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LIVE virtual events picks for May 18-24

Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival goes virtual! Plus, Reading Rainbow, ballet classes and performances, and more, all happening virtually this week.

Don’t miss the Northwest Folklife Festival, live online for the first time ever. Plus, the beloved Reading Rainbow is back! And, Skype a Scientist to learn about vaccines, try a Gage Art Academy class for free, dance with Evergreen City Ballet and put on your acting cap with the 5th Avenue Theater! Make sure to visit our Virtual Events Calendar and/or download our FREE app to stay in the loop about fun, family-friendly events.


Monday, May 18

Live Storytime with LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow. Join LeVar of the old school Reading Rainbow fame on Mondays on Twitter, and enjoy a new story each week. Live at 9 a.m.


Tuesday, May 19

Skype a Scientist! Vaccines with Devika Varma. Vaccines are quite the hot topic in our current climate, and the highly popular educational series Skype a Scientist brings you an expert on the subject. Learn how vaccines are made and how they work in the body to help fight infectious diseases. Live at 10 a.m.


Wednesday, May 20

Gage Academy of Art- Art to Go Class. Gage 360 has developed free classes for the community with the goal of bringing the arts to all during this challenging time. Participate in free tutorials, demonstrations and lectures from experienced Gage instructors. Pre Register to join on Zoom! Best for ages 8 and older. Live at noon. 

Thursday, May 21

Movement Activities for Kids with Evergreen City Ballet. Experienced ECB dance instructors are offering this free virtual class, which helps and encourages kids ages 2 and older to get moving while stuck at home! Join on Facebook Live, and learn some fun dance moves, too. Live at 10 a.m.


Friday, May 22

Fridays at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Big kid pick! This one’s for the high school students, and especially those passionate about theater. Participate in weekly lessons in singing, putting on performances, and more, taught by local professionals in the field. Live at 4 p.m. 


Bonus Family Pick!

Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra “Swan Lake”. During COVID-19, PNB is releasing live-streaming performances of various previously-recorded ballets, and this week you can stream Swan Lake through May 27. The choreography by the famed Kent Stowell is not to be missed. Donations appreciated. Released Friday at 7 p.m. 


Saturday, May 23

From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival. Streaming now through Memorial Day, the full program includes music, dance, workshops, storytelling, a Family-Fun Channel, and even a virtual marketplace, all within this first-ever virtual platform. The suggested daily donation to cover costs is $20 per person or $30 per family. The full schedule will be released on Wednesday, May 20


Sunday, May 24

A Sunday with Clinton Fearon. Seattlite and Jamaican Reggae pioneer Clinton Fearon invites guests to a weekly event filled with humor, music, storytelling, and requests from the audience. Live at 10 a.m. 


Bonus ANYTIME event!

STC @ Home. Seattle Children’s Theater has become a one-stop-shop for fun, engaging, meaningful home learning. Download free activities based on movies, books, and past STC performances, and practice movement, creativity and critical thinking with the whole family. Create a “Picker-Upper Machine” inspired by Cat in the Hat, or act out ideas from Harold and the Purple Crayon, plus dozens of other easy-to-implement activities.


For more local parks, museums, galleries and museums offering exciting home learning programs for free, visit this list.

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