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Seattle Center Whirligig returns this Friday for a limited time only

April 3rd, 2014 by Laura

WhirligigThe Seattle Center Armory becomes the center of the whirly universe this Friday as the Seattle Center Whirligig returns for a 3 week run of fun, April 4-April 20. Kids can “bounce with abandon” on giant inflatable rides, plus, there’ll be balloon artists, face painters, and caricaturists on hand for even more fun.

Whirligig is designed for kids 12 and under, and a Toddler Zone will be available for the younger ones. Tickets are $7.50 for all-day passes, $4.50 for toddler all-day passes, and $1.50 for single rides.

Plus, Thursdays are FREE (note: on Thursday, April 17th , the rides close at 2pm, so get there early).

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Design team seeks input on new children’s play area in old Fun Forest spot

February 25th, 2014 by Laura

Remember the Fun Forest at Seattle Center? Well, it’s time for a new play spot for kids, and the Fun Forest site is set for a design overhaul.

Design Workshop MarchThe Space Needle owners donated $1 million for an “artist-designed children’s play area” as part of the lease agreement for Chihuly Gardens and Glass – and the Design Team wants to hear from kids and families as they kickoff a new era of play at Seattle Center.

The team is hosting a workshop on Saturday, March 1 from 1pm to 4pm in the Next 50 Pavilion Annex (across from the Armory). It’s free, and all they ask is for kids and families to “bring along your imagination, ideas, and words for a hands-on journey of exploration through sound, story, structure, and motion.”

The workshop is part of a free ParentMap Day of Play at the Seattle Center.  Prior to the workshop, you can also join a free Seattle Camp Fair from 10am to 1pm in the Armory, where kids and families can learn about kid-friendly summer events in and around Seattle.

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Help set a water balloon fight world record and help out a good cause too

August 12th, 2013 by Laura

Remember the record snowball fight held earlier this year? Well, the record-setting crew is back with Party Camp, a new event that benefits a local charity. This time around, the record set to be smashed? A water balloon fight, and that record is set to go down this Saturday, August 17, at the Seattle Center’s International Fountain & Fisher Plaza.

Party Camp FlyerTickets to the event will run you $25, but proceeds help benefit Camp Korey at Carnation Farm, a “serious fun camp” that hosts kids with serious and life-altering medical conditions and their families at no cost. The camp offers “year-round recreation with full support for the medical needs of campers, plus all the fun of just being a kid.”

All participants must be 14 years or older and show photo identification for entry (note: participants under 18 must bring a signed waiver).

And, if you’re not into water balloon fights or can’t make the date, you can still help by becoming a water balloon filler volunteer. The group needs volunteers to help fill over 300,000 water balloons, and the filling has already begun! Volunteers get the thrill of helping out, plus a t-shirt and chance to win a new iPad and other prizes.

If you make it to Party Camp, in addition to water balloon fight fun, you can also enjoy a beer garden and food trucks that’ll be on hand to keep you fueled. The day’s events begin at noon and conclude at 7pm, with the official world-record breaking fight taking place at 4pm.

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Zombies descend on the Seattle Center!

July 6th, 2013 by Laura

zombie pirate

The annual Red, White, & Dead Zombie Walk was held today at the Seattle Center. Zombies of all shapes, sizes, ages, and types gathered behind EMP before heading in a parade-like fashion to the International Fountain. After circling the fountain, they celebrated to the sounds of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and made their way into the surrounding neighborhoods for a pub crawl.

Click on the photo to go to a gallery of images from today’s Zombie Walk.

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Free summer fitness classes start this week at the Seattle Center

June 17th, 2013 by Laura

As part of a summer of fun and free programs, the Seattle Center is kicking off its Summer Fitness 2013 “Step, Stretch and De-Stress” series of classes this week. Summer Fitness 2013 is open to all ages and abilities, and the classes are free:

Seattle Center Fitness

Photo courtesy of Seattle Center

Zumba Class: dance-based exercise that provides an adventurous journey around the world through exhilarating Latin music, World Rhythms, West African, belly dance, dance hall, pop, classic rock, etc. The workout is high energy, easy to follow choreography, and fun! Water, a towel, workout clothes, and comfortable sneakers are suggested.

Tuesdays, June 18 – Aug. 20, 6pm-7pm, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop

Gentle Yoga allows participants to gently stretch their bodies and breathe stress away while enjoying lots of fresh air. The class focuses on fluid movements to increase range of motion and joint and muscle flexibility. Bring your own yoga mat.

