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24 Free Things To Do With Kids Around Seattle, Sep. 10-16

New at the Fall Fishermen’s Festival: hoop dancing, hoop tricks, and hula hoop lessons.

Photo Courtesy Fall Fishermen's Festival/Hoopsmiles

Monday, September 10

Play Date SEA Are the evenings getting a bit too cool for your liking? Try an indoor playground. Kids can dance, climb and crawl while you watch from the parent café. Free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mercer Island.

Green Lake Bat Walk Take a sunset stroll while learning all about bats. Dress for the weather. Recommended for ages 10 and older. 6:30 p.m. Green Lake.

Magic Monday at Third Place Books Magicians will perform feats of mystery, wonder and the bizarre from the cozy setting of your neighborhood bookstore. 7 p.m. Ravenna.


Tuesday, September 11

School Your Parents Night Learn about the different student and family programs the library is offering this school year. Scavenger hunt, refreshments and school supply giveaway. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Highpoint Branch Library. 

Kitty Literature Kids can practice their reading skills while helping to socialize cats at the Seattle Humane Society. 20-minute sessions Monday through Friday. Ages 5 to 10. Various times; check the schedule. Bellevue.

Tall Ships Tour Okay, this one is almost free. For a $5 suggested donation, tour the Hawaiian Chieftain. She’s an official ambassador of Washington state, and her crew is welcoming families aboard. Vessel tours 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Carillon Point Marina, Kirkland.


Wednesday, September 12

Open Play at the PlayGarden Drop by this beautiful, inclusive park for a fun afternoon of play with kids of all abilities. Staff is on site to lead activities. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Judkins Park area.

Bike-in Movie Grab snacks at the Columbia City Farmer’s Market. Then get cozy for a screening of Kiki’s Delivery Service—a coming-of-age anime about a young witch’s journey to self-discovery via broomstick and bicycle. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Columbia Park.

Children’s Story Time Preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy stories, dancing, singing and parachute play. 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Douglass-Truth Branch Library.


Thursday, September 13

Design with the 90% Celebrate the opening of “Design with the 90%.” This educational exhibit features design projects that increase access, improve health and empower opportunity for those most in need. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gates Foundation Discovery Center.

Cartoon Happy Hour It’s a movie happy hour for the whole family. Two hours of classic cartoons for free, plus food and drink specials for purchase. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central Cinema.


Friday, September 14

Meet the Author: R.L. Stine Get your copy of Goosebumps signed and hear from the scary story master himself. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highline Performing Arts Center. 

Belltown Art Walk Check out featured artists, enjoy refreshments and enter to win raffle prizes. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Belltown Community Center.

Bellwether A celebration of more than 50 artists in 10 days. View original commissioned art, watch creative performances, and get free admission to Bellevue Arts Museum. Check the schedule for performance times. September 14 to 23. Downtown Bellevue.

Salmon Homecoming Celebration Cultural singing and dancing, arts and crafts, a salmon bake, pow wow, canoes and more. Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Waterfront Park, Seattle.


Saturday, September 15

Festival of Fruit Get in the autumn spirit with live music, cider pressing, an apple pie contest, tours of the orchard, kids’ activities and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Piper’s Orchard, Carkeek Park.

Hand-Weaving Ceremony It’s Family Saturday at the Seattle Japanese Garden. Textile artist Satoko Pettersson will demonstrate the fascinating art of hand-weaving. Free for children 12 and younger, $8 adults. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tateuchi Community Room, Seattle Japanese Garden.

Fiestas Patrias Experience an expression of Latino culture in the Pacific Northwest with a parade and fiesta (South Park location), music, dance, food, folklore and many other traditions. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in South Park; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Seattle Center.

The Not-Its + Free Bike Helmet Fitting Celebrate the opening of the Seattle Children’s North Clinic at a hands-on open house. Teddy bear clinic, obstacle course, free bike helmet fitting and giveaway, and a performance by the Not-Its. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everett.

Firshermen’s Fall Festival Celebrate the local fishing fleet with music, children’s activities, fishing industry-related exhibits and competitions, food and more. New this year: hula hooping demos and lessons. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fishermen’s Terminal on Nickerson Street.


Sunday, September 16

St. Demetrios Greek Festival Traditional music and folk dancing; Greek food; a marketplace, kids’ area and more! Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Montlake.

Public Sail at The Center for Wooden Boats Set sail on a classic boat for a 45-minute tour of Lake Union. Several trips throughout the day; space is limited. Sign up in person. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake Union.

Fall Restoration Day at Volunteer Park Join friends and neighbors in maintaining and restoring Volunteer Park by weeding, mulching, edging and more. There are tasks for every age. Free coffee and donuts, too. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer Park.

Ranger-Led Hike Head to Lakemont Highlands Open Space to explore trails with a park ranger. Meet at the Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center. Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Bellevue.


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