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What if you skipped that dreadful Black Friday madness this year? What if this year you vow to shop local, shop small and shop where your dollars make a difference? Guess what? On December 2 & 3, you can do just that. The 12th Annual Soulumination Artists’ Sale is where the money you spend on unique local gifts benefit a remarkable organization that provides families with a lifetime of beautiful memories. Read on for the deets and get ready to shop!

photo: Wenmei Hill

The History Behind Soulumination
Seattle photographer, Lynette Huffman Johnson launched Soulumination more than 12 years ago, after being asked to take photographs of her niece who had died at birth. For Huffman Johnson, taking those photographs sparked a passion and a mission to continue providing meaningful memories for families whose children were facing life-threatening illnesses. Over the years, the organization has grown, serving an average of 220 families each year, and the need is still growing. Soulumination has a small office staff but relies heavily on a crew of dedicated volunteers—from professional photographers, to people who come into the office to make gifts for the families, to folks who help out with the Artists’ Sale, which is one of Soulumination’s largest fundraisers.

photo: Wenmei Hill

Wreath Making
Among the most coveted items at the Artists’ Sale each year are the handmade wreaths. Each wreath is a very personal labor of love and each one is unique. Volunteers work for days before the event to create one-of-a-kind wreaths out of branches, greens, driftwood, pine cones, bird’s nests, berries and much more. And one hundred percent of the sales of the wreaths go towards Soulumination’s mission. Each wreath ranges in size and shape, and if you get there early you might just be able to pick up a special heart-shaped wreath.

photo: Wenmei Hill

The Sale
On the Saturday morning at the beginning of the sale you will find eager shoppers lining up outside the doors before they are open. Walk through those doors and you’ll find photographs hanging throughout the courtyard, the faces of the Soulumination children. The popularity of the Artists’ Sale has grown over the years—and all through word of mouth. Huffman Johnson’s hope is that everyone who has come to the sale in the past will come again and bring with them someone new.

photo: Wenmei Hill

Arts and Crafts and So Much More
This year, you can browse and buy the creations of 35 different crafters and artists. And a portion, 30% to be exact, of each of their sales goes back to help fund Soul’s mission. Among some of the items up for grabs: beautiful handmade Moravian Stars, quilts, handcrafted paper journals and gifts, encaustic paintings, caramels and cookies, jewelry and Huffman Johnson’s own up-cycled angel figurines and luminaria. Huffman Johnson finds her inspiration in Mexican folk art and creates these unique baubles and bright light strings from recycled tin cans, buttons, wood and other found materials throughout the year.

photo: Wenmei Hill

Why the Artists’ Sale Is So Important
Angie Sutphen is a Soul mom, who knows firsthand the importance of the Artists’ Sale. “Our daughter Charlotte’s life while abbreviated by illness was not limited in the amount of love, joy, beauty and grace that she put into the world. The images Soulumination was able to capture of her life and ours are precious to us beyond words. That is Soulumination’s legacy. My hope is that all families that are in need of Soulumination’s gift of photographs can have access. The soul sale is important because it is only once a year and is Soulumination’s largest fundraiser. It enables us to provide services to those families.”

The sale also provides community to Soul families, the artists and the supporters. It’s a way to stay connected to the mission and to buy from local artists while knowing your dollars are supporting a worthwhile cause.

photo: Wenmei Hill

Know Before You Go 
1. This year’s sale will take place on Dec. 2 & 3, 2017 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

2. Plan to get there early to pick up your one-of-a-kind wreath, along with some special gifts, and remember to bring your friends.

3. To find out more about Soulumination and its mission visit soulumination.org. To see a preview of the artists featured at this year’s sale, click here.

Soulumination Artists’ Sale
5201 11th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Online: soulumination.org

Do you plan to shop this sale? What do you have your eye on? Tell us in the comments below. 

— Natalia Dotto

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Dare we say that the summer is winding down. But that doesn’t mean your weekend adventures have to come to a screeching halt. There’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a quick summer getaway in the weekends after school starts to keep that summertime feeling going. And Vashon Island is just a stone’s throw away, making it the perfect place for a day trip or overnight stay. If you’re ready to unplug and unwind without the stress of having to go far, read on for the deets on this eclectic island getaway.

