It’s Pride month! If you and your mini crew are looking for ways to celebrate or show your support for the LGBTQIA community in June, we’ve got the scoop on kid-friendly Pride month events around the Emerald City. Here’s where families can let their flags fly!
Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement
It’s time to plan a trip to MoPOP just in time for their newest exhibit. Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement looks at the “pop culture touchstones, political battles, creative luminaries, enduring challenges, and joyous victories that mark an on-going period of change in American history.” It features stories and artifacts from national, as well as local Seattle figures, and give families a chance to wander through history, learning as they go. It’s a fascinating look at the struggle for equality.
Opening date: Jun. 26, 2021
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle Pride: Resilience
While families won’t be able to gather in Belltown to watch the Seattle Pride Parade make its way to City Center this year, we will be able to gather ‘round the screens for a virtual event that promises it won’t be boring. It’s two days of performers, speakers, activities and activism that reflects the diversity of Seattle’s LGBTQIA community. We can’t wait to watch the family-friendly programs, like storytime with the Tooth Fairy and Cookie Couture, plus science experiments with Romi. Register online for this free event.
Dates: Jun. 26 & 27, 2021
Good to know: Wondering about PrideFest—Seattle’s other big Pride celebration? The event organizers have plans to hold a two-day event on Capitol Hill in late summer 2021. Stay tuned!
Order a Seattle Pride Box
If you plan to celebrate Pride at home, pair your viewing with a limited edition Seattle Pride Box from Savor Seattle. In it you’ll find all kinds of goodies including Breaker One 9 Blend from Broadcast Coffee Roasters, Pride-themed cookies from Home Economics Cakes & Cookies, biscuit mix from Honest Biscuits, Liliko'i Caramel Sauce from Marination and more. It’s a great way to support queer-owned businesses and contribute to Seattle Pride (they receive a portion from each box). Plus, yum!
Good to know: Boxes begin shipping on June 8, 2021.
Run & Walk with Pride
Now in its 39th year, the Seattle Run and Walk with Pride event is a chance for gay athletes to compete and give back to their community too. It’s the annual fundraiser for Seattle Frontrunners, a group that supports local non-profits in the LGBTQ community, and it’s a great reason to bring the kids to Magnuson for this fitness-focused Pride event. The 5K is super family-friendly, but don’t let that deter you from running the 10K if you’re up to it. Families can also participate virtually; simply complete your run any time between June 25 and 28.
Date: Jun. 26, 2021
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
While families won’t be able to gather for everybody’s favorite Drag Queen storytimes this year, SPL will host Rainbow Storytime for kids this month. Tune in on June 9 for a virtual event with librarian Amanda. Families will also find a Rainbow Edition of the library’s popular Learning Together program geared toward tots on June 11. The YMCA of Greater Seattle will also be hosting a Drag Queen Storytime with Mercury Poisoning. Join the party on June 17.
Because Pride is a party, we think cupcakes should definitely be involved. Grab Trophy Cupcakes’ Rainbow Love dozen that includes six chocolate/vanilla and six vanilla/vanilla cakes adorned with sparkly rainbow sugar toppers and sprinkles galore. The best part? When you buy a dozen in June, 20% of the proceeds go to Seattle Pride.
Families can also pick up The Gay from local favorite Cupcake Royale. This cake’s all about the confetti—from the cake to the frosting. Pick up as many as you need for your celebration.
Objects of Pride
Join this virtual program presented by MOHAI that examines the personal objects in people’s lives that illuminate LGBTQ+ history. Maybe it’s a cherished photo, an old watch or a suit that’s hanging in the closet. Whatever object you bring, you’ll have a chance to share a short story, hear from others and participate in small, facilitated breakout rooms to connect. Remember to register for this free event.
Good to know: Although this event is geared toward the LGBTQ+ community, all are welcome to join.
Date: Jun. 12, 2021
860 Terry Ave. N.
Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West
Meet heartbreaker Harry Allen, a wanted man, mysterious laundress, Mrs. Nash and novelist and doctor, Alan Heart at the Washington State History Museum’s latest exhibit. Just in time for Pride, this exhibit focuses on the untold stories of transgender people who lived in the West between 1860 and 1940. Examine their lives through the thematic lenses of visibility, identity, acceptance and history when you visit. June is a great time to explore this new exhibit.
Insider tip: Plan your visit to see the exhibit on Free Third Thursday to save some green.
Dates: now through Dec. 12, 2021
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave.
Make Your Own Pride Flag
The National Nordic Museum is celebrating Pride Month with a chance for kids to create their own rainbow flag. Families will need to register in advance for this free online program. Then check your craft closet for supplies you’ll need, like felt, white fabric, a glue gun and scissors.
Date: Jun. 28, 2021
OUT on the Porch Concert
Enjoy a living room concert by the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Seattle Women’s Chorus and The Supertonics who are all Out on the Porch for Pride this year. The show is hosted by Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht and features 10 new music videos from the choruses, all filmed safely in quarantine. Performers have also transformed their porches into amazing Pride parade floats. They’ll give you a sneak peek and maybe even a chance to decorate your own. Enjoy this brand new show full of creativity, uniqueness, determination and pride.
Dates: Jun. 10-26, 2021
Visit Cal Anderson Park
If a reflecting pool, funky fountain and a playground with plenty of space to picnic sounds like a perfect afternoon to your family, head to Cal Anderson Park in Cap Hill. The park is named in honor of Seattle’s first openly gay legislator, Cal Anderson, who was appointed to the state House in 1987, where he served until he was elected to the state Senate in 1994.
Good to know: Families can participate in the Capitol Hill Pride March & Rally at Cal Anderson too. This year it’s planned for June 26 & 27, and will include music, speakers and a Doggie Drag Show we think your kids will love.
1635 11th Ave.
Although Seattle's big Pride parade is still on hold, you and the kids can cross the bridge to enjoy Kirkland Urban's Pride Parade and other festivities. Watch stilt walkers, dancers balloon artists and more as they parade through the area, complete with a DJ spinning tunes. Look for the folks handing out rainbow flags and bracelets to on-lookers because rainbow gear looks great on everyone. The parade is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
Date: Jun. 24, 2021
Hours: 3:30-6 p.m.
425 Urban Plaza
Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Art Exhibition
The Museum of Glass is where families will find this art exhibit featuring Studio Glass works created by artists in the LGBTQ+ community. The show was originally produced for Pride 2017 with the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and it will be on display in Tacoma through the end of summer this year. The exhibit showcases diverse subjects, methods and styles of artists like Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman, Joseph Cavalieri and Jeff Zimmer, along with others.
Insider tip: Explore the exhibit on June 12, just in time for Family Day: Flags Fly High.
Dates: now through Summer 2021
Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St.
Free Book Lending Library
Three Trees Books is psyched to celebrate Pride. That’s why they’re stocking their Free Lending Library outside the shop with LGBTQIA young adult books throughout the month of June. Families can stop by to grab a book, bring one of yours to give away or order one from the store (you get 25% off) to be put on the cart. It’s a great way for families to add worthwhile titles to their at-home library.
Don’t want to drive too far? Drop a few kids books by queer authors or that star LGBTQ+ characters in your local Free Little Library to help spread Pride throughout the city.
Three Trees Books
2118 S.W. 152nd St.
Bonus Event: This one’s just for parents. Join the Museum of Flight for their Something to Prove program on June 16 at 6 p.m. The program highlights gender and sexual minority stories in WWII aviation.