29 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Oct. 8-14
Children learn to create, build, dance and explore at local libraries.
Monday, October 8
Preschool Science Lab: Balancing Act Read a book about a rock, a stick and two clever mice as they learn about mass and gravity. Children will balance all kinds of things, including themselves. Ages 3 to 6 with adult. 10:30 a.m.; pre-register. Woodinville Library.
Indoor Pumpkin Patch You don’t have to brave the cold and wet to visit a pumpkin patch. Country Village has indoor cornstalks, straw bales, fancy gourds and tons of pumpkins. Free admission; $10 large pumpkins; $6 small pumpkins. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Country Village, Bothell.
Magic Monday Magicians perform feats of mystery, wonder and the bizarre. 7 p.m. Third Place Books, Ravenna.
Tuesday, October 9
Preschool Discovery Zone Create and learn during this special STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) playtime. Activities include arts and crafts, design projects and stories. Ages 3 to 5 with caregivers. 10 to 11 a.m. Bellevue Library.
Story Time for Kids Enjoy dramatic readings of the best in new and classic kids books, followed by themed activities. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. 11 a.m. to noon. University Book Store, U District.
Explorastory! Twist and Shout Move and groove with stories and songs. Jump, twist, shout and choreograph a group dance. Ages 5 to 8 with adult. 7 to 7:45 p.m. Bothell Library.
Wednesday, October 10
Open Play at the PlayGarden Drop by this beautiful, inclusive park for a fun afternoon of play with kids of all abilities. Expert staff is on site to lead activities and offer support as needed. 3 to 6 p.m. Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, Beacon Hill.
Student Wednesday at BAM Need an after school activity? Explore the Bellevue Arts Museum for free (download the student coupon from the museum’s website). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum.
Toddler Gym Play Time Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles and roll and throw balls. Children can also design their own inventions at the Imagination Playground, which includes bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels, and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. For children 5 and younger. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ballard Community Center.
Thursday, October 11
Hola! Spanish Story Time Enjoy fun stories, songs and activities in Spanish with musician and storyteller Marco Cortes. For children who speak Spanish and those interested in the language. Ages 3 to 6 and families welcome. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Shoreline Library
BOREALIS, A Festival of Light Watch South Lake Union illuminate like a kaleidoscope of color. The exterior of MOHAI will showcase an international video projection mapping competition. And a self-guided walking tour will wend through the neighborhood where dozens of light installations represent local and international artists. Free, but reserve tickets. 4 to 10 p.m. today through Oct. 14. Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).
Farmers’ Market POP Club Retrieve a “Passport to Health” from the market's POP (Power of Produce) Club tent. Then complete the guided activities: a two-bite fruit and veggie challenge, gardening exploration, nutrition education and more. For children ages 3 to 12. 3 to 7 p.m. Bellevue Farmers’ Market.
Story Club: Big Questions for Inspiring Minds Check out the book Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea by Toni Johnston. Kids ages 8 to 11 will discuss and ask questions. Snack and museum exhibit exploration, too. 4 to 5 p.m. White River Valley Museum, Auburn.
Friday, October 12
Firefighter Story Time Fire Chief Scoggins reads books about fire safety and displays some firefighting equipment. 11:30 to noon. International District/Chinatown Branch Library.
Day of the Dead Celebration Enjoy a short story time, decorate sugar skulls and create other crafts associated with this 3,000-year-old tradition. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Lake City Community Center.
Night Hike at Lewis Creek Park Learn about the different nocturnal species that call the park home, and join a park ranger on a hike through the woods after dark. Bring a flashlight, good shoes and dress for the weather. For ages 5 and older. 6 to 7:30 p.m.; pre-register. Lewis Creek Visitors Center, Bellevue.
Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk Catch the ferry to Bainbridge for an evening stroll along a trail lit with 300 glowing pumpkins. Games, food, face painting, hay maze, music and more. Suggested donation for some activities. 6 to 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Bainbridge Gardens, Bainbridge Island.
MakeDo Cardboard Challenge Build a car, or a dinosaur, or the Space Needle – whatever you can imagine – out of cardboard! Children can create cardboard masterpieces through open-ended toy construction. All ages welcome; ages 8 and younger with adult. 2 to 4 p.m. Tukwila Library.
Saturday, October 13
Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk 5K untimed walk and 1K warrior walk to benefit the American Heart Association. Kids will also enjoy games and activities in the Kids Zone. Free, though fundraising is encouraged. 7:30 a.m. check-in; run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Seattle Center, Lower Queen Anne.
Seattle Parrot Expo Learn all about parrots and other rainforest creatures. See parrots fly, skate, and play basketball! There's a story time area and petting zoo, too. Free admission; donation suggested. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Auburn Community and Events Center.
Harvest Festival Head out of the city this weekend for hay rides, a pumpkin patch, farm animals and kids crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carnation Farms.
Live Dive at MaST An expert diver will help you peek under the waters of Puget Sound…without getting wet! Equipped with two-way communication and an HD camera, the diver will give a real-time look at whatever creatures happen to be underwater. Dives at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free aquarium admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Marine Science and Technology Center at Highline College, Des Moines.
TurkFest Experience Turkish culture with music and dance performances, hands-on activities, food and a marketplace. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seattle Center Armory, Lower Queen Anne.
Family Weekend Walk: A Coat of Many Colors Maples are beloved around the world for their Autumn beauty. Come learn about why their leaves change and how plants prepare for cold weather. 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Washington Park Arboretum.
Natures Recyclers Where do the autumn leaves go after they fall? See nature's cleanup crew in action during a walk with a park ranger. Best for children 5 to 10. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lewis Creek Visitors Center, Bellevue.
Sunday, October 14
Sunday Public Sail Set sail on one of the Center for Wooden Boats’ beautiful, classic boats. Sign up for a slot in person, several trips throughout the day. Space is limited. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. South Lake Union.
Puget Sound Buddy Walk Take a one-mile stroll with friends during this family-centered event to promote awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. Plus music and dancing, face painting, prizes and food trucks. 1 to 4 p.m. Founder’s Circle, Seattle Center, Lower Queen Anne.
A Samhain/Halloween Concert This concert by Four Shillings Short includes poetry, songs, stories and folklore in celebration of the ancient Celtic new year known as Samhain. Many of our modern day harvest celebrations and customs are based on this festival, including ghost stories, costumes, bobbing for apples and the jack-o-lantern. 2 p.m. Woodinville Library.
Explore Magnusun Park. Feel like having a family day away from the crowds? Head to Magnusun Park. Fall is a great time to look for beaver, listen for frogs and watch for 200 different birds.
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