  

Getting There
Believe it or not, Vashon Island is only 13 miles long and 8 miles wide, and offers visitors a laid-back way of life. And getting there is part of the fun. Board the ferry at the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, next to Lincoln Park in West Seattle, and take the 20-minute ride with your mini-mariner. Fair warning, if you’re going on a warm sunny weekend or a holiday weekend be prepared for lines–both to and from the island. And just remember… island time starts as soon as you disembark the ferry, so put away your digital devices, forget your deadlines and get ready to relax and enjoy the views.

Parks and Hikes and Lighthouses. Oh My!
Vashon Island boasts a plethora of parks nestled all over the island. Whether you want to sit back and relax with a picnic, while letting the kids skip stones or take a hike in a nature preserve, this island oasis has choices galore.

Visit on a Sunday and you can tour the Point Robinson Lighthouse. Located on Maury Island, the lighthouse, which was built in 1915, still shines as a navigation beacon and historic site and is well worth the visit. The 38-foot-tall lighthouse is open for tours on Sundays from mid-May through mid-September. And the view of Mount Rainier from the lighthouse and the shoreline is stunning. But don’t stop there… there are dozens of other parks and recreation areas, including Lisabuela Park where your little explorers can spy birds and seals, tromp along the beach, splash in the water or hike in the forest.

Kayak the Island
If you’re looking for a little more excitement and a little more scenery, consider exploring the island by kayak. You and your mini adventurer can rent a kayak or paddle board from Vashon Adventures and explore Quartermasters Harbor. It’s a relatively quiet and protected area, and perfect for any age and skill level. Take a class, take a tour or just rent a kayak for a few hours of fun. Psst… Vashon Adventures also rents paddle boards and is open six days a week from noon to 7 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays). Rates start at $20/hour for a single kayak.

Good to know: Vashon Adventures also offers electric bikes for rent which are great for cyclists who are eager to ride, but not so eager about all the hills on Vashon. (Note: if you do rent an e-bike you should also know that state law doesn’t allow rentals to anyone under the age of 16.) However, Vashon Adventures does have a couple of e-bikes with cargo holders that can hold seats for young passengers. But bring your own helmets for the kids and call in advance to make sure the option is available. E-bike rentals start at $25/hour; cargo e-bikes start at $35/hour.

Where to Eat Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Oh, the options! Vashon boasts an eclectic group of restaurants all conveniently nestled close to the center of town. For breakfast and coffee, check out the oh-so flakey and delicious house-made pastries at the Vashon Island Baking Company. Psst… their croissants are delicious, plain or with chocolate, and their maple bars (made with a croissant pastry) are to die for!

Looking for a good ol’ cup of Joe? The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie is a throwback to the Seattle Best coffee days… you can smell the beans roasting as you walk in the door. Set in a 100-year-old historic building, this is good coffee and good entertainment for the Littles. There’s a vintage roaster right in the center of the building where coffee beans are hand roasted. And if you’re not a coffee drinker, check out the wall of tea.

For lunch or dinner, there is an eclectic mix of restaurants around the center of Vashon. Head to Zamorana for authentic and delicious Mexican fare, cruise into Zombiez if you’re craving burgers or consider dining at The Hardware Store Restaurant, a popular eatery that serves American fare. Looking for a bit fancier? May Kitchen + Bar serves delish Thai food, but make sure to snag a reservation.

Farm Fresh Produce
If you and your kiddo love fresh from the farm, you’ll be happy to know that more than a dozen farm stands dot the island. In fact, you can travel from one end of the island to the other visiting each farm stand and stocking up on fresh produce. Whatever is in season will be up for sale (think: berries, lettuce, zucchini, potatoes and even eggs and cheese). Psst… these farm stands are based on an honor system which means your sidekick can enjoy choosing fresh vegetables and fruit, weighing them up and then putting the money into secure boxes.

