Family Fun at the Ballard Market
Although the Ballard Farmer's Market runs year round, the best time to go is obviously during the summer and early fall when you can almost guarantee good weather. We made it out in early October just before the rainy season started here in Seattle for an afternoon stroll with the family. It had been quite awhile since our last visit, I'm sad to say. It's such a unique market, and the largest in our area, so there is definitely reason to visit frequently. I love the large selections of fresh produce, food vendors and street performers. The streets are closed to vehicle traffic so it's safe for kids to run around, supervised of course! So much to see, our kids enjoyed the views from our Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller, which there was ample room to push around the large street walkways and sidewalks.
The Ballard Farmer's Market is held every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 22nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
For more information, including a list of vendors, please check out their website at www.sfmamarkets.com/visit-ballard-farmers-market
While we were walking down the row of vendor booths, Totes spotted a face-painting station and insisted he wanted to get his done. We weren't sure he would last that long waiting line for his turn, let alone sitting still for her to paint his face. But he was so insistent, we gave in. There were three other kids in line in front of us when we arrived and this lady was so detailed in her work that each kid took about 20-30 minutes. The girl that sat down just before our turn got the most beautiful unicorn / butterfly mask. Super colorful, glitter and even a few jewels were glued on. It was incredible. There were about two kids behind us so when it was our turn, the lady sped up a little, which was fine by me. Totes saw an image on her inspiration page that led him to ask for a "Green Lantern" mask. I, myself, am not even familiar with that character and had to Google search for an image. No idea where Totes knows it from either. But thanks to Google, inspiration came easily and we had a great finished product.
While we were waiting in line, Apple was so in awe of the process and watched another little boy before us get his face painted as batman. She stood as close as possible to the two of them, hand on their legs, staring as the lady painted each color. She was so intense, it was more fun to watch her than the face painting!
I have reached out the lady that ran this face painting booth to get more information on her and her services! Hope to have this updated for anyone that wants her contact information soon. I'm thinking I would love to have her at Totes's next birthday party!