Meeghan Black is the host of “Evening Magazine,” which, at 26 years on the air, is the longest-running local magazine show in the nation. It features the places and people of the Pacific Northwest, and Meeghan travels all over the Northwest, five days a week, hosting the show. Even though her home’s in Renton, Meeghan considers Tukwila, Kent, SeaTac and Des Moines her personal stomping grounds. Here are some Seattle Southside places you might find Meeghan when she’s not in front of the camera.


Surrounding Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle Southside is the transportation and commerce hub of the urban Seattle corridor, and it holds many attractions for travelers. Climb aboard Air Force One at The Museum of Flight, or thrill to racing thoroughbreds at Emerald Downs.

Dine on regional cuisine at Cedarbrook Lodge’s acclaimed Copperleaf, or devour smoked pork at Cave Man Kitchen. Shop massive Westfield Southcenter Mall or the Great Wall Shopping Mall, the biggest Asian shopping center in the Puget Sound. Ramble along shoreline in Des Moines, or fish for salmon in the Green River Natural Resources Area. More Seattle Southside secrets include mostly free parking and reasonable lodging rates.

Q & A with Meeghan Black

Meeghan Black is the host of “Evening Magazine,” which, at 26 years on the air, is the longest-running local magazine show in the nation. It features the places and people of the Pacific Northwest, and Meeghan travels all over the Northwest, five days a week, hosting the show. Even though her home’s in Renton, Meeghan considers Tukwila, Kent, SeaTac and Des Moines her personal stomping grounds. Here are some Seattle Southside places you might find Meeghan when she’s not in front of the camera.

Q: You’re a local girl. You grew up in Seattle, and like all Seattleites, you have a tiny hydro obsession. I hear you’ve discovered a place in Kent that will please any hydro fan?

A: I grew up on Mercer Island, so in the ’70s we really had the roar of the hydroplanes and the Blue Angels screaming across the sky to the point where the windows would rattle—and we lived with hydroplanes for five days. We loved the hydros!

So now, there’s this Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in south Seattle that is unbelievable. Really, my childhood comes alive when I enter this place. They’ve got audio of Pat O’Day calling a race. They’ve got old hydroplanes; the original Miss Budweiser is even housed down there! They take hydroplanes and refurbish them, so you can see guys working on them. They rebuild them; then they display them. They have the good boats, plus memorabilia from drivers like Bill Muncey and Chip Hanauer. If you have any connection to the Northwest and Seafair, that is a must-see thing (5917 S. 196thSt., Kent, www.thunderboats.ning.com).

Q: Where do you like to go with Erika? (Erika is Meeghan’s daughter, a second grader.)

A: There are several kid-friendly places in south Seattle. First and foremost, the Family Fun Center, which is wild and crazy fun. It’s a privilege she has to earn. We go there occasionally, but definitely every time we drive by it’s “Mommy! Family Fun Center!” Her favorite thing to do there is the jumping trampoline where they strap you in and you can bounce and do flips (7300 Fun Center Way, Tukwila, www.fun-center.com).

One of the privileges that I have shooting “Evening Magazine” is that I get to try out a lot of these places before my family goes. We recently went down to the MaST Center (Marine Science and Technology Center at Highline College). It’s an intimate little aquarium that specializes in Puget Sound marine life. It’s only open on Saturdays. You take the kids down; there are six aquariums and a couple of tanks where they can touch sea creatures. Seattle has a great aquarium—it’s huge—but this one is really hands-on. They have a diver that heads out a couple of Saturdays a month, and he will do a Q-and-A with kids from underwater. And an octopus will swim by; fish will be swimming by. There’s a video camera and a microphone, and the kids get to see what’s underwater and ask the diver all kinds of questions. So it’s that one-on-one connection that makes it a special place (28201 Redondo Beach Drive S., Des Moines, 253-946-0636, www.mast.highline.edu).

Q: What’s your favorite family restaurant in Seattle Southside?

A: There’s one and only one that we go to—it’s the Rainforest Cafe. Every 15 minutes there is a thunderstorm! It actually rains in sections. The apes go ape; the elephants go off—everything goes off. It makes crazy noises, and Erika has loved it for five years now. We have been going forever, and I will be very sad when she says to me she’s too old to go because I love it so much (Rainforest Cafe, 290 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, 206-248-8882).

Q: Where do you go for date night?

A: Well, we have one coming up this Saturday night, and our first stop, sadly enough, is Costco. We love to walk around, holding hands, strolling the aisles of Costco. The only problem is not spending the  money. So after Costco, one of our favorite places is Anthony’s restaurant. We had our rehearsal dinner there, so it’s always a nice spot to return to and remember how much fun it was on that night (Costco, 400 Costco Dr., Tukwila, www.costco.com; Anthony’s Homeport, 421 S. 227thSt., Des Moines, 206-824-1947, www.anthonys.com).

Q: You also host “Gardening with Ciscoe,” so you must have a favorite garden in the south Seattle area.

A: Just recently with “Gardening with Ciscoe,” we were at Kubota Garden, and it is spectacular. The thing I like about that garden is that it has year-round interest. Because in the fall you have all those gorgeous maples turning, and in the winter, because it’s a Japanese style garden, there are evergreen trees and the structure really stands out. Then, in the spring, when everything just comes alive it’s fun to visit as well. And Kubota’s huge—20 acres—so you can really get a workout wandering around there (9817 55thAve. S., Seattle, www.kubota.org)

Q: Any favorite new Seattle Southside finds or discoveries?

A: I don’t know if you saw this place going up, but you have got to try indoor skydiving at iFLY Seattle. Literally, you fall into a wind tunnel of 100-and-some-mile-an-hour winds, and you fly, without a chute, without anything—well almost. You wear a jumpsuit. You can fly up and down, and it is crazy fun. You want an adrenaline rush? That’s where you go (349 Tukwila Parkway, 206-244-4359, www.iflyseattle.com).

Q: What is your favorite Seattle Southside secret?

A: Where I live, Renton, I have a choice to go north, east or south. And I always choose to go south. The simple reason is this: I can move around easier. The traffic doesn’t seem to be as bad. The gas is actually cheaper—please don’t tell anyone that! Everything in Seattle Southside is just easier and quicker to access. 

 

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