Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to great food and the first celebrations of the holiday season, most communities offer many great, fun events to take part in. Seattle is no exception.
In the greater Seattle area, you’re likely to find something for everyone, including the out of town guests so many of us will be hosting for the Thanksgiving holiday. After you get done storing extra household items to make room for family and friends, you might want to take them out to see the holiday sights of Seattle and the surrounding area. Here is a list of some events you might like to check out; some of these are even free!
1. Like a parade? Admission to the Macy’s Parade is free. The event will be held on Friday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m. The parade route will start from Pine Street and 7th, and run along 5th, University, and 4th, then finish up at Pine again. For additional information, check out Macy’s website.
2. Magic in the Market, on Pike Street, offers all kinds of fun activities for you and your family. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25. There will be live musical performances under the Market clock, free pictures with Santa and cookie decorating for the kids, plenty of food and drink items to purchase and, at 5:00 p.m., Santa and the crowd will count down the lighting of the Market holiday tree, and the lights of the Market.
3. Admittance is free to the Bizarre Bazaar. Located at the Sole Repair shop, 1001 E. Pike Street, the Bizarre Bazaar is an art market filled with a diverse selection of gift items to fill your holiday shopping list. Offerings range from clothes to food to art, and more. If giving interesting, one-of-a-kind gifts is your holiday goal, this is the place to go!
4. Sing-Along-a-Sound of Music is being held on Saturday, November 26 in Tacoma’s Theater District. The sing-along gets underway at Broadway Center at 2:30 p.m. with a showing of the classic movie which includes audience participation with interactive musical numbers. Dress like a Von Trapp, and enter the costume contest! Admission ranges from $12 to $29. Find out more and get tickets: This event precedes the annual tree lighting event, below.
5. The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event has been a Tacoma tradition since World War II. This free community event gets underway at 5:00 p.m. in the Pantages Theater lobby. A celebration kicks off the festivities, along with the singing of carols. There will also be photos with Santa along with the lighting of the tree. You can get more information here:
6. Tickets for the Santa Train are $24 and can be bought online. This even includes a 2-hour trip from North Bend to the festively decorated Snoqualmie station, refreshments, a visit with Santa and a small gift for each child.
7. Viewing the Seattle Festival of Trees is free for the family. Gorgeous designer Christmas trees will be on display in the lobby and motor entrance of the Fairmont Hotel at 411 University Street in Seattle. The event runs from November 19 through 30. There are various related events that will take place during this time, as well, including a gala dinner and the raffle of one of the designer trees; these events benefit local organizations.
Life in Seattle is always good, and it gets even better during the holiday season. We hope you check out one or more of these great events this month.
If you’re looking for self-storage at this time, we’ve got one more event for you to take note of. Local self-storage companies are offering Thanksgiving Gift Basket Giveaways when you rent a space. Go to our home page to find a storage office near you; if you rent before the 22nd of November, you can enter to win a gift basket that includes $50 in free groceries, as well as other gift items.
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Whether you are looking for family fun in the month of October or wanting to go zombie hunting with your friends, we have your complete guide to Halloween activities in the Snohomish and Seattle areas. Fall weather brings yellow leaves and haunted house screams all around the Pacific Northwest! Check out all the things to do this fall season!
Wild Waves Fright Fest – Every Weekend in October! Ride on 20 different rides in the dark. They offer an array of costumed performers and a wide variety of attractions to give you a scare. If you have little ones, they also have a scare-free zone for kids 12 and under. Check out www.wildwaves.com for more information and tickets.
Nightmare on 9 – Looking for some real thrills? Check out this haunted house in Snohomish. Check out www.thomasfamilyfarm.com
32610 NE 32nd St
Carnation, WA 98014
Features: Carnival Rides, Pumpkin Patch, Train, Hay Maze for Tots, Pony Rides, Gift Shop, Restaurant, Country Market, and much more.
13817 Shorts School Rd
Snohomish, WA 98290
Features: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, 3D Adventure, Hay Rides, Farm Games, Face Painting, Farm Animals, Gift Shop, Harvest Market, and more!
