Seattle's Child

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23 free things to do with kids around Seattle, Sept. 9-15

Touch-a-truck, lunchtime concert, a bird fest and a bat walk, arts festivals and more

Kids are officially back to school and everyone needs some time to have fun and unwind. Here are a few FREE activities this week for the family to kick off the fall season! 


Monday, September 9

Monday Madness at Playdate SEA. Enjoy 8,000 square feet of indoor playground fun for the kids, while parents sip coffee at the attached cafe. 5 to 8 p.m. Playdate SEA, Mercer Street, Seattle. 

Magic Monday. Held the second Monday of the month, each show features the Pacific Northwest's finest magicians performing feats of mystery, wonder and the bizarre. 7 p.m. Third Place Books (Ravenna), Seattle. 


Tuesday, September 10

Storytime at New Seasons Market. Bring your toddlers (ages 1 to 4) to this weekly story time with Kim the Librarian. Fruit is provided for the kiddos and complimentary coffee is provided for caregivers. 10 to 11 a.m. New Seasons Market, Ballard. 

Family Dance Party. Get into the groove with our favorite story time songs and vintage pop tunes and show off your favorite dance moves. Family fun for everyone! 7 to 7:45 p.m. Bothell Library. 


Wednesday, September 11

Student Wednesday at the Art Museum. Students of all ages are welcome to explore the Bellevue Arts Museum after school. Channel your artsy side while viewing various exhibits. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bellevue Arts Museum. 

Live at Lunch Outdoor Concert. Pack a picnic and head on over the East Side to enjoy the Indie Folk tunes of artist Tekla Waterfield. Noon to 1:30 p.m. City Center Plaza, Bellevue. 


Thursday, September 12

Neighborhood Night at TAM. Stop in for performances, artist demonstrations and more. Go upstairs to see TAM Local Community Art installations or to TAM Studio or Drawing Jam to create your own work of art. 5 to 8 p.m. Tacoma Art Museum. 

Cartoon Happy Hour. Introduce your kids to the classic splats and konks of your childhood during Central Cinema's happy hour for the whole family. Two hours of classic cartoons take over the screen every Thursday. 5 to 7 p.m. Central Cinema (Capital Hill), Seattle. 

Summer Concert Series. Partake in the last concert of the year for this Si View area of North Bend, and enjoy alternative folk duo The Winterlings. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and let the music soothe you. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Si View Park, North Bend. 

Green Lake Bat Walk. Take a sunset walk while learning all about bats. Meet your guides from Bats Northwest on the grassy knoll near the Bathhouse Theater on the northwest side of Green Lake. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bathhouse Theater (Greenlake), Seattle. 


Friday, September 13

Colorful Caterpillars. View and learn all about the plentiful caterpillars of the fall season. Peek into the park’s foliage to test your observational skills while on a ranger-led walk, and enjoy creating a craft to bring home. 10 to 11 a.m. Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station, Bellevue. 

Children’s Story Time. Join in for Friday morning story time with Steph at Phinney Books. Babies, toddlers and anyone else who likes a good story exuberantly told are welcome. 11 a.m. to noon. Phinney Books (Greenwood), Seattle. 

Bellwether Arts Festival. See art installations at various sites, plus live music, artist talks, culinary events and more. This year’s theme is Taking Root, activated by a team of curators and artists who explore notions of identity and cultural exchange. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Bellevue. 


Saturday, September 14

Salmon Homecoming Celebration. Salmon Homecoming is all about the people of the Pacific Northwest, whoever you are and whatever you do. Arts and crafts, salmon bake, pow wow, canoe welcoming ceremony, singing and dancing. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Waterfront Park, Seattle. 

Summer Splash at Green Lake. Windermere's End of Summer Splash is jam-packed with family-friendly fun. Visitors of all ages can enjoy food from an exciting lineup of vendors, watch a rowing regatta featuring local corporate teams, and try their hand at various water sports like canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Green Lake, Seattle. 

Green Lake Community Fun and Wellness Fair. Come and play at this fun and beneficial event, in celebration of Geen Lake and the surrounding wellness community. Enjoy face painting, yoga, arts & crafts, live music, dancing, vendors, interactive demonstrations, and health & wellness information. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Green Lake, Seattle. 

Touch-a-Truck. Vehicle fans, come one, come all! Climb, sit in and honk horns of dump trucks, a backhoe, vactor truck, police vehicles, street sweeper, fire rigs and a garbage truck, plus train rides and treat vendors. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Asbery Field, Marysville. 

Free Kids Art Workshop. Visit an amazing, community-driven art studio for some quick art making, suitable for all ages 2 and older. While there, check out artwork made by local, Pacific Northwest artists of a variety of styles and mediums. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rusty Raven Gallery, Historic Downtown Kent

The Great Walingford Wurst FestHead to St. Benedict’s for a weekend of live music, bouncy houses, kid games and fun prizes, plus a variety of crafts and vendors. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Sunday. St. Benedict School, Wallingford.


Sunday, September 15 

Puget Sound Bird Fest. Attend this annual fall celebration on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. This acclaimed event includes a live raptor show, speakers, bird viewing interpretive stations, guided walks, exhibits, and fun educational activities celebrating birds and nature. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday) Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds. 

Fremont Sunday Market. Stroll this fun, year-round, European-style street market. Food trucks, hand crafts, vintage and one-of-a-kind gifts, local produce and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Fremont) Seattle. 

Bicycle Sundays. Pedal along the stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard South between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park while it’s closed to vehicle traffic. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seward Park, Seattle.

Schack-toberfest: Glass Pumpkin Festival. Peruse the gallery of more than 900 beautiful glass pumpkins handcrafted in the Schack glassblowing studio. On Sundays, kids can participate in a free art activity. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Schack Center for the Arts, Everett. 

Lil’ Kickers Open House. Head on over to Arena Sports for some free soccer play. Kids ages 18 months to 12 years will have a blast when they take part in sample classes run by talented, high-energy coaches. 2 to 4 p.m. Arena Sports, Issaquah. 


For more free things to do with kids around Seattle this week, check our constantly updated Family Events Calendar, or download our Seattle's Child app.