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Join the circus or explore a rain forest during spring break

Ah, spring break, that joyful respite between the cold winter and the oncoming summer. We found a few creative ways to spend the week.

By Natalie Deford and Karen Miller


Explore Our Home State Rain forest
Spring break is a great time for a short trip exploring the state. We recommend taking a trip to experience the Hoh Rain Forest. Travel to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, about 30 miles south of Forks, and get started on an adventure through the lush, moss-covered forest. Watch out for slugs, and bring rain gear.

Join The Circus
Has your kid ever talked about running away to join the circus? Give them the fundamental skills to do it. The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle has a special spring break camp April 10-14. For ages 10-17, there’s the Big Top Circus camp, which teaches all kinds of circus skills, like juggling and tightwire. For ages 6-9, there’s the Circus Odyssey, which increases body awareness with tumbling and balance work. Students also get to soar through the air on the flying trapeze!

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Photo courtesy Amanda Tipton, creative commons

Curl Up With A Good Book
The King County Library System has no shortage of fun events for all ages. And there’s one ongoing event that’s a thrill for anyone: reading. Reading is an all-weather activity, pick up a great book to read as a family at any KCLS branch. There’s also the option of online tablet downloads.

Head South For Fun
If you’ve taken I-5 south past Centralia, you’ve spotted the big multicolored circular waterslide at Great Wolf Lodge. It’s the perfect water park for a Washington spring since it’s all indoors. There’s also dining, shopping, and more.

Inspire Young Chefs
Cook up fun this spring break and learn some lifelong culinary skills. Frog Legs Kids Culinary Academy in Kirkland offers several hands-on day camps during days off from school, including holidays and spring break. Classes accommodate kids ages 3-16, and you can sign up at froglegskca.com. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have a personal chef cooking up dinners in the near future!

pexels-photo-145939Spend a Day at The Zoo
Learn about conservation, biology, and habitats, as well as learn fun animal facts. There are many programs and camps available at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, perfect for observers, animal lovers, and mini zoologists of all ages. The zoo’s exhibits feature more than 1,000 animals, representing almost 300 different species.

Jump For Joy
Bounce and play all day with wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, and trampoline dodge ball. Skymania Trampolines in Kirkland has fun for everyone ages 5 and up.

Fun with Numbers
Math can be cool, and Zeno’s Kent Math Fest on April 29 is a great option for kids to learn and have fun at the same time. Zeno has several interactive, educational events, and camps that challenge youngsters to learn and inspire friendly competition.

In the Spotlight
Kids can become anyone when they partake in theatrical production. Bellevue Youth Theater offers classes, day camps, and more to teach budding young stars the fundamentals of acting.

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