Best of the Eastside 2011- Prizes and Sponsors!

We at Ruby Slipper Guide are so excited by the amazing prizes we have for three lucky winners!  Believe us, we wish we could win it ourselves but then that wouldn’t be fair, would it?

Our fabulous sponsors donated some pretty spectacular items and we can’t wait to share them with you. Three readers will win a Grand Prize Bag, filled with items from great businesses around the Eastside.  Plus, this year, two more readers will win a Spot Prize Bag, filled with items from great businesses from The Spot Card, which provides great discounts to fantastic family-friendly Eastside businesses!

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Adventure Kids Playcare

Adventure Kids Playcare is the Eastside’s only licensed drop-in childcare center and accepts kids from 6 weeks to 12 years old.  Free play, organized games, arts & crafts, meals, snacks, and a great staff make AKP attractive to kids, comforting to parents, and easy to use.  We offer drop in care (reservations available but not required), drop in education, homework helpers, school transportation, birthday parties, and themed parties every weekend!  Learn more about Adventure Kids Playcare here!

Prize: $50 gift certificate

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Bellevue Skate King

Bellevue Skate King, the Eastside’s premier roller skating rink, has been open since 1974.  Many local kids who skated at Skate King in the 1970′s and 1980′s have grown up and now take their own kids to skate.  Skate King offers public skating sessions, birthday parties, and special events.  Learn more about Skate King here!

Prize: 2 admission passes

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Cozy Baby Boutique

Cozy Baby Boutique is committed to providing quality products that are gentle on you, your baby, and the earth with a large selection of organic and natural items by name brands at affordable prices. Cloth diapers, baby carriers, infant and toddler toys, natural and safe feeding products, diaper bags, and more. Personal assistance and expertise in helping you choose the best options for your family. Serving Puget Sound families for 5 years.  Learn more about Cozy Baby Boutique here!

Prize: $15 gift certificate

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Ellie Adorn

EllieAdorn, a virtual boutique selling handmade adornments for mama and child. Founded in 2010, inspired by our sweet baby girl Ellie born in February. For more info or to purchase any of the products you see on this page, contact Cristi@EllieAdorn.com. Etsy Shop now open! New products being posted regularly.  Learn more about EllieAdorn here!

Prize: 1 necklace

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Great Play of Redmond

The philosophy of the folks at Great Play is that they want your kids to have fun while helping them reach their full physical potential.  The parent/child and preschool-aged classes unfold as exciting stories in an Interactive Arena™, placing the kids in different settings throughout the class – from rolling moon rocks in outer space to feeding mermaids under the sea. Every visit is a fun-filled adventure!  For the older kids, the coaches teach your kids essential sports skills like dribbling a basketball or passing a football in a fun, low-pressure non-competitive way.  During classes, your kids get to play and have fun in the huge gym that is very clean and full of age appropriate toys and sports equipment.  Add drop-in play times (for the public, too!) and birthday parties, and you have a fun-tastic experience!
Learn more about Great Play here!

Prize: $50 gift certificate

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Illumination Arts

Kirkland-based Illumination Arts publishes inspirational children’s books to “inspire the mind, touch the heart, and uplift the spirit.” We pride ourselves on producing some of the highest quality children’s books around. Each of our award-winning picture books has been brought to life through the thoughtful writing of our authors and the vibrant illustrations of our artists.  Learn more about Illumination Arts here!

Prize: 4 beautifully illustrated children’s books:  Roonie B. Moonie:  Lost and Alone, by Janan Cain    Dreambirds, by David Ogden    Too Many Murkles, by Heidi Charissa Schmidt   Something Special, by Terri Cohlene

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KidsQuest Children’s Museum

A hands-on, interactive children’s museum, KidsQuest encourages a love of learning through play with an emphasis on science, art and technology. KidsQuest encourages whole-family learning and invites you to explore, play and learn together.   KidsQuest’s exhibits are geared toward children from birth to age ten and their families. Throughout the day there are many different activities going on, including special staff-guided activities. We also have many special events and activities.  Learn more about KidsQuest Museum here!

Prize: 5 museum admission passes

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Koko Fit Club

The Koko Smartraining System precisely analyzes each member’s unique fitness level, then designs a customized training plan based on individual goals and ability. Members are then guided through personalized, highly effective workouts on proprietary strength and cardio equipment, all for a fraction of the cost of traditional personal training. Learn more about the Koko Fit Club here!

Prize: 1 month membership, t-shirt, water bottle

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Lullaby Organics

Lullaby Organics offers safe, healthy organic mattresses, bedding and sleepwear, natural mom and baby care, green kids gear, and toys so safe your children could practically eat them (since so many of them do!).  Learn more about Lullaby Organics here!

