Monday, July 4, 2016

To Boldly Go - Star Trek @ EMP

To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.  For Star Trek's 50th anniversary the EMP has opened the Exploring New Worlds exhibit. From the entry, the exhibit draws you in with the iconic opening of the original series along the stairs.

 The exhibit collects together props and displays from the entire Star Trek franchise from the original series all the way through prequel series Enterprise. The exhibit is full of fan favorites including Gorn,


and, of course, Tribbles.

 The exhibit also features a transporter room that puts you in the middle of the action, a KHHAAANNN booth that allows you to recreate the classic scene from Star Trek II and a Borg Alcove that you can pose in.  So, whether you are a die hard Trekkie or new to the Star Trek universe, there is something for all people ready to explore new worlds. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sub Astra - Movies Under The Stars

There is something amazing about watching a movie outdoors.  The sounds and sights are amplified by the openness of the venue.  Add in a crowd that is unfettered by the limitations of the theater and you have a spectacle that is unlikely to be recreated at your local Cinerama.  Luckily in the Seattle area there are several locations where you can watch a film with the sky above you.  The Fremont Outdoor Cinema is the longest running of the bunch with Seattle Parks and Recreation (at both Westlake and Occidental Parks), Magnuson ParkMarymoor Park and  the Seattle Center all hosting their own movies within the last few years. With this many venues, there are movies playing 3 to 4 nights a week. As an added bonus, many of the showings encourage dressing up and several showings have movie trivia or other activities before the show starts.  Make sure to follow the link to see pre-ticket sales option and the rules and regulations of each site. Some of the locations have food trucks, beer gardens and other food and drink options. So gather up your low beach chairs, pack yourself some snacks and spread out a blanket under the stars....

Wednesday, July 6: Back to the Future – Marymoor Park
Thur. July 7: Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Magnuson Park
Wednesday, July 13: Jurassic World – Marymoor Park
Thur. July 14: Labyrinth- Magnuson Park
Friday July 15th:  Movies in the Park: Inside Out - Westlake Park
Saturday July 16th: DEADPOOL | 21+ - Fremont Studios
Wednesday, July 20: Inside Out – Marymoor Park
Thur. July 21: Star Wars: The Force Awakens- Magnuson Park
Friday July 22nd: Movies in the Park: The Goonies - Westlake Park
Saturday July 23rd: Pretty Woman 21+ - South Lake Union Discovery Center
Wednesday, July 27: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Marymoor Park
Thur. July 28: The Incredibles- Magnuson Park
Saturday July 30th: Mad Max: Fury Road 21+ - South Lake Union Discovery Center
Saturday July 30th: The Princess Bride Quote-Along - Seattle Center Movies at the Mural
Wednesday, August 3: Aladdin – Marymoor Park
Thursday, August 4: Guardians of the Galaxy– Magnuson Park
Friday, August 5th: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same - Cal Anderson Park
Saturday, August 6th: Grand Budapest Hotel 21+ - South Lake Union Discovery Center
Saturday, August 6th: Mad Max: Fury Road - Seattle Center Movies at the Mural
Wednesday, August 10: Singin' in the Rain – Marymoor Park
Thur. August, 11: Zootopia - Magnuson Park
Friday, August 12th: Spaceballs - Cal Anderson Park
Saturday, August 13th: Galaxy Quest - Seattle Center Movies at the Mural
Wednesday, August 17: Zootopia – Marymoor Park
Thur. August 18: The Sandlot– Magnuson Park
Friday, August 19th: Dudefest V - The Big Lebowski - South Lake Union Discovery Center
Friday, August 19th:  Barbarella - Cal Anderson Park
Saturday, August 20th: West Side Story - Seattle Center Movies at the Mural
Wednesday, August 24: The Princess Bride – Marymoor Park
Thur. August 25: The Goonies– Magnuson Park
Friday, August 26th: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Cal Anderson Park
Friday, Aug 26th:  Movies in the Park: Labyrinth - Occidental Square
Saturday, August 27th: Life of Pi - Seattle Center Movies at the Mural
Friday, Sep 2nd:  Movies in the Park: Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Occidental Square

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Bit Of The Mountains In The City - Waterfall Garden Park

Hidden in the heart of the city is a park that allows you to take a break in the mountains...if only for a brief moment.  The Waterfall Garden Park was created at the location where UPS had it's first headquarters.  Now the park (technically a pocket park) is lined with tables and chairs for those who use it as an escape on their lunch breaks.  One of the best parts about the park is that, even with it's proximity to the busy streets around it, it still has an aura of tranquility around it.  

