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50 free things to do with kids during mid-winter break

Visit Community Day at Frye Art Museum on Feb. 22 and enjoy free tours of gallery exhibits, hands-on art experiences, film screenings and more.

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Stuck at home with the kids this week? Or maybe you're super excited to pack the week full of quality time and exciting adventures! Either way, we're giving you this glorious list of the best FREE activities happening around town this week, and we threw in a little at-home inspiration, too. Enjoy!


Monday, February 17

Movin' Around the World with Northwest Folklife. Northwest Folklife invites you to experience the cultures of the world through seeing and doing. This festival explores culture with music, dancing, arts and crafts, workshops and more, daily through Feb. 21. Today’s theme is "Roots of our Neighborhood". 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Seattle Center Armory (Lower Queen Anne), Seattle. 

The Great Northwest Glass Quest. What a fun way to kick off your break! If you’re looking to get out of town, head north for this fun adventure. Pick up a guide book for tips on where to find a clue ball, which are hidden in Stanwood and Camano Island parks and businesses. Find one and you win a piece of glass art. Every day through Feb. 23. Various locations in Stanwood and Camano Island. 

Monday Madness at PlayDate SEA. Bring the kids on down to a play-zone filled with slides, climbing structures, and soft surfaces where they can get all the wiggles out! Caregivers can enjoy food and drinks in the cafe’ while the kids play. 5 to 8 p.m. Playdate SEA (Mercer St.), Seattle. 

Clean a different room for each day of the week! Does the house need some organizing? Bring the kids on board to help and make it fun! Go on a treasure hunt in each room to see if you can find something from each color of the rainbow, or each letter of the alphabet. As you hunt, you can organize, rearrange, clean, and purge. 


Tuesday, February 18

Juanita Bay Bird Walk. Big kid pick! Take a walk through Juanita Park and explore all of the bird species who reside there. 9 a.m. to noon. Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland. 

Frozen Fun: An Arts and Science Program. Do you want to build a snowman? Get inspired by your favorite Frozen characters and songs, and try different activities using science and art to celebrate winter. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Auburn Library. 

Pokemon League at Snapdoodle. Head to the toy store to make new friends, play Pokemon and trade cards. 5 to 7 p.m. Snapdoodle Toys (Greenwood), Seattle.

Head to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, an urban park located in Seattle's original downtown Pioneer Square Preservation District. Check out the visitor center, museum, and ranger activity center. Learn about the Klondike Gold Rush and its impact on Seattle, and about other Seattle area National Parks. A fun day of learning all about our city's history! 


Wednesday, February 19

Toddler Open Gym. There are dozens of open gyms around the Greater Seattle Area, filled with toys and blocks for your youngsters to play with. This one at Rainier Community Center (Columbia City) is open today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check our calendar for all of the listings. 

ideaX Club. Enjoy gaming, fun STEM activities and crafting projects. Designed for ages 9 and older. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bellevue Library.

Water, Water Everywhere! Or is It? Learn about the water cycle, and then get wet making your own water cycle model to take home! Pre-register. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Woodinville Library. 

Reading with Rover. This is a great way for a child who might be nervous about reading aloud to practice- by reading to a pup! This session is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Mill Creek Library. There is another session on Sun. Feb. 23 at Third Place Books Ravenna

Grab lunch and try out a new playground! There are so many cool playgrounds in the area, why not explore a new one? Afterward, check out one of the nearby, kid-approved lunch spots for a snack. 


Thursday, February 20

Folktales with an African American Twist. Celebrate the diversity of the Pacific Northwest by hearing a talented storyteller share stories and songs from long ago. 10 to 11 a.m. Issaquah Library. Two more sessions in Duvall on Fri. Feb. 21 and Redmond on Sun. Feb. 23. 

A World of Music with Eli Rosenblatt. Enjoy a high-energy concert, filled with beats and melodies from around the world, sharing the message of acceptance and celebrating the planet. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at North Bend Library. There is another session tomorrow (Fri. Feb. 21) in Woodinville

Oly Third Thursday. Stroll the streets of downtown Olympia during this community celebration of local culture, art, food and music. Listen to Buskers in the streets or play the Challenge Game- solve the puzzle and win a prize! 4 to 7 p.m. Downtown Olympia. Other local Third Thursday art walks include the Everett Art Walk, the Edmonds Art Walk, and Neighborhood Night at Tacoma Art Museum. Also check out Teen Night at Schack in Everett. 

Cartoon Happy Hour. Lots of family time have you itching for a moment to zone out? You’re in luck. Classic cartoons take over the big screen for free this evening (food and drink for purchase). 5 to 7 p.m. Central Cinema (Central District), Seattle. 

Lyrically We Stand Open Mic. Big Kid Pick! Hear performers share stories, poems, spoken word, lyrics, and more as they express themselves on stage. 7 to 9 p.m. Art of Soul Gallery (Columbia City), Seattle. 

