The 1st annual Seattle Children’s Festival is coming on Oct. 12!




Featuring Kindie Rockers, Multi-Cultural Music and Dance Performances, Urban Farming Lessons, Live Animals, Interactive Workshops, and More!

October 12, 2014 at Seattle Center

Full speed ahead! Northwest Folklife is gearing up to launch the first annual Seattle Children’s Festival on October 12, 2014 on Seattle Center grounds. An all-day (11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) event with no admission fee thanks to the generous donations of the community, the event packs together an incredible array entertainment, hands-on activities, participatory workshops for the whole family, performance and new cultural experiences, all geared toward children ages 2 to 10.

We intend for this Festival to be an interactive, multi-ethnic and multi-genre day of fun for young folks and their families, all provided free of charge thanks to donations and other support,” Robert Townsend, executive director of Northwest Folklife commented. “Like the larger annual Northwest Folklife Festival, we aim to emphasize the accessibility of the cultures all around us through participation wherever possible.”

Families can look forward to weaving through five different activity areas on Seattle Center grounds – all indoors. Performances from Seattle’s lauded kindie rockers Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey will fill the Fisher Pavilion with award-winning tunes while Indian Kathak dancers and KALAHI Philippine Dance Company will bring culturally vibrant performances to the Armory Stage. With three workshop zones in the Armory loft spaces, families will also find a magic show, Native American storytelling, a percussion workshop, Bollywood dance presentation and lesson, and so much more.

The event is heavily geared towards hands-on experiences for kids as well – so parents can expect opportunities for their young ones to learn swing dance with Eckstein Middle School jazz band, hip hop with the UNLEASHED Crew, jump roping from a Cirque du Soleil coach, and even Afro-Brazilian martial art-dance from Capoeira Angola. PCC will provide interactive cooking demonstrations for kids, and Seattle Farm Co-op will offer up a sustainable farming education complete with live farm animals! There will be an opportunity to try out different arts and crafts activities, a chance to learn Afro-Peruvian beats with Monica Rojas-Stewart, Ph.D, and a family dance moment as well.

For the younger set, Sunshine Music Together will be teaching the basics of rhythm and movement, Jamtown John will give a beginners lesson for the Ukelele, and Seattle musician and mom Dejah Leger will get the whole family singing with her sing-along lullaby performance.

For a complete look at the all-day schedule, visit Northwest Folklife here.


Seattle Children’s Festival

The first annual Seattle Children’s Festival is open to all families, with no admission fee, thanks to community donations. A one-day multi-cultural festival Northwest Folklife will be “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood” by bringing together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the region. Look out for a fun Event Passport guide that will attendees on an interactive journey through the Festival.

Featuring performances from Recess Monkey, Caspar Babypants, Jump roping with Ropeworks, Simba Marimba, Crankies (hand-made movies made with felt and cloth), Brazilian Capoeira, Leela Kathak Dancers, Bollywood Dance from Rhythms of India, West African dance from Etienne Cakpo & Gansango, cooking demonstrations from PCC and urban farming lessons with live animals from Seattle Farm Co-Op, and so much more.


Seattle Center

Fisher Pavilion, Armory and Armory Lofts


Sunday, October 12, 2014

11:00AM – 6:00PM


No admission thanks to community donations


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Learn more: www.NWFolklife.org/SCFestival

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