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Ds and hubby will wake (ds is an early riser - he didn't get it from me:tongue_smilie:) and head to IHOP for breakfast. Hubby will give, at appropriate times throughout the day, ds letters written from each individual family member about how wonderful he is, how much he means to each of us.

 

They will drive to Seattle. Rent a canoe or kayak http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/visitorsguide/centry.asp?ID=21 (double person) on Lake Union or Lake Washington. Spend a couple of hours enjoying the great outdoors.

 

Head to an inside go-kart track. http://www.k1speed.com/ Spend an hour driving go-karts. Find a (if it was me it would be Starbucks) little shop and have a snack. Drive to Ballard where they will go to an inside http://www.stonegardens.com/ rock climbing adventure.

 

Leave adventure arriving at http://www.discoverourtown.com/WA/local-126799.html laser tag where they will enjoy an hour of playing.

 

I'm sure they will be absolutely starving by then. They will culminate their birthday adventure at http://www.spaceneedle.com/restaurant/menus/dinner.asp a Very Expensive Restaurant that we could never afford to eat at with the whole family.

 

They will head home to a surprise birthday party with special friends.:grouphug::grouphug:

 

I had other ideas in mind, but ds is really enjoying physical activities at this time in his life. He started running a couple of months ago and is really enjoying it. His body seems to crave the physical right now. He should be pleasantly exhausted by the time he arrives home from his special day.

 

Now, to make some reservations and remind hubby to take the day off!!!

 

I can't wait until his birthday is over so the whole family can go do some of these fun things. I don't want to spoil the fun by doing them before, but I found some really neat Things To Do while researching this.

 

Blessings,

Michele

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Ds and hubby will wake (ds is an early riser - he didn't get it from me:tongue_smilie:) and head to IHOP for breakfast. Hubby will give, at appropriate times throughout the day, ds letters written from each individual family member about how wonderful he is, how much he means to each of us.

 

They will drive to Seattle. Rent a canoe or kayak http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/visitorsguide/centry.asp?ID=21 (double person) on Lake Union or Lake Washington. Spend a couple of hours enjoying the great outdoors.

 

Head to an inside go-kart track. http://www.k1speed.com/ Spend an hour driving go-karts. Find a (if it was me it would be Starbucks) little shop and have a snack. Drive to Ballard where they will go to an inside http://www.stonegardens.com/ rock climbing adventure.

 

Leave adventure arriving at http://www.discoverourtown.com/WA/local-126799.html laser tag where they will enjoy an hour of playing.

 

I'm sure they will be absolutely starving by then. They will culminate their birthday adventure at http://www.spaceneedle.com/restaurant/menus/dinner.asp a Very Expensive Restaurant that we could never afford to eat at with the whole family.

 

They will head home to a surprise birthday party with special friends.:grouphug::grouphug:

 

I had other ideas in mind, but ds is really enjoying physical activities at this time in his life. He started running a couple of months ago and is really enjoying it. His body seems to crave the physical right now. He should be pleasantly exhausted by the time he arrives home from his special day.

 

Now, to make some reservations and remind hubby to take the day off!!!

 

I can't wait until his birthday is over so the whole family can go do some of these fun things. I don't want to spoil the fun by doing them before, but I found some really neat Things To Do while researching this.

 

Blessings,

Michele

 

Wow, that sounds like a huge day!!! How will you ever top that one. I hope they have a wonderful time!!

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We won't even attempt to top this birthday!!! We usually just have a family birthday, but for the big 1 3 we wanted something special. When it is the girl's birthday, I get to do the special day.

 

E has no idea we are planning anything for his 13th birthday, so this will be a lot of fun.

 

Blessings,

Michele

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I looked at the menu and it states that there is a $35 minimum food charge PER GUEST. Yikes...I would have chosen an appitizer and maybe a side dish but with a minimum charge I'd have to order more.

I've been to some fairly expensive places and never have been faced with a minimum food order.

I'm sure ds will have a great time...it would be waaay too much activity for me, but I'm not a 13 year old boy!

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Yeah....about the food cost. We have lived in the Seattle area for a long time and looked longingly from the bottom of the Space Needle, wondering what the view from up top would be like. I don't remember how much it costs just to ride in the elevator, but more than we would spend. I'm thinking around half the price of the minimum food cost.

 

The wonderful part of taking ds to eat there is that he LOVES food. LOVES trying new food and just thoroughly enjoys food. He is going to be so shocked. He will attempt to order the least expensive item (haha) on the menu.

 

I have saved money for this birthday adventure. I am so excited that he will get a day of fun and memories.

