23 free things to do with kids around Seattle, May 20-26
Kids taste test cherry tomatoes at the Bellevue Farmers Market POP (Power of Produce) Club.
Photo: Bellevue Farmers Market
Wednesday, May 22
Open Play at Springfree Trampoline Kids of all ages can work out their wiggles. 10 a.m. to noon. Springfree Trampoline, Issaquah.
PJ Library Song & Story Time Gather by the castle in the children’s section for stories and fun activities that explore language, movement and rhythm. 11:30 to noon. Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle (Capitol Hill).
Family Fun Run Dash to local businesses to collect raffle tickets on this scavenger hunt-style fun run. Raffle starts at 7:30 p.m., and includes prizes for all ages. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Town Square Park, Burien.
Thursday, May 23
Drop-in Preschool Art Miss Lisa helps kids ages 2-5 use nature and recycled materials to create a work of art. 11 a.m. to noon. Delridge Library, West Seattle.
Bellevue Farmers’ Market POP Club Enjoy kids activities themed around food, nutrition, gardening and more. Sign up at the market’s Power of Produce (POP) Club tent, and get a “Passport to Health,” in which kids collect stamps from market stalls to earn prizes. 3 to 7 p.m. Bellevue Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Neighborhood Night at TAM Explore the Tacoma Art Museum for free on Thursday evenings, 5 to 8 p.m. Families can create original works of art at the TAM studio or at Drawing Jam. 5 to 8 p.m. Tacoma Art Museum, Downtown Tacoma.
Friday, May 24
Paint Me A Story Preschoolers can tap into their creativity while painting along to a story. Please RSVP. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Snapdoodle Toys, Kenmore.
Northwest Folklife Festival Play, dance, sing, watch performances on 20+ stages, and experience new arts and cultures. The festival is free, however, a suggested $20 per family donation is appreciated; donate if you can. Friday through Monday, Seattle Center.
Strawberry DNA Mash up some strawberries, isolate their DNA, and take it home! 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Burien Library.
Rainier Avenue Radio’s Cultural Dance Series Learn about “step” and “flow” dance styles, plus enjoy music, food, culture and more. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pritchard Beach, Seattle.
Saturday, May 25
Neighborhood Bird Walk: Union Bay Natural Area Join Seattle Audubon's naturalist guides for a 1.5 mile, leisurely paced walk though the Union Bay Natural Area in northeast Seattle. 9 to 11 a.m. Center for Urban Horticulture, East parking lot off NE 41st Street, Seattle (U-District)
Discovery Days at MaST Center Tour the aquarium, go on a virtual scuba dive, explore touch tanks and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MaST Center, Highline College, Des Moines.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Grand Opening This new park features a B-52G Stratofortress, memorial statue, and a tribute wall with personalized plaques to honor veterans. Today’s grand opening celebration includes aircraft flyovers, a color guard presentation and pinning ceremony. Free today, plus free museum admission through Monday for veterans plus one adult and children. 11 a.m. Museum of Flight, Tukwila.
Who’s That Bird? Learn the who’s who and what’s what of our local bird species at this indoor/outdoor program. Then choose your favorite for an art piece to be displayed at the visitor center. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lewis Creek Visitor Center, Bellevue.
Sunday, May 26
Bicycle Sundays Explore the scenic, four-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park while it’s closed to vehicle traffic. Extend the adventure by packing a picnic and enjoy the playground and trails at Seward Park. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seward Park, Seattle
Sunday Public Sail Hop aboard a classic, wooden boat and cast off with volunteer skippers on a 45-minute tour of Lake Union. Sign up for a slot in person beginning at 10 a.m. Several trips throughout the day. Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle (Lake Union).
Alki Point Lighthouse Tour Take a look inside a fully functioning lighthouse on an active U.S. Coastguard site. Children ages 7 and younger may visit the landing, but must be 8 and older to visit the top. Sunday tours open for the season today, 1 to 4 p.m. Last tour begins at 3:45 p.m. Alki Lighthouse, West Seattle.