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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.

Salmons Journey Story Stroll at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

June 1-30. 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Daily.

Address: Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

Cost: Free

All ages

The story stroll is free and runs every day during June. This story walk will share the story of a salmon on its journey from Fall City, WA, to the ocean and back. Along the way, the salmon shares its perspective on various predators and environments it encounters.


Curiosity Cube: Science fun at Bellevue Safety Fair

Friday, June 14. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Address: Bellevue Police Department Safety Fair, 4004 Factoria Blvd. SE,, Bellevue, WA 98006

Cost: Free

Ages: 8-13

The Curiosity Cube is a 22-by-10-foot, retrofitted shipping container turned interactive mobile science. Its mission is to increase worldwide access to science, technology, engineering, and math education. Students will use modular electronics, digital microscopes, and other scientific tools to learn about sustainability. This will be free and open to the public.


Food Festival at Seward Park 

Friday, June 14. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Address: Seward Park Amphitheater, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: Free

All ages

Rec’ N The Streets Presents the Food Festival, with delicious street food, lively music, and community fun at the scenic Seward Park Amphitheater. Please check the Facebook Page for any updates before attending the event.


Remlinger Concerts: Music for the whole family

Friday, June 14. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: Special summer concert on June 15 (learn more here)

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. Enjoy the live music events with the family. There is no cover, no drink minimum, all ages, and free entry and parking. On Sundays, live music is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Check out the line up here.


Teen Swim at Evans Pool in Green Lake

Friday, June 14. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Every Friday. (Until June 28)

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.


Live Music at Third Place Commons 

June 14-15. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Fridays & Saturdays until Dec 28). No live music on July 10.

Address: Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Cost: Free

All ages

Bring the kids to the Commons Stage at Third Place Commons for live music every Friday and Saturday night through December 28. Grab food or bring your own and enjoy the tunes. Check out who is playing here.


Drive in Movie at Little Brook Park 

Friday, June 14. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Address: Little Brook Park, 14043 32nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Cost: Free

All ages

Join Rec ‘N the Streets for their summer movie in the park and enjoy a free movie with the family. They will be playing Raya and the Last Dragon (PG) at Little Brook Park.


Meeker Days Art and Musical Festival 

June 14-16. Different hours for each day.

Address: Downtown Puyallup & Pioneer Park, 330 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371

Cost: Free

All ages

Join the return of the annual Meeker Days event in downtown Puyallup. This year’s festival will feature live music, food vendors, a classic car show, fine art, a variety of entertainment, inflatable play places, beer gardens, family activities, and more. The hours of the event will be June 14 (12 p.m. – 7 p.m.), June 15 (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and June 16 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Check out the band lineup and more here. They will have an interactive map to help you navigate the list of things to do.


Edmonds Art Festival 

June 14-16. Hours vary by day.

Address: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Cost: Free, items to purchase.

All ages

The Edmonds Arts Festival is going on all weekend on Main Street. It’s a fun chance to meet artists and see their work in a beautiful outdoor setting. The Festival offers entertainment, a juried gallery art exhibition and sale, a juried student art exhibit, and a hands-on children’s art activity area. There will be a wide variety of music, dance and theater performances that you can watch during this event.


BIMA’s Treasure Trek at Various Kitsap County Parks

June 15-16. 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (This event is every day from June 15 to July 13).

Address: Various Kitsap County Parks.

Cost: Free

All ages

Join the BIMA’s Treasure Trek Grab your galoshes and get ready to discover art where you least expect it in BIMA’s Treasure Trek: A Glass Float Seek & Keep. This summer, 200 hand-blown glass orbs will be hidden on public lands across Kitsap County, just waiting to be discovered and treasured by intrepid art lovers. The glass floats are hidden in public spaces such as parks and waterways. There is no need to trespass; the glass floats will never be on private property. The rules are simple: you find it, you keep it—however, they ask that you just keep one so more people can enjoy the hunt.


Singing & Stories with Nancy Stewart

Saturday, June 15. 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Every Saturday until July 27)

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.


Social Justice Stoy Time 

Saturday, June 15. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Every Saturday until August 31)

Address: Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Cost: Free

All ages

Not Too Small to Make a Difference is an anti-bias, kid-focused read-aloud adventure with all kinds of books here, but there will be a focus on Social Justice. Do you want to have the ability to discuss hard questions your little one asks? Reader Kristen invites you to have a social justice story time to open the door to conversations that could transform change.


Wheelchair Basketball at Seattle PlayGarden

Saturday, June 15. 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.


