Northwest Folklife Festival


Hands On Activities

Have little ones that need to get their wiggles out?

Join us all weekend at the vibrant Discovery Zone as part of Our Big Neighborhood! Immerse yourselves in sights, sounds, and arts just for kids. The Discovery Zone offers a wonderful mix of learning experiences. Try your hands at something new or follow along in dance! Each special partner listed below lends their perspective and craft to the space, inviting every individual to cultivate their creative confidence and expression.

Updated hands on activities will be listed soon. Here are some of the fun activities offered in 2019!


Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run: “Colors of Peace”

Experience the hope of children around the world through their expressions of art and see what peace means to them. Take a moment to reflect and create your personal expression of peace on paper to be shared all over the Discovery Zone. Then, take a visual walk to experience the impact on what peace means to children from surrounding Seattle Elementary schools: Bailey Gatzert, B.F.Day, Bellevue Big Picture School, Cedar Park, Daniel Bagley, Emerson, Greenwood, Kingston, Lowell, Montlake, North Beach, and Northgate.

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 engagement. Kids will see a glimpse of life on the other side of the world and in their own neighborhood.

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.

YouthCare: “Safe Place Ring Toss and Bookmark-Making!” (Fri/Sat only)

Learn more about how YouthCare programs work to end youth homelessness and ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Activities will teach about one YouthCare program, King County Safe Place, through art and games.

Jose Orantes: “Animal Hat Making”

Color in different animals designs just the way you like them. Then cut it out, and fold them to create a unique hat or mask just for you! This program is bilingual (Spanish-English) and you’re invited to learn animal names and animal’s important facts in both languages.