Monday, May 30, 2016

Oodles of Noodles - Samurai Noodle

Looking for an inexpensive, incredibly tasty meal?  Look no further than Samurai Noodle which serves up large bowls packed full of a variety of mouthwatering ingredients and a selection of broths to fit any palette.   Start with an appetizer or two such as the Shrimp Shumai,

or the Vegan Gyoza

Just don't over do it, as the main event is  huge and well worth savoring each bite.   The ramen is packed with handmade noodles, a good variety of veggies and various proteins ranging from pork and chicken to tofu depending on your tastes.  Even though you may leave full, you'll be counting the days until you head back. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Come Sail Away - Model Boat Sailing @ South Lake Union Park

Have you wanted to feel the wind in your hair and the sun in your face while commanding your own ship?  Every Saturday and Sunday from May to November, The Center for Wooden Boats rents out model boats for at the model boat pond.  Sailing the boats is as easy as pointing it into the wind and giving it a little push. The hard part is running around to other side after each voyage to sail it back. Pairing sailing with a visit to the MOHAI and a picnic makes for an amazing day out! Boat rentals are a $5 per hour suggested donation and the rentals are open from 11a.m. - 2p.m.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MUSIC! MOSTERS! ROBOTS! - Experience Music Project/ SciFi Museum

Since the 1950's Science Fiction and Rock-N-Roll have gone hand-in-hand.  From the 1950's portrayal of the Greaser and Rock-a-billy stereotypes to the amazing sci-fi soundtracks of the 70's and 80's(Queen's soundtrack for Flash Gordon comes to mind) the two pop culture branches have been firmly entwined.  Which is why the EMP/ Science Fiction Museum is such an amazing place.  One half of the museum is dedicated to music with a special focus on the musical history of the Northwest (including great exhibits on Jimi Hendrix and the Grunge Era).  There are also oportunities for hands on exploration in the Sound Lab which features a variety of instruments and private recording room to experiment with.  The Science Fiction Museum contains a large collection of sci-fi memorabilia ranging from early pulp novels to current film and television.  Supplementing the permanent exhibits are rotating exhibits at both the EMP and Science Fiction Museum.  Past exhibits have included The Muppets, AC/DC, The Beatles and Alien Encounters.  Admission to one museum gets you into both.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Taste The East In the West – The Original Philly’s

There are few things that are harder than finding a place that will sate the appetite of both the vegetarians and carnivores in a group.  There are many places that will give a decent effort but one half of the group will leave feeling like they somehow missed out.  The Original Philly’s is not one of those places.    The Original Philly’s serves up classic Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches that won’t let your taste buds down.  The Deluxe is their signature sandwich and, heaped with steak, peppers, onions, mushrooms and melted cheese, it is built to appease any appetite.  (It’s also available as a Veggie Deluxe for the same great taste minus the steak.)   In addition to the Cheese Steaks, The Original Philly’s also offers a variety of hoagies, fried fish and some wickedly awesome cheese fries.   Just remember that when they call it a full instead of a large there’s probably a subconscious message there. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Feel The Speed – K-1 Speed Indoor Go-Kart Racing

Have you ever wanted to test your mettle against other drivers, but the bumper cars aren’t fast enough and you can’t afford the speeding tickets that would come from street racing?  K-1 Speed in Redmond has you covered.  Although these go-karts resemble the miniaturized vehicles you grew up driving at the amusement park, with a top speed of 40mph these are not your parent’s karts.  Add in the 7 turns, including a wicked hairpin, 7 other drivers and the ideal for drifting concrete floor and you have a heart pumping adrenalin ride that will have you racing again and again.  Just remember to leave your new found power slides at the track.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Shop For the Obscure - Archie McPhee

Do you often find yourself in need of a zombie torso, a pink Gorilla costume and alien finger puppets, but you don’t know where to go?  Then you haven’t been to Archie McPhee.  Since 1983 Archie McPhee has been Seattle’s and, through mail-order, the World’s supplier of oddities, unique gifts and little Devil Ducks.  Whether you are looking for the perfect compliments for your Zombie Apocalypse party (Brain-flavored mints, Zombie Finger Puppets for impromptu Apocalypse Theater, Brain gelatin mold, and so much more!) or you just need underwear for the squirrels in your neighborhood, Archie McPhee has you covered.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fly On By - Martha Lake Airfield Park

Many of the parks in Puget Sound have unique origins and many of them are on land with unique histories.  Few of them, however, have the combination that the Martha Lake Airfield Park can boast.  Originally a private airfield until 1990, the land was purchased by Snohomish County in 2000 and developed into a park with the grand opening in 2010.   The park itself consists of a combination of playground, skate park, and sports and open fields.   After spending several hours exploring the ins and outs of the park we still haven’t seen all there is and plan on jetting back soon…(sorry couldn’t resist)