School is out for the summer and kids are ready to explore outside the classroom. Snohomish County is full of fun outings for kids of all ages. The best part about these adventures is that they are free or low-cost and cover a variety of interests. Parents can pick one or enjoy them all to keep the kids occupied in the coming months. Plan your family meeting and get your summer bucket list ready as there is plenty of summer fun to be had.
Take a Story Walk
Little bookworms will love the Story Trail at the Snohomish Library. The Story Trail is located on the Centennial Trail which runs directly in front of the library entrance. Little ones who have a hard time sitting down for traditional story time will love walking from panel to panel to discover what comes next in the tale. The trail is also paved so it is perfect for strollers, scooters, or bikes. Consider stocking up on books or signing up for the Summer Reading Program before heading home.
Catch a Flick Beneath the Stars
Grab some cozy blankets and pillows and head down to Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nights to watch a free family-friendly flick. The season will kick off with a screening of Encanto on July 15 at Francis Anderson Park from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Three other movies will follow at other local parks on July 22 at Seaview Park, July 29 at Hickman Park, and August 5 at City Park. Catch the one closest to you or all four. Popcorn is free, but if your littles have the munchies, concessions are available and benefit the Edmonds Program Scholarship Fund.
Get the Wiggles out at an Outdoor Concert
Jam out to some lively, kid-friendly tunes at the Marysville Outdoor Music Children’s Concert Series. Free concerts are held Wednesdays at noon on July 6, July 20, and August 3. Grab a picnic blanket and a yummy lunch. Kiddos will not be sitting for long as they jam to the music and are tired out by nap time.
Explore Marine Life
Get your toes wet while exploring marine life at low tide this summer. Or elevate your beach experience by visiting during a low tide ranger-naturalist-led beach walk. You and your budding scientists can learn all about marine life and the habitat of Puget Sound. Ranger-led programs are available for a small fee from mid-May to mid-August. Registration is required. Wrap up your adventure by stopping at the Waterfront Coffee Company for an iced latte for you and a baby cone for your mini.
Hit the Beach
If Puget Sound is a bit chilly for your little swimmer, head to one of Snohomish County’s beautiful freshwater beaches. Located on Silver Lake in Everett, Thornton A. Sullivan Park has a large sandy beach, plenty of parking, and a fun playground to frolic on after drying off. Bring your own equipment for disc golf, table tennis, and fishing. Restrooms are available. For serine off-the-beaten-path beach time, try out the public beach on Lake Roesiger.
This beach has picnic tables, a shelter, restrooms, and hiking trails. If you enjoy your beach time coupled with an amazing treehouse, camping, and nature trails, check out Flowing Lake Park. Although the beach is free for campers, day passes are also available for a small fee and can be purchased at the park entrance. If chilly salt water is not your speed this summer, these freshwater beaches are perfect for sandcastle building, swimming, and soaking up the sun.
Summer is the perfect time to get out there and explore with your kids. Snohomish kids have plenty of options to choose from without breaking the bank. Whether you have a bookworm, movie buff, or budding scientist there is an option for you and your little this summer. Make this summer one to remember in beautiful Snohomish County.