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36 Free Things To Do With Kids Around Seattle, Aug. 6-12



Ready, set, go! Turn zucchinis into race cars to compete in the Zucchini 500.

Courtesy of Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets

Monday, August 6

Pianos in the Plaza A temporary replacement for the Pianos in the Park program, pianists of all ages are invited to tickle the ivories or just enjoy a performance. Daily through Aug. 30. Houdini Plaza and Apollo Plaza, South Lake Union.

The Carry a Toon Show Join two of the Pacific Northwest's favorite performers, Nancy Stewart and Charlie Williams for a musical montage of family friendly songs. 11 a.m. to noon. Fairwood Library, Renton.

 

Tuesday, August 7

Kirkland Kids Concert Series Today, rock out to the colorful and musically talented, Super Stolie. 10 to 11 a.m. Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland.

Cascade Block Party An annual block party featuring inflatables, BBQ, music, lawn games and free school supplies! 4 to 7 p.m. Cascade Playground, South Lake Union.

Sunset Concert & Festival Hear Mariachi music and opera arias (5:30 to 9 p.m.) along with kids activities and an open-air marketplace (2 to 8 p.m.) Plaza Roberto Maestas, Beacon Hill.

Gansango Music & Dance Company An interactive performance traditional African dance and drumming. 6 to 7 p.m. Rainier Community Center, Columbia Center.

 

Wednesday, August 8

Arboretum Story Time Preschoolers are invited to enjoy stories and songs among the beauty of the arboretum. 11 to 11:30 a.m. East Lynn Street and 26th Avenue East at Washington Park Arboretum, Montlake.

LibraryLab: Gizmos and Gadgets Get your hands on fun builder and discovery kits including Snap Circuits, Ozobot Bits and Legos. 1 to 3 p.m. Delridge Branch Library, West Seattle.

Afternoon Art Camp Clover Toys is hosting a weekly, drop-in art camp on Wednesday afternoons through August. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Each week is a different theme—today, create egg carton animals. 3 to 5 p.m. Clover Toys, Ballard.  

Zucchini 500 Kids can make and race zucchini cars using car bodies and parts supplied by the farmers market and farmers. Donations appreciated. 4 to 6 p.m. Columbia City Farmer’s Market, Columbia City.

Silver Kite Community Arts A weekly, hands-on art series—today, create a mixed media self-portrait with materials found in the park. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle.

Thursday, August 9

Explore the Beach with Naturalists Join volunteer naturalists during low tide to learn about Puget Sound's marine plants and animals. Offered at several beaches on many dates through August. See the full schedule here.  Today, 9 to 11 a.m. South Alki Beach, Golden Gardens Park, Saltwater State Park (Discover Pass required $), Seahurst Park, Lincoln Park, Richmond Beach, and Carkeek Park.

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.

Professor Ficklestein’s Energy Extravaganza Professor Finkelstein will share physics concepts utilizing physical comedy, mime, music, magic, sound effects and lots of audience participation. 11 a.m. to noon, Central Library, Downtown Seattle.

Story Time in the Park Enjoy stories, crafts and songs in the park. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Madrona Playground Park, Madrona.

Bristle Bots Create a robotic bug using wires, batteries and electrical circuits. Best for ages 10 and older. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. New Holly Branch Library, Rainier Valley.

 

Friday, August 10

Giant Bubbles Each week, enjoy a hands-on activity hosted by KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Today, create giant bubbles! 10 a.m. to noon.

South Lake Union Block Party Food, games, music, and a steamroller smack down where designers print giant posters using a steamroller instead of a printing press. Area surrounding South Lake Union Discovery Center, South Lake Union. Noon to 11 p.m.

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.

Basketball, Street Art and Pizza Middle and high school aged kids can enjoy a game of pick-up basketball. Younger kids can practice their skills on the courts behind Neighborhood House High Point. Also, take part in a hands-on art workshop led by teaching artists from Nature Consortium. Bonus—free pizza! 3 to 5 p.m. today and Fridays through Aug. 17. Neighborhood House—High Point, West Seattle.

Family Fun Evenings Create art, play games, and enjoy kid-friendly concerts at parks around Seattle (check listings for details)6 to 8 p.m. today and Fridays through Aug. 24.

Seussical KIDS There are a couple more chances to see this show featuring Dr. Seuss’ famous characters brought to life by Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE team. Noon. Wetmore Avenue Plaza, Everett.

Renton Outdoor Movie Tonight, see Coco (PG) at dusk. Sunset Neighborhood Park, Renton.

The Three Musketeers GreenStage performs the classic tale of three swashbucklers part of the outdoor summer series. 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Aug. 11 (full schedule here). Magnuson Park Amphitheater, Sand Point.

 

Saturday, August 11

Summer at SAM Seattle Art Museum hosts a weekly summer series featuring free yoga classes (9 to 11:30 a.m.), an open studio session to create art (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), park tour (1 p.m.), and free Zumba class (2 p.m.).  Today and Saturdays through Aug. 18. Olympic Sculpture Park, Belltown.

The Festival at Mt. Si Annual festival in the bucolic, Si View Park with live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, kids’ area, parade (10:15 am Aug. 10.), youth and adult competitions, fireworks (9:45 pm Aug. 10) and more. Admission is free, small fee for some activities.  6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12. Si View Park, North Bend.

Iranian Festival Explore the culture of Iran through food, music, dance, poetry, a puppet show and more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Seattle Center Armory, Lower Queen Anne.

PopUp StoryWalk Walk the trail while enjoying a story with author Nina Laden as she reads her book Yellow Kayak. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rhododendron Park, Kenmore.

Kenmore Play Day Enjoy family activities, snacks and education with a focus on health and fitness. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rhododendron Park, Kenmore.

Cascade Kids Day Enjoy bouncy houses, games, art, free ice cream, and kids workshops. Noon to 3 p.m. Cascade Playground, South Lake Union.

Sub Pop's 30th Anniversary Party Celebrate 30 years of local indie record label, Sub Pop Records with four stages of live music (including kids bands Caspar Babypants and The Not-Its!), food and more. Noon to 10 p.m. Alki Beach.

Seattle Women's Steel Pan Project Hear a Caribbean steel drum band comprised of women and girls. Part of the University Heights Summer Concert Series, which happens during the nearby University Farmer’s Market. Noon to 1 p.m. University Heights Park Plaza, University District.

Wars Outdoors: A New Hope in the Park See a live, fully dramatized version of Star Wars. Hot dogs for sale most performances, bring a chair or blanket. 7 p.m. weekends through Aug. 26.

 

Sunday, August 12

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.

Rainier Valley Heritage Festival & Othello International Festival Celebrate Southeast Seattle and the rich cultural diversity with arts, kids activities (including a petting zoo!), entertainment and food. Noon to 6 p.m. Othello Park, Rainier Valley.

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

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