April 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Starting today, kids 12 and under can celebrate the return of Whirligig! at the Seattle Center. The annual “bounce fest” features super-sized inflatable rides and it’s taking over the Seattle Center Amory starting today (Friday) at 11am.
In addition to the rides, Whirligig! also includes, balloon artists, face painters, and expert caricaturists – plus a Toddler’s Zone for the younger ones.
New rides this year include Pirates Revenge Obstacle Course, Zoo Playland, and Undersea Mini Combo bounce/slide for Toddlers.
The Seattle Center Whirligig! hours are 11am-6pm until Sunday, April 19th. Entry to the Armory is free, ride admission is $8 for an all-day main floor pass, $4.50 for an all-day toddler zone pass, and $1.50 for a single ride ticket. Thursdays are Ride Free days, but note that on Thursday, April 16th the rides will close at 2pm.
Tags: kids event, Seattle Center, Whirligig
March 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
In good news for the city, the Seattle Center, and Queen Anne, KING5 profiles the turnaround of Key Arena. After the Sonics left, many thought it doomed, but Key Arena is now thriving. And, it’s got a bit of the national spotlight this weekend as a March Madness venue.
Click the photo below to check out KING5′s video report on Key Arena to learn more about its success story:
Tags: Key Arena, KING5, Seattle Center
February 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the Hot Chocolate Run will forge ahead tomorrow, Sunday, March 1st. The races start at 6:45am (5K) and 7:55am (15K), so participants can likely still enjoy some hot chocolate without questioning our record-setting warm winter.
The race begins and ends at the Seattle Center, so that means roads around Lower Queen Anne will be closed. Plus, the race takes 15K runners to Green Lake and back via Aurora, so it’ll be closed to traffic as well.
According to SDOT, Aurora Avenue N/SR-99 will be closed between N 47th St and the Western Ave off-ramp from 6am to 11am, and all other streets along the route will be closed from 6:30am to approximately 11am.
Impacted streets include:
- 2nd Ave N at Seattle Center to Broad Street
- Broad to Elliott
- Elliott to Western
- Western to Pike
- Western to Aurora/SB-99
- Aurora/NB-99 to N 47th St
- Harrison to Dexter
- Dexter to Mercer
- Mercer to 5th Ave N
- 5th Ave N to Thomas
- Thomas to Seattle Center grounds
If you have Sunday plans that involve driving north, avoid Aurora; if you have plans around Lower Queen Anne, check the map and make appropriate detours. Or, just sleep in and have a late brunch.
Tags: Hot Chocolate Run, race, road closures, Seattle Center
December 31st, 2014 by Laura Fonda
It’s New Year’s Eve and that means the crew setting up the fireworks display at the Space Needle should be ready to see their work pay off. The New Year’s at the Needle show begins at 11:59pm tonight and will run 8 minutes, with the pyrotechnics set to a musical selection curated by KEXP.
You can catch the show from various Queen Anne viewpoints or you can join the crowds at the Seattle Center. If you choose the latter, expect to be one of about 16,000 people expected at the Space Needle.
Photo courtesy of KEXP
Prior to the fireworks, you can enjoy a free concert by THE NINES at the Seattle Center Armory’s Center Stage. They’ll be performing from 8pm til 11:45pm, and their repertoire includes hits from a variety of genres – The Beatles, Prince, and KC and the Sunshine Band are all on their playlist.
Streets around the Space Needle will be closed starting at 11:30pm, reopening 45 minutes after the fireworks show concludes. Affected streets include 5th Ave N between Mercer Street and Denny Way, and Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way.
The street closures, festivities, and crowds add up to a good reason to walk if you’re around Lower Queen Anne tonight.
Happy New Year!
Tags: New Year's Eve, New Years at the Needle, Seattle Center, Space Needle
November 29th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
First of all, who made the Seattle Marathon route map? It’s oriented with West at the top, which is weird to begin with as most maps have North at the top. Because of the standard orientation most of us are used to, the Seattle Marathon map is a view of Seattle that’ll make any resident look twice.
But, you’ll need to look at least once to see the road closures planned for tomorrow. The race begins near the Seattle Center and ends at Memorial Stadium, so expect closures to begin early in the day and run through 4pm. Here’s a close up of the roads impacted around Lower Queen Anne – although note that the race start is at 5th Ave N and Harrison… which is not shown as closed (instead, it’s 4th Ave N).
- 4th Ave N and 5th Ave are in orange: closed 5:30am-9am
- 5th Ave N, Mercer, Harrison are in green: 1 side closed 8:45am-4pm
Race start temps are expected to be in the 20s, so perhaps plan a late start to your day, unless you’re logging 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, or cheering runners on!
Tags: road closure, Seattle Center, Seattle Marathon
November 7th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
A woman was robbed on the street earlier this week on her way to work near the Seattle Center. The victim was on her regular route to work, and was approached by a white male, around 20 years old, 5-8” with a slim build. He threatened to slap her, then took her earbuds.
According to the police report, the incident occurred at 7:32am on Tuesday, November 4th at a location near 4th Ave and Broad St. The report states that she was near a business with a security guard, and that business name is not made public (Pacific Science Center, Space Needle, EMP, etc – all located near the location):
Here are the details from the SPD report – some details are redacted, including the location landmark/company:
[Victim] stated that while she was walking to work through the (on the west side of the [redacted]) she was approached by an unknown male (WM, 20yo, 5’8″, slim build, blue rain jacket w/hood). The unidentified male stated, “I’m going to slap you!” and proceeded to walk towards her.
[Victim] began walking backwards while the suspect closed distance and shoved her back. [She] spilt her coffee and stumbled. The suspect then grabbed her headphones (green ear bud style) off her head and ran off southbound towards Denny Way. [Victim] screamed for help and was joined by a security guard from the [redacted].
