Adventure Kids Playcare goes outdoors for Spring Festival

May 5, 2015

Five years ago, when Ed and Nicole Mecum opened Adventure Kids Playcare, they hosted a grand-opening festival to introduce themselves to the community.

But a funny thing happened.

“It was so much fun, we decided to have a festival day every year,” Ed Mecum said.

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Adventure Kids Playcare hosts spring festival

April 15, 2014

Adventure Kids Playcare is hosting its fifth annual spring festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 at its Issaquah location, 775 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The free festival features a dunk tank, bouncy houses, an Easter egg hunt, laser tag, indoor video game trailer, a hamster ball racetrack and more.

Adventure Kids Playcare is a unique drop-in child-care and entertainment center for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Call 391-5358.

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Celebrate an egg-cellent Easter at community events

April 15, 2014

Communities across the world will celebrate Easter on April 20, but Issaquah residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the holiday festivities.

Get a head start on the Easter holiday weekend with the city’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival on April 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.

Attendees should bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket to join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. While swimmers bob for eggs below, others can enjoy carnival games on the observation deck.

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Swap kids’ Halloween costumes

September 17, 2013

A trio of local businesses are partnering with Macaroni Kid to celebrate National Costume Swap Day on Oct. 12.

Families are encouraged to bring gently used children’s costumes to Gilman Village businesses Small Threads for Kids or CleanScapes Store between now and Oct. 11.

In exchange, families will receive a swap ticket to be used from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 12 at Small Threads for Kids. There, children can peruse the selection for a different costume.

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Encompass launches series for young, expectant parents

May 1, 2012

Parents looking for a smarter way to parent their young children can get step-by-step, in-person help during a new workshop series developed by the Talaris Institute and presented by Encompass starting May 7 at Swedish/Issaquah.

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts string quartet’s community concert

November 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 5, 2011

See the Sammamish Symphony String Quartet inside the airy atrium at Swedish/Issaquah during a community concert Nov. 9.

The family-friendly concert runs from 6-8 p.m. in the main lobby at the hospital, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Listeners can browse the boutiques at The Shops at Swedish — the retail offerings in the lobby — and grab a snack at Café 1910, the health-conscious eatery on the premises. The concert attendees can stop in and meet the chefs.

Parents can receive childcare services during the concert from Adventure Kids Playcare. Call 313-7093 for reservations.

Call the Swedish/Issaquah concierge desk at 313-7913 to learn more about the concert.

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Costume swap offers ‘green’ twist on Halloween

October 4, 2011

Dana Verhoff and her children, all decked out for Halloween. Verhoff supports an eco-friendly costume swap for this year’s Halloween. Contributed

Spider-Man still would do whatever a spider could. Tinkerbell would still grant you three wishes. They would just save their moms a few bucks while at it.

Three Issaquah businesses have helped organize a costume swap for Halloween. The swap encourages parents to trade in their children’s old costumes for used ones, instead of buying new ones each year.

The swap will occur Oct. 8, all across the country, including in Issaquah and eight other spots in Washington.

Dana Verhoff, co-publisher of the online newsletter Snoqualmie Valley Macaroni Kid, said the website for Green Halloween,, inspired her to bring the costume swap to Issaquah.

The idea for a green Halloween started in Issaquah in 2007, with Lynn Colwell and her daughter Corey Colwell-Lipson.

“My daughter was taking her kids around for Halloween,” Lynn said, “and she noticed the kids seemed to be more interested in bubbles and stickers than in candy.”

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Family spearheads benefit to raise money for tumor research

October 26, 2010

The Lynch family — Kirstin, Hayden, Brendon and Charlotte — is working to organize a fundraiser that will support tumor research, and, in turn, their son Hayden, who has neurofibromatosis 1. By Lynette Huffman Johnson

In the delivery room, doctors noticed Hayden Lynch’s large birthmarks, called café au lait spots. Furrowing their brows, they told his parents, Kirstin and Brendon Lynch, that the spots could be a sign of neurofibromatosis type 1, called NF1.

In addition to the spots, the disease causes neurofibromas — tumors that can grow anywhere in the body, especially just under the skin, in the brain or on the spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. Usually, the tumors are benign, but they can put pressure on surrounding areas, causing pain or loss of function, such as blindness, deafness and cardiovascular problems. Still, many NF patients can lead full, productive lives, according to the Mayo Clinic. Read more

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Women fall into winter Wednesday at Encompass benefit

October 11, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2010

Women can get spoiled rotten at the Women Fall into Winter event, from 6-8p.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Ford, 1500 18th Ave. N.W.

Admission is free for women visiting the more than 60 area merchants, including those providing massages, waxing, hairstyles and manicures. Prizes valued at $50 will be given out every five minutes. Local restaurants will serve free samples, and wine-tasting and beer tickets will be sold for $5 each.

Entertainment will be provided by musicians and the emcee, comedian Todd Southwick.

Adventure Kids Playcare will offer free childcare nearby, at 775 Gilman Blvd.

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Swap Halloween costumes Saturday, and make the holiday ‘greener’

October 7, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 7, 2010

Halloween costumes get worn once — maybe twice if a younger sibling is willing to try the costume another year.

Why not pass along costumes from Halloweens past on National Costume Swap Day, Saturday, in Issaquah?

Snoqualmie Valley Macaroni Kid, a family-oriented website, has joined Issaquah businesses Small Threads and Adventure Kids Playcare to bring the national event here.

Through the efforts of the grassroots nonprofit organization Green Halloween, families in the area can take a “greener” approach to the holiday by recycling and reusing old costumes.

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