Wednesdays, June 19 – Aug. 21, 11:30am-12:30pm, Exhibition Hall Lawn

For more information, contact the Seattle Center at 206.684.7200.

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Calling All Aspiring Puppet Masters – Begin Your Training Next Saturday

January 12th, 2013 by Laura

Have you been inspired by the Muppets or Avenue Q to learn the art and skill of puppet mastery? Well, everyone has to start somewhere, and you can begin your studies next Saturday at a Beginning Puppetry Class being hosted at the Seattle Armory.

The class is taught by Rachel Jackson of Vox Fabuli Puppets and is designed for ages 15+, no experience required. There’s a class size limit of 16, so register now. Puppets will be provided, and here’s what to expect:

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. We’ll focus on how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with the audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

Key Details

  • What: Beginning Puppetry Class – Puppet Operation
  • When: Saturday, January 19, 1-3pm
  • Where: Theatre Puget Sound, Studio B, at the Seattle Center Armory
  • Ages: recommended for ages 15 and up
  • Cost: $30 pre-reg/$35 day-of

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There Will Be Snow – Help Set a Record for the World’s Largest Snowball Fight

December 29th, 2012 by Laura

Have you ever wanted to help set a Guinness World Record? How about participate in a monster snowball fight? And help out a local charity while doing so? Well, you’re in luck – mark your calendars for Snow Day on January 12th at the Seattle Center.

The Snow Day organizers have arranged for 162,000 pounds of snow to be transported from the mountain passes (where they have plenty to go around) to the Seattle Center – about 34 dump truck loads. Once the snow is delivered, teams and individuals can participate in what we all hope will be the World’s Largest Snowball Fight, right here in Seattle:

“After a series of hilarious phone calls, we’ve finally figured out how to transport 162,000 lbs. of snow from the mountain passes into Seattle Center. Local organizations will use the snow to build forts and castles in an epic competition against snow kings and queens. Minutes after the most majestic snow fort is crowned, six thousand people will descend upon the snow fort village in an attempt to break the record for the World’s Largest Snowball Fight (officially held by the Republic of Korea at 5,387 participants).”

It costs $25/person to participate in the Snow Day snowball fight, with all proceeds benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County – according to Snow Day’s Neil Bergquist, Snow Day’s “mission is to raise money for kids by remembering what it’s like to be one.” Fort building is currently limited to groups only – if you have an organization, business, or group, email to reserve a fort space.

Also, please note that due to liability issues (it is a snowball fight, after all), you must be 18 or older to participate, sign a disclaimer and liability waiver, and bring eye protection. No eye protection = no participation! If you’re interested, register now, as the maximum capacity for the Seattle Center is 6,000 and they’re nearing the maximum.

Key Details:

  • What: Snow Day, aka the World’s Largest Snowball Fight
  • Ages: 18+
  • Where: Seattle Center, Center Square
  • When: Saturday January 12th
    • Noon: Registration begins
    • 1:00pm: Snow Fort and Snow Castle competition begins
    • 4:30pm: Snow Fort and Snow Castle winners announced
    • 5:00pm: World’s largest snowball fight
    • 6:00pm: Pub crawl and war stories

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Buy One Adult Space Needle Ticket, Get One Adult or Two Kids Tickets Free with Bartell Vouchers

November 19th, 2012 by Laura

As part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle, Bartell Drugs has launched “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” – beginning today, November 19th, Bartell is offering vouchers for free visits to the holiday-themed Space Needle Observation Deck that can be used through December 30th.

Bartell Drugs is offering vouchers for one free adult or up to two free youth tickets, and all you have to do to redeem them is purchase one full-fare Adult Observation Deck ticket when you arrive at the Needle. Vouchers are available at Bartell Drugs locations while supplies last (so, plan ahead).

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Seattle Center Armory Happy Hour – Share Your Feedback and Enter to Win Tickets to Deck the Hall Ball

November 18th, 2012 by Laura

Beginning in January, the Seattle Center Armory will host a Happy Hour the 3rd Thursday of every month. The Happy Hour will run from 5pm-8pm and will include food from Armory vendors including Bigfood, KABAB, MOD Pizza, Pie, Plum Market, Quincy’s and Skillet:Counter. And, what Happy Hour would be complete without libations? Well, the Armory Happy Hour will have alcoholic beverage specials too, as well as bar games, prizes, music, and more – and that’s where you come in…

The Seattle Center is asking for feedback on what games and activities to host, and also what key elements of a Happy Hour people like most. Take their survey by Tuesday, November 27th, voice your opinion, and get a chance to win tickets to the The End’s Deck the Hall Ball at Key Arena on December 4th, featuring bands like The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and M-83. (note: one survey completion/entry per person, 21 or older only). Then, see if your suggestions make the list at the inaugural Armory Happy Hour on January 17th.

