Travel Photo: The Gum Wall at Market Theatre, Seattle

Seattle Gum Wall near Pike Place market

This could be the coolest place to visit or the most disgusting place to visit depends on how you view it. The Gum Wall at Pike Place Market is an attraction worth visiting in our book. It’s hidden down the valley next to Pike Place Market in Seattle.

During our Photo walking tour in Seattle, it’s one of the stop and actually a fun place to photograph.

Seattle Gum Wall at Market Theatre

The wall is part of the box office for the Market Theatre. The box office is still operating. So just imagine buying a ticket from that box office.

Seattle Gum Wall at Market Theatre

This local landmark is fun for kids to check out but make sure they won’t touch it as it’s one of the top 5 germiest tourist attraction.

Seattle Gum Wall: Seattle with kids

Mr. Z wants to go back and still asks about it once in a while. Miss J, as you can see, was not that fond of the wall.

So have you been to this local landmark in Seattle? What do you think?

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A Look Back to Family Travel 2011

Although we are a few days into 2012, our recent family trip to Keystone resort is still fresh in our mind, the first ski experience on one of the best family ski resort in Colorado. So to keep up with our tradition, we have our review post looking back to our family travel last year. It was a fun year!

January: Snow in Atlanta

Atlanta Snow 2011 Snow Tubing

It’s not often or should I say NEVER that Atlanta metro area will get seven inches of snow in winter. So it was a real big treat for our kids to enjoy snow tubing (home-made style) at our own backyard. The snow storm in Atlanta shut down the whole city a whole week. For adults, the cabin fever started to set in but for kids it was like an unexpected winter break!

February: Indoor Water Park fun

Wilderness at the Smokies Tube Slides

We went up to Sevierville, Tennessee to help celebrate our friend’s birthday. An indoor water park at Wilderness in the Smokies is a great year round fun where kids (and adults) can enjoy swimming, sliding, surfing and more in the heated environment even in the middle of winter.

March: Mickey Memory with Disney Social Media Mom

Disney Grand Floridian Carriage

This month we drove down to our familiar vacation spot in Orlando to attend the Disney Social Media Mom 2011 where we learned, laughed and connected with bloggers. It was our first time staying at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa & Resort and it was an experience we won’t easily forget. Mr. Z also experienced a big kid ride and hooked on the roller coaster now!

April: Fun in Atlanta at Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium Atlanta

In Spring, we stayed close to home and enjoy local  attractions in Atlanta like the Grand opening of new Dolphin Tale show at the Georgia Aquarium, the beautiful day at Piedmont Park for the Dogwood Festival

May: Birthday Celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney Animal Kingdom Expedition Everest With Kids

This year we took another trip down to Orlando to celebrate Mr. Rojo’s birthday at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. We hardly stayed at the Disney’s resorts previously because our family has a timeshare in Orlando but year 2011 we stayed in not just one but two property! And I have to say I understand why people keep going back year after year!

June: Summer fun in Seattle & Vancouver

Seattle With Kids - Waterfront

Our big summer trip this year was a two weeks trip to Seattle and Vancouver. It was a business/family trip combo. I attended TBEX 2011, the Travel bloggers conference, in Vancouver and we also enjoyed family vacation in Seattle.

July: Family Reunion in the Ozark & Side trip to St. Louis

St Louis with Kids Enjoy the Arch view

Our first family reunion was planned at the YMCA of the Ozark. It was wonderful for kids to meet and play with their cousins. We also took a little detour to visit St. Louis, MO. A fun day but not nearly enough to discover this gem in the Midwest.

August: Back to School

Summer time flew by when you had so much fun. Before we knew it, the kids were back in school. Yes, here in Atlanta we go back to school in August!

September: Myrtle Beach on Labor Day

Myrtle Beach with Kids: Kayaking with kids

Now, that kids are in school, we have to work around school holidays and take advantage of every holidays we can get. So we planned a short break during Labor Day weekend to visit Myrtle Beach. What a fun place for the whole family! We found that Myrtle Beach is not just a place for fun time at the beach or various family entertainments like MagiQuest but we could also enjoy nature like Kayak tour.

October: Fall Family Camping

In October, we had our first fall family camping trip with a group of our friends at Redtop Mountain Park. It was beautiful even though a bit too cold for this tropical girl. Kids, on the other hand, had no problem with the cold temperature at night when they had the whole park to explore. The water in the lake was too cold for anyone of us to dare going in. But we knew it will be a great place to camp again in the summer.