We All Scream for Ice Cream
After all those vegetables, ice cream is definitely in order. And Glass Bottle Creamery makes small batch ice cream with flavors like balsamic strawberry, toasted coconut and cherry chocolate made with dairy and eggs from Smith Brothers farms and seasonal local fruit. Psst… eight flavors rotate through the case. Get a cone and sit on the bench outside or wander past the storefronts and check out the art galleries along the main street, including an origami art store right next door! Or check out Zuzu’s Ice Cream located right behind the Vashon Island Roasterie.

Where to Stay
If you’re looking for modern style meets Mother Nature, The Lodges on Vashon offer contemporary lodge features—perfect for a quick overnight or weekend getaway. Located in the heart of the island, these cozy lodges bring the Vashon idea of simplicity to life with keyless entry, communal outdoor spaces and modern fixtures within each space. Kids will stay entertained with games on the lawn like corn hole and croquet, or with s’mores over the communal fire pit, while parents relax nearby.

If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, check out the Pt. Robinson Keepers’ Quarters that are available for a week or a weekend. Two houses that used to be homes for the lighthouse keeper sit right on the beach and offer the perfect place to relax on the porch while the kids play in the sand or in the sound.

Are you planning any last-minute summer getaways? Tell us in the comments below.

— Natalia Dotto (all photos courtesy of Natalia Dotto Photography)

A portion of this trip was paid for by The Lodges on Vashon, but all opinions expressed here belong to the writer. 

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It’s no secret that moms crave and deserve time for themselves which might mean curling up with a good book or having lunch with your bestie, but what about trying something different. What if you spent some of that precious me time with other women learning a new skill, finding a new hobby or improving on what you already know. REI’s newest campaign focuses on women which means no more excuses that you don’t know how to do something or you don’t have anyone to go with. It’s time to get outside, Seattle mamas!

Force of Nature
The outdoor recreation company recently launched its Force of Nature campaign nationwide, offering thousands of classes over the summer months to get women into the elements. REI touts this new campaign as wanting to make outside the largest level playing field on earth. According to this REI blog post, six in ten women say men’s interest in outdoor activities are taken more seriously than women’s; and seven in ten women say the barriers to getting outside include not having enough time, or anyone to go with. And guess what? REI wants to fix that!

From rock climbing to kayaking, wilderness skills to compass navigation and backpacking to biking, REI has you covered. The best part? These classes are for women only! And not all of them require huge physical exertion, so if you want to start with something low-key there are classes on traveling abroad, sunset photography and even bicycle maintenance.

Hitting the Trails
To get a feel for what these classes are like, we checked out the Intro to Mountain Biking class. On a Saturday morning a group of 10 women gathered in an Issaquah parking lot to load up their bikes, put on protective gear (which included helmets and kneepads) and hopped aboard a bus headed for Duthie Hill Park. (Psst… to the inexperienced rider, Duthie Hill Park can be an intimidating place. Trails with jumps and bumps and tree roots that can be a hazard if you don’t know how to handle your mountain bike properly.) And that’s where instructors, Julia Trippel and Kelsey Wenger came in. These mountain biking mavens made sure helmets fitted properly, reviewed the A, B, C’s of prepping your mountain bike (think: air, brakes, chain) and demonstrated all the right mountain biking moves.

Mountain Bike Maneuvers
The instructors of these classes are patient and accommodating, sharing their knowledge and expertise about how to get in the “ready position” and the “neutral position” and from there maneuver the bike as you turn on the trails. Perhaps more importantly, they demonstrate how to stop without getting hurt which involves moving your body off the bicycle backwards away from the seat before putting your foot down (which takes a bit of practice). As with any new situation there are always a few nerves, but after plenty of demonstrations, a few questions and a good amount of time to practice new skills, this group of ten tightened their helmets, checked their fears and hit the trails. The best part? This class was all about getting used to the bike and the trails and not about showboating or in this case, show biking. And while the initial descent might put a few butterflies in your stomach, by the end of the trail we guarantee you will be full of smiles and bravado at tackling a new challenge, learning some new skills and ultimately making some like-minded new friends.

