Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood now boasts a spot where families can drop by to experiment with art supplies and techniques. Space to Create opened on July 14 in a small, family-friendly business block on Northwest 70th Street that includes Gracewinds Perinatal Services and bookstore The Peapod. Kids can take a class (art for kids and beginning beading classes start up in August) or have a birthday party here, or visit scheduled open studio times to get their hands on lots of fun stuff. For the updated schedule of classes and open studio times, visit www.spacetocreate.net or call 206-784-0401.
Wander over to Camp Long in West Seattle on Aug. 25-26 for a weekend of arty, conceptual fun at the 2007 Arts-in-Nature Festival. Kibibi Monie tells African folktales, the Cabiri perform with fire, and sound artists set up a “museum of sound” in Camp Long’s old-fashioned cabins. Throughout the weekend, make instruments in the family area, join a laughter circle or buy a healthful snack from Vashon-based Tahini Genie. Proceeds from the weekend benefit the Nature Consortium. Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. www.naturec.org/festival.htm
The nine-member Hunt Family Fiddlers perform Aug. 19 as part of Kirkland Performance Center's Fiddlefest. The family of fiddlers, singers and Irish step dancers perform a kid-friendly blend of Celtic, bluegrass and pop tunes. For tickets and other information, visit www.kpcenter.org.