The inaugural Seattle Children’s Festival produced by Northwest Folklife created quite the buzz last year and we’re happy to announce it’s back and better than ever! This one-day, multi-cultural event brings local communities and families together to celebrate “Our Big Neighborhood.” From hands-on activities to interactive workshops to well-loved children’s performers, learn about all the different cultures that make the Northwest so unbelievably fantastic. Oh, and did we mention… it’s completely FREE!

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photo: Niffer Calderwood

What to See
Just like the Northwest Folklife Festival, there will be no shortage of fun at this event. Expect to find puppet and flag making, masterpiece creating with Seattle Art Museum, an instrument petting zoo, a gymnastics obstacle course put on by Seattle Gymnastics Academy and robot battles, as well as a variety of artists including The Eclectic Cloggers, Jamtown John, North City Rockers, and the Canote Brothers. If that’s not enough excitement, kids will have the opportunity to learn and listen to various music styles and stories with Sunshine Music Together, Siam Smile, Youth Theatre Northwest, Hand-made Crankies and Bollywood groups. After you check out the festival schedule and the full movement series schedule, the only question you will need to answer, is what to see first?

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photo: Niffer Calderwood

What to Do
If last year’s festival was any indication, you know this year’s festival is going to be phenomenal and your things-to-do list is going to be huge! Clif Bar will be promoting their “Out To Play Program;” the Discovery Zone will have tons of interactive workshops and activities; the folks at Seattle Tilth will be teaching families how to build worm bins; the Rain City Rock Camp For Girls will be unleashing inner rockstars; and the “Movement Series” will include clogging stomps and Brazilian Capoeira as well as Vietnamese dance with the Duoc Su Lion Dance Team, hip hop with the North City Rocker B-Boys and jump roping with former Cirque du Soleil coach Rene Bibaud. 

Kids, get ready to ROCK! Kindiependent Kids Rock Concert Series returns for it's FIFTH SEASON at Mount Baker Community Clubhouse!!

photo: The Not-Its!

What Not to Miss
Seattle kindie rockers, The Not-Its! will be bringing their high-energy rock music to the stage, so come prepared to sing, dance, and get all your sillies out. The Discovery Zone in the Fisher Pavilion and Armory Lofts is going to be the place to be. Check out the full schedule and get ready to move, groove, create, learn and have fun. Psst! Be sure to grab an Event Passport on your way in to begin your interactive journey through the festival.

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photo: Niffer Calderwood

Seattle Center including Fisher Pavilion, Armory and Armory Lofts
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: nwfolklife.org/SeattleChildrensFestival and on Facebook

Date: October 11, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Did your family attend last year’s festival? Will you be enjoying the festivities at this year’s festival? We’d love to hear about your experience in the Comments below.

— Allison Rasmussen