Course Prerequisite: A long, hard school year filled with quizzes, tests, and homework.
Current Assignment: Let your kids be kids this summer (pool, hikes, campfires), while simultaneously making sure that they don’t forget everything they learned in the past year (penmanship, vocabulary, addition, subtraction).
Recommended Materials: Nico Papergoods charming handmade notebooks covered in recycled kids’ threads and made by a local mom.
Activities: Document critters seen on a hike, the number of sand dollars found at the ocean, or a fun day with neighborhood playmates in the sprinkler. The blank pages lend themselves to doodles or drawings, as well as writing.
Final Grade: A+
Available online at nicopapergoods.etsy.com.
Park in the Dark
What: Have a nighttime family adventure, check out the nocturnal animals’ habits, and enjoy games and activities for your whole gang.
Why: It’s no shot in the dark.
When: Sat., 8-9:30 p.m.
Where: Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E. Register at 206-685-8033.
What: Tales, games, and free hot cocoa for kids; a much-needed breather and lattes for mom and dad.
Why: Everyone needs a fix.
When: Ongoing. Sat., 10-11 a.m.
Where: Cherry Street Coffee House – Museum, 1212 First Ave. (206-264-9372).
Northwest Folklife Festival
What: Puppet shows, sing-alongs, and other hands-on activities keep youngsters busy all weekend.
Why: All the folks will be there.
When: Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Memorial Day, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. (206-684-7200).