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Splashing Into August

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We’ve seen our fair share of record-setting summer days already this year, and with the state reopening, there are more opportunities for us to grab our swimsuits, get the kiddos out of the house, and cool off in the water. Court

HOUGHTON BEACH PARK RENTALS; PERFECT WAVE SURF & SUP RETAIL STORE

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Check out Perfect Wave for family fun on stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, skimboards, and kayaks. Shop owner Bobby Arzadon grew up in Hawaii and learned how to shape and design boards before moving to the PNW. Whether you’re looking to invest in a board for sustained fun or just hoping to rent one for a few hours, visit the retail shop located on 124th Avenue to scope out Arzadon’s handcrafted boards. Or, journey over to Houghton Beach Park Rentals for lessons geared toward the whole family, including the family pet. KIRKLAND

CROSSROADS WATER SPRAY PLAYGROUND

Beat the heat at the Crossroads Water Spray Playground. Kids can cool off by running through the spraying orca, frogs, and clams. No suit? No problem. The park also is home to picnic shelters, tennis and basketball courts, a golf course, a skateboarding mini-park, and community gardens. After a sweaty basketball game or skate session, the spray park — open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — is a cool way to end the day. BELLEVUE

SAMENA SWIM CLUB & FOOD TRUCKS

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Become a member of the Samena Swim Club to swim in the indoor or outdoor pool, and get some lessons while you’re at it. After all that swimming, grab some grub at the parking lot food truck pod, open from 5 to 8 p.m. daily. With rotating food options each week, chow down on everything from BBQ, Indonesian street food, Himalayan dumplings, and much more. Check out the Bellevue Samena Swim Club food truck pod on Facebook to see the mouth-watering weekly lineup. BELLEVUE

LAKE WILDERNESS PARK

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A beloved wilderness getaway close to home, Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley offers an activity for everyone: an easy-to-access swim area for young water bugs, tennis courts and a softball field for all-star athletes, and an abundance of flora and fauna for wildlife fanatics. Fishing, scenic picnic sites, and barbecue areas are available for the whole family. Book rentals through the City of Maple Valley’s website. MAPLE VALLEY

EASTSIDE SWIM SCHOOL

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Photo by Lisa Worthington

If you’re currently watching the Summer Olympics with your family and you think, “Whoa; maybe my kid could be a future Olympian,” grab their goggles and head to Redmond. Visit Eastside Swim School to strengthen their aquatic skills. Kids up to age 14 can enroll in the school’s group or private lessons. Adult classes also are available. Sign up for classes online at eastsideswimschool.com. REDMOND