Free Family Fun

Get out and enjoy some affordable family fun around Tacoma this weekend

President’s Day weekend presents us with another 3 day weekend. This, atop of a week plus of snow, closed schools and icy roads is likely leaving a lot of parents in the PNW frustrated and kids with a bad case of cabin fever.

Have no fear, parents and kids alike. One of my favorite blogs to follow is Greater Seattle on the Cheap, who has everything covered in Seattle, Tacoma and more. Be safe and get out when the weather allows, Spring is only 35 days away!

For the President’s Day weekend of February 15-18, 2019 check out this rapturous roundup of free and cheap things to do in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region this coming weekend in the event calendar below.

In the calendar below, items listed first each day in GRAY are FEATURED EVENTS. Featured events are usually free, one-time events. We also list seasonal free and cheap (admission $15 or less) events, such as annual festivals and fairs. For some popular events with higher admission, we include discount ticket or volunteer information to bring the cost down.

Following the featured events find plenty of the usual free fun and cheap things to do including meditation, glass blowing, chocolate tasting, comedy shows, tours, dancing, and more.

Free and cheap events in Seattle this weekend

Friday, February 15, 2019

American Robin photo by Mick Thompson

Audubon Backyard Bird Count President’s Day Weekend

All Day | FREE | Puget Sound region

$0-15.00 | Multiple locations

milky way galaxy

Free planetarium show at UW Seattle

FREE | University of Washington, Physics-Astronomy Building, 3910 15th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98195

Seattle Art Museum hammering man - DepositPhotos.com

Valentine staycation: discount hotel and museum admission in Seattle

Discounted | Multiple locations

Red wine and chocolate tasting in the countryside - DepositPhotos.com

Getaway: Yakima Valley Red Wine & Chocolate Presidents’ Day weekend (145 mi. SE of Seattle)

FREE | Multiple locations

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Free admission to Volunteer Park Conservatory

10:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street Seattle, WA 98112

Map of Puget Sound garage sales

All Day | Puget Sound region

Art exhibit showcases African American artist in Seattle

$7.00 | Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144

Free glass blowing demos

FREE | Multiple locations

Free and cheap dance classes and social dancing

$0-19.00 | Multiple locations

Free and cheap live music venues in the Puget Sound region

$0-10.00 | Multiple locations

Planetarium shows in Tacoma

$6.00 | Pierce College Fort Steilacoom 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood, WA USA 98498

Free guided meditation in Seattle

FREE | Epiphany Episcopal Church, 1805 38th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

SIFF “Noir” City film festival in Seattle

$15.00-150.00 | SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98122

Everett Film Festival

$30.00-60.00 | Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA

Tour the Museum of Flight Restoration Center in Everett

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $5.00 | Museum of Flight Restoration Center, 2909 100th St. SW, Everett, WA 98204

Food Truck Friday at Wetmore Plaza in Everett

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | $5.00-10.00 | Wetmore Theatre Plaza, 2710 Wetmore Ave, Everett, Washington 98225

Affordable lunch and dinner at Stanwood Senior Center

11:30 am to 6:00 pm | $2.00-6.00 | Standwood Community Center, 7430 276th St NW Stanwood, WA 98292

Free distillery tours (21+) in Woodinville

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Woodinville Whiskey Co, 14509 Woodinville Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA. 98072

Free all ages chess games in Shoreline

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th Street Shoreline WA 98155

Wine tasting at Pike Place Market

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm | $5.00 | Pike & Western Wine Shop, Pike Place Market, 1934 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

Free all ages chess or board games in Renton

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Renton Highlands Library, 2801 NE 10th Street, Renton WA 98056

Free Third Friday art walks in Seattle

6:00 pm | FREE | University District “The Ave”

Free ASL deaf chat, potluck, & games in Federal Way

6:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Northwest Church, 34800 21st Ave SW, Federal Way, WA 98023

10% student discount on groceries at Uwajimaya

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Uwajimay Asian Grocery Stores

$5 open mic in Snohomish

6:30 pm | $3.00-5.00 | Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 4th Street, Snohomish, WA 98290

$10 comedy improv at Pike Market in Seattle

7:00 pm | $10.00 | Unexpected Productions, 1428 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101

$10 Moth storytelling on Capitol Hill

8:00 pm | $10.00 | Saint Mark’s, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Free broadcast concerts at KING FM

9:00 pm | FREE | Radio: KING FM 98.1

Saturday, February 16, 2019

American Robin photo by Mick Thompson

Audubon Backyard Bird Count President’s Day Weekend

All Day | FREE | Puget Sound region

Kids with their palms and clothing painted

Free family program “Our Big Neighborhood” at Seattle Center

$0-5.00 | Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park rain garden by Seattle Parke-cropped (CC2)

