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Celebrate Urban Nature at Magnuson Park April 9th

Emily Bishton

Staying local for spring break? There's plenty of fun action right here. 

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An annual tradition at Seattle Center’s Armory building, Whirligig! features inflatable rides, balloon artists and live entertainment. There’s a separate area for toddlers, too. Whirligig! happens April 1-17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is $8 for an all-day pass, $4.50 for toddler day pass, or $1.50 for a single ride. Thursdays are free (but crowded).

The new 520 bridge opens April 2. To celebrate, the bridge will host a 10K run/walk (it’s the one and only time you’ll ever have the bridge closed to traffic for a run/walk) followed by an opening day celebration with food, STEM activities, and more. See a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m., complete with a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records who will certify the bridge as the world’s longest floating bridge!

The Get Up and Go 5K Pajama Fun Run and Kids Dash encourages you to do just that: run in your PJ’s. Roll out of bed and over to the Lake Forest Park City Hall at 8 a.m. on April 9. Money raised will go to Seattle Children’s Hospital research and uncompensated care. Adults are $30, seniors and youth are $20, and kids ages 10 and younger are free with a registered adult. 

How well do you know the Alki area of West Seattle? Find out during the Alki Street Scramble on April 9. Meet at Alki Beach Park by 9:30 a.m. where you’ll be given a map and either 90 minutes or 3 hours to find as many of the checkpoints as you can, on foot or bike. Registration is $14 to $30 for adults, $14 to $20 for ages 13 to 21, and $5 for ages 6 to 12. 


Also on April 2 is the Edible Book Festival at the Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park. How it works is participants create a savory or sweet “book” that takes its inspiration from an actual book title (or pun on a title). After judging, the books will be available for consumption. It takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is FREE!

Video game aficionados will want to head to EMP Museum April 4-6 for Power Up! Gaming Days. See what’s new from Nintendo, play games in the pop-up arcade (and on the Sky Church mega screen), and also be sure to check out their “Indie Game Revolution” interactive exhibit. It’s all included with admission or membership.

April 7 is the first Thursday of the month, which means you’ll get free admission to Seattle-area museums such as the Burke Museum, MOHAI, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Wing Luke Museum, and Henry Art Gallery. The Museum of Flight is free from 5 to 9 p.m. on first Thursdays, and tonight will have special activities for NASA Climate Night

Nordic Heritage Museum hosts Scandinavian Spring at 10 to 11:30 a.m. on April 13, where kids can make a variety of Nordic-inspired crafts like cards, flowers, horses, trolls and sheep. It’s just $5 (plus admission or membership).

Date with Mother Nature

Who cooks for you? Why, the barred owl, of course! If that left you slightly confused, better do the Owl Prowl 7:30 to 9 p.m. on April 8 at Lewis Creek Park in Bellevue. You’ll learn which types of owls live in the area, what their calls sound like, and then go on a guided night hike to listen for them and other nocturnal creatures. 

Magnuson Park Community Center hosts their annual FREE Celebrate Urban Nature event 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 9, and it’s full of all kinds of earth-inspired fun. Kids can take part in hands-on science activities, games, animal encounters, and a Caspar Babypants concert. 

IslandWood on Bainbridge Island opens their gates to artists of all ages on April 17 for their Global Change, Local Art event. Come prepared to create art in your own way, be it sketching, dance, music or other art forms, as you think about the relationships between people, the natural world, art and climate change. The event is FREE but you should pre-register.

Also check out our daily calendar of events for up-to-the-minute ideas!

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