Supporting Children Affected by Parental Co-occurring Disorders

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Overview

The National AIA Resource Center invites you to attend this national symposium to address the needs of children whose parents have co-occurring disorders. Increase your knowledge of these children’s needs and circumstances. Gain practical methods and strategies for enhancing these children’s protective factors and adapting your agency’s policies and practices. This symposium is co-sponsored by Children and Family Futures and  The Institute for Health and Recovery.

Pre-institute trainer: Cheryl Pratt, PhD

Partial list of featured keynotes:

  • Robert Anda, MD, MS
  • Linda Scruggs, MHS
  • Nancy Young, PhD

Track leaders:

  • Pamela Parkinson, PhD: Serving Families Holistically
  • Barbara Stroud, PhD: Promoting Child Well-being
  • Randy Moss, PhD: Creating a System of Care
  • Ronald Comer, DSW: Incorporating Child Screening and Referral in Adult Services

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Ellen Lenzi, Training and Events Coordinator, at lenzi@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-0744.

 

REGISTER TODAY!

 

Agenda

June 30, 2014

8:00-9:00 am — Early Registration

9:00 am-12:00 pm – AIA Grantee Session

12:00-1:00 pm — AIA Grantee Lunch (boxed lunch)

1:00-5:00 pm — Afternoon Pre-institute: Cheryl Pratt (limited to 70 participants)
Parent Child Interactions and Relationships: Promoting Attachment in High Risk Families

5:00-6:00 pm — Symposium Registration

 

July 1, 2014

8:00-9:00 am — Continental Breakfast/Symposium Registration

9:00-9:10 am — Welcome

9:10-9:35 am — A Daughter’s Perspective: Clara Courts

9:35-10:45 am — Opening Keynote: Robert Anda
The Importance of Preventive Care for Children Affected by Parental Co-occurring Disorders

10:45-11:00 am — Break

11:00 am-12:15 pm — Plenary Session: Linda Scruggs
The Intersection of Parenting, HIV, Substance Use, and Mental Illness

12:15-1:30 pm — Networking Lunch

1:30-4:00 pm — Track Session

Track A: Serving Families Holistically
Track Leader: Pamela Parkinson
Track Goal: Services to adults and children are often provided without active involvement of important family members.  This track will address the need to create innovative services that facilitate healthy family relationships for adults and children.
Day One Activities:

  • Share a sample evidence-based practice for measuring outcomes related to client-directed goals within a family context and for monitoring the therapeutic relationship.
  • Develop a list of techniques/tools that participants have found helpful, such as joint family meetings, genogram assessment, family finding, etc.

Track B: Screening and Referral Services
Track Leader: Ronald Comer
Track Goal: Historically, a useful means for screening adults with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder, who are also parenting children, has been lacking. Participants in this track will collaboratively construct a screening instrument to assist in formulating referral and individualized assessment recommendations.  The tool will incorporate key issue areas such as parenting strengths and capacity, child welfare and developmental needs, and family environment domains.
Day One Activity:

  • Develop a brief screening tool that adult service providers can use with their clients who are parents.

Track C: Promoting Child Well-being
Track Leader: Barbara Stroud
Track Goal: This track has been designed to assist agencies who already serve children and families. The primary focus will be to collectively develop a tangible product to foster emotional and physical well-being within family systems impacted by co-occurring disorders. Accordingly, this track will focus on creating resilience within the family system.
Day One Activities:

  • Develop a matrix of formal and informal community supports.
  • Determine agency-specific, evidence-based methods to promote social-emotional health outcomes by targeting protective factors and strengthening family systems.
  • Create a template to document safety/emergency response family plans.

Track D: Creating a System of Care
Track Leader: Randy Moss
Track Goal: This track will work with agencies to create broad collaboration, coordination, and systems of care for families affected by parental mental illness, substance use and/or HIV in their communities.
Day One Activities:

  • Gain information outlining the stages and tasks of successful systems change and integration using Implementation Science, Translational Research and Technology Transfer principles and framework.
  • Create a matrix of ideal, local, and necessary partners in a collaborative system of care.

