What a great time of year to be a kid in Seattle! There seems to be a chart-topping family-friendly event happening every weekend of the spring and summer. We’ve pulled together what we believe to be a fool-proof itinerary of events to get you through the end of May, and you’ll find that there’s something here to suit every preference. Here are a few ideas for keeping the kids busy in the coming months:
When: April 14, 2016 through May 22, 2016, varying times
Where: 201 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109
This classic children’s favorite teaches us that there’s plenty of fun to be had, even on a gloomy, rainy day. It’s such a well-loved tale that it has been brought back to Seattle by popular demand, delighting children with whacky and mischievous humor. The show lasts approximately one hour and features the dynamic acrobatic duo, Thing One and Thing Two. The Seattle Children’s Theatre recommends this show for ages 3 and up, and sign language interpretation will be provided on May 7th, 2016. Tickets for select performances have already started to sell out well in advance of their scheduled dates, so be sure to plan ahead. My daughter will be catching the show with her grandparents, and she’s absolutely ecstatic. I have no doubt that she’ll be talking about it for weeks after.
When: April 23, 2016 from 10:30am until 11:30am
Where: 2811 Mt Rainier Drive S, Seattle, WA 98144
Recess Monkey is a nationally acclaimed band formed by a trio of teachers who wanted to create rock music for kids and their families. They weave jokes and puns together with catchy melodies, and their lively performances are a great way to address common childhood themes. Parents who wish to screen the lyrics before the show can do so at the band’s Lyrics page. Rest assured that this will be an exciting and wholesome time for the entire family. One family ticket costs $15 for 4 people and may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. If you enjoy the show, catch them again on April 24th at the Top Pot Doughnut Dash in Green Lake.
When: May 13, 2016 through May 15, 2016
Where: 18740 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188
Everfree is an annual 3-day convention for fans of My Little Pony. It’s a family-friendly event with separate tracks for children and adults. It will feature special guest appearances by characters from the show, musical concerts, exhibition-style shopping, 24-hour activity rooms, and over 50 hours of special programming. Cost of admission varies by the package you choose, and registration (including hotel booking, if necessary) is performed entirely through the event’s website.
When: May 27, 2016 through May 30, 2016
Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA
Now in its 45th year, the Northwest Folklife Festival is one of the largest of its kind. There are countless things to do and see, but if you have kids with you, head straight for the Discovery Zone. This is a special section of the festival dedicated to kid-friendly adventures, hands-on activities, performances, fun workshops, and more. The best part is that this event is absolutely free and open to the public. The Discovery Zone will be held in the Next 50 Pavilion and will be open from 11:00am until 6:00pm on all days of the festival.
If you don’t love what you see here, keep an eye on one of our many local event calendars. Red Tricycle, for example, is a great place to find kids’ events in Seattle. Otherwise, contact a member of our team at (206) 465-7215. We know this city well, and we would love to tell you about the exciting things that are happening around our community.