Seattle's Child

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Erika's weekend picks for May 25-27


Family Nature Class: Bird of a Feather
Sat, May 25 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Washington Park Arboretum

Preschoolers can explore learning stations and practice fine motor skills, sensory investigation, creativity, and pre-math and literacy skills through science-based exploration and outdoor play at the UW Botanic Gardens. Then join an opening circle and hike where the group will play games and listen to a fun story.

$19 for the first child and caregiver; $8 for each additional child; additional adults and siblings younger than 2 are free.


"The Phantom Tollbooth"
Sat, May 25 1-2 p.m.
SecondStory Repertory Theatre, Redmond

Based on the popular book by Norton Juster, SecondStory Repertory brings the exceptional tale of a boy named Milo, a dog named Tock and a certain magic tollbooth to life on stage. Great for grade school-aged children. Families with younger children are encouraged to attend the all-ages shows on Sundays.

$12. Sunday discount: $6 for children ages 1-3; free for children younger than age 1.


Nighttime Barn Owl & Owlets Walk
 Sat May 25 8:30-10 p.m.
Magnuson Community Center. FREE

BYO family and friends and join this gentle walk to learn about barn owls and owlets as you explore the Magnuson Historic District. Hunt for and dissect pellets, watch nesting boxes through spotting scopes and more. Meet at the Magnuson Community Center and wear comfortable shoes.


Pillow Fort Book Club
Sun, May 26 11 a.m.
University Book Store Mill Creek. FREE

Kids 8 to 12 can meet up and talk about some of the greatest middle grade titles around. Discover new books, meet new friends, and encourage a life-long love of reading. Check the website for monthly picks. Parents are welcome to attend. 


"Minuscule – Mandibles from Far Away"
Mon, May 27 1 p.m.
Shoreline Community College

This "Finding Nemo"-esque tale is about a French ladybug who stows away accidentally on a ship bound for the Caribbean, and his Dad who sets off to find him. 3D animation is superimposed atop gorgeous nature photography in this incredible dialogue-less film. Part of the SIFF Films4Families series. $8. More on SIFF: Tips for finding kid- and family-friendly film fare at SIFF.


Open Art Studio
Mon, May 27 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
West Seattle Art Nest

Dress for mess at this fun event where kids can explore their creativity at full force. Enjoy and hour or two in an amazing art studio where there's even a splatter room for paint. All the materials provided to create. $15 ages 6 and older, $10 ages 5 and younger. 


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