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Cool Off at Our Favorite Seattle Area Water Parks, Pools and Splash Pads

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Cool Off at Our Favorite Seattle Area Water Parks, Pools and Splash Pads

Summer is almost here at last. After months of rain, we’re ready for warm, lazy days under the Seattle sun. We don’t know about you but at Richard Chan Orthodontics, our favorite thing to do when the weather heats up is to get in the water. Fortunately, Seattle (and the surrounding area) is full of water parks, pools and splash pads.

There’s plenty of warm weather activities for kids in Seattle to keep you and your family cool this summer. The best part? Most splash pads and spray parks are free and have longer hours than local wading pools. So grab your suits, pack a lunch and take the kids to a local swimming hole. Here’s our guide to the best water parks, pools and splash pads in Seattle and beyond.

 

BEST SPRAY PARKS NEAR BOTHELL

Willis D. Tucker Community Park

Open 10am–7pm daily from Memorial Day weekend to September

Willis Tucker Park is the perfect place for your little ones to splash around this summer. Featuring super soakers, aqua domes and a splash palace, you’re kids will want to run and play until the sun goes down. The spray park opens on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and stays open until the weather cools off in September. There’s a dog park, too, for your four-legged family members.

 

North Lynnwood Park

Open 11am–7pm from June to Labor Day

The green dragon at the spray park in North Lynnwood has been a local favorite for years. First built in 1970, this Snohomish County splash pad was given a colorful facelift in 2009. The old concrete was replaced with bright, shiny elements your kids will love.

 

Daleway Park

Open 11am–7pm from June to Labor Day

This neighborhood spray park is full of colorful features similar to those you’ll find at North Lynnwood Park. The two parks were renovated around the same time, which included upgrades that made the parks safer and more fun for kiddos. Located in Lynnwood, the park also features a playground, nature trails and picnic areas. There’s a little something for everyone to enjoy at Daleway Park.

 

BEST WADING POOLS IN SEATTLE

Green Lake Park

Open 11am–8pm daily from June to September

Take a cruise over to Green Lake Park for some laid back wading pool fun. The biggest of the “Big Three” wading pools, the pool is located on the east side of Green Lake just off the two-mile walking trail that runs around the perimeter. Parking can be tricky so come early and spend the whole day cooling off. The wading pool is drained after Labor Day for the colder seasons.

 

Wallingford Playfield

Open 12pm-7pm, Wednesday through Friday

Wallingford Playfield has everything you need for a day under the sun: a wading pool, a playground, a picnic area, and shaded seating for parents to kick back for the afternoon. The wading pool opens on June 26 and closes August 16.

 

Volunteer Park

Open 11am–8pm daily from June to September

Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill is home to one of the most popular wading pools in Seattle. It’s one of the “Big Three” wading pools, situated in the heart of the park’s beautiful green space against the backdrop of the Seattle skyline. We recommend packing a lunch and making a day of it. Volunteer Park is a summer destination you won’t want to miss.

 

Lincoln Park

Open 11am–8pm daily from June to September

Lincoln Park might be the smallest of the “Big Three” wading pools but it arguably offers up the best location. Nestled along the beaches of West Seattle, the wading pool at Lincoln Park is a summer dream for daytime swimming and sunset dips alike.

 

BEST WATER PARKS & OUTDOOR POOLS IN SEATTLE

Colman Pool at Lincoln Park

Open daily from June to Labor Day, check website for public and family swim hours

Located in Lincoln Park near the wading pool, Colman Pool is a great spot for older kids to swim this summer. The pool is saltwater and Olympic-sized, with two diving boards and a giant tube slide. Public swimming hours are from 1:45pm-4:45pm every day, and family swim time is on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 5pm-7pm. For additional times, like lap swims and swimming lessons, check the online schedule. Admission for kids under 17 years old is just $4.

 

Mounger Pool

Open daily from June to Labor Day, check website for public and family swim hours

Mounger Pool is one of the best outdoor pools for kids in Seattle because there are two pools: one for older kids who know how to swim, as well as a smaller teaching pool for little swimmers. The Big Pool has five ladders and a corkscrew slide! The shallower Little Pool is great for getting little feet wet and getting them comfortable in the water. Check the online schedule for details on public swim times.

 

Wild Waves Water Park

Open weekends from May to September, check website for hours

Would it really be summer without a trip to the waterpark? Wild Waves is the ultimate summer activity for kids in Seattle. With water slides designed for everyone from the highest thrill seekers to the littlest swimmers, there’s something for the whole family at Wild Waves. To save on admission, buy your tickets ahead of time or visit after 4pm to get 50% off.

 

BEST BEACHES IN SEATTLE

 

Alki Beach Park

Open 4am-11:30pm year round

For a picture perfect summer day of sun and sand, look no further than Alki Beach Park. The long beach strip is a go-to spot for everyone from rollerbladers and volleyball players to families looking for some fun under the sun. Load up the car with everything you’ll need for an afternoon outing and enjoy the picturesque views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. If the kids aren’t too tired after building sandcastles and splashing in the water all day, you could even stay until sunset and have a bonfire.

 

Discovery Park

Open 4am-11:30pm year round

Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle, covering 534 acres of natural beauty. Settled atop Magnolia Bluff, the park has some of the best views in the city. In addition to its stunning forest groves and walking trails, Discovery Park also has two miles of secluded beachfront that’s perfect for a quiet summer day. If the kids get tired of being in the water, take them to the park’s newly renovated play area, complete with zipline and swings.

