Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

18 free things to do with kids around Seattle, May 13-19

Bike rodeos, theater for little kids, plus several touch-a-truck events and festivals – all free!


Thursday, May 16

Drop-in Preschool Art Create art projects using nature and recycled materials. 11 a.m. to noon. Delrdige Branch Library, West Seattle.


Friday, May 17

Syttende Mai (17th of May Festival) It's Norwegian Constitution Day! Ballard is celebrating with kids activities all day at the Nordic Heritage Museum, entertainment with Nordic flair, and a parade down Market Street. Check the website for the entertainment lineup and schedule.

Redmond Bike Bash Roll up to Redmond Central Connector Park for music, food trucks, bike shops, a beer garden, prizes and bike skills clinics. Pedal across the street to Downtown Park for a kids' bike rodeo and other activities in celebration of "Kids to Parks Day.” 4 to 7 p.m.


Saturday, May 18

West Seattle Bee Festival Lace up your shoes for a fun run; then watch the pet parade and a bee hive demo, plus live music and kids’ activities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. High Point Commons Park, West Seattle.

University District StreetFair This neighborhood tradition of peace, culture and community is the longest running street fair in the country. Enjoy hundreds of craft, food and information booths, entertainment stages, street performers, a kids’ area and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday. U District, Seattle.

Armed Forces Day Watch historic battle reenactments, see military vehicles on display, and have fun with rides, crafts and more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Lakewood).

Touch-A-Truck Kids can honk, toot and climb aboard their favorite service vehicles. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking lot adjacent to the Performing Arts and Event Center, Federal Way.

Spring Festival Celebrate spring with bounce houses, games, activities, prizes and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 775 Gilman Blvd., Issaquah

Kent International Festival Celebrate culture in the most diverse city in Washington state. Enjoy ethnic dance, music, art, food, and a traditional attire procession. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. accesso ShoWare Center, Kent.


Sunday, May 19

Bicycle Sundays Ride the scenic stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park. The road is closed to vehicle traffic, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bike Safety Rodeo Learn about bike safety, riding skills, and helmet fitting. Get a free, children’s helmet while supplies last, and pedal around the bike-safety riding course hosted by the local police department. 9 a.m. to noon. Issaquah Community Center.

JazzED Jamboree Enjoy live jazz music performed by young musician ensembles. Food, music and merch available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Carlson Theater, Bellevue College.

Looking for more? Check our Family Events Calendar, searchable by age, location and cost. Or download the new Seattle's Child App

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