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9 Free Things To Do With Kids This Week, Oct. 2-8

This girl is learning to create colorful jewelry during Seattle Children's Festival, happening this Sunday.

Photo by Erinn Hale

Now that the weather has officially committed to fall, there are pumpkin patches to explore, indoor play spaces to visit, and fall harvest festivals to enjoy. This week’s round up of free events features a little bit of everything.


Monday, October 2

Free Drop-In Art Studio Bring your own materials or use what is available in the studio for this free drop-in art studio time. Noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Beacon Arts (Beacon Hill).


Tuesday, October 3

University Book Store Storytime Kids can enjoy dramatic readings of stories new and old along with hands-on activities catered to the audience.  11 a.m. to noon. University Bookstore (University District).


Wednesday, October 4

Drop in STEAM Activities Drop by the Greenwood branch library for STEAM activities every Wednesday, including learning activities for students K-12 and their families. Different Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math activities will be available. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Greenwood Library (Greenwood) .


Thursday, October 5

Museum First Thursday Enjoy free admission all day to select museums (note: there may be admission for special exhibits). Many have children’s activities including story times at Northwest African American Museum (noon), Wing Luke Museum (11 a.m.), and Nordic Heritage Museum (10 a.m.). Museums participating include Burke Museum (University District), Museum of History and Industry (South Lake Union), Seattle Art Museum (Downtown Seattle), and Museum of Flight (Tukwila).

Friday, October 6

Small Frye: Storytelling + Art Kids and their caregivers can enjoy a story (Rufus: The Bat Who Loved Colors By Tomi Ungerer) read by Seattle Children’s Theatre, followed by a hands-on art activity inspired by the book. Pre-registration required for the art activity. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. 

Hansel and Gretel and Scaredy Squirrel. Enjoy a 45-minute theater show created just for little ones. Part of the Theater for Young Audiences series presented by Sweet Pea Cottage Enterprises and Seattle Parks and Recreation. 11:15 a.m. to noon. Greenlake Community Center (Greenlake).


Saturday, October 7

Seattle Parrot Expo Learn all about parrots with interactive exhibits, hands-on actives, face-painting, photo booths, and games. See parrots talk, free fly, and skate (4 p.m. Oct. 7 and 11 a.m. Oct. 8). Free admission. Small fee for some activities. Please leave pets at home. Auburn Community & Event Center (Auburn).

Farm Fair at Kelsey Creek Farm Enjoy free entertainment by Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth on the stage, participate in hands-on activities, meet, and wander through the scarecrow maze. Pumpkin patch and decorating, scarecrow creations, pony rides by Seattle Pony Party, face painting, and food all have nominal fees. Parking is limited on site. Shuttle service is available from Bannerwood Sports Park and Wilburton Park and Ride. Cash only, there is no ATM on site. Pets are not allowed in the barnyard area. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kelsey Creek Farm (Bellevue).


Sunday, October 8

Seattle Children’s Festival Annual event features dozens of dance and music performances, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Free admission, donations appreciated. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seattle Center (Lower Queen Anne).


Looking for even more activities? You can always check out our Family Events Calendar, searchable by age, location, and cost. 


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