Here are some ideas for a few safe outdoor activities that are just around the corner for kids, teens, and adults. We can still have fun with masks and distance! Thanks for keeping it creative Kirkland.
Eye on the Prize Scavenger Hunt
Calling all Teens - get off your screens and get downtown! This event is March 5th-7th and your 14-18-year-olds need to register by March 4th. Join the hunt through downtown Kirkland, solve the clues, find the hidden pictures, decode the cipher, and submit your final answer for a chance to win a gift card for coffee, food, and treats from these local merchants and more! Donors include: Ben & Jerry's, Sirena Gelato, Thruline Coffee, The Shake Shack, Coffee and Cone, Just Poke, Zeeks Pizza, Cafe Ladro, and The French Bakery. Sign up for the Eye on the Prize teen scavenger hunt for a chance to win! Thank you to Lake Washington High School PTSA for your partnership with this event. Register for free at kirklandparks.net (course 10993)
Pot of Gold Nugget Hunt (how can you not attend something that uses the word nugget?)
You don’t need the luck of the Irish to participate in this event, just your peepers! All kids between the ages of 4-8, join in the hunt for gold nuggets starting March 13-16 at McAuliffe Park. Make sure you are in the main park located on the east side of 106th Ave. Find a gold nugget, turn it over to see if you won a prize. Snap a photo and send to: Jvandiver@kirklandwa.gov to claim your prize. Only one prize per person. This event is free. Remember to take your nugget with you! The contest ends March 16th. Register to participate now for event #11053 at kirklandparks.net.
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Orca Running and Lake WA Physical Therapy's Kirkland Shamrock Adventure Run Hosted by Kirkland Urban (say that 3 times fast?!)
Shopping, living and dining center Kirkland Urban is home to the 2021 Kirkland Shamrock Adventure Run on Saturday, March 13 from 10-1:30. Orca Running and Lake Washington Physical Therapy have partnered to bring back this race in the hopes the community can get outside and have fun while staying socially distant. Runners will visit local Kirkland retailers in the downtown Kirkland/Houghton areas for a family-friendly "choose your own adventure" fun-run and scavenger hunt.
Runners will start and end at Kirkland Urban’s Urban Plaza Way. They will have one hour to collect as many tickets as possible from local participating retailers around downtown Kirkland, including Dough Zone, Power Hour 360 and Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy. Runners will return to the finish line to submit their tickets and collect their medal. Tickets will be used for a prize drawing that will take place at a later date.
Prizes will be gift cards donated by local Kirkland retailers that will be mailed to winners after the race.
Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Participants will receive their bib and a special collectors’ map in the mail before the race. For those with dogs, there is a special doggy registration add-on available for $10.
When participants register, they will sign up for a time slot to start the run. Groups of ten people will start every five minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to ensure there is no crowding. Registration is limited to 300 participants this year per social distancing guidelines.
Online pre-registration closes the day before the race at 8:00 p.m. For more information and registration, visit https://www.orcarunning.com/kirklandshamrockrun/.
Retailer specials for race participants include: