Kids Science Labs Opens in Green Lake This Month

July 22, 2016 5:43am

Kids Science Labs is opening in Green Lake this month near the Green Lake Village PCC. The midwest based company focuses on science programs with creative design and problem solving for kids ages 2-14.

And according to their website, has a pretty cool origin story:

Kids Science Labs was started by two dads who wanted to solve a problem.  As engineers they knew how cool science could be, that is it all around us, and that kids love it.  The problem was by age 9, kids began to be convinced science was boring, not cool, not relevant, or just too hard.  Five years later, KSL has now grown into an exceptional team of more than 40 educators, scientists, artists, and innovators who all care very deeply about kids and inspiring the next generation of problem solvers and innovators.

Classes begin the first week of August and the full schedule starts in September.

To celebrate the grand opening they are hosting several events (many of which are free):

405 NE 71st Street
For more information:

Disclosure: Kids Science Labs are Seattle Greenlaker Sponsors but did not have editorial review of this post.


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Revisiting the Rules of the Green Lake Trail

July 19, 2016 5:32am


It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s time to review the rules of the road… the Green Lake trail specifically.  This post originally ran in 2015 and had a follow up with a few questions we received from readers here

For anyone who has visited it, Green Lake Park is one of many treasured gems of Seattle. The 323 acre park of lush greenery, peaceful waters and abundant wildlife is why we choose to live, play and spend our time here all year round. But as anyone who has visited on a sunny day knows, the park can get crowded.

Today marks the first day of Spring. And as we mark that occasion, it seems as good as time as any to revisit some park trail do’s and don’ts. The Seattle Parks and Recreation maintains its formal courtesy code, but here are five quick ones from us:

1. Feet in the inner lane, wheels in the outer lane. This is by far, in my humble opinion, the  most lost etiquette on the trail. Throughout the pathway look for helpful markers to remind you. Feet in the inner lane, wheels in the outer.  “Feet” can be defined as runners, walkers, furry friends, even strollers. “Wheels” can be defined as bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and so on. But did you also know that the Parks Department has recommended directions? That’s right. Wheels should go counter clockwise while walkers and runners are recommended to go in the clockwise direction.

2. Pass with courtesy. Especially on crowded days, this can be tough. But really, just take notice of your surroundings and be courteous of those trying to get by. If you want to pass, stick to the left and try to make your next move known. Speed up and slow down as necessary. If you see someone who wants to pass, be courteous and make room for them.

3. Groups? Be mindful of your space. Along that same note, if you’re in a twosome, threesome, foursome or more, be wary of how much space you’re taking up. Nobody likes that group of six who string themselves across the entire trail. The park is big and there’s room for everybody, just be mindful and break up the group as needed. Travel no more than two abreast.

4. Dog owners – leash up and pick up. One thing to love about Green Lake is that the park is entirely dog friendly and, for the most part, the people are as well. Let’s each try to do our part to keep it this way. Dog owners, this is good to keep in mind if your dog has an extendable leash and gets in someone’s path. The Parks Department has a standard length requirement of 5 ft. Make sure you do your part and pick up after your pups. If you stop so your dog can sniff another, step aside so you don’t interfere with anyone behind you.

5. Bicyclists, slow down. The Parks Department has a “Bicycle Use Policy” that dictates bicycles will be operated a “safe speed,” especially when passing other users. The department has a strict 10 mph maximum. Yield to pedestrians and use the outside lane only.

Happy trails, Greenlakers!


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How To Fuel Summer Science Learning Through Creativity in Green Lake

July 15, 2016 6:00am

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Kids Science Labs is a sponsor of Seattle Greenlaker. Set to open in Green Lake in late July, this new learning center, which is one of five nationally, is located at 405 NE 71st and offers hands-on science classes, camps, parties, and more for kids 2-12 years old.


Kids’ natural curiosity starts at infancy and never stops. As any parent will tell you, they ask brilliantly insightful questions about everything: why they can’t drink water from Green Lake? (it hasn’t been filtered) why does the sidewalk have cracks? (to allow for expansion of contraction of concrete with temperature). Our kids are natural explorers, innovators and observers, and they need to build, break, mix, and inquire to understand our changing world. Supporting this natural curiosity leads to a wealth of benefits for your child according to recent research.


In the last two decades, most experts in early childhood education agree that there is strong correlation with academic outperformance and long-term business success to having more Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) in pre-school and elementary age kids. More recently (April 2016), the Obama Administration has issued policy decisions that say that early, regular, and frequent access to the engaging hands-on science experiences and resources are the best way to prepare kids for innovating a better future tomorrow. Harvard’s Center for The Developing Child says that 700 – 1,000 neural connections are made every second in the brain and “early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation of all future learning, behavior, and health.” The 2010 IBM CEO study of over 1,500 CEOs from over 60 countries, selected creativity as the most crucial factor for future success.

Enabling creativity and critical thinking at every turn is valuable, and science can be an amazing vehicle for accelerating learning in kids 2-12. With summer in full swing, there are simple and fascinating ways to keep your child’s mind engaged by using Green Lake’s neighborhood as a backdrop for learning.