The report goes on to state that the victim was not injured and had never seen the suspect. She was on her regular route to work and in her description of the suspect stated: “he did not look homeless” and “looked like a bored teenager.”
Tags: robbery, Seattle Center
October 21st, 2014 by Laura Fonda
International Fountain Pavilion, photo courtesy of MOHAI
The Seattle City Council has approved the historic designation of the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms and International Fountain Pavilion. Both buildings were designed by architect Paul Thiry for the 1962 World’s Fair.
These two newest Seattle Center landmark buildings join others such as the Space Needle, the Seattle Center House (aka the Armory), and the Monorail. A complete overview of the Seattle Center campus and the buildings that are either landmarks or pending landmark status is available as a pdf.
Northwest Rooms, photo courtesy of Ken Prichard
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of over 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels.
You can learn more about landmark designation and also search the full list of city landmarks online.
Tags: City of Seattle Landmark, landmark, Seattle Center
July 20th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
Earlier this week, the City of Seattle and King County Parks launched Pianos in the Parks, a summer campaign that runs from July 17 to August 17. Twenty pianos that were nearing the end of their lives have been refurbished and made into works of art by the Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends.
Seattle Center piano, courtesy of Pianos in the Parks
Fifteen Seattle parks and public locations each got a piano as part of the program.
According to Mayor Ed Murray, “We are delighted to host the pianos at 13 city parks, Seattle Center and City Hall plaza. Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music.”
Each piano is open to the public and play is encouraged! Plus, to invigorate a sense of competition, KEXP has joined in to sweeten the pot with a Facebook contest. All you have to do is play the Seattle Center piano (or any of the other pianos outside of our neighborhood), upload your performance to the Facebook page, and wait for the “likes” to pour in.
Your music selection must be original music or a piece from the public domain, and you have to be ready to perform! The 5 most-liked videos will be judged by a community panel and the winner will have a feature performance at the August 22nd Concerts at the Mural event.
At the end of the summer program, the pianos featured in the parks will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, Seattle Symphony, KEXP and Gage Academy of Art.
Check out the Seattle Center piano at the Mural Amphitheatre or discover other pianos in the program, and enter to win your 15 minutes of fame!
Tags: contest, KEXP, piano, Pianos in the Parks, Seattle Center
July 8th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
Courtesy of SkB Architects
In the past, we’ve provided the heads up on the cool new home of local listener-powered radio station KEXP, and it’s gettting close. The station is moving into the new space next year, and to celebrate the upcoming move from Dexter & Denny to the Seattle Center, they’re throwing a party to celebrate. Best part? Everyone is invited!
“All In: The Rally for KEXP’s New Home” is this Thursday, July 10th from 6pm to 8pm in the Northwest Rooms at the Seattle Center. The celebration includes live music from local Seattle band The Cave Singers and a beer garden.
The celebration is also an opportunity to help raise funds for KEXP’s new station. All donations from July 10th through August 5th will be matched from a pool that has contributions from musicians and supporters including Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Dave Matthews.
Join KEXP on Thursday at the Seattle Center and get ready for their big move next year!
Edit: updated to add the name of the previously-surprise musical guest – The Cave Singers.
Tags: event, KEXP, Seattle Center
June 26th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
Another busy summer weekend – from sports (Mariners, Storm, Reign) to celebrations (Pride Parade and PrideFest) to Seafair (pirates!) to traffic (Cher and Cyndi Lauper at Key Arena). If you’re looking for bargains, there’s a multi-block yard sale on Nob Hill Ave N, and if you’re looking for history, check out the annual Queen Anne Historical Society’s tour of Mt Pleasant Cemetery. Something for everyone!
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- 520 bridge: fully closed, Friday night to Monday morning
Friday, June 27
Saturday, June 28
- Multi-Family Yard Sale, Nob Hill Ave N from Howe to Crockett St, 9am-3pm FREE
- Queen Anne Historical Society Mt Pleasant Cemetery Tour, 10am-noon FREE
- Seafair Pirates Landing, Alki Beach, 11:30am-12:30pm FREE
- Seattle Iranian Festival, Seattle Center Armory, noon-7pm FREE
- Reign vs Sky Blue, Memorial Stadium, 6pm
- Mariners vs Indians, Safeco, 7:10pm
- Cher & Cyndi Lauper, Key Arena, 8pm
Sunday, June 29
- Feet First Queen Anne Walk, meet at Trader Joe’s, 9am FREE
- Seattle Pride Parade, Downtown to Seattle Center, 11am FREE
- Seattle Pridefest, Seattle Center, noon-8pm FREE
- National Theatre Live: King Lear, SIFF Film Center, noon
- Mariners vs Indians, Safeco, 1:10pm
Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at email@example.com
Tags: events, Seattle Center
June 1st, 2014 by Laura Fonda
It’s back! Seattle Center Summer Fitness returns with free weekly lunchtime and evening outdoor fitness sessions, featuring Zumba Fitness and Gentle Yoga. The sessions are open to all ages and experience levels.
Zumba will be on Wednesdays starting June 17; Gentle Yoga will be Tuesdays starting June 18.
Here are the descriptions and details for each:
ZumbaFitness with Bonnie Wang
Tuesdays, June 17 through Aug. 19, 6pm-7pm, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop
Zumba Fitness 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 with Terri Dyer
Wednesdays, June 18 – August 20, 11:30am-12:30pm, Exhibition Hall Lawn
Gentle Yoga 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 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 Summer Fitness and other Seattle Center programming, check out their web site or call 206-684-7200.
Tags: fitness, Seattle Center, yoga, Zumba
April 3rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda
The 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).
Tags: armory, kids events, Seattle Center, Whirligig