 

Blessings,

Michele

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Whew! That all sounds like a blast, although I wonder if it isn't maybe too much to pack into one day?

 

I hate to admit it, but I've not given any more thought at all to my son's 13th birthday since reading your previous posts. At this point, it's only a month away (June 6) but there are so many other things on the agenda between now and then I'm having trouble giving it any attention. One of my Swiss brothers-in-law will be here next week and we'll likely be doing some excursions with him. I have two day-long conferences to attend in the next couple of weeks. After soccer season ends this weekend, there are several relay races we're involved in. My dh and boys are doing a weekend campout with our 4-H group at the end of this month. And I'm still not even sure whether we'll be in town here or over in the Methow Valley camping on my son's actual birthday, or whether we may be going to CH in June.

 

Basically, my problem is that we make most of our travel decisions at the last minute. But I'm so glad you shared this because your enthusiasm is contagious and it's a good reminder that I really do need to get on the ball. If we're in town, I'm thinking my husband will likely do an overnight kayak trip with my oldest. Something along those lines....

 

 

Ds and hubby will wake (ds is an early riser - he didn't get it from me:tongue_smilie:) and head to IHOP for breakfast. Hubby will give, at appropriate times throughout the day, ds letters written from each individual family member about how wonderful he is, how much he means to each of us.

 

They will drive to Seattle. Rent a canoe or kayak http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/visitorsguide/centry.asp?ID=21 (double person) on Lake Union or Lake Washington. Spend a couple of hours enjoying the great outdoors.

 

Head to an inside go-kart track. http://www.k1speed.com/ Spend an hour driving go-karts. Find a (if it was me it would be Starbucks) little shop and have a snack. Drive to Ballard where they will go to an inside http://www.stonegardens.com/ rock climbing adventure.

 

Leave adventure arriving at http://www.discoverourtown.com/WA/local-126799.html laser tag where they will enjoy an hour of playing.

 

I'm sure they will be absolutely starving by then. They will culminate their birthday adventure at http://www.spaceneedle.com/restaurant/menus/dinner.asp a Very Expensive Restaurant that we could never afford to eat at with the whole family.

 

They will head home to a surprise birthday party with special friends.:grouphug::grouphug:

 

I had other ideas in mind, but ds is really enjoying physical activities at this time in his life. He started running a couple of months ago and is really enjoying it. His body seems to crave the physical right now. He should be pleasantly exhausted by the time he arrives home from his special day.

 

Now, to make some reservations and remind hubby to take the day off!!!

 

I can't wait until his birthday is over so the whole family can go do some of these fun things. I don't want to spoil the fun by doing them before, but I found some really neat Things To Do while researching this.

 

Blessings,

Michele

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E's birthday is June 26th. It may be that I "planned" too much, but most of the activities are somewhat close together. And........ds has NO IDEA we're doing this so he won't know if he doesn't get to do something. :tongue_smilie:

 

I could see hubby not doing the Space Needle because of the price, but that is what I want them to do the most. I could afford to take all of us to some of the other activities, but definitely not the Space Needle.

 

Enjoy your son's 13th birthday!!

 

Michele

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I think it IS around $17 just to go up the elevator of the Space Needle and walk around that thing at the top---Same idea as going up Empire State building. When you eat there, the cost includes the exclusive ride to the restaurant area, and you can go to the view area as well. So you're getting more than just the food.

 

There used to be no minimum. A few years ago, well, about 12 years now, I took my nephew there. He was a young teenager, and his baseball team was in the state playoffs. They came from nowhere to the playoffs! It was quite the accomplishment! The playoffs were out Puyallup way somewhere I think. Anyway, my sister couldn't afford to come out here, but my dh and I went to watch a couple of the games, and brough nephew home after the last game. The next day dh had off, so I took nephew there as a special treat. I hadn't been around for 2 or 3 of his last B-days, his mom and dad were getting a divorce, etc. Anyway, I took him to eat there, and he was just awed! It is sooo cool to sit in there as it goes around and you see a 360 degree view of the city! Then we went to the lookout level and walked around it. It was just an awesome experience!

 

So I think it would be GREAT if your dh and ds could go there. They may never have the chance again, and it would be an experience he would never forget!

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You live in a great area. Huntsville AL is a strange place. There is not much to do here for a town this size. Things like lazer tag and go karts don't stay in business long. That being said ds who will be 13 in July wants to go back to the water park we went to a couple weeks ago for the day. DH is taking the day off to come with us this time. At 13 we start giving the boys $50 to get whatever they want and put $50 in their bank account.

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