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Fun for kids at Bumbershoot

the not-its!If you bring the kiddos to Bumbershoot (and why not? Kids ages 6-10 are 15 bucks at the gate, and 5 and under are free), make sure to check out the Youngershoot lineup.

Youngershoot, new this very year, is a sort of festival-within-the-festival that delivers some kickin' programming. So not only can you hang out, as usual, in the Center House to do arts and crafts, but you can also see some actual shows -- ones that the kids won't merely tolerate.

At 1:30 p.m. today, The Not-Its! treated a near-capacity crowd at the Northwest Court Stage to a high-energy set of rock 'n' roll. Dressed in pink and black, the band sang songs with titles like "The Great Compromise" (about negotiation skills, natch) while a throng of little kids moshed in the front. I wish most rock bands for adults sounded this good.

They won't be playing tomorrow; instead, you can catch Central Services' Board of Education indie-flavored songs about science at 1 p.m. (Don't miss. They're hilarious in a wry sort of way.) On Monday, Recess Monkey rocks at 1:30 p.m.  All the bands play the Northwest Court Stage that's tucked into the space next to the Northwest Rooms.

Start each day at noon at SIFF Cinema -- Films4Families play at noon (titles not announced). You can also get creative at the Gage Drawing Jam in the Northwest Rooms' Rainier Room (daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.), or in the Center House (daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.), where kids can do gymnastics with Dizzy's Tumblebus, make music with Soundbridge, help make an animated movie, and do a gardening craft with ParentMap.

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