Look Where You Want to Go
Perhaps the best piece of advice Julia gave this class about riding the trails was to look towards where you want to go, not where you are going. Applicable to so many things in life, not just mountain biking. Instructors and students agree there is certainly a different kind of energy in the group when it’s all women, perhaps a bit more camaraderie, a bit more sharing of experiences, a bit more willingness to be open about being nervous or not knowing how to do something. So why not try something a little different or something a little more daring? You might surprise yourself. If you want a little inspiration watch this video, then put on your bike shorts, strap on your backpack and get outside to ride.

How to Find a Class
Costs for these classes vary, but many are offered for free. To find classes nearest you, check REI’s website. It’s as simple as putting in your zip code and finding what’s available. To learn more about classes or find gear for your next outdoor adventure, visit a REI location.

Seattle Flagship Store
222 Yale Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-223-1944

Southcenter/Tukwila
240 Andover Park W.
Tukwila, Wa 98188
206-248-1938

Bellevue
410 116th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-455-1938

Issaquah
735 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, Wa 98027
425-313-1660

Olympia
625 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Ste 410
Olympia, Wa 98502
360-786-1938

Bellingham
400 36th St.
Bellingham, Wa 98225
360-647-8955

Tacoma
3825 S. Steele St.
Tacoma, Wa 98409
253-671-1938

Online: rei.com/h/force-of-nature

How do you plan to get outside this summer? Already signed up for a Force of Nature class? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Natalia Dotto (all photos courtesy of Natalia Dotto Photography)

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It’s known as the Starbucks of Taiwan. But sorry kids, you won’t find a frappucino here, unicorn or otherwise. It’s 85°C Bakery Cafe and it just opened its first Washington (flagship) location at Westfield Southcenter. Serving up more than 100 different breads and pastries alongside its signature iced sea salt coffee is only part of the reason this new locale has a line out the door at all hours. Read on to find out why this popular Taiwanese import is quickly becoming Seattle’s new go-to bakery and coffee house.

The Long Lines
With almost 1000 stores throughout the world, 85°C Bakery Cafe is a growing phenomenon that is popular with both adults and kids alike. And when we say popular, we mean people traveling for miles popular, line out the door popular and people willing to wait in line for an hour or more popular! So if you plan on bringing your sidekick to feast on the freshly baked breads, treats and savory pastries, make sure you pack some patience and be prepared to play some games in line (think Simon Says, I Spy or Head Up).

Sweet Treats
You will smell the tempting aroma from the freshly baked bread while waiting in line. And it will hit you in the nose (hard!) when you get inside. Something else you’ll notice once you’re in the door is that the line is just as long inside as it is outside! We warned you this place was popular.

Depending on your little one’s levels of tolerance, you might want to move along quickly. Your first order of business is to grab a tray and a pair of tongs. It’s self-serve here and the cases are at eye-level and open easily. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself elbow to elbow jostling for that sweet treat. But don’t worry! There are breads and pastries galore, around 100 varieties on any given day, and freshly baked breads are brought out every 15-30 minutes.

Among the most popular treats are the brioche, the marble taro bread—a soft bread filled with taro paste, the pineapple cakes and the coconut twists. Kids will especially love the mango panna cotta and the dessert case which will call to them as the decorated pastries and cake slices are appealing for tiny tummies.

Fill up Your Trays
Once you and your sweet-loving sidekick have looked over the giant brioches, pineapple cakes, calamari sticks (which surprisingly are shaped more like a bun than a stick and are a lovely dark color because of the squid ink), salted butter bread, puffy and light jumbo borro (light and delicately sweet) there are decisions and tempting choices to be made. More than likely your tray will be piled high with pastries and breads, but that’s okay, because then it’s time to wait in that line to order coffee, and get your order boxed up and paid for. Psst… one of the tenets behind the 85°C Bakery Cafe was to create a quality bakery with affordable prices, so this means you’ll find that most of the buns and breads range in price from $2 to $5.

