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25 Free April Activities for Families Around Seattle and Beyond

A mini ballet and an “awe-sum” math event are part of this month's best free activities

Headshot of author Julie Dodobara, she is pictured from the torso up, standing on a boat with a waterfuall in the distance
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Published on: March 27, 2024

Firefighter story time is a free thing to do in Seattle in April 2024
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Get up close and personal to one of our community heroes at a firefighter story time. Photo credit: Seattle Fire Department.

Parents, you’ve got so many things you’re already paying for — fun shouldn’t have to be one of them. You won’t need your wallet for these free Seattle-area activities and events everyone in the family will enjoy. From this to that and that to this, here are 25 free things to do in Seattle and beyond in April. Note that some activities require preregistration and can fill up quickly. 

1. Bring your pre-walker to a weekly party just for babes where they can read, play, explore and make new friends at the South Hill Pierce County Library.  Mondays, April 1–29, 10–11 a.m.

2. Meet author and illustrator of "The King of the World!" Ben Clanton as he reads and signs his new graphic novel starring a mutant potato at Lake Forest Park Third Place Books. Readers of all ages are welcome. Preregister. Tuesday, April 2, 6–7 p.m.

3. Decorate a cookie that looks like you at this creative and delicious workshop hosted at the Burien Library. All materials are provided. Preregister; Wednesday, April 3, 2–3 p.m.

Erasmus the dragon in Renton
Search for hand-blown glass eggs as part of Renton's rooftop dragon celebration. Photo credit: Julie Dodobara

4. Embark on a dragon egg scavenger hunt throughout Renton starting Friday, April 5, and search for 25 hidden hand-blown glass eggs (25 more eggs to be added on April 12) as part of the city's commemoration of the dragon Erasmus' arrival in town five years ago. The celebration caps off with a fun run and street fair on Sunday, April 14

5. It's April Pool's Day at the Evergreen Aquatic Center in Seattle! Dive in for water safety education, free life jackets and a swimmingly good time. Preregister; Saturday, April 6, 12:15–2:15 p.m.

6. Snag a spot to explore enchanting IslandWood on Bainbridge Island. Open trail afternoons can fill up quickly, so don't delay in reserving your ticket for this unique outdoor experience. Preregister. Sunday, April 7, 1–5 p.m.

7. Mondays can be hectic. Slow things down by bringing the kids to the Federal Way 320th Library where they can practice mindful moves and take part in calming activities like crafts and story time during a simple yoga class for kids. Choose from two sessions on Monday, April 8, at 1–1:45 p.m. or 4–4:45 p.m.

8. Rub shoulders with local firefighters, check out their fire engine and listen to heroic stories during firefighter story time at the Columbia City Library. For preschoolers and older kids. Wednesday, April 10, 2–3 p.m.

9. There’s so much to enjoy at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, including taiko performances, martial arts demos, kimono dress-up and more. Head to the Seattle Center Armory for this immersive experience that runs Friday–Sunday, April 12–14, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

10. Visit the wee baby chum salmon at the Discovery Park Visitor Center, learn about their life cycle and watch them grow as they continue to develop into fry to be later released into the waters at Carkeek Park this May. Tuesday–Saturday, through April 27. 

11. Bring the kids to experience a mini version of Ensemble Ballet Theatre's upcoming show, "The Wizard of Oz" at the Maple Valley Library. Afterwards, the audience will have a chance to try out some of the dance moves with the performers. Preregister. Saturday, April 13, 2–2:45 p.m.

12. Head to the Marysville Opera House for a 45-minute, all-ages show presented by the Seattle Opera. "Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers" showcases music and folktales from India, China, Africa and beyond. Preregister. Sunday, April 14, 2–3 p.m.

yellow tulips at Tulip Town
Tulip fields await you at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo credit: Tulip Town.

13. Avoid the crowds and take in a weekday viewing of gorgeous tulip fields during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The festival itself does not require a ticket, but individual gardens do charge admission for entrance to their fields for an up-close-and-personal experience. Through April 30.

14. Back by popular demand, ParentMap welcomes relationship experts Nate and Kaley Klemp who will teach us the secrets to a happier home through their 80/80 marriage model. Preregister. Tuesday, April 16 at 1 p.m.

15. Tacoma's museum district is home to a number of amazing museums — Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, Foss Waterway Seaport to name a few — and you can explore them for free on the third Thursday evening of each month. Check individual locations for specific hours. Thursday, April 18. 

16. The Seattle Symphony joins forces with artists from Puget Sound's First Nations in "Potlatch Symphony," a concert that celebrates the region's land and ancestral history. Reserve tickets in advance. Head to Benaroya Hall Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

17. Join your friends, family and community at one of the numerous Earth Day celebrations and volunteer events happening the weekend of April 20–21 to honor, appreciate and protect our home planet.

18. Leap on over to the Northwest Native Plant Garden at Point Defiance Park to celebrate our amphibian friends during the family-friendly Frog Jam. Talk shop with park guides, check out the activity stations and show off your hopping skills. Sunday, April 21, 1–3 p.m.

19. Speaking of Earth Day, what better time to head outdoors and explore nature at one of our beautiful Washington State Parks? Access is free (no Discover Pass required) on Monday, April 22. Pro tip: You can also visit a national park with no entrance fee on Saturday, April 20 for the first day of National Park Week.

20. How awesome would it be to drop in to your local library for puzzles, games and art projects while learning math at the same time? Kids of all ages can do just that at Skyway Library's AweSUMM math space during a monthly gathering. April's meet up takes place on Tuesday, April 23, 4–6 p.m.

21. Hear a great story then delve further into the book's subject matter during King County Library's story club at the White River Valley Museum. April's selection, "Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture" will be followed by a tour of the museum's new sculpture exhibit. Snacks will be provided. Preregister. Thursday, April 25, 4–5 p.m.  

Earth Day chalk art
Get creative and show some love to our home for Earth Day.

22. Preregister your group to create Earth Day art with chalk along the paved trail at Si View Park. Take a photo of your masterpiece and enter it for prizes. Friday, April 26, 1–5 p.m.

23. Young geology enthusiasts will marvel at displays of minerals, fossils, geodes, crystals and more at the West Seattle Rock and Gem Show. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities, including an auction all their own. Head to the Alki Masonic Lodge, Saturday–Sunday, April 27–28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  

24. Itching to get out on the water? Boat rentals of all kinds — rowboats, kayaks and canoes — won't cost you a dime during the Center of Wooden Boats' Free Boating Day. Kids can build their own toy boat, too! Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

25. Kiddie fan favorite Eli Rosenblatt heads up a family dance party at Renton's Family First Community Center with his high energy mix of salsa, samba, hip-hop and other styles of music from around the world. Tuesday, April 30, 10–11 a.m.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2024 and was most recently updated in March 2024 to include 25 exciting free things to do in Seattle for families in April.  

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