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Free winter break fun for kids in Seattle



Winter break gives busy school-age kids time to decompress, chill out and spend time with family. It's also a great time to participate in awesome local activities—no one wants to catch that dreaded cabin fever this time of year. The Seattle Public Library offers plenty of free winter break activities for kids, including LEGO-building, winter crafts and more!


Holiday Craft Workshop and Local Music

Interested in learning to make your own terrarium or want to create a homemade Christmas card for a loved one? Head to a free workshop at the downtown Central Library, this weekend.

Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 to 3 pm; free.

1000 4th Ave, Seattle.


Winter Break Craft Extravaganza

Drop in for craft-making at the University branch of the library: kids will make snowflakes, mock stained glass windows, paper art and bookmaking. All ages.

Monday, Dec. 21, 2 to 3:30 pm; free

5009 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.


American Sign Language Holiday Story Time

This special library story time is presented in sign language with voice interpretation. Kids will have the chance to learn different holiday signs, fun rhymes, stories, and songs about the season from a seasoned ASL storyteller.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 10:30 to 11 am; free.

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle


Winter Break Program: Construction and Collage

Head to the Lake City Branch of the library to build structures out of LEGOs, Duplos, Mega Bloks, and Straws & Connectors. Not interested in building? Kids can also create a collage from paper and recycled materials.  

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 10 to 11:30 am; free.

Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. NE., Seattle

Drop-In STEAM Activities

Pop into the Greenwood branch for science, technology, engineering, art or math learning activities. Ages 5-18. 

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2:30 to 4:30 pm; free.

Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle.


Thrilling Tales

Older kids will enjoy sitting back and relaxing during this expert story time. This week's story is "Bless this House" by Christianna Brand. When Joseph and his pregnant young bride Marilyn showed up on her doorstep that cold and rainy night, their plight seemed eerily familiar to Mrs. Vaughan.

Monday, Dec. 18, 12:05 to 12:55 pm; free.

Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle. 


Game On

The High Point branch is bringing the fun with board games, Kinect, and Wii. Ages 11-18.

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2 to 4:30 pm; free.

High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., Seattle. 


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