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Free things to do with kids this weekend

Listen to Seattle’s famous Dickens Carolers sing classic holiday songs at either Freeway Park or Mercer Island Library this week.

Image source: Seattle’s The Dickens Carolers


Friday, December 6

Small Frye: Storytelling + Art. Head to the Frye for some theatrical storytelling and an art project afterward in the amazing studio. Pre-register. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Frye Art Museum, Seattle. 

"Water Dance". Learn about all of the strange ways water behaves during the winter months, and how ice is involved in the water cycle. Hear stories and do crafts all about water. Pre-register. Two sessions today: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center, Bellevue. 

Snow Day at Lake Union: Grand Opening Party. Winter entertainment for everyone! A live DJ, winter fairies, a beer garden, a holiday market, and an inflatable snow globe. This event kicks off the South Lake Union light display that will run through Jan. 20. 4 to 9 p.m. Denny Park (South Lake Union), Seattle. 

Twinkle Twinkle in the Park. The Freeway Park Illuminations installation will be on display tonight along with hot chocolate and s’mores by the fire, and the Dickens Carolers performing seasonal tunes. 4 to 6 p.m. Freeway Park, Downtown Seattle.

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Listen to dozens of carolers crooning holiday tunes around Downtown Seattle and Westlake Center. The top competitors then face a sing-off...who will win?! Donations benefit Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Pine Street between 4th and 7th, Downtown Seattle.

Holiday Craft Market. Looking for holiday gifts? This unique market offers handmade goods crafted by Urban Craft Uprising local artists. Older kids will enjoy admiring the merchandise, too. Open weekends (Fri.-Sun.) through Dec. 22. Noon to 7 p.m. Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle. 


Saturday, December 7

Giving Marketplace. Find unique, ethically sourced gifts at dozens of pop-up shops that support women’s and girls’ empowerment, refugees, global health, and the environment. Also enjoy live music and family-friendly activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gates Foundation Discovery Center, Seattle. 

Holiday Craft Party. Make holiday crafts and decorations, and cards that will be handed out to residents at Richmond Beach Rehab. 10 a.m. to noon. Richmond Beach Library, Shoreline. 

Discovery Days. Tour the MaST Center, the marine biology and aquarium facility of Highline College. The Aquarium holds over 250 native Puget Sound marine species to admire. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marine Science and Technology Center, Des Moines. 

Jule Fest. Visit a market with crafts, Scandinavian food and entertainment, followed by the lighting of the yule log, procession of Vikings and Lucia, and a visit from Santa. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Waterfront Park, Poulsbo. 

Watch a Holiday Tree Lighting! There are many happening this evening, in cities like Lakewood, Mill Creek, Everett, Redmond and Puyallup. Various times and cities, check websites for schedules. 


Sunday, December 8

The Dickens Carolers. Hear the famous carolers perform traditional holiday songs at the library, wearing classic Victorian dress. 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Mercer Island Library. 

Community Fun Skate. Skates, music, and of course the roller rink are all provided at this fun, community event. Get some exercise while having a blast with family and friends. 2 to 5 p.m. Magnuson Community Center, Seattle. 

Red, White & Blue Holiday Concert. Hear patriotic and holiday music played by the 133rd Army Band of the Washington National Guard. Canned food donations accepted for the Auburn Food Bank. Pre-register. 2 to 4 p.m. Auburn Performing Arts Center, Auburn. 

Hark the Harbor. Sing carols by candlelight while awaiting the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship. 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Skansie Brothers Park, Gig Harbor. 


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