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Affordable Art Fair Comes to Seattle this Week

November 6th, 2012 by Laura

The Affordable Art Fair is an “art for everyone” art fair that started in London in 1999 and is coming to Seattle for the first time this week, as part of the Seattle Center’s Next 50 celebration. The Fair starts Friday, November 9 with and runs through Sunday, November 11 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall with 50 local and international participating galleries.

The Affordable Art Fair strives to create a fun and inviting atmosphere for everyone, not just art aficionados. The Fair will showcase both emerging and established artists, with hundreds of contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs priced from $100 to $10,000 – half of which will be priced under $5,000.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Center/Next 50

In a press statement, Seattle Fair Director Jennifer Jacobs said:

“We are thrilled to bring the Affordable Art Fair to Seattle for the first time and showcase local talent from throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as introduce local art buyers to current trends in art from around the world. The 50 galleries and contemporary artists we have selected to participate are sure to offer an exciting mix of artwork, ensuring there is something for everyone, from the trendy fashionista to the tech-savvy.”

The Fair also includes workshops, lectures and demonstrations, as well as a Young Collectors Lounge for kids. If you’re looking to buy art, the process is simple: the Fair displays all prices and there are no hidden commissions. And, the Fair has a wrapping service for any purchases, so you can get them home safely.

Key Details:
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
When: Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11, 2012
Hours: Friday noon-5pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Cost: $12 GA / $10 Students & Seniors with ID / Free for kids under 12

Special events:
Private Preview Party: Thursday, Nov 8, 6pm-10pm
Tickets: $65 each, 2 for $125

Art Loves Seattle Benefit Cocktail Reception: Friday, Nov 9, 5pm-9pm
Tickets: $25 each, 2 for $40 (100% of proceeds will be donated to Artist Trust)

Purchase tickets (both general admission and Special Event tickets) in advance online.

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$1 parking when eating at the Seattle Center Armory!

October 6th, 2012 by Elyssa

The new Armory at the Seattle Center has been bringing in some fresh (and yummy) new food stalls to delight the taste buds of locals and visitors alike!  The Center now is running a promotion, starting tomorrow, Sunday October 7th, (slated to run until May) that offers $1 parking in the garage off of 5th if you spend at least $10 in food at the Armory.

The parking garage in question is the one on 5th, between Harrison and Republican.  Across the street from the EMP and right at the Gates Foundation.

The validation program applies to parking during the day and evening. The simple system allows parkers to take a parking ticket as usual upon entry into 5th Ave N. Garage. Then when they make their $10 or more purchase from any one of the participating food merchants, they show their parking ticket and ask for a validation ticket. Directions on the validation ticket then guide them through the process. The $1 fare applies to parking of up to 90 minutes. Vehicles parked longer than 90 minutes and less than five hours receive a $2 discount on the standard rate.

The parking validation program is slated to remain in effect through May 24, 2013 in 5th Ave N Garage, located just across 5th Ave N. from Seattle Center between Harrison St. and Republican St. Parking validation is not available on several dates in which parking fares are collected upon garage entry in order to expedite exiting after large gatherings on the grounds such as KeyArena concerts and sporting events. Only one validation per vehicle is allowed, and validation is good only for the day of food and beverage purchase.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass opens on May 21st

May 13th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

The $20 million Chihuly exhibition at the Seattle Center is opening soon, and our partners at the Seattle Times were given a sneak peek inside. The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition covers nearly 45,000 square feet — where the Fun Forest used to be. Visitors will be able to look up at the Space Needle “framed by 1,250 colorful Persian glass pieces suspended from the ceiling.”

(Photo from Chihuly Garden and Glass)

“What I wanted to do there was take the very best from all the museum shows I’ve done over the years and add a couple of new parts to it,” Dale Chihuly told the Times. “I’m so pleased with the results. It was beyond my expectations, really.” Chihuly designed the exhibition himself.

(Photo from Chihuly Garden and Glass)

Tickets are $19 a pop for general admission, which is the same price you’ll pay to ride to the top of the Space Needle. Chihuly will pay $350,000 a year in rent, and after five years, the lease jumps to $500,000 a year, adjusted for inflation.

(Photo from Chihuly Garden and Glass)

You can wonder around the gardens outside now as the final touches are put in place, but the main exhibition opens on May 21st.

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