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19 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Sept. 16-22

A fun library event happening this week involves learning about origami and contributing to the 1000 Paper Cranes Project.

Photo: Tukwila Library

Fall is here but the weather is still fine, so get outside with your loved ones and enjoy some music in the park, glowing lanterns, bubbles, a story and a stroll, or visit one of many arts & culture festivals.


Monday, September 16

Monday Madness at Playdate SEA Enjoy 8,000 square feet of indoor playground fun for the kids, while parents sip coffee at the attached cafe. 5 to 8 p.m. Play Date SEA, Mercer Street, Seattle.

Monday Bubbles Create your own magical floating, sparkly bubbles every Monday in Occidental Square. Free and all ages are welcome. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Occidental Square, Downtown Seattle.


Tuesday, September 17

Live Music in the Park Spend a few hours of relaxing and dancing in the park. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Occidental Square, Downtown Seattle.

Nature Walk Take a guided tour of Wallace Swamp Creek Park. Explore along two miles of paved and primitive trails, and discover plants and animals living in the park. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. 9 to 11 a.m. Wallace Swamp Creek Park, Kenmore.


Wednesday, September 18

Shoreline Preschool Story Time Enjoy books, rhymes, stories and songs just for preschoolers. Each week celebrates a different letter of the alphabet. Ages 3 to 6 with an adult, siblings welcome. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Shoreline Library.

Free Open Play: Springfree Trampolines Jump around at Free Open Play every Wednesday, with complimentary snacks provided. Yes, parents can jump, too. 10 a.m. to noon. Springfree Trampoline, Issaquah. 


Thursday, September 19

Oly Third Thursday Stroll the streets of downtown Olympia during this community celebration of local culture, art, food and music. Buskers play live music in the streets, and participating businesses give special Third Thursday discounts. 4 to 7 p.m. Downtown Olympia.

Wizarding Wand Workshop Make your own Wizarding World Wand. Design it yourself from select magical materials, or get enchanting advice from senior wizards. 5 to 6 p.m. Greenbridge Library, Seattle.


Friday, September 20

Story and a Stroll This story explores the treasures of Crawdad Creek from a child’s perspective. The illustrations draw you into a quiet world that gets richer the closer you look. 11 a.m. to noon. Crawdad Creek, Bellevue.

Children’s Story Time Enjoy story time with Steph at Phinney Books. Babies, toddlers and anyone else who likes a good story exuberantly told are welcome. 11 a.m. to noon. Phinney Books, Seattle.

1000 Peace Cranes Project Make an origami peace crane and write a message or drawing on it to celebrate International Day of Peace. 3 to 4 p.m. Tukwila Library.


Saturday, September 21

Free Family Flick The third Saturday of each month, The Grand Cinema welcomes guests of all ages to a family-friendly movie for free. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and movies start at 10 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. This week’s show: The Iron Giant. 10 a.m. to noon. Grand Cinema, Tacoma.

Family Magic Show Take the whole family to the Seattle Center for this fun stage magic show. This show features comedy magic, stage illusions, mind reading and lots of audience participation. Gratuity accepted in the hat after the show. Two shows at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Seattle Center.

Ranger Program: Fall for Frogs Hop on over to the Mercer Slough to discover more about frogs thriving in the wetland. These musical amphibians play an intricate role in the food web and help keep the ecosystems in balance. Enjoy some fun activities, crafts and a nature walk. 2 to 3 p.m. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue.

Northwest Folklife Performance Join the Sound Crossing String Band for a selection of live music with an old-time sound, played in a fun and educational way. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Crossroads Mall, Bellevue.

Luminata Lantern Parade Celebrate the autumnal equinox with a parade at Green Lake featuring music, lanterns, lights, costumes and more. Everyone is invited to bring lanterns, glowing umbrellas, luminous costumes, or other beaming creations to parade around the lake. 6 to 10 p.m. South Shore of Green Lake Park, Seattle.


Sunday, September 22

Fremont Sunday Market Stroll this fun, year-round, European-style street market. Food trucks, handcrafts, vintage and one-of-a-kind gifts, local produce and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evanston Avenue (Fremont), Seattle.

Fall Restoration Day in Volunteer Park Come garden at Volunteer Park. This fun event is great for kids and families, and a lovely way to meet friends and neighbors. No gardening experience necessary. Weed, mulch, and clean garden beds. Gloves and tools will be provided as well as free coffee and donuts. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer Park, Seattle.

Bellweather Arts Festival Experience ten days and nights of art in downtown Bellevue. See art installations at various sites, plus live music, artist talks, culinary events and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily through Sept. 22). Downtown Bellevue.


Browse the Family Events Calendar — searchable by age, location and cost — to find more family fun this week. Or download the Seattle's Child App and find fun on the go.


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