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20 Free Things To Do with Kids This Week, July 10-16

Get creative with ukulele lessons, mask making and drawing outside.

Paddlers working hard at the Seafair Milk Carton Derby.

Courtesy of Seafair by Gary Breedlove

Sometimes I want to be a kid again; this is one of those weeks. With ukulele lessons, a drop-in art studio, comic book making, mask making, and drawing on kid-sized easels at Olympic Sculpture Park, there are tons of opportunities for kids to flex their creative muscles. Also, soak up some culture at the Seafair Indian Days Powwow, Dragon Fest, Arab Festival and Bon Odori Festival.


Monday, July 10

Free Drop-In Art Studio Bring your own materials or use what is available in the studio for this free drop-in art studio time. 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Beacon Arts (Beacon Hill).

Magic Monday Held the second Monday of the month, each show features the Pacific Northwest's finest magicians performing feats of mystery, wonder and the bizarre. With its origins in the theaters of London and New York, Magic Monday is a cabaret of conjuring in the intimate setting of the bookstore. 7 p.m. Third Place Books (Ravenna).


Tuesday, July 11

Summer Food Invasion Field Day This summer, United Way of King County is hosting free Food Invasion Field Days across the county. Enjoy activities for all ages, including an obstacle course, bounce house, face painting, crafts, free food for all, and more.  Kids can also enjoy free meals throughout the summer at various locations and times, details here.  Noon to 3 p.m. Roxhill Park (West Seattle).

Lunchtime Concert Series Enjoy free performances for all ages every Tuesday through Aug. 15. Today’s performer is Eric Haines, comedy juggler. Noon to 1 p.m. Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.


Wednesday, July 12

Kids Graphic Novel Book Group Every Wednesday through Sep. 6, join the Kids Graphic Novel Book Group. Learn about different kinds of graphic novels and how to make your own! Learn about creating characters, framing art, story arcs, and more. Bring a favorite graphic novel to share, a drawing or writing pad, a pen or pencil, and your creativity. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. University Book Store (University District).

U Village Sounds of Summer Concert Series A series of free concerts with live music from local favorites and well-known artists, with gourmet bites from U Village restaurants, the RAM beer garden and activities in the kid’s play area. Today, enjoy music by Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme. 7 to 8:30 p.m. University Village (University District).


Thursday, July 13

Tugboat Story Time 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. This is an indoor/outdoor activity; dress accordingly. Ages 2 to 5. Not intended for preschool groups. 11 a.m. to noon. Center for Wooden Boats (South Lake Union).

Ukulele Start-Up Award-winning songwriter and experienced teacher, Wes Weddell will teach the basics and students will leave the class with a simple song. Ukuleles provided. Recommended for ages 13 and older. This workshop is popular and fills quickly, other sessions available here and here.  Pre-registration required. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Northgate Library (Northgate).

Summer at SAM Kickoff Enjoy live music, food trucks, hands-on activities, and a kid’s corner with more art activities just for kids. Part of a regular series throughout the summer. 6 to 8 p.m. Olympic Sculpture Park (Downtown).

Summer Picnic at Volunteer Park Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy face painting, interactive artwork, live music, six fantastic food trucks, lawn games, free ice cream while it lasts, and much more. 6 to 8 p.m. Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill).

Friday, July 14

Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow Food, music, dance, and community resource fair. Grand entry at 7 p.m. July 14, 11 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. July 15, and noon July 16. No pets. 4 to 10 p.m. July 14, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 15, 10 a.m. to 8 pm July 16. FREE July 14, $5, free ages 11 and younger July 15-16.  Daybreak Indian Cultural Center (Magnolia).  

Family Fun Evenings Join community center staff at the park every Friday (July 14-Aug. 25) night for hands-on art actives, games; kid-friendly concerts and entertainers, and other special activities. 6 to 8 p.m. Donnie Chin Park (International District).


Saturday, July 15

Seafair Milk Carton Derby Features nearly 100 seaworthy crafts made primarily of milk cartons, family activities and food booths.  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Green Lake Park, near Aqua Theater (Green Lake). 

All Day Game Day Enjoy tabletop games for all ages including board games, dice games, and role-playing games. There will be games from independent game designers, big game company's demo teams, board game enthusiasts, and local gaming stores bringing their games and teaching you how to play.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Skyway Library (Skyway).

West Seattle Summer Fest Music, craft and local vendors, food, kids’ area, gardening and sustainability booths, inflatables, rides and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14-15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 16.

Arab Festival Experience Arab cultures through food, performances, and more. Children’s and family activities include Arabic craft making, toddler and preschool circle times (noon to 1:30 p.m.) and a derbekeh (Arabic drum) workshop for children (3 p.m.) on both days in the Armory Lofts. Seattle Center Armory (Lower Queen Anne). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Extraordinary Playscapes: Family Fun Day See the exhibit, Extraordinary Playscapes, and enjoy Family Fun Day where activities include an outdoor play area in Post Alley behind the center and an indoor hands-on station with boards and video games, a photo booth, a Seattle Design Nerds installation and a drawing station where guests are invited to design your own dream playground. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Center for Architecture & Design (Downtown).

Dragon Festival The largest Pan-Asian American street-fair in the Pacific Northwest, the Dragon Fest will feature cultural performances including dragon and lion dances, traditional Korean drumming, martial arts demonstrations, the Chinese Girls Drill Team, the $3 "food walk" with over 40 restaurants offering bite sizes, and more. Noon to 8 p.m. July 15, noon to 6 p.m. July 16. Hing Hay Park (International District). 

Seattle Opera Summer Fest An open house with live music, interactive demonstrations, costume displays, hands-on art activities and more. Noon to 3 p.m.  McCaw Hall (Lower Queen Anne).

Bon Odori Festival Traditional Japanese Buddhist festival includes food, taiko drumming and martial arts performances, cultural exhibits and demonstrations. 4 to 10 p.m. July 15, 3 to 8 p.m. July 16


Want more? Here’s something for every single day of summer. And you can always check out our Family Events Calendar, searchable by age, location, and cost. 

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