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11 Free Things to Do with Kids this Week, June 6-11

How about story time on a historic tugboat?

Photo Courtesy of Center for Wooden Boats


Tuesday, June 6

Story Time for Kids Enjoy dramatic readings of the best in new and classic kids books along with hands-on activities. Ideal for kids ages 3 to 7, but all are welcome. 11 a.m. to noon. University Book Store (University District).


Thursday, June 8

Explore the Beach with Naturalists Join volunteer naturalists during low tide on the beach to learn about Puget Sound's multitude of marine plants and animals. Offered at several beaches on many dates through August. 10 a.m. to noon. Golden Gardens (Ballard), Carkeek Park (Broadview), South Alki Beach (Alki), Seahurst Park (Burien), Lincoln Park (West Seattle), Richmond Beach (Shoreline), Saltwater State Park (Des Moines).

Tugboat Story Time Listen to stories about boats and the sea aboard the Arthur Foss, a 100-year-old tugboat. After stories, there is time to explore the boat. This is an indoor/outdoor activity; dress accordingly. Ages 2 to 5. Not intended for preschool groups. 11 a.m. to noon. Center for Wooden Boats (South Lake Union).

Story Time at the Farmer’s Market Buy fresh produce and goods (3 to 7 p.m.) during opening day of the Lake City Farmer’s Market. Then, enjoy story time and songs with Librarian, Nancy P. right in front of the library 6:30 to 7 p.m. Lake City Library (Lake City).


Friday, June 9

NOAA Open House Learn more about how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration works to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment. Activities include science presentations and panels, interactive exhibits and tours. Adults must bring a valid photo ID to gain access to the campus. Noon to 6:30 p.m. NOAA Western Regional Center (Sand Point).

Maple Valley Days Food, rides, music, contests, parade (10 a.m. June 10), car show (June 10), kid-land and more. See schedule here. 3 to 8 p.m. June 9, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11. Park and take the shuttle from Rock Creek Elementary School. Lake Wilderness Park (Maple Valley).


Saturday, June 10

Kids’ Fishing Pond Kids ages 14 and younger can come catch a fish. Cane poles and bait provided. First come, first served. 8 to 11 a.m. Seacrest Park (West Seattle).

Shilshole Boatfest Enjoy the water with sailing lessons, boat rides, and tours. Plus, enjoy live music, inflatables, lawn games, vendors, and food trucks. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shilshole Bay Marina (Ballard).

Festival Sundiata: Black Arts Fest Celebrate African-American culture, history and art with performances, art exhibit, marketplace, food and more. Noon to 9 p.m. June 10, noon to 6 p.m. June 11. Seattle Center Armory (Lower Queen Anne).

Georgetown Carnival Food, entertainment, carnival games, power tool races, interactive art, marching bands and more. Noon to 10 p.m. Downtown Georgetown.


Sunday, June 11

ArtVenture: Mapping and Mazing with Michelle Hagewood Held the second Sunday of each month, ArtVentures encourage families to play, learn, and create together. Visit the galleries, make messes in the studio, and meet creative people. Henry Art Gallery (University District).


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