Heather Dembeck

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: A Safe Way to Get Out and Play

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington has always been a summer mainstay for our children. We have been there so many times, you would think we would tire of it, but we never do. Instead, we began to miss our regular zoo trips this year. When we heard that Point Defiance Zoo …

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Western Washington Day Hike and Camping Near Porter Creek Falls

Earlier this spring, my son won a book from the Wet Science Center. He entered a photo of a massive earthworm that he found in our driveway and received the book Urban Trails Olympia by Craig Romano. Romano’s book details more than 155 miles of trails in the Olympia and surrounding areas. He provides GPS coordinates …

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What Does “Gone with the Wind,” European Royalty and The U.S. Postal Service Have in Common? The Northwest Carriage Museum

The Northwest Carriage Museum   Our family motto has always seemed to be “live like the mountain is out,” which is a popular phrase here in Washington State due to the amount of rain and fog we seem to get. Mount Rainier is THE MOUNTAIN, and when she is visible, it feels like everyone is …

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Spend a Few Days with Kids at Oregon’s John Day Fossil Beds

Our family loves camping and looking for “treasures.” Whether we are looking for shells, crabs, slugs, rocks, cool sticks, Big Foot, or berries, we ALWAYS have something in mind while we are exploring. This camping trip was different, though. We planned our trip around fossil hunting. Let me tell you, the John Day Fossils Beds …

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Mt. Rainier Polar Express: An Experience Your Family Will Cherish!

For most of us, Christmas with kids can be overwhelming. And not because of the festivities or traditions, but because of the TOYS! No matter how much you try to be a minimalist with this, your house is soon overrun with cars, dolls, Lego’s and everything else that Target had on their shelves. After having …

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