4:00-5:30 pm — Reception

 

July 2, 2014

8:00-9:00 am — Continental Breakfast/Registration

9:00-10:15 am — Panel Presentation: Martina Gollin Grave, Cleriece Whitehill and Mark Witte
Lessons Learned from Program Implementation

10:15-10:30 am — Break

10:30 am-1:00 pm — Track Sessions

Track A: Serving Families Holistically
Track Leader: Pamela Parkinson
Track Goal: Services to adults and children are often provided without active involvement of important family members.  This track will address the need to create innovative services that facilitate healthy family relationships for adults and children.
Day Two Activities:

  • Review logistical barriers to working holistically with families.
  • Develop strategies for overcoming barriers to doing family work in our organizations.

Track B: Screening and Referral Services
Track Leader: Ronald Comer
Track Goal: Historically, a useful means for screening adults with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder, who are also parenting children, has been lacking. Participants in this track will collaboratively construct a screening instrument to assist in formulating referral and individualized assessment recommendations.  The tool will incorporate key issue areas such as parenting strengths and capacity, child welfare and developmental needs, and family environment domains.
Day Two Activities:

  • Identify a list of local community providers who typically serve at-risk families and children.
  • Discuss how improved screening practices can enhance current agency referral mechanisms and develop flowchart to enhance agency practice.

Track C: Promoting Child Well-being
Track Leader: Barbara Stroud
Track Goal: This track has been designed to assist agencies who already serve children and families. The primary focus will be to collectively develop a tangible product to foster emotional and physical well-being within family systems impacted by co-occurring disorders. Accordingly, this track will focus on creating resilience within the family system.
Day Two Activities:

  • Examine protective factors in parents that build child resilience and improve parenting outcomes.
  • Create an agency-based script to support families as they define their current informal supports networks, desired resources, and sustainable support networks from their community.
  • Develop an agency strategy to solidify parental commitment to personal change, improved child development outcomes, and self-sufficiency.

Track DCreating a System of Care
Track Leader: Randy Moss
Track Goal: This track will work with agencies to create broad collaboration, coordination, and systems of care for families affected by parental mental illness, substance use and/or HIV in their communities.
Day Two Activities:

  • Develop resources to manage barriers and challenges of collaboration, as well as strategies to build and maintain partnerships.
  • Create a ‘first step’ blueprint for systems change at home, including an agency self-assessment of strengths and weakness, a needs assessment of the client and family, a community readiness assessment for change and collaboration.

1:00-2:15 pm — Networking Lunch

2:15-3:45 pm — Closing Keynote: Nancy Young and Teresa Anderson-Harper
What Have We Learned? Connecting the Dots in Supporting Families Affected by Co-Occurring Disorders

3:45-4:00 pm — Closing/goodbye

 

Registration

The early registration rate is $100. Beginning March 1, 2014, the fee will be $150.

If you need additional information, contact Training and Events Coordinator, Ellen Lenzi, at lenzi@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-0744.

REGISTER TODAY!

 

Speakers

Robert Anda, MD, MS

robert-andaIn the early 1990’s, Rob began a collaboration with Dr. Vincent Felitti at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego to investigate child abuse as an underlying cause of medical, social, and public health problems. This effort lead to a large-scale study funded by the CDC to track the effects of childhood trauma on health throughout the lifespan. They called it the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study). Rob played a principal role in the design of the study, and serves as its co-principal investigator and co-founder. The findings from this study have resulted in more than 70 publications in major medical and public health journals. The ideas from this work are now influencing the design of similar research around the world.Findings from the ACE Study have been presented at Congressional Briefings and numerous conferences around the world.  The ACE Study is being replicated in numerous countries by the World Health Organization (WHO), and is in use to assess the childhood origins of health and social problems in more than 18 U.S. states.

Rob continues to work as a CDC senior scientific consultant in Atlanta, but his time is increasingly devoted to traveling the nation to consult and speak with leaders in public health, medicine, corrections, judicial and social service systems and with local, state, national, and international organizations about the ACE Study.

