April Events / Festival / Hikes

Opt Outside in April

Skagit_Valley_Tulip_Festival_Events_ExhibitsWe made it to April!  There are so many wonderful things going on this month around the Seattle area.  Take advantage of the daylight that we are getting and take your fun outdoors!

Visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Make the one hour drive north to take some pictures at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  Since I grew up in the Valley, I’ll give you the insider’s scoop….If you want to avoid the crowds, head up on a weekday and bring a picnic lunch.  Otherwise, I’d recommend visiting early on a Saturday or Sunday morning.  At the moment, the daffodils are blooming but keep an eye out for tulips coming in the next couple of weeks.  You may want to do the Tulip Run on April 8, visit during the Mount Vernon Street Fair  April 21-23, or just pop up for a romp through the Tulip Fields at RoosengardTulip Town, or one of the various private fields.  For good brunch or lunch options, Calico Cupboard (in Mt. Vernon and LaConner), the Skagit Valley Food Co-op deli, or C Square & Third Street Cafe are my top dining recommendations.  And a trip to the Valley is never complete without a giant ice cream cone from Snowgoose Produce!

Take the Kids to an Easter Egg Hunt:  I have so many wonderful memories of romping through the woods as a kid looking for eggs the Easter bunny (aka: mom) left us on the trails behind our house.  Easter can be celebrated in various ways depending on your religious beliefs.  In my opinion, egg hunts are fun no matter what your preferences!  Here’s a few egg hunts that might be fun: Seattle Children’s Museum, Woodland Park Zoo, and several others on the Eastside.


Play at the Park: April 15 is free State Parks day and National Parks day!  Visit Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, or a local state park for free.  The au pairs will be hiking at Rattlesnake Ledge so keep an eye out for our group if you decide to go there!  Use the Washington Trails Association Hiking Guide, or the recent Trip reports to find a hike (or snowshoe!) that works for your family.

Volunteer Green Partnership

Volunteer on Earth Day:  April 22nd is Earth Day!  Consider getting out and volunteering with your favorite organization.  The Green Seattle Partnership still has several volunteer opportunities available.

University of Washington Campus

Find Cherry Blossoms: Don’t miss out on seeing those famous cherry blossoms in bloom at the University of Washington Quad, as well as the Washington Park Arboretum.  You can visit the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural festival for a cultural experience on April 21-23.

I can’t wait to get outside this month!  Enjoy!

// Dawn

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