Wake sluggish imaginations, spark summer learning and add a family “island adventure” to your Seattle summer.

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Summer days stretch out before us, lovely and long. Sometimes, a little too long, and before you know it, kids are cranking up those dreaded words: “I’m bored.”

Here are a few ways to wake sluggish imaginations, spark summer learning and add a family “island adventure” to your Seattle summer.

Build a fort at Adventure Playground

Let your children’s imaginations soar at Adventure Playground, a one-of-a-kind play area that allows kids to create their own play adventure. Nestled in the wooded forest of Deane’s Children’s Park on Mercer Island, children are provided with toolboxes, various building supplies, safety items and the freedom to create build-it-yourself play zones with the guidance of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation staff. Kids learn basic craftsmanship while they build their dream forts. Parent participation is encouraged!

Explore the wetlands

Luther Burbank Park is a great place to go swimming, boating and fishing – plus enjoy the views of Lake Washington. There’s a playground, and even a zipline. But it’s also a great place to look for animals, birds and other wetland creatures.

Much of the 77-acre park has been left undeveloped so wildlife can flourish. Watch for raccoons, beaver, muskrats, tree frogs and rabbits, as well as many kinds of birds.

Enjoy an outdoor concert

Mercer Island Arts Council’s annual summer concert series in Mercerdale Park features bands and artists from around the region. Concerts are on Thursdays in July and August from 7- 8:30 p.m.

On Aug. 14, the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle will perform chamber music at the Luther Burbank Park Amphitheatre. The concert starts at 5 p.m., perfect timing for a summer evening picnic.

Catch a show

Nurture a love of the arts with a visit to Youth Theatre Northwest, where kids can enjoy a stage performance or be a part of one themselves. The YTN has been providing a wide range of programming for children and young adults ages 3 to 18 since 1984, offering year-round classes and 12 professional shows per year.

Summer movies don’t have to be an indoors-only activity. Check out free family movies shown on giant, inflatable screens in Mercerdale Park.

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