Rob is the author of more than 200 publications, including numerous government publications, and book chapters, and has received numerous awards and recognition for scientific achievements. He has appeared in national newspapers and television networks and is frequently invited to speak about the ACE Study and his experiences around the country working on applications of ACE Study concepts.

Cheryl Pratt, PhD
Dr. Pratt is a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Child Development Specialist, an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, and a Developmental Psychologist. She has worked in several Neo-Natal ICU follow-up programs throughout the Chicago area and was the founder of the Illinois Neonatal Developmental Follow-Up Association. She is an alumnus of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Child Development in Chicago. She has taught at Loyola University, St. Xavier University, and was a University Professor in both the College of Health Professions and the College of Education and Psychology at Governors State University. Currently Dr. Pratt is the 0-3 Team Coordinator at the Children’s Research Triangle. In her 38 year career she has assessed over 10,000 children ages 0-5. She is also a member of the Children’s Research Triangle’s therapy team providing Child Parent Psychotherapy and Parent-Child Dyadic Intervention groups.

Previously, Dr. Pratt was an adjunct instructor in the Infant Studies Program at the Erikson Institute for Advanced Child Development and was in private practice working with children ages 0-6 and their families. Dr. Pratt has also done consultations related to developing programs for infants, toddlers, and their families as well as mental health consultation to Infant/Early Childhood programs. Dr. Pratt has presented on a range of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health issues as well as teaching developmental and social-emotional screening and assessment tools. Her research interests include the study of parent-child relationships in dyads experiencing perinatal vulnerability, substance abuse, trauma, and other pediatric chronic and acute illnesses. She is currently the primary investigator of “The effects of prenatal substance exposure on the autonomic nervous system: Investigating the differences in heart rate variability, behavior, and state regulation between prenatally substance-exposed and non-substance exposed infants” at Children’s Research Triangle.

Dr. Pratt is a member of the Early Childhood Committee of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership. She is on the Steering Committee for the state of Illinois Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Credential and is co-chair of the Implementation Workgroup for this credential project. She is also the former Chair of the Best Practice Committee for the Illinois Infant Mental Health Association. She is currently a member of the State of Illinois FASD Task Force and member of its Early Intervention Sub-committee and the State of Illinois DC 0-3R Crosswalk Task Force.

Linda Scruggs, MHS

Linda-Scruggs-Portrait-LargeMs. Scruggs is a visionary, a national leader, and a moral leader for women, men, families and youth. She has worked in the HIV/AIDS community for nearly 21 years. Ms. Scruggs serves the HIV/AIDS community as an AIDS educator, activist and national and community leader. Her HIV work/journey began as a health advocate for women in 1992 at the Johns Hopkins University, AIDS Services Division in Baltimore, Maryland. It was through this experience as a women living openly with a HIV diagnoses she quickly realized that voices of women living with HIV must be heard in the then changing epidemic.

In August 2012 Ms. Scruggs incorporated with her colleague Vanessa Johnson, JD, the Ribbon Consulting Group (RCG) where, along with their members, they provide organizational consulting services to community-based organizations, health departments and hospitals to increase their ability to support and promote healthy communities. Previously, Linda served for ten years as the Director of Programs for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families in Washington, DC. She started the National Consumer Corps Leadership Training Program, which has been recognized as the national model for consumer empowerment, education, and training. The program has reached nearly 40,000 people living in vulnerable communities impacted by health disparities.

Mrs. Scruggs brings experience in the HIV/AIDS and mental health communities. She has served on numerous committees and boards—nationally and internationally. She is a founding Alli member of the Positive Women’s Network USA, the National Black Woman HIV Network. Simply stated, Linda has committed her life and work to ensuring the rights of women, youth and families are high priorities to policy makers and system changers and to denounce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Nancy Young, PhD

NKY_resizedDr. Young is the Executive Director of Children and Family Futures, a California-based research and policy institute whose mission is to improve outcomes for children and families, particularly those affected by alcohol and other drugs. Dr. Young also serves as Director of the federally-funded National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s technical assistance program for Family Drug Courts, and the Administration on Children and Family’s technical assistance program for the Regional Partnership Grants Program. She has been involved in numerous projects related to alcohol and other drug issues in the welfare and child welfare systems. Since the founding of CFF in 1996, Dr. Young has worked as a consultant to over 100 states, counties, regional offices, and service providers on prevention and treatment issues affecting families involved with welfare and child welfare.

