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23 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Jan. 27 - Feb. 2

Kidstock! in Edmonds this weekend offers musical performances by the Not-Its and Recess Monkey and music, theater, and arts enrichment - all for FREE!

Image source: Edmonds Center for the Arts

The month is coming to an end, and to wrap up January we’ve got a wide variety of free options from toddler gyms to STEM fun and much more. Hear live music, attend a Lunar New Year celebration, do an art workshop, or head to Kidstock! for a totally kid-centered entertainment experience.


Monday, January 27

Toddler Open Gym. Children can play with blocks, ride trikes, and hang with other kids at this free open gym time. This is a great way to beat the rainy day blues. There are dozens of other locations as well. Check our calendar for events near you. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bitter Lake Community Center, Seattle. 

Evening Pajamarama Storytime. Bring your kids to the library to have their bedtime stories read to them! Enjoy rhymes, stories, crafts, and more. 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Shoreline Library, Shoreline. 


Tuesday, January 28

Little Yogis Storytime. Move and breathe like our favorite animals, listen to stories, and learn some tricks to help our bodies and minds relax. Best for ages 3-5. 11 a.m. to noon. Edmonds Library, Downtown Edmonds. 

Learn About Space! Have a future astronaut on your hands? Check out this website that features themed activities (this one is on space) like reading, cooking, movement, art, science, and more. The best part? You can do it right at home! 


Wednesday, January 29

Science Toddler Time. Science-based songs, stories, and outdoor exploration at the library! Best for ages 2-4. Pre-register. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burien Library, Burien. 

Wild Wednesday at PlayDate SEA . Enjoy free admission to this indoor play space with the donation of two canned goods per child. Food and drinks available for purchase. Held on the last Wednesday of every month. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. PlayDate SEA (Mercer St.), Seattle. 

LibraryLab: Gadgets and Gizmos. Try builder and discovery kits, Snap Ciruits, Ozobot Bits, Dash Robots, Kano Computer Kits, Kibo Robotic Kits, Legos and more! 2:30 to 4 p.m. Southwest Branch Library, Seattle. 


Thursday, January 30

Arts & Crafts: Optimism Jars. Head to Pike Place Market for some artsy fun! Start your year off right by making these beautiful and serene optimism jars, filled with positive sayings that you can take out and read on a rainy day. 10 a.m. to noon. Pike Place Market Commons, Seattle. 

Lunar New Year Celebration on the Market Stage. Jing Mei Elementary showcases a short and fun Lunar New Year celebration at Crossroads in Bellevue. 4:30 to 5 p.m. Crossroads Bellevue. 

Family Trivia Night. Participate in this fun trivia night for children ages 7 and older and their families. Form a team with friends and family, or join one when you arrive and make some new friends! 6:30 to 8 p.m. Lynnwood Library, Lynnwood. 


Friday, January 31

Storytime with Mackenzie. Want to mix up your regular storytime? Why not enjoy it at the toy store? Hang out with Mackenzie at Snapdoodle Toys in Redmond for some reading and fun. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Snapdoodle Toys, Redmond. 

Kelsey Creek Farm Storytime. Another fun storytime option- stories at the farm! Each event features a different theme and a visit with a farm animal! Best for ages 3-6. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue. 

Family Science: Lotion Lab and Label Exploration. Big kid pick! Learn basic chemistry with a real scientist and make some lotion to take home. Also discuss regulations on these types of products, and other aspects that go into producing and selling lotion. Best for ages 12 and older. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Bellevue College Main Campus, Bellevue. 


Saturday, February 1

KidStock! This not-to-be-missed event features fun performers like Recess Monkey, The Not-Its, and Taiko drummers, and workshops involving music, parachutes, and more! Drop in any time to join in on the fun. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Edmonds Center for the Arts, Downtown Edmonds. 

Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival. Guided eagle tours, demonstrations, exhibits, an animal show, music, wagon rides, hands-on arts and crafts, and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various locations in and around Arlington. See website for details. 

Beautiful, Bustling Beaches. Create beach-themed jewelry, discover and touch Puget Sound marine life, and learn all about these creatures during an interactive presentation (2 p.m.). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WET Science Center, Olympia. 

Lunar New Year Celebration. Celebrate the Year of the Rat and share in the culture of the community through martial arts, music, dance, food, and visual arts. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bellevue Collection, Bellevue. 

GroundFrog Day. Family entertainment and activities, plus the arrival of froggy prognosticator Snohomish Slew who will "ribbit" if spring is on its way. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Event Gazebo in Downtown Snohomish (First Street and Avenue A). 


Sunday, February 2

GRANDfamilies Free Play Day. Grandparents and the grandchildren they are raising full time can explore the Imagine Children’s Museum for free. Enjoy hands-on interactive play and meet other families. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett. 

Sunday Brunch Concert Series at Crossroads. Swingnuts Jazz performs vintage sounds that are perfect for both listening and dancing. Bring your friends and family and get your groove on! 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Crossroads Bellevue. 

Juanita Bay Park Interpretive Tour. Explore the habitats of small mammals residing in the area such as amphibians, turtles, beavers, and birds. Interpretive tours are led by Eastside Audubon's volunteer Park Rangers. 1 to 2 p.m. Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland. 

Zine Making Workshop. Big kid pick! Have you ever wanted to design your own comic book or ‘zine? This self-guided workshop provides materials and some instruction to spark imagination and inspire creativity. 2 to 4 p.m. Central Library, Seattle. 

ArtVenture: Welcome Signals. Learn about the purpose and meaning of different types of signs, such as those promoting tolerance, and make an artful “welcome sign” alongside a professional artist. 1 to 3 p.m. Henry Art Gallery (University District), Seattle. 


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