Educational Excursions &
Things To Do in Bellevue
TICKET SALES HAVE NOW CLOSED. No tickets will be available on-site from AAFCS, but remember to check the corkboards near registration in case anyone has one up for sale!
Looking for more details about the excursions? Check out our blog on our visit to the city.
Food and Drink of Seattle: A Tour of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Pike Place Market
Global Perspectives on Wellness and Textiles: A Visit to the Gates Foundation and the Nordic Heritage Museum
Diamonds & Gold: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style Architecture Walking Tour
Tour Bellevue: Uwajimaya and the Bellevue Botanical Garden
Wednesday, June 22nd
9:00am-3:00pm: Food and Drink of Seattle: A Tour of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Pike Place Market, $75.00, 3.5 CFCS PDUs
Starbucks and Pike Place Market are two Seattle icons—in fact, Starbucks opened its first store at Pike Place! Visit both in one day with this educational—and tasty!—excursion! The Starbucks Reserve Roastery roasts unique coffees and creates specialty drinks for its visitors. You’ll enjoy a class about how coffee is grown, selected, and roasted, along with a tasting session and tour of the Roastery! See coffee being roasted and transported to the baristas, and learn more about the history of the company!
Pike Place Market holds restaurants, stores, farmers, and artisans from across the area—and of course the famous fish markets! You’ll enjoy a tour of the market, learning more about the its history and visiting key vendors—as well as having a few tastes of the city! You’ll have time on your own to explore and take home a few souvenirs—and you’ll have the chance to eat lunch, selecting a restaurant or perhaps just grabbing something tasty on the go from one of the vendors!
This tour will be held in two groups—both will eat together at Pike Place but one will visit the Roastery in the morning and the Market in the afternoon, and the other will do the opposite.
While this tour is not designed around a large amount of walking, some will be involved at Pike Place. Please wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the possibility of rain.
9:15am-3:00pm: Global Perspectives on Wellness and Textiles: A Visit to the Gates Foundation and the Nordic Heritage Museum, $75.00, 3.5 CFCS PDUs/1.5 CPFFE PDUs
Did you know that Seattle has a rich history of Nordic immigrants? Learn more about their journey at the Nordic Heritage Museum! Textiles expert Jody Grage will speak about Nordic fashions and textiles while showing off the Museum’s collection, and Collections Manager Fred Poyner IV will show off the Museum’s textiles storage area and explain proper storage protocol! You’ll have time to explore on your own—and don’t forget the gift shop!
After a morning at the museum, you’ll head over to the Seattle Center, home to many of the city’s museums and attractions, and eat at the Seattle Armory. With $15 in your pocket, you’ll be able to choose from many different cuisines and eat on your own or with friends! After a quick lunch you’ll walk over to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where you’ll enjoy a private tour. Learn more about the work the Gates Foundation is doing around the world—with projects from a personal water filter to a storage device for keeping vaccines cool, the Foundation works toward improving education and health and improving the welfare of those in poverty in many countries!
While this tour is not designed around a large amount of walking, there will be some—please make sure to wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the possibility of rain.
CANCELLED: 9:30am-12:30pm: Diamonds & Gold: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style Architecture Walking Tour, $50.00, 2 CFCS PDUs
Seattle is a city full of interesting architecture—and quite a bit is Art Deco! Join the Seattle Architecture Foundation for a walking tour of downtown, learning more about the Art Deco movement and seeing how it influenced “some of Seattle’s most impressive buildings”!
This is an outdoor walking tour—please wear comfortable shoes, plan for the possibility of rain, and understand that you will be walking for two hours with brief stops. Please remember—Seattle is a city of hills, and while it is in the Northwest, it can still get quite warm at the end of June! If you have any movement impairment, you may want to select a different excursion.
Bellevue is a great city with many cultural locations to be explored! Begin your day at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, home to many different types of gardens, as well as restored woodlands! You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Garden, and then have time to explore on your own and of course visit the gift shop!
The Seattle area has quite a big Asian influence, especially from Japan! Uwajimaya, an Asian market, opened its first store in 1928—and has since expanded to four locations! Learn more about how this business began, how different cultures utilize different ingredients, unique produce and meats offered at the store, how they are an active part of their communities, and more with a tour of the market! Before your tour, you’ll eat lunch at Uwajimaya’s café, with cold and hot prepared Asian foods, along with plenty of sushi or sashimi! Once you’ve met with the different department heads, you’ll have some time to shop—make sure to check out the tea area for some creative options!
The tour of the Garden is an outside walking tour—please make sure to wear comfortable shoes, and plan for the possibility of rain!
Saturday, June 25th
Iconic Seattle location Pike Place Market holds restaurants, stores, farmers, and artisans from across the area—and of course the famous fish markets! You’ll enjoy a tour of the market, learning more about the its history and visiting key vendors—as well as having a few tastes of the city! You’ll have time on your own to explore and take home a few souvenirs before you head back to the hotel in time for dinner.
TIME CHANGE: 2:0pm-6:00pm/7:30pm: Chihuly Garden & Glass, with optional Space Needle visit, $50.00/$60.00 with Space Needle ticket, 2 CFCS PDUs
Glass artist Dale Chihuly creates gorgeous sculptures that have been on display all over the world. Chihuly Garden & Glass is the first museum created exclusively to showcase Chihuly’s work. Explore his sculptures, inspirations, vases, and sketches both inside and outside the museum. Experience the breathtaking garden and see how the sculptures work together with the plant life. Then, sit down to a video about how his work is created. The museum is a must-see in Seattle, topping many lists, and you could spend hours wandering the space. Once you’ve toured the museum and of course visited the gift shop, you can head back to the hotel for an evening in Bellevue—or, for just $10 more, take a trip to the top of the Space Needle! At five hundred and twenty feet off the ground, the Needle’s Observation Deck offers an amazing 360 degree view of the city, mountains, Elliott Bay, and more! Grab a snack or drink while you’re up there, relax and enjoy the city—and of course stop at the gift shop on your way out! If you finish early, you’ll have time to stroll around Seattle Center!