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9 Free Things To Do With Kids This Week, Oct. 9-15

See the vibrant transition into fall at Washington Park Arboretum.

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Sean O'Neill

Monday, October 9

Magic Monday Held the second Monday of the month, each show features the Pacific Northwest's finest magicians performing feats of mystery, wonder and the bizarre. 7 p.m. Third Place Books (Ravenna).


Tuesday, October 10

Reading with Rover Kids have a chance to boost their reading skills and confidence by reading stories out loud to trained therapy dogs. 6 to 7 p.m. Renton Library (Renton).

Decorate Cupcakes Learn to make buttercream frosting, and create colors for decorating. Chef Laurie Pfalzer will teach how to use pastry bags and pastry tips. Students will leave with a decorated cupcake. Recommended for ages 10 and older. 4 to 5:45 p.m. Greenbridge Public Library (White Center).


Thursday, October 12

Tugboat Story time Listen to stories about boats and the sea aboard the Arthur Foss, a 100-year-old tugboat. After stories, there is time to explore the boat. 11 a.m. to noon. Center for Wooden Boats (South Lake Union).


Friday, October 13

Children’s Hour at Scarecrow Video An educational program ideal for preschoolers. Each session involves watching short videos, reading books, and participating in an activity related to a theme. Today’s theme is Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Scarecrow Video (Roosevelt).


Saturday, October 14

Free Family Weekend Walk Enjoy a 90-minute walk exploring Washington Park Arboretum. There will be tools and activities to engage families with children.  1 to 2:30 p.m. Washington Park Arboretum - Graham Visitors Center (Montlake).

Fall Festival Enjoy tractor rides, veggie car races, straw maze madness, games, and arts & crafts for children of all ages. Free admission, small fee for some activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Swansons Nursery (Fremont).

African Drumming, Dance, and Song Day Kouyate Arts will offer an interactive West African dance and music workshop. Bring your own instrument, or use one provided. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Magnuson Community Center.

TurkFest Experience Turkish culture with music and dance performances, hands-on activities, food, and a marketplace. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14-15.


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

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