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Lucky you! Seattle is full-up on free and cheap events for kids and families in March. From garden-side leprechaun hunts, to sailing the open seas, to a kid-friendly pop-up bar, scroll down to find fun, free stuff to do with your crew this month.


photo: Courtesy of Clyde Peterson

Go on an ArtVenture

Join local artist Clyde Petersen for an afternoon of stop-motion animation using everyday art supplies to explore what lurks within. Mar. 1. Event details.

photo: Center for Wooden Boats

Set Sail on Lake Union

Volunteer skippers and crew take passengers out on Lake Union for unforgettable voyages on sprit boats, steamboats, electric boats, schooners, ketches, yawls and yachts. Sundays. Event details.

photo: Robert Hayman

Watch Magic at Third Place Books

Bring your kids to see Seattle's longest running magic show featuring feats of mystery that will keep them guessing and completely entertained. Mar. 2. Event details.

photo: iStock

Grab Coffee & a Story at The Dane

Join the staff of The Dane for music, stories and movement in the Lounge. Tuesdays & Thursdays. Event details.

Find Out Why Baseball Saved Us

Enjoy this MOHAI & 5th Avenue Theatre collab with a free public performance of Baseball Saved Us, based on the groundbreaking children’s book by Seattle author Ken Mochizuki about the Japanese American concentration camp experience during World War II. Mar. 5. Event details.

Tour the Ballard Locks

Learn about one of Seattle’s coolest water features around—the Ballard Locks—during a free public walking tour. Each tour starts at the Visitor Center and lasts about an hour. Thursdays thru Mondays. Event details.

photo: iStock

Laugh Through Cartoon Happy Hour

Central Cinema hosts families for two hours of classic cartoons that will make you feel young again, paired with happy hour food and drink specials. Thursdays. Event details.

Meet Neighbors at TAM

There is always something fun to do at TAM. Stop in for performances and artist demonstrations, go upstairs to see TAM Local Community Art installations or head to the TAM Studio or Drawing Jam to create your own work of art. Thursdays. Event details.

Build a Toy Boat

Bring your little skippers to the Center for Wooden Boats' South Lake Union location to try your hand at toy boat buidling. They'll provide materials and the help you need to build the (toy) boat of your dream. Thursdays. Event details.

Listen to Stories at Wing Luke

Meet in the Tateuchi Story Theatre to enjoy stories and a craft with your tots. Mar. 5. Event details.

photo: BAM

Spend Friday Night at BAM

Enjoy special lectures, tours, presentations and programming at the Bellevue Art Museum. Mar. 6. Event details.

photo: courtesy Kelsey Creek Farm

Join in on Farm Story Time

Enjoy story time in a farm setting with a farm theme and a special visit with one of our resident farm animals. Mar. 6. Event details.

photo: iStock

Mingle with Neighbors at a Corner Bar

Bring the kids and meet your neighbors at this monthly pop-up bar event that revolves around food, drink, music and fun.  Mar. 6. Event details.

Build Kinetic Sculptures

Using Mark di Suvero’s kinetic sculpture Schubert Sonata as inspiration, families will follow the lead of teaching artist, Rachel Kotkin, imagining, building and testing their own moveable sculptures. Mar. 7. Event details.

DIY Binoculars at Home Depot

Set out on an adventure with your child in this Binoculars Workshop, where kids glue, hammering and more to create their own pair of binocluars to take home. Mar. 7. Event details.

photo: photo library

Tour the Black Hockey History Bus

Hop aboard the NHL's Black Hockey History Tour bus, which showcases the pioneers and trailblazers who helped shape and continue to shape NHL history. The bus will be at the Northwest African American History Museum Mar. 7, Seattle Center on Mar. 8 and Matt Griffin YMCA on Mar. 10. Mar. 7, 8 & 10. Event details.

Create Amate Paper Birds

Amate Bark paintings are made by artists of the Otomi communities in Mexico. Use special paper and paint to create a simple bird with flowers in this folk tradition. Mar. 7. Event details.

Make Friends at a Tea Party

Joint us for our 2nd annual Spring Tea Party. This free event is aimed at girls (and their caregivers) ages 3-12, but we will welcome anyone who would like to join us. We will have games, snacks, a photo booth, and, of course, tea. Mar. 7. Event details.

