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Summer Learning: Nature in the Pacific Northwest

Summer is officially upon us, and school is out of session for the next few months. But the learning doesn’t need to stop there! Here at the Imagine Institute we wanted to put together a small series of blogs to share some ideas of topics you can cover in your child care to keep the learning going this summer. In this Summer Learning series, we’ll share fun topics of education you can incorporate into your child care this summer and beyond. This

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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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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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A graphic with the words "Fun ways to make ice cream for National Ice Cream month" and multicolored scoops of ice cream in cones

Fun Ways to Make Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Month

July just might be the sweetest time of year. July 16 is National Ice Cream Day — but the whole month is a celebration of delicious frozen desserts, too! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday in the month National Ice Cream Day.  You could honor the holiday by going to the store and getting a big tub of vanilla or your favorite pint of caramel brownie fudge chunk. But why not

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History of Independence Day

As we gather together this holiday weekend, many of us will be celebrating the U.S. Independence Day. It’s a day that has been celebrated for more than two centuries, but the origins of July 4th started small and grew into a federal holiday. Independence Day is celebrated each 4th of July to mark the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the final version of the Declaration of Independence, which would form the United States as we know it today. One

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A Few Fun Summer Activities For Kids

As the season turns into summer, there are many things you can do to keep kids active and get them outside. We wanted to share a few ideas of activities you can do with your kids, both indoors and outdoors, that will be fun and entertaining. Color Coded Scavenger Hunt – This is a simple and easy way to keep kids occupied and to get them some time outside. Simply take a piece of paper and create a grid of different colored

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Summer Learning: Nature in the Pacific Northwest

Summer is officially upon us, and school is out of session for the next few months. But the learning doesn’t need to stop there! Here at the Imagine Institute we wanted to put together a small series of blogs to share some ideas of topics you can cover in your child care to keep the learning going this summer. In this Summer Learning series, we’ll share fun topics of education you can incorporate into your child care this summer and beyond. This

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

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
A graphic with the words "Fun ways to make ice cream for National Ice Cream month" and multicolored scoops of ice cream in cones

Fun Ways to Make Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Month

July just might be the sweetest time of year. July 16 is National Ice Cream Day — but the whole month is a celebration of delicious frozen desserts, too! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday in the month National Ice Cream Day.  You could honor the holiday by going to the store and getting a big tub of vanilla or your favorite pint of caramel brownie fudge chunk. But why not

Read More

History of Independence Day

As we gather together this holiday weekend, many of us will be celebrating the U.S. Independence Day. It’s a day that has been celebrated for more than two centuries, but the origins of July 4th started small and grew into a federal holiday. Independence Day is celebrated each 4th of July to mark the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the final version of the Declaration of Independence, which would form the United States as we know it today. One

Read More

A Few Fun Summer Activities For Kids

As the season turns into summer, there are many things you can do to keep kids active and get them outside. We wanted to share a few ideas of activities you can do with your kids, both indoors and outdoors, that will be fun and entertaining. Color Coded Scavenger Hunt – This is a simple and easy way to keep kids occupied and to get them some time outside. Simply take a piece of paper and create a grid of different colored

Read More