Dig In!
Once boxed up, and beverages in hand, it’s surely time to tuck in. If you can score a seat at a table you can reward your little sprout’s patience by eating inside the cafe. But be prepared. Table space can be scarce, especially during the opening phase.

Good to Know
The question that everyone asks is why 85 degrees? As any employee in the store will tell you… 85°C (185° Fahrenheit) is the perfect temperature to enjoy the flavor of a cup of coffee. Smoothies for the Littles and boba teas are available at this temp as well.

Another 85°C Bakery Cafe is slotted to open in Lynnwood in June… and by the looks of the popularity of the Southcenter location, the lines are sure to be just as long there.

If Monday’s aren’t your jam, then 85°C Bakery Cafe might be worth the drive and the wait. On Mondays, 85°C offers it’s incredibly popular sea salt coffee (an iced Americano with sea salt sprinkled whipped cream on top) for only 85 cents. This offer is good on every size, on every Monday, through 2017 (limit 4 per customer). Just remember we warned you about the lines!

85°C Bakery Cafe
1341 Westfield Southcenter Mall
Tukwila, Wa 98188
206-244-1885
Online: 85cbakerycafe.com

Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Have you been to 85°C Bakery Cafe? What is your favorite menu item? Tell us in the Comments below! 

Natalia Dotto (all photos courtesy of Natalia Dotto Photography)

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If you are in the market for a purple unicorn head to mount on your child’s bedroom wall or looking for a birdhouse made from a wee-one’s wellington boot, we have found just the place for you. The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall! It’s quirky and original and can be found just south of downtown Seattle in Georgetown. If you’re ready to explore some tiny trailers and score some vintage finds, grab your crew and read on for the inside scoop on Seattle’s most eclectic mall in town.

The 411 
This funky little mall began in 2010 and since then has moved to its current location on Airport Way South behind the Seattle Tavern. Eight charming trailers make up this treasure trove where you and the family can sift through an assortment of ephemera and find unique items that you really won’t find anywhere else. Psst… If you’re looking for vintage clothes, kitschy trinkets and some off-the-wall home decor, check out Urban Treasury.

Tiny Trailers, Big Finds
The Royal Mansion Gallery is in the largest trailer on the lot. It’s a 1951 Royal Mansion trailer. Here, you and your little treasure seekers can sift through prints by Justin Hillgrove of Imps and Monsters fame. You can also find handcrafted object d’art from local artists including Jesse Link, Ugly Baby and Mary Enslow, who also happens to be the Trailer Park Mall’s manager.

Retro Finds
If you’re not quite sure what to do with your great aunt’s macrame plant holder Seek and Restore might make you a deal. They not only offer up vintage clothes and trinkets, but they also buy and consign items that you might have been hoarding for a while. Time to clean out those attics!

Eat Cake!
When you go, make sure to stop into Deep Sea Sugar and Salt. A tiny trailer filled with flavor and cake that Charlie Dunmire slices up on the weekends. Favorite cakes include a 9 pound Porter Chocolate Cake, soaked in Georgetown Brewery’s 9lb Porter, PNW Chocolate which is a dark chocolate cake soaked in stout and a Douglas Fir syrup. If the kiddos aren’t into cakes soaked in stout, try The London Fog—an earl gray cake soaked in a honey syrup, with an early gray cream cheese frosting that resembles fog. A slice will set you back $6, cupcakes are $3.50.

Bonus: Two words… Cake Club. That’s right, CAKE club! In early April, Dunmire will offer cake delivery to Cake Club members. Buy five whole cakes and get the sixth one free! Email deepseasugar@gmail.com for the deets.

photo: Mary Enslow

Just for Kids, or Maybe Not
If your clan visits on a Sunday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. you might run into Margaux and her Temporary Tattoo set-up. This kid-trepreneur will give you a temporary tattoo with all the proceeds from her cottage business benefiting the nonprofit organization, Treehouse.

