Weekend Highlights

Published October 21, 2014
Health & Development

Save the Date: Free “Building Blocks” 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:

Feeding the Picky Eater 

Learning a Second Language When Young 

How Experience Affects the Early Developing Brain 

Biking with Little Kids: Equipment, Safety and Tips on Getting Kids on Board 

* Parents can check their kids into super-fun free childcare provided by Seattle Gymnastics Academy while you:

Join the Music Party in the Lunchroom          

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 FamilyBikes.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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