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25 free things to do with kids around Seattle, June 10-16

Experience Kamishibai, a form of Japanese street theatre, during Family Saturday at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Photo: Youth Theatre Northwest/Seattle Japanese Garden


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Wednesday, June 12

Student Wednesday at BAM Students can explore the Bellevue Arts Museum for free after school. Download the coupon from the museum’s website. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum, Downtown Bellevue.


Thursday, June 13

Reading with Rover School-aged kids can build skills and grow confidence by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog.  Space is limited; sign in at the door. 6:30 p.m. Sammamish Library.

Children’s Hour Bring your preschoolers to watch a short film from Scarecrow’s collection, read related books, and do hands-on activities. Today’s theme: Japanese celebrations. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Scarecrow Video, Seattle (U-District).

Out-to-Lunch Concert Pack your lunch and a picnic blanket, and watch live music from the Summer Stage at Cascade Playground. Noon to 2 p.m. Cascade Playground, Seattle (South Lake Union).


Friday, June 14

Ella-Bella Bee & the Pollinators Learn about bees and other pollinators at this fun play that’s filled with song, dance, and comedy. 4 p.m. Burien Library.

Edmonds Arts Festival Enjoy art, food, entertainment and a kids’ area with crafts and face painting. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds.

Meeker Days Pierce County’s largest festival has a car and antique tractor show, a trout pond, kids’ entertainment, food, crafts and more. Noon to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Downtown Puyallup.

Classic Weekend See more than 50 classic yachts “parade” today from 2 to 4 p.m. Boats will be on display 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bell Harbor Marina, Seattle.

Alice Ball Park Opening Celebration Explore a brand new park in the Greenwood neighborhood, and enjoy live music, food and crafts. 6 to 8 p.m. Alice Ball Park, Seattle (Greenwood).


Saturday, June 15

The Spaced-Out Magic Show Entertainer Louie Foxx uses magic to teach kids how objects move through space. 2 to 3 p.m. Lake Forest Park Library.

The God of the Sun Art Workshop Create your own symbol of Huitziloppchtli, the Aztec God of the Sun, using basic metal tooling techniques. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Kirkland Library.

Strawberry Days Welcome summer with a strawberry festival, soapbox derby, cornhole tournament, car show, live music and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Town Square Park, Burien.

Meet PJ Masks It’s the right time to fight crime! Meet mystery-solving heroes Owlette, Gecko and Catboy. Bring your camera for a photo op. The line starts at 9 a.m. in the ZARA corridor at Bellevue Square.

Family Saturday: Kamishibai (Storyboard Theatre) Kamishibai is a form of Japanese street theatre, in which stories were told through a series of large paper panels placed in a wooden frame and strapped to a bicycle. See several stories performed today by the students of Youth Theatre Northwest. Sets at 11 a.m. and noon. Free admission for youth 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seattle Japanese Garden, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle.

Black Arts Fest Festival Sundiata celebrates African-American culture, history, and art. See performances and exhibits, and enjoy crafts and food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).


Sunday, June 16 - Father’s Day  (more Father's Day fun here)

Fenders on Front Street See a classic car show, listen to live music, and enjoy family activities. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Front Street, Issaquah. 

Mustangs Northwest Car Show Watch a parade of Ford Mustangs and other classic cars, and watch the Elliot Bay Pipe Band. Parade starts at 9:55 a.m.; cars on display until 3 p.m. No food is sold on site, so pack a picnic. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle (Ballard).

Bicycle Sundays Pedal the four-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard from Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park while it’s closed to vehicle traffic. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle (Seward Park).

Father’s Day at the Museum of Flight Dads enjoy free admission today when they are accompanied by a kid of any age (ages 4 and younger are always free). Don’t miss the hands-on family workshops at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum of Flight, Tukwila.

Jazz in the City Watch a free performance by award-winning jazz trumpeter Thomas Marriott. 2 to 4 p.m. Frye Art Museum, Seattle (First Hill).

NW Timber Community Songs & Stories Celebrate Northwest history and industry – from old-time logging and railroad folklore to Big Foot – with songs, stories, and local musical traditions. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend.


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