Animal Interactions

Looking for something fun to do during spring break. I recommend the Outback Kangaroo Farm located in Arlington, Washington. They have tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm from Thursday to Sunday. Be sure to show up 20 minutes before the tour because you aren’t allowed to see the kangaroos otherwise. The tours always start on time in my experience.


Outback Kangaroo Farm


Beautiful peacocks welcomed us in the parking lot. I haven’t seen peacocks with such prefect tail feathers before.

The first half of the tour, we visited the different kangaroos on the property. It appeared to be 3-5 different types of kangaroos available to pet. The kangaroo are so soft.

There were an set of albino kangaroos. Mother Nature Network has an awesome article on 22 different albino animals. They are so rare. Check out the article here for the full list of animals.

The second half hour we visited and fed the other animals which included alpacas, donkeys, goats, emus and lemurs. I think my husband was about to adopt a lemur. They are so friendly and active.

Did you know? Lemurs are lead by an alpha female. Sorry King Julian.

My toddler laughed every time an animal ate out of her hand. She loved it and kept demanding more animal food. So sweet.

Their address is:

10030 State Route 530 NE

Arlington, WA 98223

United States

31 Sleeps Until Christmas Eve

What do you have planned between now and Christmas Eve? Do you have fun traditions or like to try something new?

Well, between finding a Christmas tree, reading books about the season or shopping and wrapping gifts; there are so many fun things to do with your family and friends. Here is my list of fun holiday activities (in no particular order) between now and Christmas Eve:

  1. Tree Farm
  2. Decorate House
  3. Make an Ornament
  4. Bake and Decorate Christmas Cookies
  5. Gingerbread House
  6. Christmas Party
  7. Give to Teacher/Educator
  8. Make Santa’s Cookie Plate
  9. Festival of Trees
  10. Mailing Holiday Cards
  11. Watching The Christmas Carol
  12. Setting up the Dickens Miniature Village
  13. Cookie Exchange
  14. See the Nutcracker
  15. Giving Tree
  16. Holiday Pajamas
  17. Advent Calendar
  18. Christmas Light Viewing
  19. Gift Wrapping
  20. Act of Kindness
  21. Secret Santa/White Elephant Gift Exchange
  22. Christmas Caroling
  23. Snowball Fight
  24. Popcorn and Cranberry Garland
  25. Food Bank
  26. Read Christmas Stories
  27. Visit Santa Claus
  28. Feed Reindeer
  29. Make a Snowman
  30. Decorate Outside
  31. Plant Indoor Flowering Bulb

Today we found our Christmas tree. We walked the whole Campbell tree farm in Snohomish, WA. We saw the tree that we got at the beginning of our adventure today but I needed to make sure there wasn’t one better.

Thanks to my husband for doing all the heavy work. As soon as he began cutting the tree, the dark clouds started to pour on us. So I took the kids inside the barn for complementary hot chocolate.

Campbell offers free candy canes which if you look in the back of the photo you can see my oldest sneaking another candy cane. Silly girl. Mommy is always watching.

On the schedule for tomorrow, we plan on decorating the tree. Hope you check back to see our bird and bird house themed tree. Happy holidays!!

Volunteering with Animals

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Today’s 4H challenge is volunteering at a local dog shelter. I’ve looked into kid volunteering at our local pet shelter, Paws located in Lynnwood, WA. This shelter requires volunteers to be at least 18 years or older to work with or around animals, but there are many other ways kids can help.

The Activities

PAWS website has some great ideas how kids can volunteer their time and/or money. Here are some of the ideas:

    Host a fundraiser or gift drive for animals

PAWS is a nonprofit organization that cares for thousands of animals each year thanks to the kind donations from people just like you. Kids have the opportunity to help by organizing a Friend-raiser or having a Gift Drive to collect animal supplies! Click here to find out more.

  • Donate your (birth)day to your animal friends

Similar to a gift drive, kids can ask for donations to PAWS instead of receiving gift for their birthday.

    Bake sale fundraiser
  • Holding a bake sale or lemonade stand is a great way to raise money for the animals. Check out our lemonade stand event here.
    • Host a movie night or dinner datefor animals

    Another way to raise money is to invite friends and family over to dinner and/or a movie with an “admission fee” to be donated to PAWS.

    • Participate in PAWSwalk

    PAWS’ biggest fundraiser is their PAWSwalk which raises thousands of dollars during the summer months. You and your furry pet (or not if you don’t own one) can ask for sponsorship and raise money from friends and family then spend the day at the park and walk your heart out. To learn more, check out the PAWSwalk website.

    • Become a foster family

    While you must be 18 or older to do hands-on volunteering at PAWS, becoming a foster family is fun for all ages!

    PAWS foster families provides a kittens, cats, puppies and dogs a temporary home. These homeless animals receive care and food from these kinds families before the animal is adopted. By providing safe temporary homes, PAWS foster families prevent overcrowding at PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, while the family and animals have lots of fun! Learn more about foster care and get started today.

    • School service credit

    Some school project can receive school service credit for helping PAWS. Please review your school requirements then simply submit a completed Youth Service Projects Form.

    Let me know if you can think of other fun activities to help an animal shelter like PAWS.

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