Weekend Highlights

Published October 29, 2014
Health & Development

Free Early Learning Festival Nov. 8

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Attention all infants, crawlers, toddlers, preschoolers and parents! Seattle’s Child is thrilled to bring back its 4th annual FREE early learning festival, “Building Blocks: Learn & Play” on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hamlin Robinson School on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Learn About Preschools and Other Early Learning Options                                                  

Talk one-on-one with representatives from local preschools and early learning enrichment activities plus learn about community resources for parents ages infant to 5. 

Hear mini-lectures on these topics and more:

Eat Right/No Food Fight

Parents already know it’s important for young children to eat a healthy diet, but making it happen can be a challenge. Taryn Oestreich, a master certified health education specialist, adjunct instructor in early childhood education at WWU, and long-time consultant/contractor at Seattle Children’s, will share tips and strategies to help picky eaters, to avoid mealtime power struggles and to reduce the frustration with children’s nutrition.

Learning a Second Language When Young

“Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter.” –New York Times 2012 

More and more parents believe this statement, causing tremendous recent growth in the demand for bilingual education. There are currently over 30 bilingual preschool options in Seattle and Bellevue alone, many of them launched after 2000. Come hear first-hand from Christina Wong, an experienced faculty member of the French American School of Puget Sound, about the benefits of early childhood bilingual education.

How Experience Affects the Early Developing Brain

In the first decade of life, children form trillions of connections between brain cells. Experience determines the connections that are formed and which connections will become more efficient. Jennifer Larson, an Outreach Specialist at University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science (I-LABS), will talk about how experience affects the developing brain. I-LABS is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning, with a special emphasis on early learning and brain development.

* Parents can check their kids into super-fun free childcare provided by Seattle Gymnastics Academy while you get your fill of information.

Join the Music Party in the Lunchroom          


Jamtown John invites you to play along in the Howdy Band – that’s right, you are in the band! Original and folk songs feature movement and rhythm play-along for toddlers, kids and families with Jamtown fair trade world instruments. John plays with ukulele, piano and drums. jamtown.com

Ms. Rachel's Treblemakers

Rachel teaches music education to grades K-5 in the Lake Washington School District and plays "Miss Melody" in the First Note video music curriculum series created by the Children's Music Foundation. On weekends she loves entertaining the infant to 4-year-olds with her sweet and lively melodies. facebook.com/treblemakerrachel

Your Imaginary Friend

Your Imaginary Friend brings together Jana Vitols, singing, playing banjo and uke, with Greg Ruby on archtop guitar and JoJo Mascorella joining in on drums to delight listeners of all ages. Their creative arrangements and lively interactions make for an upbeat dance party! yourimaginaryfriendseattle.wordpress.com

Nancy Stewart

Kids love the contagious sing-along fun that is part of every Nancy Stewart show! Nancy is a national award-winning children's singer-songwriter and creator of SingWithOurKids.com, a free resource website promoting early learning through community singing. nancymusic.com

Get Active in the Covered Playground                    

Try out bike carrier options for kids with Familybike.org.

Pet and cuddle with bunnies from Bunnies for Birthdays.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!           

To learn more about the Building Blocks event, or to find out how you can be a part of it, contact Amy Cadwell at acadwell@seattleschild.com.

A big thank you to the generous Building Blocks event sponsors!

Seattle Children's Hospital


Hamlin Robinson School


Seattle Gymnastics Academy


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