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15 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Dec. 3-9

Carolers belt holiday classics at the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition in Downtown Seattle.

Photo: Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition/Facebook

Artsy adventures abound with Free First Thursdays at the museums, art workshops and even Afro-Brazilian dancing. Loads of holiday fun, too.

All Week Long

There’s holiday fun happening all over town. Here’s where you can find it any day of the week.

Monday, December 3

Cookie Cutter Workshop Draw, shape and bend a one-of-a-kind cookie cutter, and use it to make a holiday ornament. 4 to 5:30 p.m. White Center Branch Library, West Seattle.

Tuesday, December 4

The Gingerbread Man Watch a crazy cast of characters chase a tricky cookie. Presented by Sweet Pea Cottage. 11 a.m. to noon. Van Asslet Community Center, Seattle (New Holly)

Wednesday, December 5

Toddler Gym Play Time Ride tricycles, play house or blocks, and have fun on the slide. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rainier Community Center, Seattle (Columbia City).

Winter Story Time: Snow Sisters Meet local author Kerri Kokias as she reads from her book Snow Sisters and leads children in a winter-themed craft. 11:15 a.m. South Park Branch Library, West Seattle.

Low Sensory Evening at KidQuest Children with sensory sensitivities can explore and play at the KidQuest museum without crowds. Free, though registration is required to keep noise levels low. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. KidQuest Museum, Bellevue.

Thursday, December 6

Free First Thursdays Explore a new exhibit or revisit your favorites during free admission day at participating museums. Various times and locations. Check out the new “Bold is Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home” exhibition. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Northwest African American Museum, Seattle (Mount Baker).

Friday, December 7

Small Frye: Storytelling + Art Seattle Children’s theater gives a dramatic reading in the art galleries. Then children do a fun, story-related craft. Today’s book: Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Fry Art Museum, Seattle (First Hill).

Google Lights See a giant holiday tree and a light show synchronized to music, plus carolers and photos with favorite characters. Bring new, unwrapped toys or non-perishable foods to support local non-profits. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cross Kirkland Corridor, Google Campus, Kirkland.

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Hear dozens of caroling teams compete in this quirky Pike Place Market tradition 6 to 8:30 p.m. Pine Street between Fourth Ave. and Seventh Ave., Downtown Seattle.

Saturday, December 8

Pioneer Square Holidays Take a classic horse-drawn carriage ride and peruse a holiday market. 1 to 5 p.m. Pioneer Square, Seattle.

Harborview Holiday Party Gather with friends and celebrate your community with some holiday fun at Yesler, sponsored by Harborview Medical Center. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yesler Community Center, Seattle (International District).

Bicycle Story Time Preschoolers and toddlers can learn all about bicycles through stories and crafts. 10:30 to 11 a.m. G&O Family Cyclery, Seattle (Greenwood).

Afro-Brazilian Dance Watch a dance demonstration, then join in for an Afro-Brazilian dance class with live drumming. 2 to 4 p.m. Seward Park Amphitheater, Seattle.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights Carry or wear your own lights as you stroll around the lake and listen to local musicians perform. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Green Lake Park, Seattle.

Sunday, December 9

ArtVenture: Sculpt and Shape Experiment with found objects and modeling clay to create sculptural self-portraits. 1 to 3 p.m. Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (U-District).

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