Celebrate Our Big Neighborhood: Your Guide to Seattle Children’s Festival

Seattle Children’s Festival, a one-day multi-cultural, intergenerational day of exploration and celebration, is back for its fourth year! Brought to you by Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center, this family-focused festival was built from the ground-up with our youth and families in mind to provide programming that can nurture our youth’s education and exploration of the diverse community we live in. With Seattle Children’s Festival just one day away, we want to share with you some of the tips on how to best navigate the festival!

1. Grab Your Passport and Start Your Trip

Once you arrive at Seattle Center, find the Donation & Information Booth to pick up your very own passport! This is your guide to Seattle Children’s Festival, as it includes a map, the festival’s schedule, fun coloring pages and a quest to collect 6 stamps at specific locations!

Fill out your “About Me” section and drop it off at the station for a chance to win one of two gift baskets complete with museum passes, art supplies and more!

2. Travel the World Through Performances

Take a look at your passport to locate our two main stages, the Fisher Pavilion Stage and the Armory Court Stage. There, you’ll witness incredible performances from a wide variety of artists like the popular family-centric rock band, The Not-Its!, and Tahitian dance group, Te Fare O Tamatoa.

3. Get Ready for Story Time

Head over to Loft 1B to join in on the various story time programs, from learning about stories about inclusivity at Drag Queen Story Time with Aleksa Manila to learning American Sign Language with Visually Speaking.

4. Get Up and Dance

Our Movement Series aims to promote movement and active lifestyles for the entire family! At this festival, you can find a variety of hands-on dancing programming throughout the day!

5. Make New Discoveries at The Discovery Zones

Welcome to the Discovery Zones! These areas promote hands-on learning and discovery for the curious mind. Create your own mini-ecosculpture with Nature Consortium, explore a fun gymnastics obstacle course with Seattle Gymnastic Academy, try out some acoustic instruments with Wintergrass!

New to this festival:
  1. The STEAM Lab on the Armory Balcony is a space dedicated to hands-on science, technology, engineering art and math activities!
  2. The Instrument Petting Zoo in the Discovery Zone in the Armory features hands-on music-making from musical instruments around the world!


6. Grab A Healthy Snack

Eating can be fun, delicious and healthy all at the same time! Visit our snack workshops at the Armory Balcony to learn how to make various foods including 5 grain healthy flatbreads, fry bars and tabbouleh!

7. Take a Break at Our Low Sensory Space

For families needing a little break, visit the Low Sensory Space at Loft 1A for a space with dimmed lights and minimal sound. Nursing parents are also welcome, as there will be a special lounge where you can feed your little ones!

8. Snap a Picture

If you take any photos throughout the day, be sure to tag us (@nwfolklife) and use our official hashtags, #SeattleChildrensFestival and #FolklifeKids!

9. Become a Friend of Folklife

If you enjoy your time at Seattle Children’s Festival, help us make it possible for future generations! Northwest Folklife’s programming is made possible with your generous donations. We are community-centered and community-powered. Make a donation at any of our Donation Booths or make a donation online here. If you give at the festival, you can add your own special colored ribbon to our Giving Gateway to add to the magic!

Give a child the gift of discovery!


Join us in Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood at Seattle Children’s Festival, happening at Seattle Center on Sunday, October 8 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Get ready for a day full of exploration, discover and endless family fun!

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Seattle Children’s Festival is sponsored in part by Seattle Center, Living Computers Museum + Labs, Springfree Trampoline, Event Technology Rentals, Smith Brothers Farm, Delta Dental, Babyrific, Imperfect Produce, Babyrific, Delta Dental, Voya Financial, Super Heroic, KindBase, Ladybug Literacy Lab and NRG Insurance.

We also want to give a big thank you to our media sponsors: ParentMap, KING FM, KCTS 9, 90.7 KSER, 91.3 KBCS, Northwest Asian Weekly, Seattle Weekly, Northwest Vietnamese News, KEXP, The Seattle Globalist, South Seattle Emerald, Rainier Avenue Radio, City Arts and Seattle’s Child.

All photos courtesy of Erinn Hale