Prize: $25 gift certificate

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Northwest Railway Museum

Each year, the Northwest Railway Museum attracts thousands of visitors for special events like Day Out with Thomas, Halloween Train, Santa Train, and more.  You are invited you to travel to Snoqualmie where you can – Visit a Victorian depot. Learn how the railway changed Washington and influenced settlement. See and feel the excitment of a working railroad. Experience what travel was like before Interstate highways. Hear all the bells and whistles. Travel back in time. See the sights and all the sites. Shop in a book store and find a new book.  Learn more about the Northwest Railway Museum here!

Prize: 4 round trip passes aboard the historic Snoqualmie Valley Railroad

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Redmond Town Center
In the Heart of Everything.  Of course you love it here. A terrific collection of shops ups your style quotient.  Exciting restaurants feed your spirit and nourish your soul. The services you can’t live without help you get it all done. And all with drive-up convenience. What could be better? We’re in the middle of everything, just where you need us. Easy to get to. Easy to shop. Easy to love.     Learn more about Redmond Town Center here!

Prize: $50 gift certificate; travel coffee mug; purse hook

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Snapdoodle Toys
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Snapdoodle Toys is entering their third year as one of the longest independent toy stores in the state of Washington!  Come in and see their wide range of unique and engaging toys, games, books, and art supplies from around the world.  Snapdoodle also offers online shopping, art classes, birthday parties, free gift wrap, lattes, and more!     Learn more about Snapdoodle Toys here!

Prize: $25 gift certificate

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Spot Card
We’ve brought together the best-of-the-best kid friendly businesses to offer you savings on the places you already visit… and a few you probably never heard of!  Our easy to carry card means you no longer have to lug around a coupon book! Just look for the Savings Spot at your local retailers and get some of the best deals in town. Our partners offer one-time punch card specials as well as recurring monthly specials announced on this website and through our newsletter. Many of our partners are also offering loyalty-card benefits that save you money every time you visit. We’ll also be hosting weekly give-aways to those that register and friend us on Facebook!  For example, get One Free Hour of Play at Tot Spot and then save 10% off Admission the ENTIRE YEAR, just by flashing your Spot Card.  Best of all, it only costs $10.00 per card. Got a fundraiser? We offer a fantastic deal for non-profits. Just email info@totspotcafe.com for more information.     Learn more about the Spot Card here!

Prize: 1 Spot Discount Card
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Studio3Music
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We’ve been singing, dancing, playing and twirling for nearly 20 years! Our studio has been honored with Maestro Status – Conductor’s Circle from Kindermusik International, and we are ranked number ONE out of over 5500 programs worldwide!        Our warm and nurturing teachers are trained and licensed Kindermusik educators. They are passionate about transforming the lives of children through music. Our parents and students love our teachers, who give attention to each child’s individual needs. Our teachers seek to provide a safe, secure, and developmentally appropriate environment in which your child can have a joyful learning experience. We want to help you lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and love of music for your child.     In our often overly busy lives, Kindermusik classes with Studio3Music allow you to spend focused time with your child. As your child’s most important teacher, you participate in your child’s growth and whole development in areas such as: social interaction, literacy skills, confidence, coordination, problem solving, and of course, musicality!     Learn more about Studio3Music here!

Prize: 1-hour Out of Studio Birthday Party worth $135, collection of musical toys
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Tot Spot Cafe
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The Café is located in the Bear Creek Plaza on Bear Creek Parkway in Woodinville, WA, right off of the I-405/SR-522 interchange. Our address is 17802 134th Ave NE, Suite 6, Woodinville, WA 98072.  Our 2500 square foot facility features a monitored Play Area and Kid-approved snacks while also offering a host of Mom-approved café treats and top-quality espresso drinks.   Our unique setup allows you to always keep your little one in sight and parents and caregivers are always welcome in the play area!    Learn more about Tot Spot Cafe here!

Prize: 1 month membership

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Trimood Photography
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My name is Christine Moody and I absolutely love my job.  I am a professional photographer and what I love most about the work that I do is the freedom to create, learn, and grow.  For me, photography is about creating an image that helps freeze important moments in time forever.  My goal is to help tell a story of amazing, heart warming, and momentous times in yours or a loved one’s life.  What you see in my photos is a great imagination and creativity.  I enjoy the process of working with those I photograph capturing that specialness that evokes emotion.      Learn more about Trimood Photography here!

Prize: $50 gift certificate

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