- My daughter has been taking cello lessons from Ebony at the Central District location and loves it! It's not even hard to convince her to practice! Others have told me they've had similarly good experiences with other teachers / instruments. They also have a new location in Columbia City.
- Great school with a variety of excellent teachers on many different instruments.
- Just started in the fall I have a great teacher named Ebony and I’ve learned a lot.
- Being a first time parent was daunting but having a PEPS community was a life saver. Going through the earliest stages of parenting with a group with kiddos the same age and having a chance to talk supporting our kids and each other was so helpful.
Ali White MacBeth
- I was on the fence about joining PEPS as I am an older parent. I am thankful I did! The information and friendships I made have been so valuable. It’s an amazing program.
- I am so passionate about PEPS. They are not just a wonderful organizations for parents and offer a great set of programs, but I have had the pleasure to work with the team previously and I have never met a more passionate group of people about serving the needs of their communities. If you have a baby or are about to have a baby, got check out PEPS, you won't regret it!
- This is a great store. If you're planning a birthday party, or want some seasonal crafts, this is your place. They also have a fairly large selection of toys, games, stuffies, and gifts, and the quality of all of that stuff is really high; they clearly curate their merchandise very well.
- Love this place. No matter what kind of balloon I need, they always have a great option in stock. Also, the staff are incredibly helpful.
- I have little kids which means lots of little kid birthday parties. It's so nice to be able to go somewhere in person and pick up something quickly.
- SMN are the best. Always find great date night nannies at a reasonable rate. They are all vetted and so far we've had great luck.
- Spilt Milk Nannies is fantastic. Erin is so efficient, and has a wonderful group of vetted nannies. Everyone we've used has been amazing with our daughter, and we always feel like we're in good hands when we use them. They have a long waitlist, so sign up early. Worth the $60/quarter + babysitting/nanny fees.
- Erin is one of the hardest workers I know. She is incredibly responsible and passionate about her work and the families she serves. This is not an easy service to provide and she makes it look easy. I am so grateful to have been able to utilize this service when needed. The nannies are consistently top-notch!
- LegUp matches you with daycare and preschool providers and manages the enrollment process so you don't have to! They are so helpful in helping families navigate the process of finding and securing a spot for daycare or preschools through listening to your needs, finding trusted and licensed centers, and doing all of the work for you!
- Great staff and really fun classes from beginner to advanced, you'll find a niche here.
- These guys run one of the best athletic programs for kids. Incredible instructors who I found myself leaning in to listen to for tips (while watching my kid practice).
- If you are near NE Seattle and Magnuson park, Tennis Center Sand Point is a semi public club and is outstanding for all ages. Membership is less than $150 per YEAR! 10 indoor courts and full staff.
- Whenever I need games or puzzles for my kids (say, at the start of a winter or spring break), I visit Blue Highway. They have a dizzying array of games for people of all ages. You'll likely find yourself spending a lot more time in there than you planned...
Jessica M Shapiro
- Camp Solomon Schechter is amazing! It's a Jewish camp located in Tumwater, WA - very close to Olympia. Tons of activities, a gorgeous setting right on a private lake, and a chance to make incredible friends. I went there for 9 years. All 3 of my kids go now. It starts when you're entering into 2nd grade. Sessions range from 1 week to 3. They just started a 6 week option. Many of my closest friends are the friends I made at Schechter. Can't say enough good stuff about it.
- My 3 kids have been attending CSS for the last 5 years and look forward to it every year. We consider ourselves a reformed, interfaith Jewish household and it’s important to us that our kids are comfortable with the level of Judaism - and can feel at home while they are away. Camp Solomon Schechter is that are more! We love it!
A lot of regular summer activities that my kids participate in have been cancelled this year. I'm looking for any alternatives or summer camp ideas...
about 2 months ago
You might check out 6Crickets - @Helen is the CEO and I know they have lots of options you can look through.
Dr Helen Wang
Thanks, @Lizprc ! At 6crickets.com, we've sourced some great virtual camps throughout the country, including Broadway stars, Silicon Valley tech experts, professional artists, renowned magicians, world champions in rope jumping and First Lego League, chess grandmasters, published authors, professional athletes, and highly rated local providers. I hope you will check it out! Thanks!
Thanks everyone. I ended up signing two of my kids up for archery camp at Orion Archery, I will keep you updated on how it goes. I will be check into these ideas soon. I'm excited for these great recommendations!
First time mom (come August) looking to raise baby as sustainably as possible. Looking for solid sources for used baby items (bassinets, nests etc)...
5 months ago
Three Little Birds is a great consignment store in West Seattle with new and used items. Also Sugarlump in Madison Valley. Congrats on your pregnancy!
Congratulations! I’ve loved the Jack and Jill twice a year sale. You’ll have to wait until the next one this fall. I’ve gone and stocked up on everything for the year. If you go earlier in the sale, you’ll snag the best stuff. thejackandjillsale.com. I’ve heard Just Between Friends is also good, but I’ve never been. seattleeast.jbfsale.com
We've found the various Buy Nothing groups a pretty good resource. If you're in the zone for Madrona Moms that's also very useful.
If space is no object I would recommend a grand piano or a full sized upright. Kids can tell the difference in instrument quality, and a large soundboard is very encouraging and may keep them interested in playing. If that is not an option, then a good digital keyboard with full sized keys and a responsive action is a reasonable choice.
If the kids are interested let them try out various instruments and participate in the decision; they may be more invested in the instrument and practice more!