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16 free things to do with kids around Seattle Dec 13 - 15

Snowflake Lane in Downtown Bellevue is a hot holiday spot for a parade filled with festive characters, music, a light show, and even "snow!"

Chance Merchant of Endless Reflection Photography

Friday, December 13

Somali Play and Learn. Meet other families and help your children become kindergarten-ready! This is a space where fun activities are provided for kids, and caregivers can learn about healthy development. All are welcome. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Seola Gardens Community Center, Seattle. 

Starry Skies. See the night sky in a whole new way! Listen to a star story, sing a favorite song and make your very own starry cards. Recommended for ages 4-8. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Kirkland Library, Kirkland. 

Google Lights. Enjoy a light show synchronized to music - the show is on display all Holiday season in the evenings, and tonight is the big opening. There will also be caroling, hot cocoa, the Seahawks’ Blitz, alpacas, and a photo booth. Bring new, unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable foods to donate. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Google Campus, Kirkland. 

PhinneyWood Phestivus. Hunt for over 200 lighted monkeys that “escaped” from local businesses as you make your way through Phinney’s monthly art walk. Plus, Morrow Lane in Piper Village will become Santa Claus Lane! 6 to 9 p.m. Greenwood Neighborhood (North 65th Street & Phinney Avenue), Seattle. 

Community Holiday Party. Join friends and neighbors to celebrate the holidays at this festive, neighborhood affair. Pre-register to receive a toy at the event. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Garfield Community Center, Seattle. 

Snowflake Lane. Watch “snow” fall nightly in Downtown Bellevue while a parade of soldiers, dancers, and characters stroll by. Hear music and see a light show, too. Free garage parking. 7 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 24. Bellevue Way N.E., between N.E. Eighth Street and N.E. Fourth Street, Downtown Bellevue. 


Saturday, December 14

Youth Christmas Bird Count. Children and their families can come learn bird counting techniques and collect data that will be used for the real bird count! This youth version is noisy, informal, and culminates at a playground, so it’s perfect for those who’d like to learn. Pre-register. 10 a.m. to noon. Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, Seattle. 

Salmon Saturday. Experience the special wonder of watching salmon make their way upstream in an urban setting. Learn about the salmon, and how to protect them, with guided tours, children’s activities and more. You can also stop by to hike on your own or pick up resources. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Swan Creek Park, Tacoma. 

Fun by the Fireside Sing-Along Show. Sing tunes about fall and winter while pretending to cozy up to a fire at the library. Presented by Elephant Umbrella. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Shoreline Library, Shoreline. 

SAMBICA Christmas Carnival. This event includes carnival games, snacks, pictures with Santa, and more. Held in the SAMBICA Dining Hall. Parking is located on Upper Camp near the Dining Hall. 1 to 6 p.m. SAMBICA (Lake Sammamish Parkway), Bellevue. 

The Dickens Carolers. Adorned in elegant Victorian dress, an a cappella quartet sings holiday favorites. 2 to 3 p.m. Lake Forest Park Library, Lake Forest Park. 

Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble Concert. Enjoy this holiday concert performed by a group of young harp students, under the direction of Susi Hussong. They will play holiday favorites from around the world and will be joined by violin, cello, flute, bells, drums and voice. 2 to 3 p.m. Ballard Library, Seattle. 

A Christmas Carol. Favorite Charles Dickens' characters come to life on stage as Ebenezer is visited by Christmas spirits who teach him the meaning of Christmas. This performance is indeed free and open to the public! 3 to 5 p.m. Inglewood Presvyterian Church, Kirkland. 


Sunday, December 15

Hands-On Hanukkah. Make edible dreidels, decorate Hanukkah placemats, spin a giant dreidel, take pictures in the photo booth, get your face painted, win prizes, and much more. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at both Northgate Mall (Seattle) and Crossroads Mall (Bellevue). 

Santa House. Come see Santa at his home-away-from-home in West Seattle, and enjoy free face painting and the market, too. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. South end of the Farmer’s Market (4210 SW Oregon St), West Seattle. 

A Christmas Carol. If you missed it yesterday, here is another free showing of the classic Dickens story of Scrooge and the spirits. 2 to 4 p.m. Evangelical Chinese Church, Seattle. 


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