Good to Know
The Trailer Park Mall is part of Georgetown’s ART ATTACK, a local art walk that happens every second Saturday. Wander through Georgetown and stop into the Trailer Park Mall for live music, a performance or an event. ART ATTACK takes place from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. And warmer temps in the summertime mean that the Trailer Park Mall will bring out its kiddie pools and sprinklers, with the Seattle Tavern offering up hot dogs and beverages.

Psst! After you’ve looked at all the ephemera you can handle, check out these family-friendly restaurants in Georgetown.

Georgetown Trailer Park Mall
5805 Airport Way S.
Seattle, Wa 98108
Online: georgetowntrailerpark.com

Hours: Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun.,11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Have you visited the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall? What other things does your family like to do in Georgetown? Tell us in the Comments below. 

— Natalia Dotto (all photos courtesy of Natalia Dotto Photography unless otherwise noted)

Make a Wish at Seattle’s Newest Wishing Tree

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‘Tis the season for wishes. Whether it’s the Littles wishing for toys under the Christmas tree, dads wishing for the latest and greatest gadgets or moms wishing for some peace and quiet, wishes abound during the holiday season. If your crew has already written their letters to Santa and you’re looking for something a little more heartfelt than The Elf on the Shelf, you need to check out Seattle’s newest Wishing Tree on the north slope of Queen Anne. It’s a special place designed to let the magic last all year long.

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 photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

The Beginning
Located on the north slope of Queen Anne, this latest Wishing Tree was started over the summer by a Queen Anne family who wanted to celebrate the life of mom and grandmother, Judy Gregory. Ben, Casey, their children, Emmy and Theo, and Judy’s partner, Cindi Forslund, wanted a way to honor their mom and grandmother, so they started the wishing tree after a celebration of her life—with the children writing and hanging the first wishes on the tree. Ben says his mom was a wonderful person in so many ways, “She was especially good at seeing the beauty all around us and loved to connect with people.” And because of this connection, the family decided that a wish tree would be the perfect way to honor their mom and grandma.

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 photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Best Wishes
The Hanisko family placed a tin at the base of the tree with pens, tags and a note encouraging everyone who passes by to write down their wishes, tie them to the tree and wait for them to come true. What began with just a few dozen wishes from friends and family has now blossomed into hundreds of wishes dangling from the branches, written by passerbys of all ages. From “I wish for a puppy,” to “I wish I was a mermaid,” to one possibly written in Klingon, hopes and dreams of all kinds dangle from the tree. Ben says, “My daughter’s favorite is someone’s wish that they liked bananas. That cracked her up. My son’s favorite says, I wish everyone felt happy and loved.”

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 photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Where to Make Your Wishes
To find the Wishing Tree, walk along the Queen Anne side of the Ship Canal Trail just west of the Fremont Bridge. It’s a large spreading cherry tree you can’t miss. Once there, take a walk around and read some of the wishes to your minis. Then, take a tag from the tin and write or draw your wishes on the tag and tie them on a branch. The Hanisko family hopes that everyone walking the trail will stop and enjoy the wishes as well as make some of their own.

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 photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Inspiration Behind the Tree
The Hanisko family says they were inspired to create the wishing tree after seeing a similar tree in Victoria, B.C. “I think the world needs us to do small things here and there to create some beauty, fun and connection and try to make things a little better,” says Ben. “I see such beauty in the wishes the kids and adults are putting out to the world. It’s a simple thing our family is doing to help make people’s day brighter and I hope it inspires others to do their own thing.” The family also feels the tree is something Gregory would be delighted with and we couldn’t agree more.

Additional Sites to See
Once you and your posse have written your wishes, continue your trek along the Ship Canal Trail. It’s a great place to walk, bike or scoot the crazies off. On the Queen Anne side of the canal, you can head west to Fisherman’s Terminal or if you’re feeling really adventurous, head the other direction to the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop.

Psst… this isn’t the only wishing tree in our area. Head over to the Capital Hill neighborhood to find another Wishing Tree at 21st Ave. E. and Galer St.