8705 Marsh Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
Features: Huge Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Kids Games, Zombie Paintball, Country Market and Haunted Attractions which can be found at www.Stalkerfarms.com
Thomas Family Farm
9010 Marsh Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
Features: Beer in the barn, Mechanical Bull, Trunk or Treat, Halloween Costume Party, Zombie Paintball, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, and much more.
Fosters Corn Maze
5818 SR 530 NE
Arlington, WA 98223
Features: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Farm Animal Barn, Farm Games, and Fresh Produce
630 Sunnyside Blvd SE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Features: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Bucket Train, Zip Line, and Haunted Attractions
Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm
10917 Elliot Rd.
Snohomish, WA 98296
Features: Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Bonfires, and Country Store
The Farm at Swans Trail in Snohomish
7301 Rivershore Rd
Snohomish, WA 98290
Features: Washington State Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, and Pick your own Apples
1148 Central Ave N.
Kent, WA 98032
Features: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, and Fresh Produce
1. Snohomish Pie High Trail Run
July 23rd, 2016 – Saturday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Looking for a challenge? Running uphill can be fun when your reward is pie! There is a 5k and 10k as well as a half marathon. New this year is also a pie eating contest!
Check it out here: http://nwtrailruns.com/events/pie-high-trail-run/
2. 2. Everett Music at the Marina
July 23rd, 2016 – Saturday 6:30pm-8:30pm
Free admission at Port Gardner landing at 1700 W Marine Drive Everett, WA 98201. Nick Drummond and Friends are jamming out near the sound as the sun goes down. Enjoy food and dancing on the marina this weekend!
Check it out here: https://everettwa.gov/810/Saturday-Music-at-the-Marina
3. 3. Edmonds Wine Walk
July 23rd, 2016 – Saturday 5:00pm-8:00pm
Washington wineries have partnered with downtown businesses to offer you tastings while you shop! Head to the waterfront businesses in Edmonds for hand-crafted wines near the beautiful waterfront.
Check it out here: http://edmonds.enterprise.localist.com/event/edmonds_wine_walk#.V5LBWTsrKUl
4. 4. Marysville Farmers Market
July 23rd, 2016 – Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm
Fresh local products and produce available!
Check it out here: http://www.Facebook.com/MarysvilleFarmersMarket
5. 5. Everett Street Scramble
July 24th, 2016 – Sunday 8:30am-1:30pm
Join the city on an urban adventure that’s fun for the entire family! You can participate as solo or work in a team as the city hands you maps where you need to search for checkpoints and race to the finish!
Check it out here: http://streetscramble.com/events/street-scramble-everett/
Pokémon Go! Has become huge since its release. Fans are enjoying the virtual reality created all around them in real Google map integration. They are snapping pictures of Pokémon in the wildest places from bathroom stalls to hospital rooms. No place is safe from these guys it seems as they have infiltrated our world in full force and everyone is loving it! We have all the secrets and tips on where to find Pokémon when you are out and about in the Seattle and Snohomish areas!
Pokémon Go uses your phones GPS to detect where you are. It knows if you are in a residential house, business, or in the middle of a lake in the woods. You can view your avatar on the screen and if a Pokémon pops up, it will use your camera to show you the Pokémon in real time in front of you! You can snap a picture or start throwing balls to snag it before someone else does.
Ready to go? Awesome! The first thing you should know is that you will find different types of Pokémon in different environments. If you have been spending a lot of time in the forest, you need to move near bodies of water. If you have been only walking outside, pop into businesses where they often hide out. You may just find a rare Pokémon dining with you. Don’t worry about other patrons giving you looks as you snag a rare one near a customer service agent.
Secret: If you are having a bit of trouble finding ones nearer to you, close your app and open it again. Soon, you should find some pop back up.
Places to Find Pokémon in Seattle:
McDonalds (All of them)
Museum of Art
Pike Place Market
Places to Find Pokémon in Snohomish:
Downtown Everett Area
Everett Childrens Museum
Tip: Pokémon do not hang around residential areas very often. They either like the bustle of urban life or the quiet forests and beaches. You may have a hard time catching one at home, so hit the streets of Seattle or Everett and maybe even get some much needed exercise!
