The Discovery Zone

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

The Full List of 2018 Activities is Coming Soon!

Check out the Hands-On Activities from 2017:

Big-Brained Superheroes Club: Play with Electricity

Conductors, resistors, switches, oh my! The Big-Brained Superheroes of Yesler have built a dynamic, hands-on electricity playground for people of all ages to learn about and create with this fundamental force. Big Brains play to learn and make.

Located in the STEAM Lab in the Armory Balcony

Center for Wooden Boats: Toy Boat Building

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+.

Located in the Fisher Pavilion

Children’s Museum: Ready, Set… Stop Motion Animation Photography!

Direct, star and collaborate with others in your own mini animation clip at the Seattle Children’s Museum’s booth! Young makers can express themselves creatively while problem-solving action sequencing using stop motion technology, logic, and patience. Turn our intriguing props into a tiny tale, and sequence your story with a series of actions that show a beginning, middle and an end.

Located in the Armory Lofts

Festál Booth: Activities from around the world

Check out a variety of activities from Seattle Center’s Festál including TurkFest and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

Located in the Armory Lofts

Gage Academy of Art: Family Imagination Coloring Station

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!

Located in the Fisher Pavilion

MOHAI: Community Snapshots

Explore the history of Seattle’s Central District and celebrate MOHAI’s upcoming exhibit, Seattle On the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, opening November 18th. Build a paper camera filled with pictures, design your own neighborhood, and more!

Located in the Armory Lofts

Music Center of the Northwest: Instruments Up Close with Classical KING FM

Join us as we explore music making and REAL instruments! Music Center’s Award-Winning Music Together program demonstrates everyone can make music! Join us for Big Kids class demos, instrument demonstrations, sing-alongs, and more!

Located in the Instrument Petting Zoo in the Discovery Zone in the Armory.

Nature Consortium: Mini Eco-Sculptures

Make your own mini-sculptures with Nature Consortium! These art pieces will have you exploring elements of the natural environment as well as the how and why of making art with recycled materials. In the process you will learn how common packaging can impact the world around you and work with ‘trash’ to create art and have fun at the same time.

Located in the Fisher Pavilion

Northwest African American Museum: Genealogy Trading Cards

Genealogy trading cards let you share a little about yourself and what you know about your family. Quiz your relatives and decorate your cards with facts you learn!

Located in the Armory Lofts

Rainier Avenue Radio: Do you want to be a DJ?

Rainier Avenue Radio will give you a mic so you can show off your radio talent! Try out your skills in being a radio announcer and see firsthand how liners are done for radio promos or commercials.

Located in the STEAM Lab in the Armory Balcony

Seattle Gymnastics Academy: Somersault City

Do you have a little one bursting with energy? That loves to tumble and twist all over your home? Join us for a fun gymnastics obstacle course designed for kids between the ages of 1 to 10 years old. Find out how our athletes get #SGAStrong at Seattle Gymnastics Academy.

Located in the Fisher Pavilion

Seattle Hand Drummers: Boom Boom Diggy Playshop

We will teach a few basic and fun rhythms and vocal patterns that you can share with your rhythm friends. We will emphasize improvisational rhythm development, drum circle etiquette and drumming as a group. Fun for all ages. Dancers also welcome. No experience necessary.

Located in the Instrument Petting Zoo in the Armory Loft 2

Tilth Aliance: Watershed Pollution and Worm Bins

Check out the Enviroscapes watershed pollution activity – a 3-D model that demonstrates where pollution comes from and how we can help reduce it in the real world. You can also experience the worm bin and see how composting is both a resource conservation issue AND a fun activity.

Located in the STEAM Lab in the Armory Balcony

Vedic Cultural Center: Vedic Village

Explore a Vedic Village showcasing traditional folk customs and habits and dress. Don’t miss special guests, Narayana and Laxmi, two cows from the Vedic Culture Center. Learn about the importance and significance of these animals to the Vedic culture and learn how to be a Vedic cowherd!

Located in the Fisher Pavilion

Wintergrass: Discover the Magic of Acoustic Instruments

Visit and try out the acoustic instruments which are so important to Bluegrass music such as guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, tambourine and ukulele. Students, young students and performers from the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra and Youth Academy will be available to interact with aspiring musicians.

Located in the Instrument Petting Zoo in the Armory Loft 2