Free Zumba and Gentle Yoga classes at Seattle Center start this month
The free Summer Zumba and yoga classes at the Seattle Center have always been popular, with some classes held outside as people celebrate summer weather. Now, to help shed the winter blahs and help with New Year’s resolutions, the Seattle Center is offering these free classes again as part of its Winter Fitness program.
The classes are free and open to all ages and all abilities, and they’ll be held every Wednesday evening, January 20th through March 3oth, in the Seattle Center Armory building.
Here are the details:
Zumba Fitness: 6pm-7pm
Offers participants an adventurous journey around the world through exhilarating Latin music, World Rhythms, West African, belly dance, dance hall, pop, classic rock and more. The result – a workout full of high energy, easy to follow choreography and fun! Everyone is welcome. No dance experience is required. Participants are encouraged to bring plenty of water and wear comfortable sneakers.
Gentle Yoga: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Offers something for everyone, no matter what age or fitness level. Stretch your body, and breathe your stress away. The weekly classes focus on fluid movements to increase range of motion and increase joint and muscle flexibility. Beginners will learn the basics of Hatha Yoga, and all will enjoy a strengthening workout. Please bring your own yoga mat.
For more information on Winter Fitness and other Seattle Center programming, visitSeattle Center or call 206 684.7200.
Free children’s concert by Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus this Saturday at McCaw Hall
This Saturday, June 20th, the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) are presenting their annual children’s concert – and it’s free for kids and their families.
The concert is at 2pm at McCaw Hall, and tickets are still available. Since it’s this Saturday, no tickets will be mailed, so the event organizers are encouraging Queen Anne kids and their families to just show up and have fun.
SMC and SWC will perform “high-energy kid-friendly tunes from the Disney songbook as well as some classics from the 70s rock super-group, Queen” and kids are encouraged to dance and sing along to the live concert.
The performance has a kid-friendly duration of one hour, and audience participation is encouraged and expected – plus, “costumes, laughter, and smiles to remind audiences that equality and acceptance are important messages to people of all ages”.
Kids will even get a free pack of crayons and coloring book to take home. Free concert, fun, and goodies to take home, bonus!
Northwest Folklife Festival returns to Seattle Center this weekend
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means the annual Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. It’s Folklife’s 44th year bringing performers and artists together to celebrate Pacific Northwest culture.
Folklife kicks off tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd and runs through Monday, May 25th. About 5,000 performers will take part in Folklife this year, and the 2015 Cultural Focus is “Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches” highlighting the cross-cultural roots of Hip Hop in the Pacific Northwest.
This year, the Back Porch Stage is back, featuring traditional styles of American music, plus Paperstock returns for a second year with Pacific Northwest poster art. Folklife also features a family-friendly Discovery Zone with family entertainment, including the Seattle Center’s new Artist at Play area.
Folklife is free, although donations are gladly accepted. You can plan your visit here.
And, a heads up that this event will also impact traffic on Lower Queen Anne, as 60,000 people are expected to attend each day of the Festival. Plan on walking or biking if you’re around for the holiday weekend.
Dick’s Drive-In burger giveaway for grads is on now through June 21
It’s that time of year again, commencement season! Congrats to Queen Anne graduates, and to help celebrate, Dick’s Drive-In is holding is annual free cheeseburger (or regular burger, if cheese isn’t your thing) giveaway now through June 21st.
This year marks the 19th year of the free burgers-for-grads event at Dick’s. Any high school or college graduate who shows up at any Dick’s location – including our own Queen Anne location – in their cap and gown gets a free cheeseburger or regular hamburger.
Congrats, grads, enjoy the freebie burger!
Celebrate the Summer weather preview with free ice cream today
Have you seen the forecast for this week? If you love sun and warm temps, check out the preview of Summer!
And, what is more summery than ice cream? Today, Monday April 28th, is free scoop day at Cupcake Royale. From 2pm to 8pm today only, you can get a free scoop of ice cream at the Queen Anne location at 1935 Queen Anne Ave N.
Only catch – you have to download the F.O.C.R. app (Friends of Cupcake Royale) to get the freebie. Kids without phones (but with parents/guardians) will get a free scoop.
Gates Foundation’s free Family Day celebrates Food for Good this Saturday
For its first free Family Day of the year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is hosting “Food for Good” this Saturday, April 5th. The event is family-oriented and designed to engage all ages with activities and performances focused on food and nutrition both locally and around the world.
The Visitor Center Family Day is free and runs from 10am to 3pm. Highlights of the day will include:
- Hands-on games and art activities that show how easy and exciting it can be to make a difference – one seed or book at a time
- Innovative tools and ideas that help farmers and families around the world
- Storytime with children’s book authors Katherine Pryor and Rick Swan who will lead kids in a discussion about gardening and the importance of trying new foods
- Family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community
- Performance by Ocheami
- Sampling food from Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria
- Learning local and global food facts from different community organizations
Many community organizations such as Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, Bastyr University, Seattle Tilth, Solid Ground, and more will help make Family Day fun and educational. You can see the list of all participating organizations and RSVP online at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center Facebook page.