Want to have some fun with your kids, yet help them understand the importance of voting and being a good citizen? Check out these educational activities!

Student Mock Election
Monday, October 29 – Friday, November 2

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Washington students in grades K-12 can vote online for actual candidates and ballot measures! The mock election is free, fun and super educational! Head to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/mock for details. Start voting on Monday, October 29. Results will be posted after the “polls” close at 1:00pm on Friday, November 2!

Jet City Improv’s ‘Election Show’
Thursday and Friday
November 1 and 2
Wing-It Productions
5510 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Election Show is a completely improvised election where the audience votes to choose the winner! Follow the candidates though a brutal primary, debates, attack ads and scandals all based on audience suggestions. The show features no real political issues (no war, taxes, etc.), candidates or parties and is family-friendly, so bring the kids! Jet City Improv has their own candidates, issues, political parties and candidate platforms, all chosen by the audience. If one candidate promises to shorten the workday from eight hours to four, while the other promises to create a new branch of the military comprised entirely of ninjas, the people’s will rules!

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The Children’s Museum, Seattle
Tuesday, November 6
10:00am – 5:00pm
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Voting is a big responsibility and while the real polls are full of adults today, The Children’s Museum, Seattle is hosting an election at the Museum. We’ll be voting on some important initiatives such as popcorn vs. caramel corn & broccoli vs. cauliflower. All of this as we learn about what voting is and how elections work! The biggest vote at The Children’s Museum will be between two “Presidential Candidates” – Monorail Bunny vs Giraffe! Go online to read all about the candidates! Results will be announced on Wednesday, November 7.

Kids’ Art Contest
Deadline: April 19, 2013

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Your kids can enter their patriotic artwork into the Kids’ Art Contest! The winner will be featured in the 2013 statewide Voters’ Pamphlet for Washington! Checkout all the details under Civics Education at http://www.vote.wa.gov.