Have you visited the wishing tree on Lower Queen Anne or on Capitol Hill? What did you wish for? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Natalia Dotto

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Most kids are picky eaters. And getting them to touch broccoli, or any sort of vegetable for that matter, can put a strain on an attempt at a pleasant family meal. But now, thanks to MOHAI’s newest exhibit, Edible City: A Delicious Journey, kids can not only touch and play with food, they can learn about some of Seattle’s most surprising food stories and how urban palates have developed over the years. Bon appétit!

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  photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Raw Ingredients
Whether you’re a foodie who is first in line for the latest and greatest culinary delights our city has to offer or you’re someone who is happy with a bowl of cereal for dinner, this carefully curated exhibit will impress foodies and non-foodies with how far Seattle has come in the cuisine scene. Award-winning food writer Rebekah Dehn and the Museum of History and Industry have detailed the Emerald City’s gastronomical journey from what it once was to the foodie paradise it is now, and everything and everyone who contributed along the way.

redtri-mohai-2photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Iconic Seattle
MOHAI wants you to think of the exhibit similar to a progressive dinner, where you move from one display to another. Along the way, your sidekicks can play games, watch videos and figure out what his or her favorite Seattle food is while you ingest the vast range of Seattle’s culinary history. Start with iconic Seattle foods, of course salmon is on the list, and continue with oysters, razor clams and berries.

Fun Fact: There are at least 21 words for salmon in several Salish Native American dialects.

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photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Coffee, Cinnamon & Crustaceans
From Starbucks, to Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal, to cinnamon rolls and cheese, you can explore how Seattle’s tastes have changed over the years, and created the food industry here today. Psst… don’t miss the giant King Crab on display.

Fun Fact: Cinnabon got its start in SeaTac Mall back in 1985.

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photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Hit the Market
Kids love exploring markets and the exhibit’s Market-To-Market area explores the heart of Seattle’s Pike Place Market as well as neighborhood farmer’s markets of all sizes. Kids can have a seat at the table and create a seasonal meal using soft toy vegetables and fruit or cuddle up with a plush chicken from the chicken coop. This exhibit is all about letting mini gourmands play with their food.

Good To Know: If you have your own backyard chickens, tweet (or would that be cluck?) a photo of them to #edibleMOHAI and they could be the exhibit’s featured chicken of the month.

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photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Seattle’s Sweet Tooth
One of the games that will draw the littlest museum-goers in is a Candyland-like board game called Sweets of Seattle. Youngsters roll dice and move their piece along a mouthwatering pathway, landing on some of the many pie, chocolate, ice-cream and dessert shops around the Emerald City. Kids will have fun recognizing familiar names like Top Pot and Full Tilt, but they’ll also learn about some new places to test out their sweet tooth.

Good to know: Recipes for Seattle classics like Jon Rowley’s Strawberry Shortcake and Beecher’s World’s Best Mac and Cheese are on display and can be found on MOHAI’s website.

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photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Serving It Up
From celebrity chefs (Seattle has quite a few), to food trucks, to restaurants that are long gone and restaurants that are currently dotting Seattle’s culinary scene, this exhibit at MOHAI will leave you hungry for more. If that’s the case, MOHAI’s cafe is conveniently located on the first floor, so you can grab a bite to eat and then take in some of the other exhibits that showcase our fair city and region.

Good to Know
While this is an exhibit all about food, there is absolutely no food allowed throughout the museum.

Musuem of History & Industry
860 Terry Ave. N,
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-324-1126
Online: mohai.org

Open: Now through September 10, 2017
Times: Daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: Free with regular admission. $19.95/Adults; 14 & under Free (when accompanied by an adult). First Thursday of the month Free from 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Have you visited this new exhibit at MOHAI? What was your little foodie’s favorite part? Tell us in the Comments below. 

— Natalia Dotto

Cheers! Four Wine Bars That Pair Well with Families

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Looking for a wine bar where sippy cups will fit in alongside those stems? Look no further, Seattle parents. More and more Seattle-area wine bars are not only welcoming families, but embracing them. If you’re ready to satisfy your inner Oenophile, read on for our favorite places to sip when the sitter isn’t available.

