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19 free things to do with kids around Seattle, March 18-24

The new Wagner Education Center at Center for Wooden Boats opens this weekend with all kinds of free fun for families.

Photo: Tyler Ray/Center for Wooden Boats


It’s going to be a beautiful week! And there are plenty of reasons to go out and explore: cultural celebrations, walking tours, dance parties, performances and more. There's something for everyone on this week's lineup of Seattle-area free, family fun.


Monday, March 18

Ballard Locks Free Tour Meet at the Visitors Center and take a guided walking tour of this engineering marvel. 2 to 3 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Ballard.


Tuesday, March 19

Free State Parks Day It’ll be a beautiful day to pack a picnic and take your after-school snack to the park. State Parks are free today, in celebration of their 105th birthday.

Harry Potter Party Calling all witches and wizards! Explore the magical world of J.K. Rowling with fellow Harry Potter fans. Costumes encouraged. 4 to 6 p.m. White Center Library, Seattle.

March Mathness This STEM twist on March Madness helps kids ages 5 to 8 explore math through fun games, puzzles, activities, and of course, basketball. 7 to 8 p.m. Bothell Library.


Wednesday, March 20

Scaredy Squirrel and the Little Red Hen Theater for Young Children brings two classic tales to life in this fun performance that’s perfect for little ones.  10 a.m. Ballard Community Center, Seattle.

Please, Please Mr. Postman Write some good, old-fashioned letters to family and friends, or to someone you’ve never met.  The library will send your letters to children in hospitals to cheer them up. Stamps and letter-writing materials provided. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Renton Library.


Thursday, March 21

Toddler Gym Play Time Little walkers, up to age 5, can practice their motor and social skills with balls, scooters, blocks and lots of friends. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Queen Anne Community Center, Seattle.

The Magic Teakettle Puppet Show In this Japanese folktale a peddler woman's old teakettle transforms into a racoon-like animal, called a Tanuki. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Woodinville Library.


Friday, March 22

Ni Hao! Chinese Story Time Families interested in the Chinese language will enjoy stories, culture and activities in Mandarin. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Shoreline Library.


March Madness Food, games, prizes and basketball on the big screen. Open to all ages, and donations are appreciated.  5 p.m. Van Asslet Community Center.

World Dance Party Bring the whole family, and a potluck dish to share, and learn dance moves from different cultures. 6 to 9 p.m. Lake City Community Center.


Saturday, March 23

Teen Action Fair Celebrate and connect with young leaders who are making a difference in their local and global communities. Dance and open mic performances, an arts showcase and hands-on activities.  RSVP. 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitors Center, Seattle.

Center for Wooden Boats Grand Opening The new Wagner Education Center opens this weekend. Build a toy boat, decorate a paddle, learn about traditional boat-making skills, take a sailboat ride around Lake Union and more. Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Free family activities all weekend long. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle (South Lake Union). 

Caspar Babypants Concert Arrive early to claim some dancing space. Caspar Babypants shows are always popular with kids (and parents, too). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Top Pot Donuts, Bothell.

Family Wild Walks: Swing into Spring Take a themed walk through the arboretum, play games and look for signs of spring. Meet at 1:15 outside the Graham Visitors Center. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle. 


Sunday, March 24

French Fest Escape to France today with music, dance, food and activities that celebrate the influence of French-speaking cultures around the world. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seattle Center Armory (Lower Queen Anne).

FOCS Family Gathering: Celebrating Women of Color Families of Color Seattle hosts this celebration in honor of Women’s History Month. There’ll be live music, an art walk, and a collage craft for kids. 2 to 4 p.m. Happy Grillmore, Seattle (First Hill).

Lithuanian Extravaganza Learn about and celebrate Lithuanian culture with music, dancing, performances and more. 2 to 3:40 pm. Central Library, Seattle.


Looking for more Seattle-area family fun? Check out our Family Events Calendar, searchable by age, location and cost. 

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