Prior to her current position with Children and Family Futures, Dr. Young served as research consultant to the Directorate of the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. During her tenure, she led a consensus effort to develop a statewide outcomes monitoring system in California.

Dr. Young is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and received a Masters of Social Work degree and her Ph.D. from the USC School of Social Work. During her doctoral studies, she was the recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute on Drug Abuse focused on the public policy and research issues affecting children of substance abusers. Her work and that of CFF has been recognized by the Outstanding Contractor of the Year award in 2006 from the Federal Administration on Children and Families and by a resolution issued in 2008 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. She was also awarded the Directors’ Robert E. Anderson Service Award by the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

 

Track Leaders

Pamela Parkinson, PhD
Dr. Pamela Parkinson is a California licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Social Worker who specializes in family therapy with children and youth who are struggling with the most challenging emotional and behavioral issues and are receiving the highest level of service delivery. She works closely with community-based private non-profit organizations that serve children through programs providing day treatment, residential, wrap around, school-based, in-home based, and other community-based services. Dr. Parkinson received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University and her MSW from the University of Southern California (USC). She runs the Bay Area Family Institute of Training in the San Francisco Bay Area and is known for her trainings utilizing the one-way mirror for family work. Recently, Dr. Parkinson has become a certified national trainer in the Evidence Based Practice called Partners for Change Outcome Management Systems, a SAMHSA reviewed, strength-based, client-directed way of providing services to our clients of all ages.

Ronald Comer, DSW
Ronald Comer, DSW, is an Associate Clinical Professor and Department Chair in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. The Department of Behavioral Health Counseling provides a highly advanced, competency-based undergraduate curriculum for students pursuing careers assisting individuals and families struggling with psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. For eight years prior to 1996, when he began development of the Behavioral Health Counseling programs, he was a full-time faculty member in the University’s Department of Psychiatry, where he developed and taught a variety of continuing behavioral health education courses and served as a consultant to community-based service settings throughout Pennsylvania. Dr. Comer has worked as a clinician and as a director of adult psychiatric outpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization programs, as well as in children’s partial hospitalization and family outpatient services. During the early 1980’s, he served as a policy analyst for a Philadelphia-based advocacy organization where he worked promoting community-based services for chronically homeless persons who have disabling mental illnesses. During the 1970s, while still living in California, he helped organize and run inpatient psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation programs and was a clinician and supervisor of volunteer staff for the San Mateo County Suicide Prevention and Crisis Center.

Barbara Stroud, PhD
Barbara Stroud, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, ZERO TO THREE Graduate Fellow, an infant mental health specialist, and a private trainer and consultation. She holds endorsement status in California, under the Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, as a Mental Health Specialist and a Reflective Practice Facilitator Level III. Dr. Stroud received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and has over 20 year of experience providing training in the early childhood, child development, and mental health arenas. Her professional path has included Preschool Director, Non-Public School Administrator, Director of Early Intervention Programs, Early Intervention Training Program Manager, Faculty and Lecture at the Graduate University level, and Reflective Supervision Trainer. She has worked closely with and/or provides trainings across multiple professional sectors that support children and families including: Primary Care, Mental Health, Early Care and Education, Early Intervention (part C), Head Start and Early Head Start, Child Protective Service, Dependency Court Lawyers, and Caregivers. Annually Dr. Stroud provides training for up to 1,500 professional that touch the lives of children and families.

