Learn Olympic-style Archery

Take your favorite 'Hunger Games' fan to the newly remodeled Next Step Archery facility in Mountlake

Bounce-house-weary moms and Hunger Games–crazed kids have a cool new birthday party option: archery. The newly remodeled Next Step Archery facility in Mountlake Terrace offers kids (and adults) a chance to learn Olympic-style archery, either just for fun or for competition. Parties include a short lesson, archery challenges, and lots of games and moving targets. Want to get serious? Kids can sign up for the Junior Olympic archery development program, which teaches kids ages 6–18 team building, precision and a love of archery.

Eight-week classes, $134.95; private lessons, $49.95/hour; parties, $29.95 per archer. Mountlake Terrace, 22313 70th Ave. W, Suite U14; 425.977.2770; nextsteparchery.com

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12, sockittome.com

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at REI.com

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32, peonyandmoss.com

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10, modsocks.com

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18, strideline.com

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466; fleetfeetseattle.com