Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

DSC_0466Last Saturday, for the first time in a long time, we found ourselves without any plans. Rain was falling steadily so, baseball was called off for the day. As much as we’ve loved baseball, this break was welcome. Loading the kids up, we headed to Padilla Bay for the afternoon.

This place. If you’re anywhere close, you need to take your kids. 

Here are 5 personal highlights:

  1. It’s free. Looking for something fun and inexpensive to do on a rainy day? Add this to your list.
  2. There’s a kids room filled with books, games, toys and all sorts of activities, for kids a variety of ages.
  3. The aquariums are really, really cool and full of sea creatures native to this area. 
  4. They put on amazing  and FREE kids workshops! Sign up by email here or check their calendar to be notified of upcoming events! 
  5. There’s a beautiful and short little trail that takes you down to the beach.

Here are a few pictures from our afternoon at Padilla Bay:
DSC_0451 DSC_0453 DSC_0454 DSC_0455DSC_0462 DSC_0470DSC_0465 DSC_0477DSC_0478DSC_0488DSC_0486DSC_0489DSC_0494This area is FULL of wonderful things to do with your kids. What are some of your favorites?

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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