November: Legoland Florida

During the Thanksgiving break, we went to visit the recently opened Legoland Florida. Mr. Z was beyond happy to be able to ride in EVERY SINGLE ride at his height. Miss J loved being a big kid who could take her little brother on the ride without us. Ah!! A theme park where kids rule!

December: Ski & Snow at Keystone Ski Resort

Ski With Kid - Keystone Ski School near Denver

Our last but certainly not least family trip of the year was one of the memorable one for our whole family. It was their first time on ski and my first time learning to ski. One word, AMAZING trip! We certainly enjoyed our whole experience during our trip to Denver & Keystone. This will certainly be a place we would love to revisit again in the future.

Wow! I didn’t realize how much we have traveled this past year until I started this post. It certainly has been a blessing for us to be able to continue our love of travel and adventures. We are thankful for the opportunities we have been given and hope we will continue to be able to travel as a family in 2012. Here to more travel in 2012!

Jump Shots From Our Travel

During the trip to Seattle, Miss J had finally embraced the jump shot that is popular among Asian or even my travel blogger friend, Kristin at Camels & Chocolate. I have never been able to learn how to capture the jump perfectly. But after a few (ok.. several) trial and error, we finally got a few shots worth sharing.

Vancouver with Kids: Stanley Park - Jump Shot

During our visit to Vancouver, we took an evening leisure break at Stanley Park. We have a perfect backdrop for the jump shot!

Seattle With Kids - Jump Shot

A jump shot during our Seattle Photo Walking tour with Shutter Tours at the Post Alley.

Seattle With Kids: China Town - Jump Shot

A group jump shot in Seattle China Town on a beautiful day. I love that I was able to capture while all of them were in the air!

Seattle With Kids: Water front - Jump Shot

A shot at the Seattle Waterfront with Seattle Aquarium as a background. I love the look on Mr. Z’s face. I think he imagines he is one of the super hero or Kung Fu fighter.

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Photo Friday: The Love of Train Travel

Vancouver with Kids: Amtrak Cascades

Typically, I share more than just a photo during Photo Friday but today I just want to share the look on Mr. Z’s face of how happy and excited he was to be able to take the Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver. It was one of the highlight on his experience during our Seattle trip.

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Seattle With Kids: Best Library for Family at Seattle Central Library

Seattle With Kids - The Seattle Public Library

Visiting a local library might not be on the top of things to do with kids in your itinerary. But for us, it seems we can’t resist a little break during a busy traveling day to a peaceful and quiet environment in the library like this one in Bangkok.

During our summer trip to Seattle, surprisingly one of the recommended place to visit with kids in Seattle is the Seattle Central Library. Fortunately, we stayed at the Hotel Monaco Seattle which is right across the street from the library. So I knew that we would have a chance to visit this cool looking library!

Seattle With Kids - Central Library Check-Out

The Seattle Central Library is not only architectural pleasing and wonderful but also huge. With 11 floors, underground parking and large Children’s section on the first floor, it’s by far one of the best public library we have visited.

Seattle With Kids - Central Library Books Shelves

With the combination of smart interior design for sustainable and energy efficient building, the glass panel wall with metal grid provided plenty of light inside and yet visually pleasing at the same time. It makes us feel like we were in an art museum instead of the public library.

Seattle With Kids - Central Library Escalator

The use of bright color like eye popping yellow or keylime green offers the playful mood that we don’t typically feel when we step into a library. It almost like an invitation to just hang around and enjoy books at your own leisure time. The ride on the escalator made me feel like we stepped into the future.

Seattle With Kids - Seattle Central Library Children Section

But what captivated us the most has to be the Faye G. Allen Children’s Center. The colorful interior with story time area, children’s play area, a family restroom, boys’ and girls’ restrooms, and an area for parking strollers is no doubt a place where kids can let their imagination run wild.

Seattle With Kids - Central Library Story time

We would probably stay for a whole day there if we didn’t have a meeting with our friends. There are various events and things to do inside the library that you can take advantage of even if you are a visitor like story time for children, library free tour, or enjoy public arts that are displayed throughout the library.

Also with free wifi and coffee shop, this is a perfect spot for a quick catchup from the road.

Seattle has many things to offer for family vacation and the Seattle Public Central Library is definitely one of the best place to visit with kids in Seattle. Plus with no admission fee, it’s the best bargain for family travel!

Do you have favorite library that you have visited in the past?

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