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photo: Purple Café and Wine Bar 

Purple Café and Wine Bar
There are three Purple Café and Wine Bar locations, so no matter where you live in the greater Seattle area, Purple has you covered. And with a collection of more than 600 wines, they’ve got you covered in that department as well. As for the Littles, they can belly up to the bar (well not really the bar, but you know what we mean) with a milk flight (strawberry, chocolate and caramel) or a flight of housemade soda (lemon, blueberry and strawberry). The kids’ menu looks tasty enough for adults to order from, but sorry mom and dad you have to be 12 and under to order off this menu. The Seattle spot is centrally located, close to the Seattle Art Museum and The 5th Avenue Theatre, making it a great destination if you’re planning a slightly more sophisticated family outing.

1225 4th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-829-2280

430 106th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-502-6292

14459 Woodinville Redmond Rd. N.E.
Woodinville, Wa 98072
425-483-7129

Online: purplecafe.com

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Village Wines
Village Wines has a history of being a place where everyone can hang out, no matter the age. With three kids of their own, Tim and Lisa Bowen have designed Village Wines to be what they call the ultimate place to gather. And gather they can, with large couches and community tables, Village Wines is a place to go with family and friends, or even make new friends. Moms and dads can quaff their wine while the younger set tuck into homemade mac n’ cheese, kid’s pizza, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese sandwiches and delicious desserts. Head to Village Wines on a Friday or Saturday night and you’ll find live music for all ages. We’ll drink to that!

14450 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. N.E., #111
Woodinville, Wa 98072
425-485-3536
Online: myvillagewines.com

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Robert Ramsay Cellars
Tucked away along Queen Anne Avenue is Robert Ramsay Cellars. It’s small and cozy, with a long bar and a few smaller tables where guests can sit. Bring activities for the Littles and you can enjoy a delicious syrah and some bites. Cheese plates, olives and grilled baguettes are on the menu and moms and dads are bound to find something for kids to share. Plus, live music after 6 p.m. on Fridays will entertain everyone in the fam. Psst… Robert Ramsay Cellars also has a bigger tasting room out in Woodinville where they hold—you guesses it, bigger events!

1629 Queen Anne Ave. N., #102
Seattle, Wa 98109
425-686-9463
Online: robertramsay.com

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photo: Carolyn Holt    

The Grape Choice
Located on the Eastside, The Grape Choice is a great choice if you want to bring your kiddos, either two-legged or four-legged. Family-friendly and dog-friendly, this wine bar is right on the waterfront in downtown Kirkland. And the perfect spot for a tasting with fam, or a Seahawks Sunday gathering. While The Grape Choice does not have a kids’ menu per se, they do have a wine “bites” menu with cheeses, charcuterie, hummus and pretzels to choose from. If your tots aren’t into fancy nibbles, pack some snacks and everyone will be happy.

9 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, Wa 98033
425-827-7551
Online: thegrapechoice.com

Red or White? What’s your preference and where do you go to enjoy a good glass of wine? Spill in the Comments below.

— Natalia Dotto

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Let’s face it… when it comes to Instagram-worthy locales to put your minis in front of, Seattle has no shortage of beautiful backgrounds and fabulous foregrounds to compliment those cute faces. And now is the time to start thinking about where to put your pint-sized posse for your annual holiday card. That’s why we’ve scoured the city and rounded up eight crazy cool places to perch your half-pints and make them say “cheese.”

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If you're looking for a whole block of murals to make your holiday card just a little cooler, make your way to the Capitol Hill neighborhood on Pine Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. The Richmark Label building has been spectacularly painted with giant eyes in bright and bold colors. Snake your way around the block to see more color and design to choose from. Find it: East Pine St. between 11th and 12th Avenues, Seattle, Wa <p style="text-align:right;"><em>photo: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nataliadotto.com/&quot; target="_blank">Natalia Dotto Photography</a></em></p>fuck

What wacky or cool place will you put your fam in front of this year? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Natalia Dotto

Editor’s note: feature photo taken in front of a mural on Capitol Hill.