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13 Free Things To Do With Kids This Week, Nov. 6-12

Hone your chess skills at Detective Cookie's Chess Club.

Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Seth Stoll

Monday, November 6

Tinkerlab Drop-In: Ozobot Bits Create a tiny robot, then, create a maze to see it in action. 4 to 7 p.m. Seattle Public Library – Delridge Branch (West Seattle).


Tuesday, November 7

Detective Cookie's Chess Club Kids ages 7 and older are invited to play and learn chess at any level. 3 to 5 p.m. Seattle Public Library – Rainier Beach Branch (Rainier Beach).   


Wednesday, November 8

Toddler Time with Environmental Science Center Kids ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers can enjoy songs, stories, and other seasonal themed hands-on activities followed by outdoor exploration (weather permitting). Pre-register. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Environmental Science Center (Burien).

Sanctuary in the City - Concert Enjoy classical music in this new weekly concert series by Pacific MusicWorks. 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Christ Our Hope at the Josephinum (Belltown). The next concert is Wednesday, Dec. 6, and will take place on the first Wednesday of each month.


Thursday, November 9

Tugboat Storytime 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. 11 a.m. to noon. Center for Wooden Boats (South Lake Union).


Friday, November 10

Children’s Hour at Scarecrow Video An educational program ideal for preschoolers. Each session involves watching short videos and reading books followed by a hands-on art activity. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Scarecrow Video (Roosevelt).


Saturday, November 11

Free National Parks Day To celebrate Veteran's Day, visit one of our National State Parks for free. Participating parks include: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and Olympic National Park.

Free State Parks Day Visit Washington's beautiful state parks for free in celebration of Veterans Day. More than 100 parks throughout Washington. See participating parks here.

Exploration For All: Autism Early Open Families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore Pacific Science Center with a special visit closed to the general public. Experience exhibits without heavy crowds. Also, softened general lighting and decreased the noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible. Additional fee for special exhibits. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific Science Center (Lower Queen Anne).

Reindeer Festival Visit live reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, and Curly the camel, plus see a model train layout.  Today, kids can create an edible Christmas tree ($5.) from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. and meet the reindeer at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reindeer and model train viewing 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and daily through Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Swanson’s Nursery (Crown Hill).

Piper's Creek Salmon Watching See hundreds of returning chum and coho salmon make their way into Piper’s Creek. On weekends during the return, Salmon Stewards will greet guests by the creek to explain the salmons’ life cycle, habitat, and human influence on both. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, tomorrow and weekends through Dec. 3. Carkeek Park (Broadview).


Sunday, November 12

Bunka no Hi Japanese Culture Day Celebrate Japanese culture with taiko drumming, a tea ceremony, music, dancing, crafts, games, food (cash only), martial arts and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (International District).

ArtVenture: Spinning Timelines 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. This month's theme: Spinning Timelines. Pre-register here. 1 to 3 p.m. Henry Art Gallery (University District).

Looking for more to do? You can always check out our Family Events Calendar, searchable by age, location, and cost. 

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