The Harmonica Pocket

The Harmonica Pocket

The rain and cold temperatures may be tempting you to keep the young ones inside, but there’s still plenty to enjoy outside the home with these relatively low-cost — and sometimes even free — activities.


Educational activities

The Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 N.W. 67th St.) presents its sixth year of “Nordic Stories,” a preschool-age program featuring children’s stories from the Nordic countries, as well as craft projects.

The program takes place the first Thursday of each month, from 10 to 11 a.m.; the next one will take place Feb. 7, featuring “Ricky, Rocky and Ringo’s Colourful Day,” by Finnish author Mauri Kunnas.

Cost: Free

Information: (206) 789-5707 or


Mockingbird Books (7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E.) has Story Time for children age 6 and younger at 11 a.m. every day but Sunday through April 30.

Cost: Free

Information: (206) 518-5886 or


Getting out and about

Kids age 2 to 10 and their parents can enjoy a two-hour morning stroll to some of the many kid-friendly spots in Downtown Seattle on the Seattle By Foot Kids Tour, which starts at Pike Place Market (First Avenue and Pike Street) at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, until September.

The guides are parents and/or qualified child-care providers who are familiar with all the spots, especially those featuring family restrooms. The tour, which ends at Westlake Center, will change sites, depending on availability of kid-friendly offerings.

Cost: $15 (advance registration required)

Information: (206) 508-7017 or


The Center for Wooden Boats (1010 Valley St.) offers free public sails aboard classic wooden boats on Lake Union on Sundays at 2 p.m. (and sometimes at 3 p.m.)

Because the boat rides are popular and are first-come, first-served, it’s recommended that you reserve a spot as soon as the center opens at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Information: (206) 382-2628 or 


If you prefer to stay closer to home and still have the kids expend their excess energy, community centers across the city offer Toddler Gyms on weekdays (call the respective center for times).

Cost: $3




Shows and exhibits

The Children’s Film Festival Seattle returns to the Northwest Film Forum 

(1515 12th Ave.), with more than 120 international children’s films from more than 35 countries. The 11-day festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 3.

Cost: $6-$10/film

Information: childrensfilmfestivalseattle.


Song and dance

The Mount Baker Community Club (2811 Mount Rainier Drive S.) hosts the Kindie Rock Series on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., featuring such musicians as Recess Monkey (Feb. 9 and March 30), The Board of Education (Feb. 23), The Not-Its! (March 9), The Harmonica Pocket (April 13) and Caspar Babypants (April 27). 

Cost: $15/family

Information: (206) 722-7209 or