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Finding Some Fun Fall Activities for Kids

Fall is here! As the season changes, it’s time to think about new activities you can do with your kids. With the weather getting cooler, it may be better to stay indoors, but there are a few activities you can still do outside. Find Things to Draw in Nature – This can be an indoor and outdoor activity. First, go into the yard, or on a small walk, and have kids find things from nature like leaves, branches, acorns, etc. You can

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Bilingual Books to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Happy National Hispanic American Heritage Month! Celebrate from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 with this collection of Spanish-English bilingual books for kids. De Colores, translated by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, illustrated by Citlali Reyes Little ones can sing along to a classic Spanish folk song with this bright board book. Wepa, by J. de la Vega Some grownups think Mia Emilia Lucia Renata is loud, but her grandma says she’s full of wepa — a joyous Latin American slang term that

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A graphic that reads "celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week! September 17-23." Sponsored by the NHTSA and the Ad Council

Check Your Child’s Car Seat This Child Passenger Safety Week

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week! Here are some tools to help you make sure the children in your life are safer when they ride in vehicles. Why should children use car seats? Car seats save lives. In 2021, 711 children under the age of 13 were killed in passenger vehicles, and more than a third of them weren’t buckled up, according to the Centers For Disease Control. Using a car seat or booster seat instead of a seat belt alone dramatically reduces

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A graphic of a chalkboard with the words "first-day-of-school picture books"

First-Day-of-School Books Help Kids Face Familiar Fears

Back-to-school time can mean big emotions for kids. These picture books tell stories of first-day fears and feelings, whether children are starting preschool or kindergarten, entering a new grade, or moving to a new community. How to Get Your Octopus to School, by Becky Scharnhorst, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett Kids who are feeling nervous about school will relate to the stubborn little octopus in this book. Caregivers will appreciate the gentle reminders of morning routines during the school year. Everyone will laugh!

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A photo of a bright and happy child care space with books and a reading nook and a calendar on the wall

Imagine U to Increase Child Care in the SeaTac Area

Every child in the SeaTac area deserves high-quality child care. The city’s partnership with the Imagine Institute’s Imagine U program will help train new licensed family child care providers and prepare them to start their own businesses serving SeaTac families. Imagine U is one of The Imagine Institute’s signature programs, pairing experienced and talented licensed child care providers with those interested in becoming licensed. Imagine U graduates have opened 562 new child care businesses statewide since the program started in 2017. Beginning

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A graphic with the text "Join the Shared Services Hub" over a photo of several babies playing

Program Spotlight: Shared Services Brings Child Care Providers Together

Child care providers across Washington build friendships and find support through the Shared Services Hub! Shared Services is a partnership between The Imagine Institute and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. It connects licensed family child care providers and child care center directors to resources and services to help grow their businesses, build bonds with fellow providers, and access free training and expert advice. All licensed family child care providers and independent child care center directors in Washington State

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Finding a Staycation: Western Washington

There are a lot of places to visit in Western Washington, and if you’re looking for some good vacation ideas, you might consider something in your own area. There are so many places to choose from, but we thought we would mention a few you may not have thought of to take your family for the day. Take a ferry across Puget Sound: There are many options to choose from when taking a ferry across Puget Sound, but the best one may

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Easy, Inexpensive Outdoor Activities for Kids

Summer is a great time for kids and families to get outside and play. With the warm weather and long days, there are many activities you can plan to make sure kids have a fun time, without spending too much money. At the Imagine Institute, we wanted to share just a few outdoor activities you can plan for. Backyard Obstacle Course – These can be easy to set up, without spending a lot of money. You can set up an obstacle course

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A graphic of children with books in front of a large sun and the text "Picture Books to Inspire Summer Fun"

Picture Books to Inspire Summer Fun

The heat has hit the Pacific Northwest and pretty much everywhere else. Stay inside and read a great summer picture book — or use these books as inspiration for fun activities. Blackout, by John Rocco When the lights go out in the city, a family finds ways to enjoy a summer night without power. Activity: Go out and stargaze! If the lights are too bright, see what else you can observe in your neighborhood at night. Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey

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A Closer Look at Washington State’s National Parks

With Summer here, many families are headed outside to get in some outdoor activities and take advantage of the nice weather. In Washington state, there are just three national parks, but each have unique features that make them a popular spot for people around the world. In this post, we’ll take a look at each park and what they offer. Olympic National Park – This area located in the western half of Washington, officially became a national park in 1938 by order

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Finding Some Fun Fall Activities for Kids

