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Free Kid-Friendly Events this Weekend

Find no-cost family fun in and around Seattle

Check out the many free things to do with kids this weekend in Seattle.


Tot Shabbat at the J

Friday, May 17. 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Address: Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Cost: Free

Join the J every Friday for Tot Shabbat, which includes singing, dancing, friends, and fun. No registration is required. Before coming to the J, please check out their latest policies and procedures here.


Remlinger Concerts: Music for the whole family

May 17- May 19. Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: Remlinger Brewery, 32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation, WA 98014

Cost: Free

All ages

Come to Remlinger Farm for indoor concerts on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm and Sunday nights from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy the live music events with the family. There is no cover, no drink minimum, all ages, and free entry and parking. Chris Steven’s Blues will be playing on Friday at 6 pm, The Fabulous Orchids on Saturday at 6 pm and File Gumbo on Sunday from 5 to 7 pm.


Madrona Farmers Market Opening Day 

Friday, May 17. 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Every Friday)

Address: Madrona Farmers Market, 1126 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Cost: Free, purchase items

All ages

The Madrona Farmers Market will open on May 17 and continue every Friday from May to Oct. 25. It offers a range of seasonal produce from Washington farmers, fishers, and ranchers. You’ll also find an extraordinary variety of artisan foods made from locally grown ingredients.


Community Access Night at Imagine Children’s Museum 

Friday, May 17. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (every third Friday of the month)

Address: Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St, Everett, WA 98201

Cost: Free, donations welcome.

Ages: 1-12, children must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older

Community Access Night at Imagine Children’s Museum welcomes families to a free night of fun every third Friday of the month in 2024. All families with children ages 12 and under are invited and can bring the whole family. Activities include Puget Sound Ecosystem Gallery, Art Hangout, Engineer It, Wildlife Rescue, and many more fun activities.


Teen Swim at Evans Pool in Green Lake

Friday, May 17. 7 pm – 8 pm. Every Friday.

Address: Evans Pool, 7201 East Green Lake Dr N Seattle, WA 98115

Cost: Free

Ages: 13-17

Free Teen Swim Nights will be held every Friday from 7 pm to 8 pm at Evans Pool. There will be swim sessions where teens can learn swimming or lifeguard skills. A teen room with games and pizza will open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


17th of May Ballard Festival & Parade

Friday, May 17. Music at Bergen Place Park & Open House at Leif Erikson Lodge 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Parade is from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Address: The parade starts at NW 62nd and 24th Avenue NW

Cost: Free

All ages

Celebrate the 17th of May Festival in Ballard with a parade through Ballard at 6 p.m. and music, dancing, and more fun and more fun starting at 1 p.m. May 17th is Norwegian Constitution Day and known in Norway as “Barnas dag,” the Children’s Day. Leif Erikson Lodge Open House (2245 NW 57th) will be free entry and will have food, live entertainment, dancing and a genealogist – Liv Marit Haakenstad. The parade will begin at the corner of NW 62nd and 24th Avenue NW.


Funtastic Carnival 

Friday, May 17-19. Weekdays 2-9 pm & Weekends 1-10 pm.

Address: The Outlet Collection Seattle, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA 98001

Cost: Free entrance; activities and games cost.

All ages

Join this annual family-friendly carnival in the Southeast parking lot of the Outlet Collection in Auburn. Don’t miss out on your chance to play games, eat delicious food, and brave the classic coaster or the big swings.


Kids to Park Day in Kent

Saturday, May 18. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Address: Van Doren’s Landing Park, 21901 Russell Rd, Kent, WA 98032

Cost: Free

All ages

Kids to Parks Day is a national day of outdoor play celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. This day connects kids and families with local, state, and national parks and public lands through events that promote discovery and exploration in the great outdoors. You will be removing invasive blackberry, then enjoy a fun nature-themed bingo walk.


West Seattle Bee Festival 

Saturday, May 18. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address: High Point Commons Park, 3201 SW Graham St, Seattle, WA 98126

Cost: Free

All ages

Join the West Seattle Bee Festival. Participate in their Buzz Run, Bee Walk, and vendor fair with organizations that will teach you all about bees and the environment. At the vendor fair, there will be Seattle JazzED at the Amphitheatre, Bee hive demonstrations at the Bee Garden, and Bee knees line dancing at Commons Park. The Bee Walk will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and the Buzz Run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Singing & Stories with Nancy Stewart

Saturday, May 18. 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Every Saturday)

Address: Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island, WA 98040

Cost: Free

Ages: 0-5

Come to the Children’s Story Times and Singing with Mercer Island’s own Nancy Stewart, a professional singer and songwriter. She has won the ALA Notable Children’s Recording award, multiple Parents’ Choice Awards, and a WLA Visionary award. She started the Sing With Our Kids project to educate parents about songs and activities for kids from birth to age 5. Every Saturday morning.


