October 21st, 2014 by Laura
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: events, Seattle Center
June 1st, 2014 by Laura
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
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
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.
The 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.
Tags: events, Playground, Seattle Center
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.
Tickets 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.
Tags: events, fundraiser, Seattle Center
July 6th, 2013 by Laura
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.
Tags: Seattle Center, zombie walk
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:
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.
Tags: fitness, free classes, Seattle Center
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.
- 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
Tags: events, Seattle Center
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.
- 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
Tags: events, fundraiser, Seattle Center