OCTOBER 8, 2017

photo by Christopher Nelson

The Discovery Zone

Explore, create, build and learn together at our hands-on areas. Families are sure to try something new, get their hands dirty, and have fun in the process. There’s lots to discover in both Discovery Zones in the Armory lofts and the Fisher Pavilion from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Arpan Arts:Amazing Hand Gestures for Storytelling

Arpan Arts croppedCome explore the world of Indian Classical Dance through hand gestures, storytelling, and costume. You can learn ancient Sanskrit names for these gestures and dress up in gorgeous silk costumes. Strike a pose and get your picture taken!

Center for Wooden Boats: Toy Boat Building

Center for Wooden Boats

Put your handiness to the test; build a toy boat using traditional woodworking hand tools. Exercise your creativity by decorating it to make it your own. Take it home to show all your friends what you accomplished! Perfect for ages 3+

FIUTS: Make your Own Flag


Create your own flag, spin the wheel and answer geography questions for a prize, or learn how you can make international friends in the Seattle area!

Gage Academy of Art: Family Imagination Coloring Station

Gage Academy of Art

Come create with Gage! Pick up art supplies at our coloring station to fill in your Seattle Children’s Festival Passport. Next, join us for a collaborative art game to enjoy with your friends and family!

MOHAI: Early Seattle Food Crafts

MOHAIExplore food in the early days of Seattle! Make a salmon puppet, learn about Coast Salish fish traps, try out pioneer kitchen tools, and more. Want to learn more about Seattle’s food history? Don’t miss MOHAI’s upcoming exhibit Edible City: A Delicious Journey, opening Nov. 19th.

Music Center of the Northwest: Instruments up Close with Classical King FM

Music Center of the Northwest

Join us as we explore music making and REAL instruments! Music Center of the Northwest is happy to provide multiple instrument’s for exploration by young and old alike. Plan to stay awhile!

Nature Consortium: Discover Nature Through Art

Make your own jewelry, hat or bird feeder that explores elements of the natural environment, and learn the how and why of making art with upcycled materials. In the process, visitors can learn how common packaging can impact the world, explore alternative options, and work with “trash” to create art.

Seattle Art Museum: Dazzling Designs

Seattle Art Museum

Create a personal, unique design with the Seattle Art Museum inspired by the special exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style!

Seattle Children’s Museum: Exploring Nature through Australian Aboriginal Art

Expand your understanding of traditional and contemporary Australian aboriginal art! Explore Papunya style, or “dot” art of Australia’s First People and learn more about the importance of nature as iconic symbols for telling a story with pictures. Try natural minerals and washable tempera paints to create your own.

Seattle Gymnastics Academy: Obstacle Course

Seattle Gymnastics Academy

Jump, twist and stretch your body into ways you couldn’t imagine with Seattle Gymnastics Academy’s obstacle course! Kids ages 10 and under will be able to stay active while engaging in a safe, real life gymnastic course available all day.

Seattle Tilth: Watershed Pollution and Worm Bins / Master Composter / Soil Builders

Seattle Tilth

Our Enviroscapes watershed pollution activity is a 3-D model that demonstrates where pollution comes from and how we can help reduce it in the real world. We will also be bringing our worm bin to show how composting is both a resource conservation issue AND a fun activity.

TAF: Robomania!

TAF by Niffer CalderwoodOnce again, TAF is bringing robotic engineering to the NW Children’s Festival! Come build and play with Lego Mindstorm robots. Learn how bots are programmed, and what for. See what TAF kids have been doing with bots: solving problems and changing the world!


Wintergrass: Discover the Magic of Acoustic Instruments

Wintergrass- photo by Maria CamilloWintergrass Music Festival welcomes all ages to visit their “musical petting zoo” of acoustic instruments that include guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, tambourine and ukulele. Students, and young students and performers from the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra and Youth Academy will be available to interact with aspiring musicians.