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Best of Summer Fun for Little Ones

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If the summer is getting long, for you and your kids, here are some low-cost, fun family activities to keep everyone busy!

Thursday Nights at Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
206-332-1377
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org

Check out the FREE, all-ages, drop-in art-making taught by local artists and grab some dinner from food trucks while enjoying live entertainment. Visit the kids’ play area for ages 5 and younger. Experience live performances by some of Seattle’s hottest musicians. The ever-popular Art of Jazz with Earshot Jazz on the second Thursday of the month moves to the park this summer, with the addition of other exciting performances. See complete schedule of entertainment online. 5:30pm to 8:00pm Thursdays July 7 through Aug. 25.

Beach Walk
Owen Beach – Point Defiance Park
5605 N. Owen Beach Road
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.pdza.org

Join a low tide beach walk and help identify tide pool creatures with naturalists from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Results of the marine creatures’ presence and location will be recorded and the information will be uploaded to the NatureMapping database. 9:30am to 12:30pm on Thursday, July 14, 10:30am to 1:30pm on Sunday, July 31. Cost: FREE.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma
936 Broadway Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-627-6031
http://www.childrensmuseumoftacoma.org

FREE Admission from 10am to 5pm on Thursdays – June through August. The Broadway Farmers Market takes place just outside the museum’s doors 10:30am to 4pm.

Book Walk
South Bellevue Community Center
14509 S.E. Newport Way
Bellevue, WA 98006
425-452-4240
http://www.myparksandrecreation.com

Take a walk with your little ones and explore while reading the book, Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree? The book will be on the trail for a week. Pick up the trail map at the front desk. 9am to 8pm.

Family Ping Pong Games
International District Community Center
423 Maynard Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
http://www.seattle.gov.

Bring your family and friends to Hing Hay Park and play a game of table
 tennis. International District Community Center staff will have various games and activities for the entire family to play and enjoy. 3:00pm to 6pm Wednesdays and Fridays July 6 through August 26.

Open Mic Night
Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater
1211 Fourth Street
Snohomish, WA 98290
360-568-9412
http://www.thumbnailtheater.com

Take the microphone at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater. Songs, instruments, skits and jokes – anything family-friendly is welcome. 7:30pm on Fridays, sign-up starts at 7:00pm. Suggested donation $5, $3 performers.

Arts and Crafts
Hing Hay Park
423 Maynard Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
http://www.seattle.gov

Staff from International District Community Center lead arts and crafts activities at Hing Hay Park. Ages 5 to 11. Fridays July 8 through August 26, 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Cost: Free.

Seattle Symphony’s Soundbridge
Benaroya Hall
Second Avenue and Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101.
http://www.seattlesymphony.org.

Soundbridge activities include musical storytelling, instrument exploration, workshops, and adventures for the whole family! Free admission to Seattle Symphony’s Soundbridge on Fridays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Donations accepted.

Garden Walk
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
20312 15th Ave. N.W.
Shoreline, WA 98177
206-801-7296

Drop in to Shoreline’s Kruckeberg Botanic Garden with your young children this summer for a fun exploration of plants in this unique, naturalistic garden. Each week we’ll offer a simple plant activity, a themed garden exploration, and a related craft project. Best suited for ages 2 to 7. Come any time between 10:00am to 1:00pm. $5 per family.

Wednesday Concerts for Kids
Town Square Plaza
Second Avenue and Harrison Street
Kent, WA 98032
http://www.ci.kent.wa.us

Wednesdays in July from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Free concerts. Roberto the Magnificent July 13, Caspar Babypants July 20, Tickle Tune Typhoon July 27.

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