4 Great Day Camps for Kids and Teens on the Eastside

Summer is almost here! While it may seem like there are several weeks left of school, children will start wrapping up their classes soon and summer will be here in no time. Now is the perfect time to start looking into activities for children during the summer to help them have a fun, exciting, and enriching summer. If you are seeking a few programs children may enjoy this year, consider signing them up for the following summer camps and programs!

Living Montessori Education Community Camps

  • Focus: STEM education, performing arts, cooking, outdoor education
  • Ages: 2-10

Living Montessori is a Bellevue Montessori school offering programs for early education, preschool, and elementary school students. These programs are perfect for any parent who is hoping for their child to explore a wide variety of activities and enrichment over the summer. They offer several programs where kids can explore many types of fun, educational projects and activities.

Children can partake in their all-day programs for the entirety of the summer or sign up for week-long specialty camps. Kids will cultivate a variety of skills and try many new activities including working in the Montessori Makerspace, taking field trips to local farms, exploring performing and mixed-media arts, and more.

Camp Roots

  • Focus: Outdoor education, plants and animals, environmental stewardship
  • Ages: 6-11

For children seeking outdoor adventures this summer, Camp Roots is the perfect program. You won’t have to worry about your child having too much screen time or stationary play at this camp! Children spend all day outdoors exploring nature, learning about the forest, and having fun with other kids. Each week has a different focus including Birds and Raptors, Bats and Bugs, Environmental Stewardship, Drama Week, and more.

STEP Computer Academy

  • Focus: Computer skills, coding
  • Ages: 8-13

STEP Computer Academy is a leading computer education program for kids and adults. During STEP’s Junior Computer Academy Summer Camps children have the opportunity to learn practical digital skills that will serve them in school and throughout their lives! Children will learn the building blocks of coding, website development, animation and a number of other computer skills. These programs are perfect for children hoping to learn some new skills and fuel their creativity during the summer months!

Samena Swim and Recreation Summer Camps

  • Focus: Swimming, tennis, water play, junior lifeguards
  • Ages: 3 and up

If your child can’t get enough time in the pool, Samena’s swim programs for children are the perfect way to spend the summer. Whether your child is an advanced swimmer or is brand new to swimming, their programs help children improve their skills on the water and have a ton of fun.

During these day camps, children have the opportunity to learn basic swimming strokes, play water games, and take part in a number of other outdoor activities. Tennis lessons and field trips are also included in some of their programs. For more experienced swimmers and older children, Samena also offers Youth Leadership and Junior Lifeguard Programs to help cultivate skills and build community at the pool!

Seattle Restaurant Week Is Back And Better Than Ever

Today marks the start of the tastiest week of the season- the triumphant return of Seattle Restaurant Week!

We here in Seattle are so blessed with an abundance of fabulous dining options, ranging from simple and inexpensive to exotic, lavish and extraordinary, which usually doesn’t come too cheap. Seattle Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people to explore many incredible restaurants they may not normally spring for by offering fabulous deals you won’t want to miss out on.

Every Sunday through Thursday from April 2nd to April 19th, over 165 restaurants across the city will be offering up $33 three-course dinners, with many also offering $18 two-course lunches as well. These restaurants range in price, type of cuisine and location, giving you tons of options to choose from, in every department!

To maximize your SRW experience, check out a list of participating restaurants here (click on the name of the restaurants to see their location and view their SRW exclusive menu) and be sure to check out The Seattle Times lists of best overall value, best ambiance, neighborhood favorites and SRW newcomers.

If you are going to explore SRW (which we highly recommend you do!), remember to be patient, make reservations and tip your servers well! While SRW is a great opportunity for diners, restaurants do tend to get swamped, and the nicer and more understanding we are as patrons, the better the experience for everyone!

Now, go out and get a healthy dose of YUM, before it’s too late!