This week's hand-picked free fun brings you potato sack races and bubble soccer in the park, Captain Marvel and Shakespeare in the Park, and kid concerts in parks. When you don't feel like playing outside, you'll find free events at bookstores, toy stores and more. Have a great week!
Monday, August 12
1. Be-Bots Space Adventure Learn to program a friendly little bee robot. For ages 5-8. Preregister. 2 to 3 pm. Kenmore library.
2. Magic Monday Watch a fun magic show in the setting of a neighborhood bookstore. 7 p.m. Third Place Books – Ravenna, Seattle.
Tuesday, August 13
3. The Not It’s Dance and sing at a live performance from these kindie rockers. 10 to 11 a.m. Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland. (Note: You can see The Not It’s again on Wednesday at the Just Kidding Around Concert Series in Bothell.)
4. Caspar Babypants Listen to your favorite Babypants tunes at this lunchtime family concert. Noon to 1 p.m. Cromwell Park, Shoreline.
Wednesday, August 14
5. Student Wednesday at BAM Kids can explore the Bellevue Arts Museum for free today. Download the coupon from BAM’s website. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue.
6. Playdays at Snapdoodle Drop in for games and hands-on fun at the toy store. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Snapdoodle Toys, Redmond.
Thursday, August 15
7. Children’s Hour at Scarecrow Learn about Central/South American traditions and celebrations by reading a story, watching a video and doing an activity. 10:30 a.m. Scarecrow Video, Seattle (U-District).
8. “Ghostbusters” Grab dinner from the on-site food truck Auntie’s Family Kitchen (or pack your own picnic), set out your blankets and settle in for a night full of ghosts and classic comedy. Movie starts at dusk. 8: 15 p.m. Ballard Commons Park, Seattle.
Friday, August 17
9. Me Gusta Leer (I Like to Read) Discover music, songs and books while singing, dancing and having fun with Chilean storyteller Marco Cortes. 11 a.m. to noon. West Seattle Branch Library.
10. Story and a Stroll Listen to a story about the secret habitats hidden in nature; then join a naturalist on a walk to find nature in urban areas. Best for ages 3-6. 2 to 3 p.m. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue.
11. “Captain Marvel” Pair a family movie with fresh air and kid-approved entertainment – character appearances, balloon artists, food trucks and more. Activities begin at 8 p.m. Film starts at dusk. 7 to 11:30 p.m. Westlake Park, Seattle.
Saturday, August 17
12. Pacific Northwest Chalk Fest Watch chalk artists at work, and learn tips and techniques for creating chalk art at home. The festival is loaded with kids’ activities, plus a sidewalk sale, food and live music. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekend. Redmond Town Center, Redmond.
13. Big Day of Play Celebrate diversity, community and health. Activities include sports tournaments, obstacle courses, flag football, a potato sack race, wheelchair rugby, roller derby, bubble soccer and more. Look or the Quiet Room when your family needs a sun break and some time to decompress. All play activities are free; fee for food trucks. Free transportation at 11 a.m. from South Park, International District, Yelser, and Magnuson community centers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rainier Playfields and Community Center.
14. Shakespeare in the Park Quadruple Feature The most loyal Shakespeare in the Park fans can see four plays today: “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Measure for Measure,” “Henry IV, Part 2,” and “Taming of the Shrew.” The first play begins at 1 p.m.; the final play begins at 7 p.m. Volunteer Park, Seattle.
15. Global Playground Watch local musicians perform live, do arts and crafts, and play at Artists at Play Playground, 2 to 5 p.m. Seattle Center Artists at Play.
16. Symphony for Climate Change See a screening of “Terra Nostra” (Our Earth), a multimedia symphonic creation that combines music, film and poetry to explore climate change. Bring a blanket, chair and a picnic. 4 to 7 p.m. at the upper field of the Daybreak Star Center. Discovery Park, Seattle.
Sunday, August 18
17. Be Your Inner Superhero Bike Ride Dress as your inner superhero and join Bike Works for a ride along Lake Washington Boulevard while it’s closed to cars on Bicycle Sunday. Meet Bike Works at Genessee Park for snacks, bike repair, chalk art and photos. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Genesse Park, Seattle.
18. BrasilFest Dancing, drumming music, film, capoeira and more heat up the Seattle Center at this fun, cultural festival. Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Mural Ampitheatre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
19. Alki Point Lighthouse Tour See inside a functioning lighthouse on an active U.S. Coastguard site. Children must be at least 8 years old to visit the top of the lighthouse (younger children welcome to visit the landing). 1 to 4 p.m. Alki Lighthouse, West Seattle.