Numerous artists call the Seattle area home, and many of them put their original artwork on long-term display at local museums and exhibition venues. You will find that Seattle artists use a variety of recycled materials, as well as natural resources, to create and power their unique works of art. If your kids love to experience new and exciting things that are truly one-of-a-kind, then plan a date to visit some local, upcoming art exhibits that will be available this summer and fall.

Sonic Bloom
Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001

“Sonic Bloom” is a permanent, ongoing solar-powered exhibit at the Pacific Science Center created by Seattle artist Dan Corson. Kids will love this fun and vibrant display for a few reasons. It is located outdoors in the beautiful Seattle sunshine, and the solar-powered flowers within the exhibit stand 33 feet tall and make harmonic noises as the kids move around the flowers. Each of the flowers is specially equipped and designed with solar panels that power their lighting and movement naturally. The sun will shine through the flowers’ petals during the day, and then at night the flowers light up. The Sonic Bloom exhibit may be accessed 24 hours a day, and no entrance ticket is required.

Indie Game Revolution
EMP Museum At Seattle Center
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700

At the EMP Museum at Seattle Center, there is an ongoing exhibit for kids and adults called the “Indie Game Revolution.” This exhibit is sponsored by Nintendo and features a gallery of more than 40 playable video game stories created by numerous independent students, game developers, designers and coders from the Seattle area. If your kids are interested in video games, this is a fun way to spend the afternoon trying out independently created video games within an exciting virtual playground.

The Legacy Of Seattle Hip-Hop
Museum Of History And Industry (MOHAI)
860 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 324-1126

The Museum Of History And Industry (MOHAI) has an upcoming exhibit for kids and adults that will feature the legacy of local hip-hop music artists. “The Legacy Of Seattle Hip-Hop” will begin on Sept. 19, and is scheduled to run through May 1, 2016. It will be an interactive exhibit where visitors can explore the history of the genre, as well as listen to audio recordings, view exclusive photography and artwork and learn how the local hip-hop movement has had a positive impact on our society.

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Artists At Play Playground
Seattle Center – Next 50 Plaza
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

The “Artists At Play Playground” is another outdoor exhibit located in the Seattle Center’s Next 50 Plaza area. Northwest artists Trimpin and Judith Caldwell created and designed this exceptional masterpiece, which provides hours of free, sound-and-motion-filled entertainment for kids. The playground features a 35-foot climbing tower, two long tube slides, a human-powered merry-go-round, musical instruments that are child-inspired, sound swings and several listening stations.

The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers In The Pacific Northwest
Jana Brevick: This Infinity Fits in My Hand
Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM)
510 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 519-0770

Located just north of Seattle, the Bellevue Arts Museum features two kid-friendly exhibits created by local artists. “The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest” showcases a variety of works that are designed and built by young, locally-based artists. The exhibit examines the materials used, as well as the creative strategies and processes taken to execute the artists’ final works of art. Another exhibit at BAM is from the Seattle-based metal artist Jana Brevick, called “This Infinity Fits in My Hand.” It showcases some of Brevick’s previous metal artwork, as well as newer pieces that will be on display for the first time. Brevick’s metal artwork ranges from sculptures to jewelry and other wearable objects. Each of these exhibits at the Bellevue Arts Museum will be on display until Aug.16.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on