Randy Moss, PhD
Upon graduate from Brigham Young University, Randy Moss, PhD, moved to Alaska. In Alaska, Randy became Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services for Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome, Alaska. He shifted the culture of siloed services, embracing a co-occurring disorders and complexity model during the mid and late 90’s. All 75 staff and five divisions were systematically shaped to reflect the realities of our cliental and general population. Leaving Norton Sound in 2000, Randy formed his private counseling and consulting business as well as founded a Non-Profit agency: The Co-Occurring Disorders Institute, Inc. (CoDI). For thirteen year until June 2013, Randy was the CEO and main consultant and creator of the CoDI products. He acted as the sole local statewide consultant for the Alaska Integration Project moving mental health and substance abuse programming together. Working at the ground level with directors and staff, CoDI provided trainings and technical support to agencies. For the past six years, CoDI has executed a pilot project for children and youth coming from complex family histories and circumstances helping to reunited them with the community or divert them from higher levels of care. With much success, this project informed many state directives and structures. One aspect CoDI was very proud of was the family focus on supporting and brokering services for all family members. This was a unique and rewarding component to Randy’s work. The last two year saw Randy spending considerable time providing Technology Transfer and Implementation Science applications to 13 agencies within Alaska targeting Co-Occurring Disorders using Evidence Based Practices and the Hazelden Co-Occurring Disorders Program. This included training, technical assistance, consultation, case conceptualization, and development of wrap around services. In June 2013, Randy resigned from CoDI and transferred to Utah to be closer to family. He is still training the CDP and providing consultation to agencies on Complexity issues in our human services business.

 

Co-sponsors

Children and Family Futurescff_logo

Improving safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families affected by trauma, substance use and mental disorders

Children and Family Futures (CFF) provides a full range of consulting, technical assistance, strategic planning and evaluation services for substance abuse treatment, child welfare, courts and the communities they serve.

Expertise:

  • Implementing evidence-based, practice-informed and research-based models
  • Developing screening and assessment protocols
  • Creating cross-system treatment plans
  • Supportive innovations in collaborative practice, such as drug testing and out-stationed counselors
  • Evaluating and researching effective practice and complex programs, including:
    • Applied research and evaluation design
    • Survey research methods
    • Quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis
    • Research synthesis and interpretation
    • Database consultation, administrative data extraction and data analysis
    • Econometrics and cost studies
    • Strategic and sustainability planning studies
  • Developing tools and training on cross-agency policy and practice
  • Addressing challenges such as mental health, housing, trauma and family violence
  • Analyzing and advising on public policy

CFF has expertise with specific populations, including: substance-exposed infants; children of veterans and military families; foster youth with substance use and co-occurring disorders; children of parents with substance use and mental disorders; and families with unique practice and policy issues related to specific substances, such as methamphetamine, opiates, alcohol, marijuana, prescription drug misuse and medication assisted treatment.

For additional information, contact CFF:

Email: contact_us@cffutures.org
Telephone: 715-505-3525 or 866-493-2758 (Toll-Free)
Website: www.cffutures.org

 

The Institute for Health and RecoveryIHR

The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide service, research, policy, and program development agency. IHR designs its services based on an understanding of the impact of trauma. IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, mental health problems, violence/trauma, and HIV/AIDS. IHR’s work is based on principles of:

  • Establishing collaborative models of service delivery
  • Integrating gender-specific, trauma-informed and relational/cultural models of prevention, intervention, and treatment
  • Fostering family-centered, strength-based approaches
  • Advancing multicultural competency within the service delivery system

For additional information, contact IHR:

Email: ihr@healthrecovery.org
Telephone: 617-661-3991 or 866-705-2807 (Toll-Free)
Website: www.healthrecovery.org

 

CEUs

Continuing education credit for this event is sponsored by The Institute for Continuing Education. Credit is awarded on a daily basis, with full attendance required for the days attended. The event offers a total of 14.00 contact hours, with daily breakout as follows:

  • June 30: 3.75 hours
  • July 1: 5.00 hours
  • July 2: 5.25 hours

The CE processing fee is $25.00 per person and may be paid with registration or on-site. Certificates will be mailed to applicants following the symposium. If you have questions regarding the program, or for a listing of learning objectives by session, please contact The Institute at: 800-557-1950; e-mail: instconted@aol.com.

Psychology: This activity is co-sponsored by the University of California at Berkeley/AIA Resource Center, and The Institute for Continuing Education. The Institute for Continuing Education is an organization approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychology credit is offered daily as listed above.