Marble Madness: Why do marbles seem to roll on forever?
Kids are always pushing toy cars, marbles, or their sibling’s strollers through Green Lake. The next time you see them pushing or rolling objects, stop to feel the various surfaces that we use and understand that friction is the force that slows things down. Check the bottom of your child’s shoes or bike tires and observe how the grooves may help us stop (via friction) when we are running. Roll a marble on the sidewalk and ask them how to make it stop.

Urban Planning: If I could build a city, what would I put in it?
We walk around our neighborhoods and often see a lot of things being built, but rarely do we think about how cities are planned. So much planning goes into Seattle Center or the Seattle Public Library. In fact our own Green Lake Park was built by famous architects, the Olmsted brothers. Invite your child to take on the role of an urban planner and innovate a city of their own.


During your next drive through the city, notice the location of the airport, what the sidewalk is made of, where the grocery store is, and how cars move through Seattle. Then find some recycled cardboard and let your child determine where to fit everything in their own innovated city. Give your budding urban planner crayons, plastic cups, tape and other objects around the house to construct their ideal city like the photo shown here.

Want to explore some more? Kids Science Labs is opening a center in Green Lake this July and we invite you to bring your child in for a free trial class or birthday party.



Kids Science Labs
405 NE 71st St, Seattle


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Green Lake Happenings July 16-17

July 13, 2016 10:40am
via Gary Breedlove

via Gary Breedlove

Lots to do this weekend in and near Green Lake this weekend.

Seafair Stand Up Paddleboard, an Urban Surf Competition and the Milk Box Derby are Saturday. More info on that here.

Celebrate the Dog Days of summer with Old Dog Haven’s Fifth Annual Walk for Old Dogs
Old Dog Haven is hosting its fifth annual Walk for Old Dogs. Old Dog Haven is a non-profit with the goal of improving the lives of senior dogs that need care and homes throughout western Washington. Participants and their dogs can stroll a 1/3 mile paved walk along lawns and fields. Sponsor and vendor booths will be on hand with samples and information.
When: Sunday, July 17 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Cromwell Park (18030 Meridian Ave. N) in Shoreline. T
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New Ballot Box in Lake City

July 13, 2016 10:31am

Casting your ballot for the August 2nd primary is about to get a bit easier for us North Seattle folks. You may have noticed that there are few ballot boxes in or near Green Lake. Starting today a new ballot box has been added to Lake City Library, 12501 28th Avenue NE, Seattle 98125.

Ballots are hitting the mail today and due August 2nd.


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Seattle Makers Market Returns to Green Lake July 24

July 8, 2016 6:07am


Seattle Makers Market is returning to Green Lake bringing roughly 40 vendors that sell leather goods, jewelry, soap, apparel, accessories, paintings and more. Event coordinators tell us that roughly 500 people attended the last market in April.

For more info on vendors, location etc, go to

July 24 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Great Hall at Green Lake, 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE

For more about the event, go to the Seattle Makers Market Facebook page.


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Seafair Events Coming To Green Lake

July 6, 2016 12:41pm
via Gary Breedlove

via Gary Breedlove

Seafair is here and that means some fun events are coming to Green Lake.

The Seafair Milk Carton Derby
A tradition for the past 45 years, this year, organizers anticipate having more nearly 100 colorful milk carton boats afloat (hopefully) for the day long celebration and competition. To find out more about the racing categories, fees and registration, go to Seafair’s website.

Standup Paddleboard Competition
Although fairly new, compared to the Milk Carton Derby, the SUP competition draws all levels. Free demonstrations by the expert Urban Surf staff will be available all day at the event in the SUP area, supported by reps from well-known board manufacturers. Races for all individuals will start at 9:30 a.m. from the South Dock at Green Lake. The races will be limited to 100 participants only and each participant is responsible for bringing their own board and gear, and must wear a personal floatation device.

Get more info here.

Saturday, July 16
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Green Lake near the Small Craft Center


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Fourth of July Happenings in Green Lake

July 1, 2016 7:22am
via Travel and Leisure

via Travel and Leisure

Friday of a three day weekend is here! And not just any weekend, the 4th of July – which is one of my favorites!

Did you know that back in the day Green Lake had its own amazing fireworks show. While the main shows for fireworks are not visible from Green Lake, there is still plenty to do in and around the area.

Both beaches are open and so is the wading pool.

The Green Lake Pitch and Putt is open as well.

You can also try a Standup Paddleboard Yoga session in Green Lake.

And just an FYI, bus service is operating on a Sunday Schedule for the 4th.

Happy 4th of July!


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Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning Starts Today

June 27, 2016 10:21am

Need a program to keep your kiddos or teenagers busy over the summer? Seattle Public Library has several free programs the span the city and best of all are free.

Here at the Green Lake Branch Library a special collaborative program with the Green Lake Community Center pairs tweens grades 6-8 with a program where they can learn to program robots, draw pictures and navigate obstacles on teams.

This program is Wednesday July 20 from 1-5 p.m. at the Green Lake Community Center. Class size is limited so call the Green Lake Branch Library (206-684-7547) to secure your spot soon!

For the complete listing of events this summer, go to Summer of Learning’s website.

There’s also a reading program for adults, Summer Book Bingo.


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