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16 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Jan. 7-14

The Morris Dance spreads good cheer. See a performance Sunday at the Everett Public Library.

Photo: Stew Stryker/Flickr

New year, new places to go, new things to see and new friends to meet. From garden strolls and folk dancing to movie and game nights, go explore something new with the family that’s both fun and free!


Monday, January 7

Snow Day in Denny Park Pretend it’s still the holidays and that we’re living in a wintery wonderland. Denny Park’s new holiday light display remains up through Jan. 20. 4 to 9 p.m., Denny Park, Seattle (South Lake Union).


Tuesday, January 8

Free Admission to Volunteer Park Conservatory Explore a lush garden in the middle of winter. Thanks to a generous donation, the Conservatory is free to the public Tuesday to Sunday through Feb. 28. 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Music Together Sample Class If you’ve been considering enrolling your young one(s) in a music class, now’s your chance to try one out. There’ll be singing, dancing and instrument playing – for free! Pre-register. 10:30 to 11:25 today and throughout the week. Various locations around Seattle.

Reading with Rover Young readers can build skills and confidence by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog. For ages 4 and older. 6 to 7 p.m. Renton Library, Renton.


Wednesday, January 9

Student Wednesday at BAM School-aged kids can explore the art museum for free today and every second Wednesday of the month. Download the coupon. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bellevue Arts Museum, Downtown Bellevue.

Sprouts and Seniors Play Group This North Sound playtime is fun for the young and old alike. Children birth to age 5 can meet friendly senior citizens in assisted living memory care for some cross-generational quality time. Bring a toy or two from home to share. Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Pacifica Senior Living Community Cottage, Lynwood.


Thursday, January 10

Toddler Gym Play Time Spare your living room from toy chaos. Instead head to the community center to ride trikes, play house and build blocks with friends. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jefferson Community Center, Seattle (Beacon Hill).


Friday, January 11

Family Game Night Enjoy a fun evening playing games together. Bring your favorite games from home, or try something new from the community center’s collection. Every second Friday of the month, 6 to 7:45 p.m. Miller Community Center, Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Movie Night: The Lego Movie “Everything is awesome!” Especially when there’s a free flick that’s fun for kids and adults. Pre-register. Snacks available for purchase. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village, Redmond.


Saturday, January 12

Winter Weekend Kids’ Saturday in the Park Explore the Olympic Sculpture Park, do family yoga, and get creative with crafty activities. Bring a cardboard box from home to make your own “drive-in” movie! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Olympic Sculpture Park, Downtown Seattle.

MLK Program with Live Paint! Learn about the big words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through storytelling, art and creative writing. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Shoreline Library, Shoreline.

Live Dive Peek under the waters of Puget Sound through the lens of a scuba diver. Their HD camera and two-way communication will give you a real-time look at the creatures they discover. Dives at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Marine Science and Technology Center, Des Moines.

Watershed Story Time and Crafts Heading to the Cascades this weekend? Make a stop in North Bend to hear a naturalist talk about the wildlife living in the Cedar River Watershed. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cedar River Watershed Education Center.

Ballard Art Walk Explore the heart of Ballard with live music and art demonstrations at participating businesses. 6 to 8 p.m. Ballard Business District. 


Sunday, January 13

The Mossyback Morris Men Watch this colorful and quirky British form of ritual dance called “The Morris,” which celebrates the earth and its seasons. It’s like street theater, and it’s meant to spread good cheer in the darkness of winter. 2 to 3 p.m. Everett Public Library, Everett.

Cascade Canines Did you know that foxes climb trees or that coyotes tiptoe? Learn more about these wild canines from the park rangers at Lewis Creek. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Lewis Creek Visitor Center, Bellevue.


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