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25 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Jan. 20-26

This weekend's indoor kite festival in Long Beach features performances, competitions, workshops and more.

Image Source: Windless Kite Festival, Long Beach Peninsula

If Snowmaggedon 2020 has had you cooped up with the kids for days on end, we’re here to rescue you with this list of awesome activities happening around the Puget Sound. With the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, many of this week’s activities center around the theme of social justice and are certain to be worthwhile. As usual, we’ve also compiled the best play spaces, nature walks, concerts and library events, so take your pick!


Monday, January 20

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! To celebrate this great man, make sure to check out our list of related events happening locally, all of which are free and open to the public. 

Art & Social Justice Tours at SAM. Dr. King Jr. is honored at SAM with a week of spotlight tours, focusing on works that speak to social justice and race. Today is the last tour. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Seattle Art Museum (Third Floor Galleries), Downtown Seattle. 

Play Space. Ride scooters, play with bouncy toys, and do other activities that promote social and small motor skills. There are a variety of Play Space events happening in the area. Check our calendar for listings. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Laurelhurst Community Center, Seattle. 

Free State & National Parks Day. To celebrate Dr. King, visit any State or National Park in Washington today for free. Take the family and head to the outdoors to enjoy this holiday. 


Tuesday, January 21

Juanita Bay Bird Walk. Big Kid Pick! Take a walk through Juanita Park and explore all of the bird species who reside there. Best for middle school aged children and older. 9 a.m. to noon. Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland. 

Pokemon League at Snapdoodle. Need an evening on the town to mix things up? Come into the toy store to play Pokemon with friends and trade cards. 5 to 7 p.m. Snapdoodle Toys (Greenwood), Seattle. 


Wednesday, January 22

Indoor Open Jump & Play. Stuck indoors and need to get some energy out? Stay warm at this trampoline store while the kids jump, jump, jump! Adults can jump, too, and there are snacks! 10 a.m. to noon. Springfree Trampoline, Issaquah. 

PJ Library Song & Story Time. Explore language, movement, and rhythm with this weekly storytime near the castle in the children’s section. 11:30 a.m. to noon. Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle. 


Thursday, January 23

Lunar New Year Cultural Celebration. Storytime, crafts, and activities inspired by the Lunar New Year. Learn about Chinese and East Asian traditions, and celebrate with friends. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Lake City Library, Seattle. 

Bellevue School District Jam Session. Get out of the house by heading to Crossroads, where you can listen to students rock their instruments on the Market Stage. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Crossroads Bellevue. 

Seattle Symphony Community Concert. A free classical concert put on by the Seattle Symphony, this highlight is sure to be a soothing way to end your day. 7 to 8 p.m. Foster Performing Arts Center, Tukwila. 


Friday, January 24

Sprouts & Seniors Playgroup. Help promote intergenerational interactivity between kids and senior citizens with this adorable play setting, where toys, books, and puzzles will be on hand. Feel free to bring entertainment from home, as well. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Greenwood Senior Center, Seattle. 

Movie Night: Planet Earth. See a Planet Earth film up close and on the big screen, and learn about animals that can survive on the highest of mountain ranges. Popcorn provided! Best for ages 5 and older. RSVP requested. 5 to 6 p.m. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue. 

Live Music on the Market Stage. See artist Marianna perform traditional to contemporary Jewish music sung in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, English, Russian, Italian and Spanish. 7 to 9 p.m. Crossroads Bellevue. 


Saturday, January 25

Windless Kite Festival. Such a fun weekend getaway! This indoor kite festival includes performances, competitions, workshops, and plenty of opportunities for fun and learning. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Sun. from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Long Beach School Gymnasium, Long Beach Peninsula. 

Stormy Weather Story Time. Listen to stories about how plants and animals react when storms come. There will be one fable and two science-based stories. Afterward, kids make a winter branch art project. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Elisabeth C. Miller Library (University of Washington), Seattle.  

Learn to Play Ukulele. Great for musical beginners, the ukulele is a non-intimidating instrument to learn on. Bring your own, or borrow one of the 25 instruments that will be on hand. Two sessions today at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Everett Library (Evergreen Way), Everett. 

Winter Slime Party. Combine household materials to make a goopy chemical concoction! For ages 5-11. Supplies are limited. Pre-register. 11 a.m. to noon. Mountlake Terrace Library. 

Horrible Art Show. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” All are encouraged to display their artwork at this casual gallery, and get creative at the art stations. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lake City Community Center, Seattle. 


Sunday, January 26

Hike at Lakemont Highlands. A ranger will lead this hike through the Lakemont Highlands Open Space trail system. This hike is considered moderately difficult, but all ages are welcome if able. 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center, Bellevue. 

Community Celebration & Storytelling Festival. Experienced storytellers lead this community festival that celebrates this lost art and is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Bring a story to share, play improv games, and more. 1 to 4 p.m. Vashon Theater, Vashon. 

Broadway at Kent: Disney’s Frozen. Big Kid Pick! Presented by Seattle Theatre Group artists, kids ages 14 and older are invited to join a dance class inspired by Broadway’s Frozen. All skill levels welcome, pre-register. 2 to 3 p.m. Kent Library. 

Here's to the Women! Musical Tribute. Linda Allen will present a musical tribute to the 100th anniversary of suffrage for women. The program will feature songs, stories and images. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Everett Public Library Auditorium, Everett. 

Family Variety Show. A fun weekend pick for the whole family! See performers show off their musical and magical talents, as well as their world record-breaking skills. 4 to 5:30 p.m. University Heights Center, Seattle. 


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