21 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Aug. 19-25
The salmon are running! Watch the journey of a lifetime at the Ballard Locks this Saturday.
Monday, August 19
Monday Madness Bounce around a big, indoor playground during free admission hours: 5-8 p.m. PlayDate SEA, South Lake Union neighborhood.
Tuesday, August 20
Wallace Swamp Creek Nature Walk Bring your binoculars and meet at the parking lot kiosk for a 2-mile guided walk through nature. 9 to 11 a.m. Wallace Swamp Creek Park, Kenmore.
Caspar Babypants Concert A local favorite takes the stage for this end-of-season show in the Kirkland Kids Concert Series. 10 to 11 a.m. Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland.
Learn to Draw Learn basic drawing techniques with Silver Kite Community Arts. Supplies are provided. Noon to 2 p.m. Occidental Square, Seattle.
Butterfly Wingding Plant a butterfly garden using native seeds, make a collage with real butterfly wings and learn how to become a citizen scientist. 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Northgate Branch Library, North Seattle.
Wednesday, August 21
Play and Learn Group Learn about kids’ healthy development, meet other caregivers and enjoy playtime with children ages birth to 5. All languages welcome; interpretation provided. 10 a.m. to noon. Educare Early Learning Center, Seattle.
Art on the Plaza Dance, sing, play and read at this drop-in art program for all ages. Light snacks provided. Noon to 2 p.m. Central Library, Downtown Seattle.
Thursday, August 22
Jargie the Science Girl Learn about chemistry concepts through demonstrations and experiments in this interactive science show. 2 to 3 p.m. Northeast Branch, Library, Seattle.
Summer at SAM Live music, art-making, food trucks and park tours. 6 to 8 p.m. Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle.
Movies in the Park: Moana Bring a picnic and chairs and watch a family movie under the stars. Moana starts at dusk ( around 8:15 p.m.). Ballard Commons Park, Seattle.
Friday, August 23
Concerts at the Mural Watch live music at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. Tonight: Helado Negro, NAVVI and PSA.
Kids Night Head to the park for free family concerts, art, entertainers and more. 6 to 8 p.m. Donnie Chin International Children’s Park, Seattle.
Saturday, August 24
Sensory Friendly Morning at MoPOP Experience the museum with lowered volume and light levels. Get full access to MoPOP galleries and do an art activity. Sensory-Friendly Mornings welcomes anyone who can benefit from a low-sensory museum environment before they open to the public. 8 to 10 a.m. MoPOP, Seattle.
Bike Helmet Fitting and Giveaway Stop by the Skyway Fair and get fitted for a free bike helmet (while supplies last) and learn about community safety. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Skyway Fire Station, Seattle.
Nordic Sol Watch the Inuit Games, where athletes from across the Arctic and beyond carry on the tradition of arctic sports. Family activities include crafting stations, stories, STEAM activities and movies. Preregister for the Inuit Games. Festival is free to attend; some activities require a fee; museum admission is half off. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Nordic Museum, Ballard.
Seattle Design Festival Block Party Celebrate the ways design affects our lives during this two-day street fair. This year’s theme is all about balance. See design installations, learn about architecture and watch live performances. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday. Lake Union Park, Seattle.
Cedar River Salmon Run Watch the salmon migrating through the Ballard Locks and learn from a volunteer naturalist. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle (Ballard).
Highlands Day Festival Play all types of games: arcade, pinball, video games, virtual reality experiences and interactive game shows. Noon to 4 p.m. Grand Ridge Plaza, Issaquah Highlands.
Sunday, August 25
Free Parks Day It’s the National Park Service’s 102 birthday; visit State and National Parks for free today.
Tibet Fest Live music, dance, authentic foods, cultural workshops and more. 11 am to 5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. Seattle Center.
Empire Strikes Back in the Park Hello Earth's Wars Outdoors continues with the long-awaited sequel to A New Hope. Bring a blanket, chairs and your own refreshments. Hot dogs for $5. 5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Seattle (Central District).