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21 free things to do with kids around Seattle, March 11-17

Dig into your costume bin and go have fun "on the boardwalk" at Purim Carnival.

Photo: Stroum Jewish Community Center


This is the time of year when I find it particularly hard to decide what to do with the kids. Winter’s chill lingers, but spring is teasing with bluebird days. Do I pack up all the clothing layers and head outside? Or is today a library and crafts kind of day? This week’s list of fun, FREE, things to do -- inside and out -- should make planning a little easier. And don’t forget! Wear green and take your little leprechauns to one of the many Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations that start this week.


Monday, March 11

Leprechaun Quest Find the luck-‘o-the-Irish in Downtown Snohomish this week, where there’s a scavenger hunt through the historic district. Find wee magical ones at participating merchants, and you could win the “pot ‘o gold.” Today through Sunday. Historic Downtown Snohomish.

Magic Monday Watch magicians perform feats of mystery, wonder and the bizarre. 7 p.m. Third Place Books, Seattle (Ravenna).


Tuesday, March 12

Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids  This story time appeals to adults, too. Let your little one enjoy a new book and playtime with friends while take in some window shopping. 11 a.m. Pottery Barn Kids.

Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies Join your neighbors for a screening of Migration (PG-13), a moving film documenting 65 million people around the world who’ve left their homes to escape famine, climate change and war. Given the documentary’s subject matter, this event is suited toward families with with older children. 7 p.m.  Centilia at El Centro de la Raza, Seattle (Beacon Hill).


Wednesday, March 13

Toddler Gym Playtime Meet new friends, bounce and play, and ride scooters and tricycles. Then design and create new inventions at the Imagination Playground. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Magnolia Community Center, Seattle.

Baby Story time Looking for an opportunity to get out of the house with your new bundle of joy? This story time is just right for infants. Stay afterward to socialize with other new parents. Noon. Shoreline Library. 

Drop-in Fitness: Gentle Yoga BYO kids and yoga mat, and end your day with some stretching and relaxation. Seattle Center hosts this free yoga session for all ages and skill levels throughout March. 7:30 p.m. Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).


Thursday, March 14

Strolling Thunder Have an opinion about (the lack of) access to affordable, quality childcare in our state? Yeah, me too. It’s time to speak up with fellow families at this rally at the Capitol.  10 a.m. Washington State Capitol, Olympia.


Friday, March 15

Children’s Story Time Babies, toddlers and anyone else who likes a well-told story should head to the bookstore this morning. 11 a.m. Phinney Books, Seattle (Phinney Ridge).

St. Patrick’s Day Game Night Bring a favorite game from home, or enjoy games from the club’s collection. Kids and teens can chill out with X-box games and snacks, and Guinness will be flowing from the cash bar for grown-ups. 6 to 9 p.m. Mount Baker Community Club, Seattle.

UW Community Concert Seattle Symphony and University of Washington Orchestra play together tonight. 7:30 p.m. Meany Hall, UW Campus, Seattle.

Free Imagine Children’s Museum  Enjoy free admission on the third Friday of every month. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett.


Saturday, March 16

Toddler Shamrock Fest Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with coloring, arts and crafts, and a toddler gym. 10 a.m. to noon. Rainier Community Center, Seattle (Columbia City).

Meydenbauer Bay Park New playground alert! Check out the playground, the terraces with lake and city views, the water walk, and the boathouse for kayak and paddleboard rentals. There’ll be activities, food and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, too. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meydenbauer Bay Park, Bellevue.

Irish Festival Celebrate the holiday with music, dancing, food ($), cultural displays, crafts and more.  Noon to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Seattle Center (Lower Queen Anne).

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Don your green garb and head to Fourth Ave. for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, featuring marching bands, festive floats and plenty o’ leprechauns. Monorail rides are free, and closing festivities take place at Seattle Center. 12:30 p.m. Fourth Ave. and James Street, Downtown Seattle.

Ranger Walk Join a park ranger for a 1-hour interpretative tour of the Lake Hills Greenbelt. 2 p.m. Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station, Bellevue.

Crossroads Cultural Arts Series Northwest Folklife presents this kid-friendly performance featuring vintage swing and blues band Bunny Holiday and the Highball Boys. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Crossroads Mall Market Stage, Bellevue.


Sunday, March 17

Leprechaun Hunt St. Patrick’s Day is here and leprechauns are popping up in the gardens. Go on a scavenger hunt to try and spot one, and win a prize. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri-Sun. Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline.

Purim Carnival Put on a costume to play, craft and eat “on the boardwalk” at Seattle’s largest Purim carnival. Please pre-register and bring cash for ticketed games and food. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island.

Home is Where You Lay Your Fuzzy Head It’s a story time/nature walk combo! Learn where the creatures of the forest lay their heads at night, then head outside to investigate. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lewis Creek Visitors Center, Bellevue.

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