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26 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Nov 5-11

The squid are coming! Get up close with sea creatures this week at Squid-A-Rama.

Photo: Frank Peters/Flickr

Sea creature dissections, reindeer selfies, singing armadillos, hikes with woodland creatures and zoo fun – it’s a wild week! For tamer fun, head to the libraries for coding games, a Mr. Rogers movie and the ever-popular story times.


Monday, November 5

Children’s Story Time Sing, rhyme and imagine during story time with the children’s librarian. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Capitol Hill Branch Library, Capitol Hill.

Library Lab: Coding with Color Experiment and create amazing inventions. Today you’ll program an Ozobot Bit by drawing lines and color segments. Make your own maze and put the Ozobot to work. 4 to 7 p.m. Delridge Branch Library, West Seattle.

Family Film: Won’t You Be My Neighbor Watch a screening of this acclaimed documentary about the life of everyone’s friendliest neighbor, Mr. Rogers. A film producer special guest will answer audience questions. 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Seattle Public Library, Downtown Seattle.


Tuesday, November 6

Toddler Gym Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls and more at this drop-in play time for toddlers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Loyola Heights Community Center.

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Create with crafts, listen to stories and sing songs. Pack a lunch and enjoy the afternoon with fellow families. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Rainier Beach Branch Library.

Author Appearance: N. Griffin Tweens and teens can meet the popular YA author of Just Wreck it All, discuss her books and get copies signed. 6 p.m. University Bookstore, U District.


Wednesday, November 7

Free Admission to Renton History Museum Explore exhibits in this historic firehouse. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Renton History Museum.

Library Lab: Coding with Computers Drop in and try out simple analog coding with gadgets and games. For kids ages 6 to 12. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. West Seattle Branch Library.

Open Play at the PlayGarden Staff will be leading activities and assisting children of all abilities as needed. 3 to 6 p.m. Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, Mount Baker. 


Thursday, November 8

Theater for Young Children: Tales from Latin America Giggle and tap your toes while celebrating story through music with wacky folk tales The Armadillos Song and The Half Chicken. 10 to 11 a.m., Belltown Community Center.

Preschool Art Join a local artist for fun art projects geared toward preschoolers. For those who speak Spanish and those interested in the language. Ages 2 to 5. 11 a.m. to noon. South Park Branch Library.

Little Makers Story Time Experiment, play and listen to science stories. For ages 3 to 6; siblings welcome. 3 to 4 p.m. Broadview Branch Library.

Soul Music: Soundtrack of Ur Life A teaching artist will help children ages 10 and older create stories and meaningful songs inspired by life experiences. Pre-register. 4 to 5 p.m. White Center Library.


Friday, November 9

Infant/Toddler Playgroup Children up to age 5 can play, read, create and sing at this friendly drop-in style event. 10:30 a.m. to noon. FamilyWorks Family Resource Center, Wallingford.

Little Library Scientists Use fun gizmos and instruments to explore sound. Ages 3 to 6. Pre-register. Two sessions: 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Shoreline Branch Library.

Night Hike at Lewis Creek Park Join a ranger for an evening hike through the woods and learn about nocturnal species living there. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-register. Lewis Creek Visitors Center, Bellevue.


Saturday, November 10

Young Gardeners Story Time Learn about gardens, plants and nature through fun stories and activities. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Miller Library, UW Botanic Gardens.

Reindeer Festival The Reindeer have arrived…already!?! Might as well kick off the holiday season with a visit to Dasher and Comet. Reindeer selfies at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Sun. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 24.  Swansons Nursery, Crown Hill.

Veterans Day Parade Take the kids to a parade today, where they can learn about the meaning behind Veterans Day. 11 a.m. Main Street, Auburn.

Neighborhood Toy Store Day Celebrate Clover Toy’s 10th anniversary with a party. Balloon art, face painting, sweet treats and giveaways. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Clover Toys, Ballard.

Salmon Sense Join naturalists to dissect an adult salmon and discuss their incredible journey. Then head outside to learn about stream habitat. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register. Lewis Creek Visitor Center, Bellevue.

Squid-a-Rama Celebrate the return of squid to Puget Sound.Watch live creatures in the aquarium, then get up close while viewing a squid dissection. Art and science activities, too. 4 to 7:30 p.m. Marine Science and Technology Center, Des Moines.

Ballard Art Walk Take a family stroll through the heart of Ballard while exploring its vibrant art scene. Live music and art demos at participating businesses. 6 to 8 p.m. Ballard Business District.


Sunday, November 11

Fee State and National Parks Day Lace up your hiking boots and trek through one of our beautiful State parks. Bonus: Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks are also free today.

Veterans Day Zoo Discount In honor of those who’ve served our country, the zoo extends free admission to all active, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and spouses. Bring a valid ID. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge.

Armistice Day Ceremony Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI with a special ceremony outside MOHAI. The historic Great Seattle Fire bell will ring, honoring the sacrifices made at home and abroad. Music, kids crafts and other special events will happen inside the museum. Free museum admission today for veterans and active-duty military and children 14 and younger; fee for general public. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Museum of History and Industry, South Lake Union.


Want more? Check out our Family Events Calendar, searchable by age, location and cost. And when you don’t feel like braving city crowds, try one of these do-at-home or close-to-home winter activities to keep the whole family entertained.

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