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9 Free Things To Do With Kids This Week, Jan. 1-7

Hike into the New Year at one of over 100 state parks.

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You made it to 2018 and that’s worth celebrating! Dive into the New Year with one of many Polar Bear Plunges, take a hike through one of our state parks, or sit back and listen to a lovely classic violinist with ambiance to match—all kid friendly, and all free.


Monday, January 1

New Year’s Day

Washington State Parks Day Visit one of over 100 state parks throughout Washington to celebrate the New Year. Many feature free, ranger-led adventures including hikes, bike rides, and snowshoeing (bring your own equipment). Free admission is available for day-use only—overnight camping requires a fee and pre-registration.

Polar Bear Plunge Greet the New Year by jumping into Lake Washington. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with music on the shore. The plunge is at noon. Warm up afterwards with warm drinks, and earn an official Badge of Courage. Costumes are encouraged. 11 a.m. Matthews Beach (Sand Point).


Tuesday, January 2

Family Story Time Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with Miss Louisa. After story time, connect and play with other families in the neighborhood. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Seattle Public Library – Broadview Branch (Broadview).


Wednesday, January 3

Sanctuary in the City Enjoy classical music in this free concert series by Pacific MusicWorks held on the first Wednesday of each month. Today, enjoy solo violinist, Tekla Cunningham. Noon. Christ Our Hope Catholic Church (Belltown).


Thursday, January 4

Museum First Thursday Enjoy free admission all day to select museums (note: there may be admission for special exhibits) including Burke Museum (University District), Museum of History and Industry (South Lake Union), Seattle Art Museum (Downtown Seattle), Northwest African American Museum, and Museum of Flight  5 to 9 p.m. (Tukwila). Wing Luke Museum has a children’s story time followed by an art activity at 11 a.m. featuring Year of The Dog by Oliver Chin.

Friday, January 5

Dance Party Parents and kids ages 6 and younger are invited to dance and explore movement to ring in the New Year. 10 a.m. Valley View Library (SeaTac).


Saturday, January 6

Shi Shi Mai Blessing The shi shi mai dance is often seen at temple and shrine festivals on New Year’s Day. Join members of the neighborhood Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple as they bless the Museum. 1 p.m. Wing Luke Museum (International District).

Family Fun Night Play board games, learn new hip hop dance moves, and enjoy a light snack. All ages. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (Ravenna).


Sunday, January 7

Sunday Public Sail Each Sunday, the Center for Wooden Boats offers free 45-minute rides on Lake Union. Set sail on one of the beautiful, 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). 

There's always more to experience! Our Family Events Calendar is searchable by age, location, and cost. 

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