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21 FREE Things To Do With Kids This Week, May 14-20

Young musicians play six hours of jazz this Sunday!

Courtesy of Seattle JazzED


Monday, May 14

Magic Monday Held on the second Monday of the month, each show features the Pacific Northwest's finest magicians. 7 p.m. Third Place Books, Seattle (Ravenna).

Tinkerlab Commons Make and edit movies in iMovie or create a stop-motion animation film. Tools provided. 4 to 7 p.m. Delridge Branch Library, West Seattle.


Tuesday, March 15

University Village Playdays Each week a different store hosts a story time or hands-on activity. This week, Kids Club is hosting. 10 to 11 a.m. University Village, Seattle (U District).

Classic British Tales Theatre for Young Children performs two classic tales from Britain to celebrate spring—The Fairy Tulips and Tale of Peter Rabbit. Also, burn off some energy at the open toddler gym (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Recommended for ages 2 and older. 11 a.m. Van Asselt Community Center, Seattle (Beacon Hill).


Wednesday, May 16

Top Ten Toys Story Time Check out a lively, weekly story time in this local toy store. 11 a.m. to noon. Top Ten Toys, Seattle (Greenwood).


Thursday, May 17

17th of May Festival: Syttende Mai Celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day. Enjoy free admission to the Nordic Heritage Museum (10 am. To 5 p.m.) and kids activities (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Enjoy entertainment with a Nordic flair at Bergen Place (2 to 5:45 p.m.) See the parade starting at 62nd Street N.W. and 24th Avenue N.W (6 to 8 p.m.). Seattle (Ballard).


Friday, May 18

Classic British Tales Theatre for Young Children performs two classic tales from Britain to celebrate spring—The Fairy Tulips and Tale of Peter Rabbit. Also, check out the open toddler room (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.). Recommended for ages 2 and older. 11:15 a.m. Green Lake Community Center, Seattle (Green Lake).


Saturday, May 19

Autism Early Open Families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore Pacific Science Center with a morning visit closed to the general public. Also, enjoy softened general lighting and decreased noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible. Additional fee for special exhibits. 8 to 10 a.m. Pacific Science Center (Lower Queen Anne).

West Seattle Bee Festival Celebrate bees with a fun run (9:30 a.m.), kids’ and pet parade (11 a.m.), games, crafts, beehive demo (noon), food and live music (noon to 2 p.m.).  9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. High Point Commons Park and surrounding areas, West Seattle.

University District StreetFair The longest running street fair in the country features hundreds of craft, food and information booths, entertainment stages, street performers, a kids’ area and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20. University Way Northeast, Seattle (U District).

Petpalooza Dog Trot 3K/5KFun Run (9:30 a.m., $18-$23), live entertainment, vendors, pet contests, petting area, demonstrations, kids’ activities, pony rides, agility areas and more. Leashed, licensed, well-behaved pets welcome. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Game Farm Park, Auburn.

Touch A Truck Get up close and personal with the vehicles and equipment that build, serve and protect our community. Kids can honk, toot and climb aboard their favorite vehicles. Rain or shine. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Horns-free 11 a.m. to noon). The former Target parking lot at 2141 S. 314th St., Federal Way.

Chinese Arts and Culture Festival Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).

Kids to Parks Day Part of a national event that celebrates spring and the outdoors with educational booths, crafts, outdoor activities, face painting, entertainment, a fire truck and story time. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore.  Other nearby events at Fort Warden State Park, Port Townsend; American Lake Park, Lakewood; Olympic National Park; Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Whidbey Island; Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Seattle; West Bay Park, Olympia.

PopUp StoryWalk Enjoy reading and a walk through the forest with local author and artist, Kevan Atteberry and his book, Bunnies!!! Part of the Kids to Parks Day event. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore.

Nature and Gardening Story Time Enjoy stories and activities that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. Recommended for ages 3 to 8 and their families. 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Elisabeth C. Miller Library, Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle (Laurelhurst).

Simple Gifts Community Concert A concert featuring the world premiere of composed music in collaboration with Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence, Alexandra Gardner and LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in Seattle. 2 p.m. Benaroya Hall, Downtown Seattle.


Sunday, May 20

Bicycle Sundays The four-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park is closed to motorized traffic several Sundays through September. Enjoy biking, jogging or strolling along the water. Also enjoy music, games, and face painting at Seward Park (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lake Washington Boulevard South (Mount Baker).

Sunday Public Sail Each Sunday, the Center for Wooden Boats offers free 45-minute rides on Lake Union. Set sail on one of the classic boats. Sign up for a slot in person, several trips throughout the day. Space is limited. Sign up begins at 10 a.m. Center for Wooden Boats (Lake Union). 

JazzED Jamboree Hear a lineup of young musicians play jazz with ensembles representing the spectrum of JazzED students. The concert is 6-hours, so enjoy as little or as much as you’d like. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Seattle (Central District).

Turtle Time Learn from veterinary technician and founder of Washington Turtle & Tortoise Rescue, Thayer Cueter about turtles. Learn to identify turtles native to Washington and actions to protect them. 1 to 3 pm. Willow Creek Hatchery, Edmonds. 


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