Celebrate PNA's Birthday

It’s the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 40th birthday, and they're celebrating with an ice cream social that’s a blast from the past. Mar. 8. Event details.

photo: iStock

Go on a Ranger-Led Walk

Bring the whole family to the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station for a ranger-led walk Saturdays from 2-3 p.m. This is a mild one-mile hike through the Greenbelt’s trails and discover the season’s myriad of flora and fauna. Saturdays. Event details.

Attend the 22nd Annual PEPS Benefit Luncheon

Get the latest news and updates about PEPS, alongside lunch, refreshments, desserts and plenty of time to connect with other families, local businesses, and to hear from our new Executive Director and a special guest. Mar. 10. Event details.

Watch Frozen II

Friends of the Des Moines Library invite kids 8 & under (with a caregiver) to enjoy Frozen II. The movie will be shown in the in the meeting room. It’s rated PG and has a run time of 103 mins. Mar. 13. Event details.

photo: VisionPic.net via Pexels

Learn about Wild Weather

The phrase ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’ has long been used to describe March’s weather, bringing to mind the reasons for these crazy conditions. Become an expert by learning how we get rain, wind, and our other types of weather. Mar. 13. Event details.

photo: iStock

Play Giant Word Winder

Kids ages 6 & up and their adults are invited to play Giant Word Winder, a gigantic word strategy game created by the world’s most-syndicated daily word game creator. This unique game challenges players' critical thinking, decision making, teamwork and literacy skills. Mar. 13. Event details.

photo: Amy Reed on Unsplash

Hunt for Leprechauns

Leprechauns are popping up in the garden. Join us for this self-guided scavenger hunt to find one plus shamrocks, mischief, rainbows and gold. Find all four to win a prize, and possibly catch a glimpse of a leprechaun! Mar. 13-15 & 20-22. Event details.

Head to the Irish Festival

Seattle Center Festál presents Irish Festival Seattle in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club (IHC). It’s a two-day celebration of Irish heritage, culture and arts with traditional music, step-dancing, lectures, genealogy workshops, Irish films, exhibits, displays and more. Mar. 14 & 15. Event details.

Watch the SPU Falcon Regatta

Pack up the fam and head to the Lake Washington ship canal to catch the Annual Falcon Regatta. The Falcons will have free donuts and coffee on hand shortly after sunrise. Mar. 14. Event details.

Head to the South Sound Sustainability Festival

Get connected with over 100 local businesses and organizations dedicated to creating a healthy and environmentally sustainable South Sound. Families can take part in scavenger hunts, get creative with arts and crafts and learn about plants and animals from interactive exhibits in the Kids’ Corner. Mar. 14. Event details.

Bake Pie

Bright Horizons at Pioneer Square invites kids ages 2-5 and their families to celebrate Pi Day with us during our children’s Pie Baking Class. Mar. 14. Event details.

Add Color at a Holi Festival

Families can join two free Holi celebrations this month. Celebrate the Holi Festival of Color at Lake Sammamish State Park where you'll find food (for purchase), live entertainment, fun activities and the throwing of color. Mar. 15. Event details.

Or join over 5,000 people to celebrate the ancient festival of Holi at Marymoor Park. Enjoy 5 hours of colors, music, dance, fun and tasty Indian food on the first day of spring. Mar. 21. Event details.

photo: iStock

Celebrate Norwuz

It’s the 4th Annual Nowruz At Seattle City Hall and everyone is invited to celebrate. Enjoy live music, photo booths, art, dances, VIP speakers, displays, children's performances and much more. Mar. 15. Event details.

Invent with Littlebits

LibraryLab introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. This time around we’ll make amazing creations with LittleBits inventor kits. Mar. 19. Event details.

Learn to Play Go

Drop in at the Seattle Go Center to learn how to play the popular (and ancient) game, Go. Tuesdays. Event details.

Celebrate French Speaking Cultures

Head to Seattle Center for another Festál celebration. This time French-speaking countries are the focus. It promotes the French idea of “joie de vivre” through music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, wine tastings, baguette tasting contest and more. Mar. 22. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe

featured photo City of Greeley via flickr


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