Hands On Activities

There’s never a quiet moment in the Discovery Zone; all weekend this area of the Folklife Festival is buzzing with sights, sounds, and arts of children! Each organization listed below has brought their vision to the space, lending their perspective and craft to helping kids to explore their own backyard:

Gage Academy of Art: “Color Me Seattle”

The Gage Academy presents a chance to observe Seattle through color and form! Elementary artists can practice their craft like the professionals Gage Academy will provide art supplies, coloring pages, patch making and interactive encouragement to go out and visually explore Seattle Center

Chimp Sanctuary Northwest: “98% Chimp”

Learn about the culture of our closest primate relatives, the chimpanzees! CSNW is a sanctuary in central Washington that provides shelter and enrichment to chimpanzees victimized by scientific testing. Try your hand at using tools like our closest living relatives and discover the story of the apes that call Cle Elum, Washington home. Kids can also learn how to “pant-hoot” like a chimpanzee and how to make the world a kinder place for all creatures.

Vedic Cultural Center: “Vedic Vibes & Virtues”

Mix your own spice blends, weave a small basket, or get your fortune told through palm reading! The Vedic Cultural Center brings an exploration of South Asian traditions to the Discovery Zone through hands-on creation and activity. Kids will see a glimpse of life on the other side of the world and in their own neighborhood.

Northwest African American Museum: “My Families Journey to the Northwest”

Join the Northwest African American Museum for collage making! Collage your family’s history by creating a greeting card you can give to a loved one or as a keepsake to remember your families journey throughout the Northwest.

Cultural Focus: “Dia de Muertos Paper Flowers”

Children who visit the Discovery Zone on Saturday can discover the history and significance of the Dia de Muertos holiday through art making with the Dia de Muertos Festival. Learn about the importance of the Marigold flower during the holiday by making your own elaborate paper flowers.

Center for Wooden Boats: “Toy Boat Building”

What a dream for a kid to build their own wooden boat. With the help of CFWB volunteers and guardians, each child can design and work together to craft their vision.