The Discovery Zone is the place to be for kids and their grownups at the Festival! In addition to music, dance and workshops on the stage, the Discovery Zone is jam packed with hands on activities presented by Folklife partners every day of the festival. If you’re feeling artsy, crafty, or just plain curious, there’s a little something to fit every mood.
A full list of activities available at the Discovery Zone is listed below:
Gage Academy of Art
“Gage Pop-Up Drawing Jam”
Come unleash your inner artist! Whether you are a young Rembrandt, a comic book artist, a stick figure sketcher, or just like to express yourself, Gage presents a chance to drop in and draw at Folklife. Gage provides free professional art supplies, costumed models from bunny rabbits to comic heroes, easels, still life set ups, and lots of encouragement.
The Center for Wooden Boats
“Toy Boat Building”
Grab a hull, a mast, and some traditional tools and build your own boat! Decorate it, give it a name, and sail it wherever your imagination takes you.
Seattle Children’s Museum
Hungry for a bite-sized sample of the Seattle Children’s Museum?
Visit our booth to explore marbles, motion, and music, all in the same fun-filled package! Kids can explore independently or collaboratively as they make music with their bodies, marbles, and other everyday materials.
Northwest African American Museum
“Posing Beauty: Finding the Beauty Within”
Inspired by the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, families are invited to explore notions of inner beauty through art. Make art cards using word tiles and images to create miniature collages to share or trade with friends and families about what makes someone beautiful on the inside.
“Discover Nature through Art”
Make your own jewelry, hats, or bird feeders that explore elements of the natural environment and learn the how and why of making art with up cycled materials. In the process visitors can learn how common packaging can impact the world, explore alternative options, and work with ‘trash’ to create art.
Little Wing and Rookies presented by School of Rock
“Instrument Play & Presentation”
Little Wing and the Rookie’s music programs presented by the School of Rock inspire kids to pursue music by channeling their inner rock stars. The action-packed classes teach young rockers pitch, rhythm, song structure, and musical teamwork through a combination of fun, music based games with a ‘hands-on’ introduction to all the major rock instruments: guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. They will truly enjoy developing a core understanding of, confidence in, and love for music.
Light in the Attic Friday and Saturday Only:
“This Record Belongs To _______: An Introduction to the Magic of Vinyl Records”
Light in the Attic Records loves music and so do you! We hope to share our passion by teaching the little ones the interactive experience of holding an album in your hands, putting needle to groove, and immersing yourself in the pages of a record’s sleeve as the music plays.