lynnwood Park

18510 44th Ave W, Lynnwood WA 98037

Rotary Centennial Water Playground

802 E Mukilteo Blvd, Everett WA 98203

Willis D. Tucker Park

6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish WA 98296

 

Seattle

Georgetown Playfield

750 S Home St, Seattle WA 98108

Northacres Park

12718 1st Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125

Pratt Park

1800 S Main St, Seattle WA 98144

 

Eastside

Crossroads Water Spray Playground

999 164th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98008

Grass Lawn Park

7031 148th Ave NE, Redmond WA 98052

Sammamish Commons

801 228th Ave SE, Sammamish WA 98074


Posted on June 14, 2018 at 11:27 pm
Jen Bowman | Posted in Uncategorized |

An Irish Blessing ~ Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Posted on March 17, 2018 at 1:25 am
Jen Bowman | Posted in Uncategorized |

SAVE THE DATE! Shred Day @ Windermere North in Lynnwood!


Posted on March 7, 2018 at 5:29 am
Jen Bowman | Posted in Lynnwood, Uncategorized |

Windermere Foundation Surpasses $35 Million In Giving

The Windermere Foundation had another banner year in 2017, raising even more than it did the prior year thanks to the continued support of Windermere franchise owners, agents, staff, and the community. Over $2.4 million was raised in 2017, which is an increase of eight percent over the previous year. This brings our total to over $35.5 million raised since the start of the Windermere Foundation in 1989.
A portion of the money raised last year is thanks to our agents who each make a donation to the Windermere Foundation from every commission they earn. Additional donations from Windermere agents, the community, and fundraisers made up 66% of the money collected in 2017. These funds enable our offices to support local non-profits that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families in their communities.

SUMMARY OF FUNDS, GRANTS & DONATIONS IN 2017
*Organizations served: 472
*Number of individual grants fulfilled: 644
*Average grant amount: $2,964.04
*Average donation to the Windermere Foundation: $116.08

FUNDING BREAKDOWN
*Total amount disbursed in 2017: $2,249,357.14
*Total disbursed through grants: $1,908,843.54
*Scholarships: 5%
*Youth/Child Programs: 33%
*Emergency Assistance: 24%
*Shelter: 11%
*School Assistance: 5%
*Education/Counseling: 12%
*Administrative Expenses: 2%
*Fundraising Expenses: 8%

So how are Windermere Foundation funds used? Windermere offices decide for themselves how to distribute the money in their local community. Our offices have helped support school lunch and afterschool programs, housing assistance for homeless families, food banks, homeless shelters, and non-profits that provide basic necessities, such as shoes, clothing, toiletries, and blankets to families in need.

A very notable day in 2017 for the Windermere Foundation was November 15, when a record-breaking $253,782 was given in a single day. A total of 35 non-profit organizations benefitted from that day’s donations, including Attain Housing in Kirkland, WA, which received $56,000 from the Windermere Real Estate East, Inc. group of offices. Other organizations that received donations were Boys and Girls Club of Contra Costa in Walnut Creek, CA, and the Shady Cove School in Shady Cove, Oregon.

2017 also marked the second year of our #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, in which Windermere committed to donating $100 for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless youth. While the Seahawks didn’t make it to the playoffs this year, they did help us raise $31,800. When added to last year’s $35,000, that’s a total donation of $66,800. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare, and the #tacklehomelessness campaign.

Thanks to our agents, offices, and everyone who supports the Windermere Foundation, we are able to continue to make a difference in the lives of many families in our local communities. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button.
To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.


Posted on January 30, 2018 at 10:56 pm
Jen Bowman | Posted in Uncategorized |