Counseling: The Institute for Continuing Education is an NBCC-approved continuing education provider and a co-sponsor of this event. The Institute for Continuing Education may award NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the content of this program. NBCC Provider No. 5643.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), though the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Provider No. 1007. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for license renewal.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider No. PCE 636.

Marriage-Family Therapy: California Board Behavioral Sciences, Provider PCE 636.

Drug-Alcohol: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) to provide continuing education for alcohol and drug abuse counselors. NAADAC Provider No. 00243.

Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the California Board of Nursing, Provider CEP 12646. Nurses are responsible for checking with their state board to determine if credit issued by an approved provider of the CA Board of Nursing is accepted by their state board.

Non-Credit Events: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, and dinner events or networking sessions. If you have questions regarding sessions for which credit is offered, please contact The Institute for Continuing Education at instconted@aol.com.

Skills Level: This event is appropriate for mental health professionals, social workers, and public health nurses of all skill levels.

 

Location

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
fairmont411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 621-1700
Hotel class: 5 stars

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, the hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market, the cruise ship terminal and many local attractions.

The Fairmont Olympic is a local favorite for dining in Seattle with two award-winning restaurants.

  • The Georgian, an elegant AAA 4 Diamond restaurant featuring French-inspired Northwest cuisine.
  • Shuckers, one of Seattle’s oldest oyster bars with a casual atmosphere.

Come for the symposium and stay for some fun! Enjoy our special room rate $189/night throughout the 4th of July weekend. To secure the discounted room rate, be sure to mention “AIA” when you make your reservations at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Reservations must be made before June 6, 2014 to guarantee this rate.

Reservations: (800) 441-1414
Or reserve online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/aiastrengthening

 

Attractions

Seattle Weather

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Family Fun

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-1768
A stimulating place for families to play together and learn together.

Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001
Seattle’s premier science museum, the Pacific Science Center offers a unique educational experience for the curious minds of both children and adults.

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 386-4300
The region’s foremost resource for hands-on marine experiences, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun and exciting discoveries for the whole family.

Seattle Great Wheel
1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-8607
Standing 175 feet tall, Seattle’s newly constructed giant Ferris wheel is open until midnight on weekends and its covered gondolas keeps it spinning even on rainy days.

Woodland Park Zoo
601 N 59th St, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500
A cherished community resource, for over a century Woodland Park Zoo has helped inspire the importance of conservation, saving animals and their habitats.

 

Sightseeing and Tours

Pike Place Market
85 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
Encompassing the nine-acre Market Historic District overlooking Elliot Bay, Pike Place has long been Seattle’s bustling center for locally-sourced, fresh foods and artisanal crafts that draws locals and tourists alike.

Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square is known for its art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants, all located in one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods.

Safeco Field
1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 346-4000
Home of MLB’s Seattle Mariners, Safeco Field has gained a reputation as a terrific setting for baseball.  The Seattle Mariners are at home vs. Cleveland Indians, June 27-29, 2014

Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3210
With a long history in Seattle’s fine arts culture, the Seattle Art Museum has grown into an internationally renowned museum with three distinct venues.

Space Needle
400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 905-2100
Seattle’s iconic landmark, the Space Needle offers a spectacular 360° view of Seattle as well Puget Sound and the snow-capped Cascades.

Waterfront Park
1301 Alaskan Way, 98101
Along Seattle’s beautiful Puget Sound waterfront, Waterfront Park is lined with benches to offer stunning views of the city skyline.

 

Events and Festivals

Seattle PrideFest
June 29, 2014
This parade is always a climax of the celebratory weekend on the last Sunday in June. Historically honors Stonewall – marking the start of the gay rights movement in 1969.

Seafair Summer Fourth
July 4, 2014
Gas Works Park & South Lake Union Park
This free event opens at noon in Gas Works Park with family activities, entertainment, a beer garden, and food vendors. Firework show starts at 10:15 p.m.

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
July 4 – July 6, 2014
This free festival offers boat rides, toy boat building, visiting vessels, music, a beer garden, and much more.