It's actually quite cost effective to get a year's membership by which you can take up to four other people with you. There are many hands-on exhibits to explore, from the grocery store and the theatre to the radio room and the discovery maze. Upstairs, you can get a bite to eat at various kiosks, and there are child-sized chairs as well as grown-up chairs in which to sit.
You wouldnt think that a shop the size of your bathroom would hold very much of interest to the casual passerby. Fortunately, Flava have things of interest in addition to the sparkly handbags and scented soaps: hats and earrings. Who doesnt need a grosgrain hat that looks stylish on the head but can be crushed to fit into a purse? How can you have gone on this long without a pair of dangly carnelian earrings?
If you want good-looking, affordable furniture that's more than a few steps up from IKEA, this small boutique and futon shop is for you. Akiko provides friendly, personal service. Delivery of furniture is optional for a small surcharge, and sometimes you can even get help putting your futon frame together!
This parish is active in the issues of social justice, and has helped do good things for disenfranchised persons. Parents with boisterous toddlers often choose to sit in the choir gallery so that their children can crawl around on the floors without bothering anyone. Eucharistic ministers bring the bread and wine up to the gallery so that frazzled parents do not have to make their way through long lines downstairs. Parishioners stand, not kneel, during the consecration, and the crucifix on the wall disappears during the Easter season, but as liberal Catholic churches go, St. Therese is a good place to attend on a regular basis.
PROS: welcoming to gays and lesbians and doesn't require you to vote Republican
CONS: No kneeling at the consecration of the Mass.
This church has undergone a lot of upheaval and change in the last decades. It is one of the most welcoming places in Madrona. The parishioners don't care that I'm Roman Catholic-- they're just glad to see me whenever I come to visit. The main worship area is decorated with vibrant Kente cloth (as if there is any other kind.)