Weekend Highlights

Published November 6, 2013

Free “Building Blocks” Early Learning Festival

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Attention all parents of infants, crawlers, toddlers and preschoolers! Seattle’s Child is thrilled to bring back its annual early learning festival, “Building Blocks: Learn, Eat, Play” on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seattle’s Hamlin Robinson School.

Building Blocks is ALL FREE!

Listen and dance to the sounds of Seattle's zany band "Your Imaginary Friend" and Portland's hit of the Portland kid's music scene - Mo Phillips (preview Mo's tunes here ) and check your child into super-fun childcare provided by Seattle Gymnastics Academy so you can talk to exhibitors and enjoy free mini-talks. Plus free kid-friendly snacks! And there will even be soft snuggles from real bunnies, thanks for joing in the fun, Bunnies for Birthdays!


9:30 - 10:00 am: Ms Rachel, Musical Treblemakera music educator in the Lake Washington School District who is has an exceptional talent for engaging and captive a young audience while teaching them about music. 

10:15 am - 11:00 am: Your Imaginary Friendbrings together babies and banjos, kids and kitchen instruments in quirky performances featuring singing and dancing while teaching music fundementals. 

11:15 am -12:15 pm: Mo PhillipsMo does not dumb down lyrics or melodies for kids to "understand", and therefore sings about things whole families can appreciate. A fine, distilled blend of Americana, Soul and Blues, while not being afraid of a poppy hook or straight rockin' out.

11:00 am and 11:45 am: Stone Soup Theatre: Two sets of their 30-min Creative Drama Journey (limited to 15 kids), Stone Soup a local nonprofit theatre with classes, a youth conservatory and many professional performances every year in the Wallingford neighborhood.

12:15 pm: Jamtown: fair trade world music instruments bring the joyful experience of hands-on music and art to children, families, and music lovers of all ages.       


10:00 - 10:30 am: Taryn Oestreich from Seattle Children's Hospital speaking on Eating Right/No Food Fight with toddlers

10:30 - 11:00 am: Sara Eizen of NEST Seattle speaking on De-clutter and Stay Organized with Kids

11:00 - 11:30 am: GET Washington: Saving for College: Start Now

11:30 - noon: Kelly Bolen, Education Director of Sponge School, speaking on teaching kids a second language

Kid-friendly snacks: 

Bean Sprouts: a hip and healthy, kid-friendly cafe and cooking school.

Seattle Salads : Seattle Salads is a new way to think about fast food! With over 35 toppings, 10 delicious homemade dressings, signature salads, soups and other treats, we are your one stop shop for fun, healthy food!

Hello Robin Cookies: Delectable cookies, partnering with Molly Moon's and coming to store front on 19th Ave E (on Capitol Hill) soon!

Mix & Mash: Consider us like a personal chef for your baby. And we’ve got yummy, healthy stuff for the rest of the family too! Delivered right to your door, saving you time to tackle the rest of your to-do list.

Smith Brother's Farms: Serving up chocolate milk samples!


Seattle Gymnastics Academy will provide free on-site childcare so that you can listen to a mini talk or work through the booths without having to wrangle the kid!

To learn more about the Building Blocks event, contact Amy Cadwell at acadwell@seattleschild.com 


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


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