Lowes Free Kids Workshop: Father’s Day Edition

Saturday, June 15. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Address: Multiple Lowes locations

Cost: Free, must register here.

All ages

Families can register online in advance (recommended) and then get ready to build something together at Lowes. Every month, there will be a new project that the family can work on together with a helpful instructor who will assist and guide you all through the details. This month is a Father’s Day UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) workshop, where the little ones and dad can bond over assembling this rugged vehicle.


Morgan Junction Community Festival

Saturday, June 15. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Address: Morgan Junction Park, 6401 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

Cost: Free

All ages

The Morgan Junction Festival is back for 2024—mark your calendars for this fun day of live music, kids entertainment, local vendors and more at the Morgan Junction Park. Check out the entire entertainment schedule here.


Visit MaST Center Aquarium 

Saturday, June 15. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Every Saturday)

Address: MaST Center Aquarium, 28203 Redondo Beach Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198

Cost: Free

All ages

The MaST Center Aquarium is open for public viewings on Saturdays for their Discovery Day. Visit their aquarium that holds 3,000 gallons of seawater, view 250+ native Puget Sound species and experience 2 large touch tanks. You can also view their marine mammal skeletons and a 38-foot Gray Whale skeleton.


June 15-16. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Check other dates here.

Cost: Free

All ages

Bicycle Weekend on Lake Washington Boulevard is back! A scenic 3-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park will once again be closed to motorized vehicles but open to people walking, rolling, and biking from 10 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday, on scheduled weekends from May to September. It’s a flat piece of lakefront roadway that links several parks and makes a great spot for family bike rides and non-motorized scooters, skating, walking, and running.


Burien Strawberry Festival & Car Show

June 15-16. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Sunday).

Address: Burien Square Village, 480 Southwest 152nd Street, Burien, WA 98166

Cost: Free

All ages

The long standing Burien Strawberry Festival includes a petting zoo on Saturday, the Father’s Day car show on Sunday. There will be live music all weekend, a kids area and vendor booths. This car show will have classic cars, sleek rides, and plenty of family fun. From vintage muscle cars to modern marvels, there’s something for every automotive enthusiast to admire.


Orca Month Beach Clean-up on Orcas Island

Saturday, June 15. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Address: Eastsound Waterfront Park, 96 Main St, Eastsound, WA 98245

Cost: Free, but you must register here.

All ages

Join Friends of the San Juans’ Science Director, Tina Whitman, on Orcas Island to help remove harmful beach waste while you learn about Southern Resident killer whales, their habitat, & the impacts of microplastics on the environment. Bring layers and your reusable water bottle.


Summer Solstice Fest at Roxhill Park

Saturday, June 15. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

All ages

Join the Summer Solstice Fest at Roxhill Park. DNDA is celebrating the sunniest time of the year by hosting a day of music, lawn games, science and art activities, and fun. RSVP HERE for a chance to win a 4-person pass to the Woodland Park Zoo or the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture.


Summer Opening Weekend Celebration at Frye Art Museum

Saturday, June 15. 11 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Address: Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Cost: Free, some events require registration.

All ages

Join the Summer Opening Weekend celebration at the Frye Art Museum to celebrate their new exhibitions with a Story Hour and calligraphy stations with Asia Pacific Cultural Center, as well as some other fun hands-on art-making stations inspired by the exhibitions on view. There will also be live music and churros with chocolate dipping sauce in the museum’s café. Check out the full schedule here.


Camp Long Mountain Fest

Saturday, June 15. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Address: Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave SW Dawson, Seattle, WA 98126

Cost: Free

All ages

Join Camp Long Mountain Fest, an annual event celebrating Seattle’s vibrant outdoor community and Camp Long’s place in mountaineering history. It’s a fun, free day of outdoor activities for the whole family, including rock climbing, bouldering, rappelling, hanging out with raptors, and more.


Discovery Park Free Shuttle to the Beach

Saturday, June 15. 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Weekly on Saturdays until Sept 7)

Address: Discovery Park, Seattle, WA 98199

Cost: Free

All ages

Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering a FREE summer beach shuttle at Discovery Park to help improve access, reduce traffic congestion, and support a thriving environment. The free shuttle runs Saturdays only through September 7 and loops between Discovery Park Visitor Center, the North Parking Lot, and the Beach arriving at each location approximately every 30 minutes. What is not allowed on the shuttle? Pets, coolers, surf/paddle boards, and other bulky items.