Put your kids in charge of dinner tonight and see what happens! Tired of cooking for (and then cleaning up after) everyone on repeat? Forgo all control and put your kids in charge of the meal tonight! Will it disgust...or delight? There’s only one way to find out! 


Friday, February 21

Declare today a device-free day! Instead of screen time, get out of the house and check out one of these awesome activities: 

A World of Music with Eli Rosenblatt. Enjoy a high-energy concert, filled with beats and melodies from around the world, sharing the message of acceptance and celebrating the planet. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodinville Library.

Story and a Stroll: I'm Done. Follow Little Beaver as he attempts again and again to build his perfect dam. This story explores the theme of perseverance. 11 a.m. to noon. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue. 

Drumming and Rhythm Music Workshop. Enjoy a drum rhythm circle which brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to share in making music. Feel free to bring your own drum. 11 a.m. to noon. Auburn Library. 

Craft Extravaganza with LEGOS. Play with legos, make a craft, and hang out with friends at the library for a fun afternoon out of the house. 2 to 3:30. Lake City Library, Seattle. 

Free Friday Night at Imagine Children’s Museum. Explore all of the fun exhibits that the museum has to offer without paying admission! A great evening activity for the whole family. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett. 

Black History Celebration. An evening to celebrate achievements, culture and contributions by the African American community through spoken word, dancing, singing, painting, and more. 6 to 8 p.m. People’s Community Center, Tacoma. 


Saturday, February 22

Kids Saturdays in the Park: Marble Run Village. Head to the Sculpture Park this morning with the family for fun art projects that focus on the environment around you. 10 a.m. to noon. Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle. 

Toddler Spa Morning. Enjoy mini manicures, a DIY scrub station, and lavender playdough at this fun morning of pampering with your youngster. 10 a.m. to noon. Bright Horizons (Pioneer Square), Seattle. 

Coastal Wolves: A Story of Resilience. Learn how wolves adapt to their changing environments, speak with a wolf expert and do wolf-related crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WET Science Center, Olympia. 

Discovery Days. Visit MaST for free on Saturdays, where you can explore 15 aquarium tanks and over 250 native Puget Sound marine species. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marine Science and Technology Center, Des Moines. 

CfAD Playlab. Drop in at the Center for Architecture and Design and do fun, family-friendly, architecturally-based activities. Test critical thinking skills, draw, and build. 1 to 4 p.m. Center for Architecture and Design, Downtown Seattle. 

I Love Forests Story Time. Head to the University of Washington campus to explore, and then attend this sweet story time that celebrates gardens, plants, and nature. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Elisabeth C. Miller Library, Center for Urban Horticulture (Laurelhurst), Seattle. 

Book Exchange. Need some new reading material? Trade your gently used books for some that are new to you! Meet other readers, browse a variety of genres (including kids’ books) and have treats. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phinney Center Blue Building, Seattle. 

Community Day at the Frye. Explore exciting, new art exhibitions, take a tour, and experience hands-on art projects. There will also be a film screening! RSVP if possible. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Frye Art Museum (First Hill), Seattle. 

Free Family Day at BAM: Full STEAM Ahead! Create STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) projects with reusable materials! Have a fun, family day at the museum. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum. 

Amate Paper Painted Birds Art Workshop. Amate Bark paintings are made by artists of the Otomi communities in Mexico. Use special paper and paint to create a simple bird with flowers in this folk tradition. 11 a.m. to noon. Muckleshoot Library, Auburn. There is another session tomorrow (Sun.) at Auburn Library at 11 a.m. 

Haiku Writing Workshop. Join naturalist and Seattle's Civic Poet, Jourdan Keith, on a writing adventure. Pause, slow down to observe nature, and explore the area while learning to write Haikus. Dress warm and wear sturdy shoes.  Pre-register. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend. 

African Dance Workshop. Join the Gansango African Music and Dance Company, a group of talented musicians and dancers, and learn contemporary and traditional West African dances. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Federal Way Library. 


Sunday, February 23

Sunday Public Sail. Set sail on one of the beautiful, classic boats at the Center for Wooden Boats. Sign up for a slot in person, several trips throughout the day. Space is limited. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center for Wooden Boats (South Lake Union), Seattle. 

Petit Trolls Parade at the Fremont Market. Now, this is a must-see! Enjoy a Fremont-style, Mardis Gras mini parade! Hand-made, miniature floats will be carrying trolls through the Fremont Sunday Market. Come and join the party! Parade is at noon- don’t be late or you'll miss it! Begins at the Fremont Arts Council Outreach Booth (Fremont), Seattle. 

Winter Discover Walks. Explore the natural world with a Watershed Naturalist on this informative, one-mile walk. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend. 

Making Tracks in Lewis Creek Park. Look for animal prints, tracks, and scat to discover what types of creatures have been lurking in the park. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center, Bellevue. 

The Playlist. Don’t feel like leaving the house but you still need to keep those littles busy? Check out this list of love and kindness-themed activities for kids to do at home, like making love-filled snacks, fizzing candy science, heart art and more. Keep spreading the love all month long! 


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