Wheelchair Basketball at Seattle PlayGarden

Saturday, May 18. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Saturdays except June 22, Aug 10) until August 17

Address: Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, 1745 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Cost: Free

All ages

Wheelchair Basketball at the PlayGarden this Summer will be on most Saturdays and free to all ages. Children and youth of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Extra chairs and balls will be provided. Join coach Nick, other wheelchair basketball players and coaches and give the sport a try.


Community Arts at Roxhill Park

Saturday, May 18. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Every Saturday through June 15)

Address: Roxhill Park, 2850 SW Roxbury St, Seattle, WA 98126

Cost: Free

All ages

Join the Community Arts Days at Roxhill Park every Saturday. They feature guided nature walks, storytelling, and drop-in EcoArts activities led by local teaching artists. No RSVP is required. The event will happen rain or shine, but check for any updates on their Facebook Page before attending the event. Note: The event will not happen on June 1.


UW Aquatic Sciences Open House

Saturday, May 18. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address: Fishery Science Building (FSH), 1122 NE Boat St Box 355020, Seattle, WA 98195

Cost: Free

All ages

Join the UW Aquatic Sciences Open House, an annual event that offers a free, family-friendly afternoon of hands-on learning to celebrate science and research related to water. Covering everything from freshwater to oceans, microscopic microbes to whales, and everything in between. Visitors can step on board the Research Vessel Rachel Carson, and experience real working science labs here at the university.


Watershed Fun Fair 

Saturday, May 18. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Address: Willow Creek Salmon & Watershed Education Center, 95 Pine St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Cost: Free – No registration required

All ages

A fun family event chock full of exhibits, games, crafts, and activities especially for kids. Feed a fish, pet a turtle, learn about backyard wildlife habitat, soil and water conservation, and more. The first 30 families take home a free potted native plant.


Water Safety Day at Rainier Beach CC

Saturday, May 18. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Address: Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: Free

All ages

May is National Water Safety Month. Join the Water Safety Day event at Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool. The event will include a life jacket giveaway, a life jacket fashion show, a free swim period, a live DJ, free food, and several activities for kids and families to enjoy. The free swim is from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (space is limited).


Spring District Family Festival 

Saturday, May 18. 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Address: The Spring District Plaza, 12167 NE 14th Terrace, Bellevue, WA 98005

Cost: Free

All ages

Spring District Family Festival will provide games for kids and adults, live music, food trucks, and neighborhood information. KidsQuest Children’s Museum will be on-site with interactive activities. For older kids and adults, Reality Break Escapes will present portable games and puzzles. Lunch will be available to purchase from a variety of food trucks and vendors. For live music, Mambo Cadillac will deliver Latin-flavored tunes while Club Furcula will offer indie rock.


Detective Cookies Chess Club 

Saturday, May 18. 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. (occurs weekly until June 15)

Address: Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: Free. Register here (you will need to call (206) 386-1925)

Ages: 7 – 19

Detective Cookie runs a super-cool chess club for kids and community members every Saturday until June 15. She loves chess and has been in the Seattle Police Department for more than 35 years. Children and teens are invited, no experience is necessary; just head over and learn to play this strategic board game.


Street Hockey Learn to Play Program

Saturday, May 18. 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (every Saturday until June 22)

Address: Sandel Park, 9053 1st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Cost: Free

Ages: 6-12

Rec’N The Streets is hosting a Street Hockey Learn to Play program for youths. The program offers free weekly (every Friday) coaching sessions and exciting scrimmages at Pinehurst Playground. No gear? They provide FREE sticks and protective gear to keep you safe while you learn the ropes. Be sure to check the Facebook Page before attending the event in case of any cancellations.


West Seattle Farmers Market

Sunday, May 19. Every Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Address: West Seattle Farmers Market, Cnr SW Alaska St &, California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Cost: Free

Stroll around the University District Farmers Market every Saturday with your kids and family. Located between 50th and 52nd, the market offers a variety of local food and street vendors, an exciting way to get your kids to try new foods and vegetables. All ages are welcome.


Kenmore Waterfront Fair 

Sunday, May 19. 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Address: TL’ awh-ah-dees Park, 7515 NE 175th St, Kenmore, WA 98028

Cost: Free

All ages

Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center invites you to bring your family and friends to try different hand-powered water sports for this free community event. There will be kayaking, dragon boating, outrigger canoeing, and stand-up paddle boards (all equipment provided). There will be a talk story hour, dedication to coach Karol Osusky, and all clubs open to the public!


Try Hockey for Free at Sno-King Arena

Sunday, May 19. 11:55 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Address: Kirkland Sno-King Ice Arena, 14326 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

Cost: Free

Ages: 4-17

Try Hockey for Free events provide children between the ages of 4 and 17 a free opportunity to experience playing hockey for the first time. Coaches will be on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics. Kids do not need any previous skating or hockey experience. You must register before May 16; Register here.


Ballard Locks Free Public Tours

Sunday, May 19. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Address: Ballard Locks Visitor Center, 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107

Cost: Free

All ages

Free daily tours are offered at 2:00 p.m. each day the visitor center is open between May 1 and Sept. 30. Tours last approximately one hour, are open to all, and begin from the Visitor Center. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.


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