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33 Free Things To Do With Kids Around Seattle, July 16-22

Free face-painting and more at Picnic in the Park.

Courtesy of Volunteer Park Trust

Monday, July 16

Free Activities with Seattle ReCreative Seattle ReCreative promotes creativity, community and environmental stewardship through creative reuse and arts education. This summer, they’re hosting hands-on workshops in the park.  10 a.m. to noon. Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle.

The Geology Rocks Show Meet geologist by day, rock star by night, Slate Mudstone. Slate knows science and music go together, and he will use songs, games, dancing and even a gummy bear wave machine to prove it. 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Shoreline Library, Shoreline.


Tuesday, July 17

Professor Ficklestein’s Energy Extravaganza Professor Finkelstein will share physics concepts utilizing physical comedy, mime, music, magic, sound effects and lots of audience participation. 1 to 2 p.m. Beacon Hill Library, Beacon Hill.

Melody Institute See dances from China performed by the young students of Melody Institute. 6 to 7 p.m. Albert Davis Park, Lake City.


Wednesday, July 18

White Center Jubilee Days This six day festival is jam packed with fireworks, carnival, car show, parade, music, food, kids’ area and street fair. See full schedule here. July 18-22. Various locations in Downtown White Center.

Kids Graphic Novel Book Group Learn about different kinds of graphic novels and how to make your own. Bring a favorite graphic novel to share, and art supplies to create. 10:30 a.m. University Book Store, University District.

Swingin' Summer Eve Enjoy food booths, a used book & movie sale, face painting, games, inflatables and live music (7 p.m.) 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cromwell Park, Shoreline.


Thursday, July 19

Scarecrow Video Children's Hour A multi-media educational series, ideal for pre-K. Each week, kids can enjoy a story, video clip, hands-on activity all related to the theme of transportation. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Scarecrow Video, Ravenna.

Picnic in the Park Pack a picnic and enjoy live music, face painting, lawn games, and food trucks. 6 to 8 p.m. Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill.

Outdoor Movie Pack a blanket, enjoy free popcorn and a screening of Coco (PG). Green Lake Community Center, Green Lake.


Friday, July 20

Sequim Lavender Festival If you’re up for a drive, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful fields of lavender. See more than 100 booths with lavender food, crafts, art, live music and kids activities featuring crafting, an obstacle course, karaoke dance party and more. Also, self-guided tours (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) of lavender farms in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 20, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22. Downtown Sequim.

Bite of Seattle Get a taste of more than 60 local restaurants. Also enjoy five entertainment stages, a Family Fun Zone, chef demonstrations and more. No pets. 11 am to 9 pm July 20-21, 11 am to 8 pm July 22. Admission is free; food prices are $10 or less.

Seussical KIDS See all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters finally collide in this family friendly musical. Fridays at noon through Aug. 10. Wetmore Theatre Plaza, Everett.

Community Kite Painting Paint a kite to be included in Freeway Parks’ Annual Art-Kite Installation. Materials provided. Noon to 2 p.m. Freeway Park, Downtown Seattle.

Box-Mageddon Create massive forts, cars, planes, or whatever you can imagine. Materials provided. 1 to 4 p.m. Northgate Community Center, Northgate.

Peanut Butter and Jam Concert Series Outdoor entertainment series for families located next to the spray park. Today, rock out to Tweenland, a trio with a kid friendly set list. Bring a picnic and blankets. Free, however donations of peanut butter and jam appreciated for the summer food drive. 1 p.m. Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila.

Magic by AlaskaSam! Enjoy an interactive magic show with an educational twist. 2 to 3 p.m. Rainier Beach Library, Rainier Beach.

Basketball, Street Art and Pizza Older kids can enjoy pick up games of basketball and younger ones can practice skills. And all kids can enjoy hands-on art activities and free pizza. 3 to 5 p.m. Neighborhood House – High Point, West Seattle.

FREE Friday Night Explore Imagine Children’s Museum for free on the third Friday night of every month. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett.

Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow Check out festivies all weekend, but Friday is Family Night. Enjoy food, music, and dance. 4 to 10 p.m. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, Magnolia.

Family Fun Evenings Create art, participate in games, and enjoy kid-friendly concerts, and other special activities every Friday through Aug. 24. 6 to 8 p.m. Donnie Chin International Children’s Park, International District.

Concert, Ice Cream Social and Family Garden Day Bring a picnic and enjoy music from bluegrass band, The Weavils. Ice cream available for $1 a bowl. Also explore the Children’s Garden. 6:30 p.m. Magnuson Park Amphitheater, Sand Point.


Saturday, July 21

Autism Early Open Families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore Pacific Science Center with a morning visit closed to the general public. Also, enjoy softened general lighting and decreased noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible. Additional fee for special exhibits. 8 to 10 a.m. Pacific Science Center (Lower Queen Anne).

Summer at SAM: Family Field Day Enjoy family-friendly yoga, art activities, performances, a kids Zumba class, food trucks and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Olympic Sculpture Park, Belltown.

Farm Fest A celebration of Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands' transformation into a hub for urban agriculture and community in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood. Enjoy farm activities for kids, educational cooking and gardening demonstrations, self-guided tours of the farm, live music and more.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, Rainier Beach.

Free Drop-In Skateboarding Lessons Drop in skateboarding lessons for kids ages 12 and younger. Spots are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Held on select Saturdays at various locations throughout the summer. 10 a.m. to noon. Ballard Commons Park, Ballard, and Virgil Flaim Park, Lake City.

PAWrade and Grand Parade See dogs strut their stuff in this dog parade. Pre-register to participate in the parade, no pre-registration to watch. After, enjoy the Grand Paradefeaturing pirates, clowns, marching bands and more. 10:15 a.m. Grand Parade: South on California Avenue Southwest between Southwest Lander Street and Southwest Edmunds Street. PAWrade: Begins at Southwest Genessee and heads south on California Avenue Southwest.

Summer Music Festival Outdoor summer music series during the Farmers Market. Today, enjoy rock & reggae from The Good Kings. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. University Heights Center, U District.

Bon Odori Festival Traditional Japanese Buddhist festival includes food, taiko drumming and martial arts performances, cultural exhibits and demonstrations. 4 to 10 p.m. July 21, 3 to 8 p.m. July 22. Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, International District.


Sunday, July 22

Sunday Public Sail Each Sunday, the Center for Wooden Boats offers free 45-minute rides on Lake Union. Set sail on one of the classic boats. Sign up for a slot in person, several trips throughout the day. Space is limited. Sign up begins at 10 a.m. Center for Wooden Boats, Lake Union. 

Bicycle Sundays The four-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park is closed to motorized traffic several Sundays through September. Enjoy biking, jogging or strolling along the water. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lake Washington Boulevard South, Mount Baker.

Parkadilly Annual festival with kids entertainment (Recess Monkey, Gansango Music & Dance and more), games, and activities including a petting zoo and Springfree trampolines. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah.

Greenstage: The Three Musketeers See live theatre performed by Greenstage throughout the summer at various outdoor locations. Today, enjoy The Three Musketeers. 3 p.m. Lincoln Park, West Seattle.


Want more events? Check out our Family Events Calendar, searchable by age, location, and cost. 

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