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20 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Feb. 11-17

Valentine's crafting, play gyms, and a festival to get you moving and grooving to world beats


Despite Snowmageddon, there are still lots of places to go have snow-free (and dollar-free!) fun. If you can safely travel, you might spend a morning or afternoon at an indoor playground, making Valentine’s crafts at the library or watching a movie at the community center. When the weekend arrives, it’s time to escape to sunnier places via music, dance, crafts and more at Nothwest Folklife’s Movin’ Around the World festival.

Before you go: Call the venue to make sure the event is still happening. At the time of publishing, events on this list were either still a “go” or a “it depends on the weather.”


Monday, February 11

The Big Play Date Meet other families during this interactive playtime that encourages language, social and emotional development. 10 a.m. to noon. Renton Highlands Library, Renton.

PlayDate SEA If you’re feeling cooped up at home, PlayDate SEA is keeping their doors open no matter the weather. Take advantage of free admission on Monday evening, 5 to 8 pm. PlayDate SEA, Seattle (South Lake Union).


Tuesday, February 12

Ballard Playspace Climb towers, slip down slides or build with giant blocks at this indoor community play area. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ballard Church, Seattle.

Snugglefest Dog walking company Rover is hosting a Valentine’s party for your family pooch. There’ll be a doggy playground, dog-themed Valentine’s crafts and giveaways. Please RSVP for adults and children 8 and older. 5 to 8 p.m. Kimpton Alexis Hotel, Downtown Seattle.


Wednesday, February 13

Volunteer Park Conservatory There are only a few weeks left to take advantage of free admission to Volunteer Park Conservatory. Go romp through the snow in the park, and then warm up in the conservatory’s tropical gardens. Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Volunteer Park, Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Won’t You Be My Valentine? Have some sweet treats and do arts and crafts. Drop in for the tot gym, and also watch a live performance of “Scardey Squirrel and the Little Red Hen.” 10 a.m. to noon. Bitter Lake Community Center, Seattle.

Student Wednesday at BAM School-aged children can explore the galleries for free today. Get the coupon off the website. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue.

Zumba Fitness Class Ditch the usual workout and join this all-ages, all-levels Zumba party. 6 to 7 p.m. Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (Lower Queen Ann).


Thursday, February 14

Toddler Gym Play Time Ride trikes, play house and build with blocks at this drop-in tot gym. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Jefferson Community Center, Seattle (Beacon Hill).

Valentine’s Crafting Join friends at the neighborhood toy store for some lovable craft projects. 3 to 5 p.m. Clover Toys, Seattle (Ballard).

Cartoon Happy Hour Watch classic cartoons on the big screen. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. 5 to 7 p.m. Central Cinema, Seattle (Central District).


Friday, February 15

Story Time with Betsy and the PJ Library Betsy and her red ukulele will be playing songs, singing rhymes and reading children’s books. 11 a.m. Third Place Books, Seattle (Ravenna).

Library Lab: Stop Motion Animation Create a short, stop-motion animation with provided props. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Southwest Branch Library, Seattle (West Seattle).

Lake City Film Festival Watch a family movie that’s been written, directed or produced locally. Call the community center for movie details. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lake City Community Center, Seattle.


Saturday, February 16

Discovery Days at MaST Poke a sea star or a pet a slimy sea cucumber (gently!) at the Marine Science and Tech Center’s aquarium, where there are two touch tanks to explore. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marine Science and Technology Center, Des Moines. 

A Royal Valentine’s Day Party Dress as your favorite prince or princess for Valentine’s crafts, sweets and lots of jumping. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Springfree Trampoline, Issaquah.

Movin’ Around the World: Winter Take a virtual world tour with Our Big Neighborhood through cultural music, dance, crafts, workshops and more. See the schedule online for specific events. Donations appreciated. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily through Feb. 22. Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).

Dungeons and Dragons for Kids Go on an epic quest with a kid-friendly D&D gaming session. Materials provided, and no experience required. Noon to 3 p.m. Mox Boarding House, Seattle (Ballard).


Sunday, February 17

Htai Filipino Warrior Arts Learn all about the fascinating art of HTAI Fighting systems, then jump into a workshop to learn the skills. Part of the Northwest Folklife Movin’ Around the World festival.12:15 to 1 p.m. Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (Lower Queen Ann).

Winter Discover Walk Stroll through the watershed with a park naturalist to learn about the plants and animals that live there. Then take a closer look at nature’s treasures with a microscope. Pre-register. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend.

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