 

Golden Gardens Park

Open 4am-11:30pm year round

For sunbathing with a view, head to Golden Gardens in Ballard. Start with a stroll through the park’s walking trails and along the coastline. Then head to the beach to relax, play and unwind with the kids. Golden Gardens also has designated fire pits on a first-come, first served basis, so snag one early if you want to enjoy a bonfire on the beach.

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Mom Blogs and Mom Groups in the Seattle Area

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We see a lot of moms at our practice, either when they bring their kids in for treatment or when they visit us for their own smile. As a Mill Creek, Monroe and Bothell orthodontist, a husband and a father myself, I have a tremendous amount of respect for moms and I know that having support and a network of fellow parents is incredibly important. That’s why I’m sharing some of the best mom blogs, mom meetups and mom groups in the Seattle area.

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A Crash Course in the History of Orthodontics

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At Richard Chan Orthodontics, my team and I may take a pretty high-tech approach to care and stay on top of current innovations and what’s coming in the future but we still appreciate the rich history of orthodontics. While our Seattle area, Sitka and Juneau Invisalign and braces patients are able to choose from modern treatment options at our practice, these treatments are built on some of the foundations established over centuries. Let’s dive in with a crash course in the history of orthodontics. Read More

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Your Guide to Lasers in Orthodontics

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One of the things that really sets Richard Chan Orthodontics apart is our high-tech approach. When I find a proven advance in orthodontics that can bring about amazing results while making patients more comfortable or making their treatment more convenient, I embrace it. For over a decade, one of my favorites has been the orthodontic laser. It’s enabled me to safely, painlessly and quickly do everything from exposing teeth that are slow to erupt to improve the aesthetics of a gummy smile. Today, I’m covering the basics of lasers in orthodontics to help you get a better idea of how they can be a useful tool to really transform your smile.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Braces and Invisalign Patients

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Happy 2019! Chances are you probably made a few New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you resolved to eat healthier, give back to the community or hit the gym five days a week, which are all great ideas. But what about your smile? Considering our oral health is tied to our overall health, it makes sense to show it some New Year’s resolution love, especially if you’re a braces or Invisalign patient. Not sure where to start? Well, I have you covered with resolution ideas for anyone in orthodontic treatment.

  • Be diligent about brushing and flossing with braces AND Invisalign – Teeth move more effectively in a healthy oral environment, so it’s important to practice great oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape throughout your treatment. Not only that, if you get cavities when wearing braces, it can set back your treatment time. In severe cases, you may even need to have your braces removed while cavities are treated and then put back on at a later date.

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Do You Know How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces? Take Our Quiz to Find Out!

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At Richard Chan Orthodontics, when my braces or Invisalign patients kick off treatment, I make sure to explain to them in detail how to care for their new appliances. However, with the holidays in full swing and lots of fun to be had, you could have forgotten some of the finer points on Invisalign and braces care. Well, let’s test your knowledge with a quiz that covers everything from how to brush your teeth with braces to how many hours a day you should wear your aligners. Write down your responses and check them against the answers at the end to see how well you did.

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A Parents’ Guide to Early Orthodontic Treatment

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends kids see an orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of seven. That’s because at this time, a child will have his or her first permanent molars, which establish the back bite. We can then look at the side-to-side and front-to-back tooth relationships to see how things are shaping up. While early orthodontic treatment has become more prevalent in recent years, that doesn’t mean your child will leave their first appointment in braces. In fact, at Richard Chan Orthodontics, I always treat extremely conservatively with minimal treatment on young patients. Most of the time, I can get outstanding results without two-phase orthodontic treatment. That being said, there are times when stepping in early can prevent the need for more extensive treatment or surgical correction later in life.

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What is a Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) and Why is it Used With Braces?

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Sometimes, braces alone can bring about fantastic results. In other cases, however, we need an anchorage point for a pushing and pulling force to help facilitate movements that can’t be achieved with just brackets and wires. In the past, headgear was the go-to treatment in many of these instances. As you can probably guess, not too many patients were thrilled with the prospect of having a large, bulky, highly visible appliance attached to their hardware. Thankfully, these days, there’s an alternative: a temporary anchorage device (TAD). I believe in using modern techniques that can make treatment more effective and easier for my patients at Richard Chan Orthodontics, which is why I’m trained in the use of TADs. Though TADs are an amazing tool, not a lot of patients are all that familiar with them, so I’m covering the basics. Read More

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8 Things You Won’t Hear Us Say When Getting Braces On

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A decade or two ago, the braces experience was quite a bit different than it is today. The hardware was bigger, bulkier and less comfortable.  More frequent adjustments were needed due to less technologically advanced wires. A lot has changed but patients still get a little nervous about getting braces on and about treatment in general. It’s often because of hearing other people’s braces stories from a long time ago, the way they’re portrayed in pop culture or just a fear of the unknown. My team and I always chat with our Alaska, Bothell, Monroe and Mill Creek braces and Invisalign patients at their consultation and let them know exactly what to expect. This goes a long way in helping to alleviate any jitters they’re feeling. We also take a personalized, patient-centric approach, meaning our focus is on ensuring you’re comfortable, relaxed and happy. With that in mind, here are 8 things you won’t hear us say when getting braces on:
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10 Back-to-School Life Hacks for Busy Seattle Moms and Dads

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The first day of school is quickly approaching for our Bothell, Monroe and Mill Creek, WA braces and Invisalign patients. With three kids of my own, I know just how frantic things can be once September rolls around. Balancing your own schedule along with getting the kids to school on time, activities, meals and appointments is a challenge. However, along the way, the team here at Richard Chan Orthodontics has learned quite a few helpful back-to-school life hacks for busy moms and dads. Here are 10 tricks to help ensure things run smoothly when the first bell rings and throughout the school year:
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