Family Activities

Fun at the Discovery Zone! Sponsored by ParentMapPrint

Come check out the Discovery Zone, the family-friendly hands-on activities area with performances, workshops and activities fun for people of all ages.  We’ll have various booths as well as a non-stop schedule of family-friendly performances and workshops on the Discovery Zone stage.

This year, the area will be even bigger and better than ever in preparation for Northwest Folklife’s first annual Seattle Children’s Festival, to be held on October 12, 2014 on the Seattle Center Grounds.

Located in the Next 50 Pavilion, the Discovery Zone will be open 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday, May 23 –Monday, May 26.

Children and adults of all ages are invited to enjoy the following activities:

Games of the World - From the Pharaohs and Roman Soldiers to mountain villages of Nepal, people have always played strategy games.  Meso-Americans, Hawaiians, the Maori of New Zealand, and Icelandic peoples all played games unique to their culture.  In this exhibit, you get the opportunity to play these games!

Ropeworks – Join Ropeworks Jump Rope and try some fun age appropriate jump rope challenges.  Make your own beaded jump rope (while supplies last) and see video demonstrations of some of the world’s best rope jumpers from around the world.  We’ll also have jump rope rhymes for you to color or take home and share with friends and family.

Toy Boat Building - Join the Center for Wooden Boats for Hands on Toy Boatbuilding.  Use traditional hand tools to build and decorate your own wooden toy boat.

Make Your Own Mosaic - Unleash Your Creativity!  Make and take home your own mosaic art pieces using finger-safe (no sharp edges) tumbled, recycled, local stained glass.  Create mosaic mirrors, trivets, coasters and more.

Make and Take Pop-up Puppets – A Pop-Up Puppet that you can make and take home!  Opens its mouth with just a “Thumbs Up” from you!  Let the experts from Planet of the Puppets help you create an “Out of This World” Puppet Pal so you can perform for all your friends! ($3 material fee)

Seafair Milk Carton DerbyIt’s “Milk Carton Madness!” Learn how to build a boat from milk cartons. From a Tom Sawyer raft to a full-size show boat to a racing skull – join us at the Derby!The PCC Natural Markets Seafair Milk Carton Derby is fun for the entire family. Nearly 100 colorful milk carton boats of all shapes and designs will compete Saturday, July 12th on the waters of Green Lake. Learn how to build a boat and join us for a day of competition, bragging rights, great prizes and fun!

Little WingLittle Wing is an innovative early childhood music education program presented by the School of Rock.  Children will learn about rhythm, song structure, Rock & Roll instrumentation and be introduced to some great songs!

In addition to hands-on activities, the Discovery Zone will also feature a stage with loads of family fun such as:

Ropeworks Interactive Jump Rope Showis a high energy jump rope performance combined with an opportunity for kids of all ages to learn the joy rope jumping for fun and fitness.  Learn Double-Dutch, partner routines, long rope games and more.  (Time / Day TBA)

Kaleidoscope Collective Performing(Time / Day TBA)

Magic of Raymond and Rayna – Performing magic since he was ten years old, Raymond Ejarque has been a magician for over 35 years. As a teenager he was trained by some of the world’s top magicians in New York.  He has performed hundreds of shows including regular performances at theme parks and several local television appearances.  Currently Raymond spends most of his time as a Father of his two children.  His eight-year-old daughter, Rayna, is now his star assistant.  (Time / Day TBA)

Singing Games for All Ages!Come build a fun musical community! Singing games, or Playparties, are an American form of participatory dance.  They grew out of a culture which considered dancing to instrumental music  inappropriate, however walking and singing at the same time was not considered dance, and therefore acceptable. Those with or without dance experience will have no difficulty taking part.  Walking to music, interacting with a partner, and singing along with simple songs are all it takes.  Ideal participants are kids under 10 and their grown-ups, but anyone who likes to dance will have fun. Historically these were done by older teens and young adults.

Amy is a Seattle area music teacher, dance caller and organizer of the Seattle Family Dance.  She has a large repertoire of singing games for all ages, and loves to share them with enthusiastic dancers.  (Monday 2:30 pm)

North African Songs in French and Story TimeFathia Atallah is a composer, guitarist, and Jazz Vocalist from Toulouse, France. She performed in Europe for more than 10 years with her own groups: Fathal Jazz and Les Couleurs de la Voix. She was director of Le Centre Francais Artistique et Culturel de Seattle from 1998 to 2003, the producer of French Cabaret on Broadway, a musical revue. She sings in French and English and tells North African stories. Erie Jones has taught young learners in Seattle Public Schools for many years; his last seven years were spent teaching music. He currently teaches young learners at the Seattle-based music store, Dusty Strings.  (Day / Time TBD)

Giant Puppet PlaytimeSarah Lovett, a local Seattle artist, has created and performed giant puppets with the Fremont Arts Council and Arts-a-glow Burien. This is an opportunity to play with some puppets.  Look for us in the Discovery Zone and in the Brazil parade.

Pete Seeger SingalongEnjoy singing Pete Seeger’s timeless and enduring songs. A political activist and prolific folksinger/songwriter, Pete Seeger passed away this year. He loved nothing more than inspiring an audience to sing together. Come celebrate his life by singing. (Saturday 12pm)

Jamtown JohnJohn Hayden and his company JAMTOWN celebrate a common love for music shared by all cultures in two important ways. First, he facilitates youth & community rhythm events featuring hands-on participation. Second, since 1995 John has created fair trade relationships with low-income artisans and co-operatives around the world for the purpose of importing musical instruments which are sold throughout the USA and Canada. Inspired by his own toddler (now six-years-old) John expanded his offering to include tots music and birthday parties. Jamtown Music Center in now open in North Seattle and also offers adult hand drumming classes 4 nights per week.  (Friday 5pm)

Capoeira AngolaCapoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian martial art which combines acrobatics, music, history and philosophy.  This class will include basic capoeira movements, rhythms, and songs in Portuguese.  (Monday 4pm)

Kids Jam Band at Dusty StringsAudrey Goodman is a gifted music teacher who has taught music in schools since 1989. She is experienced as a private piano teacher, innovative classroom music educator, musical theater and children’s choir director. Audrey considers teaching music her life’s work. Her teaching style allows every student to learn music with a positive approach and a full array of tools she brings to teach from.  (Saturday 3pm)

For more exciting interactive performances, look for the Discovery Zone Stage in the Festival schedule.  Also, look for the icon for Family Friendly Programming throughout the Festival.

Save the Date — Seattle Children’s Festival, October 12th, 2014 at Seattle Center.