Fall is here! As the season changes, it’s time to think about new activities you can do with your kids. With the weather getting cooler, it may be better to stay indoors, but there are a few activities you can still do outside. Find Things to Draw in Nature – This can be an indoor and outdoor activity. First, go into the yard, or on a small walk, and have kids find things from nature like leaves, branches, acorns, etc. You can

Read More

Bilingual Books to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Happy National Hispanic American Heritage Month! Celebrate from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 with this collection of Spanish-English bilingual books for kids. De Colores, translated by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, illustrated by Citlali Reyes Little ones can sing along to a classic Spanish folk song with this bright board book. Wepa, by J. de la Vega Some grownups think Mia Emilia Lucia Renata is loud, but her grandma says she’s full of wepa — a joyous Latin American slang term that

Read More
A graphic that reads "celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week! September 17-23." Sponsored by the NHTSA and the Ad Council

Check Your Child’s Car Seat This Child Passenger Safety Week

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week! Here are some tools to help you make sure the children in your life are safer when they ride in vehicles. Why should children use car seats? Car seats save lives. In 2021, 711 children under the age of 13 were killed in passenger vehicles, and more than a third of them weren’t buckled up, according to the Centers For Disease Control. Using a car seat or booster seat instead of a seat belt alone dramatically reduces

Read More
A graphic of a chalkboard with the words "first-day-of-school picture books"

First-Day-of-School Books Help Kids Face Familiar Fears

Back-to-school time can mean big emotions for kids. These picture books tell stories of first-day fears and feelings, whether children are starting preschool or kindergarten, entering a new grade, or moving to a new community. How to Get Your Octopus to School, by Becky Scharnhorst, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett Kids who are feeling nervous about school will relate to the stubborn little octopus in this book. Caregivers will appreciate the gentle reminders of morning routines during the school year. Everyone will laugh!

Read More
A photo of a bright and happy child care space with books and a reading nook and a calendar on the wall

Imagine U to Increase Child Care in the SeaTac Area

Every child in the SeaTac area deserves high-quality child care. The city’s partnership with the Imagine Institute’s Imagine U program will help train new licensed family child care providers and prepare them to start their own businesses serving SeaTac families. Imagine U is one of The Imagine Institute’s signature programs, pairing experienced and talented licensed child care providers with those interested in becoming licensed. Imagine U graduates have opened 562 new child care businesses statewide since the program started in 2017. Beginning

Read More
A graphic with the text "Join the Shared Services Hub" over a photo of several babies playing

Program Spotlight: Shared Services Brings Child Care Providers Together

Child care providers across Washington build friendships and find support through the Shared Services Hub! Shared Services is a partnership between The Imagine Institute and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. It connects licensed family child care providers and child care center directors to resources and services to help grow their businesses, build bonds with fellow providers, and access free training and expert advice. All licensed family child care providers and independent child care center directors in Washington State

Read More

Finding a Staycation: Western Washington

There are a lot of places to visit in Western Washington, and if you’re looking for some good vacation ideas, you might consider something in your own area. There are so many places to choose from, but we thought we would mention a few you may not have thought of to take your family for the day. Take a ferry across Puget Sound: There are many options to choose from when taking a ferry across Puget Sound, but the best one may

Read More

Easy, Inexpensive Outdoor Activities for Kids

Summer is a great time for kids and families to get outside and play. With the warm weather and long days, there are many activities you can plan to make sure kids have a fun time, without spending too much money. At the Imagine Institute, we wanted to share just a few outdoor activities you can plan for. Backyard Obstacle Course – These can be easy to set up, without spending a lot of money. You can set up an obstacle course

Read More
A graphic of children with books in front of a large sun and the text "Picture Books to Inspire Summer Fun"

Picture Books to Inspire Summer Fun

The heat has hit the Pacific Northwest and pretty much everywhere else. Stay inside and read a great summer picture book — or use these books as inspiration for fun activities. Blackout, by John Rocco When the lights go out in the city, a family finds ways to enjoy a summer night without power. Activity: Go out and stargaze! If the lights are too bright, see what else you can observe in your neighborhood at night. Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey

Read More

A Closer Look at Washington State’s National Parks

With Summer here, many families are headed outside to get in some outdoor activities and take advantage of the nice weather. In Washington state, there are just three national parks, but each have unique features that make them a popular spot for people around the world. In this post, we’ll take a look at each park and what they offer. Olympic National Park – This area located in the western half of Washington, officially became a national park in 1938 by order

Read More