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21 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Jan. 14-20

The Youth-Led MLK March at Rainier Community Center celebrates local kids' contributions to making Seattle great.

Photo: Seattle Parks and Recreation

From magic shows and science experiments to story times and ranger talks, there's something fun to do for kids of all ages and interests. Have a great week!

Monday, January 14

The Big Play Date: Drop in for interactive play with fellow families. Playtime is geared toward newborns to age 6, but all ages are welcome. 10 a.m. to noon. Renton Highlands Library, Renton.

Magic Monday: Magicians perform feats of mystery and the bizarre every second Monday. 7 p.m. Third Place Books, Seattle (Ravenna). 


Tuesday, January 15

Toddler Gym Drop-In Playtime: Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls, and much more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Queen Anne Community Center, Seattle. 

¡Hora De Cuentos! Enjoy listening to stories, rhymes and songs in both English and Spanish. 11:30 a.m. to noon. Northgate Library, Seattle (Northgage).


Wednesday, January 16

Volunteer Park Conservatory: Kids can explore a lush garden in the middle of winter. Admission is free through Feb. 28. 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Preschool Story Time: Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with the children's librarian. 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Central Library, Downtown Seattle.

Cultural Celebration of the Day of the Kings: Learn about the Hispanic celebration of Three Kings Day. Listen to stories, do arts & crafts and play with piñatas. 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the newly renovated Lake City Library, Seattle (Lake City).

Everything Insects: Learn about bugs that breathe through their abdomen or taste with their feet. For ages 6 and older. 3 to 3:45 p.m. Woodinville Library, Woodinville.


Thursday, January 17

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn: Learn and explore through art, music and toys. Children of all abilities ages 18 months to 5 years are welcome. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Broadview Library, Seattle (Greenwood).

Science Fun for Little Ones: Power On, Power Off! Create your own contraption that moves using simple circuits, motorized vibration and recycled materials. For ages 3 to 6. 1 to 2 p.m. Mercer Island Library.

Chess Club: Learn the game with the help of on-site chess coaches. Chess puzzles are also available. All levels welcome. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Northeast Library, Seattle (Ravenna/Northeast Seattle).


Friday, January 18

Lake City Film Festival: Family movies are free every third Friday and often feature films made by local talent. Call the community center for movie details. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lake City Community Center, Seattle (Lake City).

Seattle Colleges MLK Celebration: Listen to keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson (New York Times contributor and an editor of The New Republic) and hear award winning gospel music by DaNell Daymon and Greater Works. Doors open at 11 a.m., program begins at 12:30 p.m. Mount Zion Baptist Church, Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Seattle Aquarium Evening Beach Walk: Join a naturalist to see which creatures are visible at night during low tide. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 7 to 9 p.m. Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint, West Seattle.


Saturday, January 19

Adventures of Reading Magic Show: Watch your favorite books come to life through magic and illusion. Learn a magic trick after the show. Shows at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Theater 4, Seattle Center, Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).

Duck Draw: Take a short bird walk to observe the ducks at Green Lake. Then head to the library sketch what you saw. Space is limited; please RSVP. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Green Lake Library, Seattle (Green Lake).

Skagit Eagle Festival: Want to get out of town this weekend? The Eagle Festival is happening every full weekend in January. This weekend, watch a raptor show ($) or take a wildlife hayride (free). Check the website for scheduled activities. Various times and locations. Concrete, Eastern Skagit County.

Youth-Led MLK March: Honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate local youth contributions to creating a better city. There’ll be food and live music, too. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rainier Community Center, Seattle (Genesee Park).


Sunday, January 20

Sunday Public Sail. Take a 45-minute ride around Lake Union to explore the water and learn about sailing. Boats set sail several times throughout the day, rain or shine. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle (South Lake Union).

Cascade Canines. Did you know that foxes climb trees? Or that coyotes tip toe? Learn more at this ranger talk. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lewis Creek Visitor Center, Bellevue.

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