Saturday Morning Story Time at Barnes & Noble 

Saturday, June 15. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (weekly on Saturdays until Aug 17)

Address: Barnes & Noble, Pavilions Centre, 31325 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003

Cost: Free

All ages

Come join the fun on Saturday Mornings Story Time on the Children’s stage at Barnes & Noble in Federal Way. This free event will occur weekly throughout the summer months!


Beatles Tribute Band at Kirkland Urban

Saturday, June 15. 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Address: Kirkland Urban, 425 Urban Plaza, Kirkland, WA 98033

Cost: Free

All ages

Get ready to twist and shout on as popular Beatles tribute band “Good Day Sunshine” pays homage to the Fab Four’s legendary last performance with the FREE Come Together Rooftop Concert Celebration on Kirkland Urban’s second-level mezzanine deck. There will be free kids’ activities, including airbrush tattoos, balloon artists, and Fathers ’Day crafts. Also, there will be a VW Bus photo booth from Shutter Bus Co. and groovy giveaways.


Detective Cookies Chess Club 

Saturday, June 15. 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. (occurs weekly until Aug 31)

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.


NAAM Juneteenth Skate Party at Judkins Park

Saturday, June 15. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Address: Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St., Seattle, WA 98144

Cost: Free

All ages

NAAM’s three-day Juneteenth Celebration begins with their Annual Juneteenth Skate Party at Judkins Park. Attendees will enjoy free skate rentals, music, food, and more. The museum will be open all day for visitors to stop by.


Summer Reading Kickoff at Maple Valley Library

Saturday, June 15. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Address: Maple Valley Library, 21844 SE 248th St, Maple Valley, WA 98038

Cost: Free

Ages: 3+

The Tahoma Reading Specialists are teaming up with the Maple Valley Library for crafts, a sidewalk chalk art contest, a scavenger hunt, games and more. Parents can bring questions about their child’s reading and talk with the reading teachers. You can even help us name the library gnome! There will also be a book swap where you can bring up to 3 books you’re done with and trade them in for some that are new to you.


Stellify K-Pop Dance Workshop 

Saturday, June 15. 1 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Address: Issaquah Library, 10 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

Cost: Free

Ages: 3-55

Learn how to dance to the official choreography of K-Pop songs at Issaquah Library for children, teens and adults. The teen/adult session will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The children’s session will be from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.


Free Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks 

June 15-16. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Every Saturday & Sunday (including the 4th of July and Labor Day).

Address: Hiram Chittenden Locks, 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107

Cost: Free, donations are welcomed.

All ages

Enjoy a free outdoor summer concert at the Ballard Locks on the lawn of the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Chairs are not provided so bring your own chairs or a blanket. Bring a picnic too or buy food across the street at the newest location of Pagliacci Pizza . Schedules are subject to change, so check back to confirm before coming. In case of heavy rain, call the Visitor Center at 206-783-7059.


Big Vince Balloons and Magic 

Saturday, June 15. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Address: West Wall Bar, 900 Poplar Pl S, Seattle, WA 98144

Cost: Free

All ages

Come and enjoy an evening filled with enchanting magic acts and whimsical balloon creations. Bring your sense of wonder and let the magic unfold. RSVP to secure your spot.


Sensory Time at Imagine Children’s Museum 

Sunday, June 16. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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

Cost: Free, must register here.

Ages: 1-12

Sensory Time at Imagine Children’s Museum is on the 3rd Sunday of the Month. This Sunday program is for families with children on the autism spectrum, children with sensory processing disorders, and children with other special needs. During Sensory Time, Imagine Children’s Museum provides these families exclusive access to the North side of the Museum. Social stories, sound-reducing earmuffs, sunglasses, and sensory balls are available.


West Seattle Farmers Market

Sunday, June 16. 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.


Auburn Farmers Market

Sunday, June 16. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Address: Les Gove Park, 910 9th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002

Cost: Free

All ages

The Auburn Farmers Market will continue every Sunday until Sept. 15 at Les Gove Park. They will have farm fresh produce, fresh cut flowers, meat, cheese, honey, wine, coffee beans, handmade crafts and body care products, prepared food, and more. There will be special entertainment for each week, check the schedule here.

They will be giving 100 free kid kits will be given away at the information booth while supplies last.


Storytime at the Garden for K-2

Sunday, June 16. 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Grade: K-2

Join a Storytime at the Bellevue Botanical Garden (southwest of the Urban Meadow; follow the signs). Includes a reading of a garden-related book and a brief activity. This event is for families with children grades K-2 or those interested. This is not a drop-off program. Adults must attend with children.


Ballard Locks Free Public Tours

Sunday, June 16. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays)

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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