When you are ready to start battling other people, there will be markers on your map where you can go do that! If you know of any good places to catch Pokémon, fee free to leave them in the comments below!
8 Weeks Before Moving
Purge Before Packing:
Think about having a garage/yard sale. Start purging your unwanted and unused items that you don’t need. When you are finished selling what you don’t need, donate the rest to make space to pack what you want to keep.
Rent a Self Storage Unit:
Instead of stressing out over all the stuff you need to move, start bringing your furniture and items to a unit near the area you are moving or get it out of your house to stage it to sell. Either way, having a space to stash things will relieve stress and clutter in your home.
Budget Your Move:
You will need moving supplies. (Tip* Get discounted moving supplies and boxes at a self storage near you: www.NorthwestStorages.com) Budget in a truck rental. (Tip* Get a Free Move-in Truck Rental when you store at any of our Northwest Storage locations) Also calculate the cost of new items you will need for your new place as well as gas.
Pack and Label Belongings:
Pack boxes every day at a pace that is good for you to avoid the last minute rush. Start with items that you use the least and seasonal items. Store them in your storage to make room for more boxes, so you don’t have to move everything all at once. Make sure to label all sides of each box with the room it goes in.
4 Weeks Before Moving
Transfer Your Services:
Call your electric, water, and garbage companies and inform them of your move and new address. Inform your cable/satellite company and any other services you use. Don’t forget to tell friends and family your new address.
Forward Your Address:
You can easily forward your address with USPS online, but don’t forget your bank, insurance companies, credit cards, and car loans, voter registration, and IRS. Notify your subscribed newspapers and magazines of your move as well.
Find New Businesses:
If you are moving areas, find new physicians in your new neighborhood as well as schools, dentists, and whatever your family will use regularly and compare reviews online to find the best fit for you.
Take A Home Inventory:
Creating a home inventory will make it easier to organize what you need to move and when you would like to move it. In the event of needing to make an insurance claim, having a home inventory will safeguard you as well. List all your furniture and items, along with their value in a spreadsheet or download an app on your smartphone to help.
2 Weeks Before Moving
Create a “1st Night” Box:
You won’t need every item the first night in your new home, but you will need shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, soap, makeup, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, clean sheets, a change of clothes and whatever else you can think of for each person in the house and label the box clearly. Begin Deep Cleaning and Repairs Now that the majority of your belongings are packed and in storage, it’s time for cleaning the areas you weren’t able to get to before and fixing anything that needs maintenance in the house.
Confirm Your Move:
If you hired a moving company or any other service to assist you, call and confirm to make sure that everything goes smoothly for you on moving day.
Arrange Care for Pets and Children:
Moving day can be stressful and busy that it’s often difficult to know what to do with pets and children. Make sure you have a plan in place to have someone watch your dependents so that things go smoothly.
2 Days Before
Do All the Laundry:
The last thing you want to take with you to a new home is dirty laundry. Make sure to take care of it before you move so that you don’t have any more work when you move into your new home.
Last Minute Cleaning:
Clean the windows, sweep, mop, and vacuum the floors. Do all the last minute cleaning details to make your home suitable for the new residents.
Compare the movers inventory with the one you made to make sure that there are no problems. Be there while they are moving your things to ensure everything is being moved carefully and completely.
Once you have removed everything from your house, do a final cleaning. The floors will surely need to be cleaned again, as well as anything else that couldn’t be gotten to due to large furniture and appliances.
Turn the thermostat down and adjust water heater. Check the fridge temperature and turn it down as well. Make sure that you are not racking up a big bill while you aren’t living there.
Inspect and Lock Up:
Do one last walk-through to check for anything that needs attention. Make sure that the windows are locked up as well as all the doors and everything is secure.
Check Condition of New Home:
Make sure nothing is broken or missing. Inspect new house for things you may have missed including: appliances, the hot water heater, furnace, air conditioning, and anything else that is in the buyers agreement.