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Free Kid-Friendly Events this Weekend

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

Street Hockey Learn to Play Program

Friday, April 19. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Address: Pinehurst Playground, 12029 14th Avenue Northeast Seattle, WA 98125

Cost: Free

Ages: 8-13

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.


Potlatch Symphony: Community Concert

Friday, April 19. 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Address: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: Free; reserve tickets HERE.

All ages

Potlatch Symphony brings the Seattle Symphony and artists from Puget Sound’s First Nations together in an exchange that celebrates this region’s land and ancestral history. In addition to this world premiere, the Symphony will share the stage with their Community Partner, Kids in Concert, for a side-by-side performance. The performance will be 46 minutes without intermission and will be in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.


Teen Swim at Evans Pool in Green Lake

Friday, April 19. 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.


Farmers Market at the University District

Saturday, April 20. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Address: University District Farmers Market, 5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

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.


Free Entrance Day at National Parks

Saturday, April 20. All day.

Address: Various National Parks

Cost: Free

All ages

On April 20, all national parks that charge admission, including the three national parks located in Washington  (Mt. Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades), will offer free entrance to everyone in celebration of the First day of National Park Week. Note: The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.


Singing & Stories with Nancy Stewart

Saturday, April 20. 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.


Lowes Free Kids’ Workshop

Saturday, April 20. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Monthly event)

Address: Lowes locations in North Seattle, Rainier Valley, Tukwila and Renton

Cost: Free; must register here before April 19.

All ages

Lowe’s DIY workshops are back. Families can register online in advance (recommended) and then get ready to build something together. Every month, there will be a new project that the family can work on with a helpful instructor who will assist and guide you through the details. This month is Playful Garden Cart Planter.


YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 20. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Address: YMCA locations around the Seattle area; see list HERE.

Cost: Free and open to the public

All ages

Join the YMCA Kids Healthy Day free event as they celebrate kids being kids with healthy snack ideas, water safety demonstrations, sports challenges, bounce houses, and arts & crafts at 12 local YMCAs in King County. Activities vary by location, so check out the list of places and activities they will host here. Activities range from face painting, obstacle courses, soccer, Zumba, climbing wall and many more things to do with the whole family.


April Pools Day Seattle

Saturday, April 20. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (times vary by pool; check pool times)

Address: Multiple pool locations: Evans Pool (Greenlake), Helene Madison Pool, Medgar Evers, Queen Anne, Southwest, and Rainier Beach.

Cost: Free

All ages

Learn important water safety skills, swim for free, play games, and win prizes! This is a great opportunity to teach your family about water safety while having fun. April Pools Day water safety topics will include preventing open water drowning, lifejacket use and promotion, cold water awareness, and basic water rescue for children. Note: Ballard Pool Day will be on Sunday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Ladybug Festival: An Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 20. 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Address: Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St  Seattle, WA 98122

Cost: Free, no registration required.

All ages

Kick off Earth Day festivities by connecting the community with nature at this event, highlighting the importance of pollinators. You’ll see the annual release of ladybugs in the Garfield Community Center Garden and can participate in fun, educational, and hands-on activities for all ages.


International Children’s Friendship Festival

April 20-21. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Address: Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Cost: Free

All ages

The International Children’s Friendship Festival (ICFF) is a free event open to the public. It is an opportunity for children to celebrate their cultures, international peace, and friendship through performance and education. There will be torchlight parades, art showcases, raffles, and more.


Storytime at the Garden for K-2

Sunday, April 21. 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Address: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98005

Cost: Free; registration is not required.

Grades: K-2

Join Storytime at the Bellevue Botanical Garden for a reading of a garden-related book and a brief activity. This event is for families with children grades K-2 or those interested. It is not a drop-off program, and adults must attend with children. It will take place in the Sharp Cabin at the Bellevue Botanical Garden (Southwest of the Urban Meadow; follow the signs).


Try Hockey for Free: Sno-King Ice Arena

Sunday, April 21. 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Address: Sno-King Ice Arena, 12620 164th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98059

Cost: Free. Register here.

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.

Read more:

Earth Day events and activities in Seattle Area

The Definitive Guide to Inside Activities with Kids: Seattle

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