Seattle’s annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival draws more than 100,000 people to the Seattle Center each Labor Day weekend. Families flock to the 74-acre grounds for three days of Northwest-inspired music, visual arts, film, theatre, and food. Kiddos under 10 get in free and can take advantage of family-friendly “Youngershoot” programming. Activities scheduled daily in the Youngershoot Kids Zone include a “Neighborhood Adventure” where kids explore the nature right in their own backyard and chemical-free clay molding at Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay station. Here are a few more best bets for families:
Saturday, Sept 1
The Âu Lac Vovinam Lion Dance Team – 4:00 pm – 4:20 pm
You may be familiar with Chinese lion dancing, but Vietnamese? This energetic, fast-paced show will certainly keep the kids entertained. This colorful costumes and graceful movements, the Âu Lac Vovinam Lion Dance Team seeks to preserve Vietnamese culture through the art of lion dancing and traditional martial arts.
Elvis Parade – 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Pay homage to The King as Bumbershoot celebrates Elvis Presley in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle Center, and the filming of The King’s movie, It Happened at the World’s Fair. Be on the listen every day and you might catch Elvis’ tunes being played across the festival grounds. Following closely behind will be a parade of Elvis tribute artists.
Sunday, Sept 2
Ocheami’s Africa Comes to You: Ghana Style – 11:30 am
Become a part of the show and learn a little about West African folklore with this hands-on performance. Your kids will get a kick out of the drums, dancing, and storytelling in this cultural adventure through Ghana.
Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies – 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm; 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Combining music genres that span the entire spectrum of music, Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies celebrate music and creativity through song. Vogan’s music is engaging, educational, and written especially for wee ones. Look for Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies at the Kids Zone.
Monday, Sept 3
Sweatbox Yoga: A Mini Yoga Class – 2:30 pm
Kids can watch and participate in a 30-minute yoga demonstration at the Kids Zone. This Bikram Yoga class focuses on body positions and breathing exercises that improve strength, flexibility and balance, while encouraging a calm mind. The best part? The Bikram Method is appropriate for all ages and experience levels.
Pacific Science Center’s Super Cool Science Show – 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Dive into the weird world of the Super Cool, where gases become liquids and liquids become solids. In this fast-paced show, liquid nitrogen takes center stage in a variety of experiments with surprising results.
A full listing of family-friendly Youngershoot programming is available here, including a printable schedule of all kids events, music, and performances taking place.
— Sara Billups