Free rain garden contractor fairs in Seattle

FREE | Multiple locations

th Freeway in downtown Seattle

Free and cheap things to do this weekend

$0-15.00 | Multiple locations

telescope stargazing

Free stargazing party at Green Lake in Seattle

FREE | Seattle Public Theater at the Bathouse, 7312 West Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98103

telescope stargazing

Free stargazing party in Shoreline

FREE | Paramount Park, 946 NE 147th St, Shoreline, WA 98155

Seattle Art Museum hammering man - DepositPhotos.com

Valentine staycation: discount hotel and museum admission in Seattle

Discounted | Multiple locations

Red wine and chocolate tasting in the countryside - DepositPhotos.com

Getaway: Yakima Valley Red Wine & Chocolate Presidents’ Day weekend (145 mi. SE of Seattle)

FREE | Multiple locations

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Free admission to Volunteer Park Conservatory

10:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street Seattle, WA 98112

MoPop Sound Off 2019 banner

MoPOP Sound Off band competition in Seattle

7:00 pm | $14.00 | Museum Of Pop Culture (MoPOP, formerly EMP), 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

Marlon James discusses 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' poster

Prize-winning author discusses epic new novel

7:00 pm | FREE | Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Map of Puget Sound garage sales

All Day | Puget Sound region

Free travel classes in Edmonds

FREE | Multiple locations

Art exhibit showcases African American artist in Seattle

$7.00 | Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144

Free glass blowing demos

FREE | Multiple locations

Free and cheap dance classes and social dancing

$0-19.00 | Multiple locations

Free and cheap live music venues in the Puget Sound region

$0-10.00 | Multiple locations

Planetarium shows in Tacoma

$6.00 | Pierce College Fort Steilacoom 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood, WA USA 98498

See the Best Picture Nominees at AMC Theatres

Free Wine tasting in Seattle’s SODO

FREE | Esquin Wine & Spirits (Madwine.com), 2700 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Wine tasting in Greenwood

Champion Wine Cellars, 8503 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

International Fly Fishing Film Festival in Lynnwood

$15.00 | Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, Washington 98036

SIFF “Noir” City film festival in Seattle

$15.00-150.00 | SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98122

Everett Film Festival

$30.00-60.00 | Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA

Golf Show at CenturyLink Field

$14.00 | CenturyLink Field & Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA  98134

Bike & Outdoor Show at CenturyLink Field

$13.00 | CenturyLink Field & Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA  98134

Tour the Museum of Flight Restoration Center in Everett

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $5.00 | Museum of Flight Restoration Center, 2909 100th St. SW, Everett, WA 98204

Free aquarium and marine science center in Des Moines

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Marine Science and Technology Center, 28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S., Des Moines, WA 98198

Try the sport of curling in Seattle

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $25.00 | Granite Curling Club, 1440 N 128th Street, Seattle, WA

Free chocolate tasting in Seattle

11:00 am to 3:30 pm | FREE | Chocolopolis at the Interbay WorkLofts, 1631 15th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119

Free wine tastings Queen Anne and Ravenna

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Multiple locations

Free distillery tours (21+) in Woodinville

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Woodinville Whiskey Co, 14509 Woodinville Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA. 98072

Free ‘Socrates cafe’ civil conversation in Monroe

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe, WA 98272

Free all ages chess games in Shoreline

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th Street Shoreline WA 98155

Free wine tasting at DeLaurenti in Seattle

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine, 1435 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98101

Free wine tasting on Capitol Hill

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | European VIne Selections, 522 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

$10 comedy improv at Pike Market in Seattle

7:00 pm | $10.00 | Unexpected Productions, 1428 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101

Legendary film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” in Seattle

9:40 pm | $10.00 | Central Cinema, 1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA

Sunday, February 17, 2019

American Robin photo by Mick Thompson

Audubon Backyard Bird Count President’s Day Weekend

All Day | FREE | Puget Sound region

Kids with their palms and clothing painted

Free family program “Our Big Neighborhood” at Seattle Center

$0-5.00 | Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

th Freeway in downtown Seattle

Free and cheap things to do this weekend

$0-15.00 | Multiple locations

Seattle Art Museum hammering man - DepositPhotos.com

Valentine staycation: discount hotel and museum admission in Seattle

Discounted | Multiple locations

Red wine and chocolate tasting in the countryside - DepositPhotos.com

Getaway: Yakima Valley Red Wine & Chocolate Presidents’ Day weekend (145 mi. SE of Seattle)

FREE | Multiple locations

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Free admission to Volunteer Park Conservatory

10:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street Seattle, WA 98112

Map of Puget Sound garage sales

All Day | Puget Sound region

Art exhibit showcases African American artist in Seattle

$7.00 | Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144

Upcoming free classical music concerts

FREE | Multiple locations

Free glass blowing demos

FREE | Multiple locations

Free and cheap dance classes and social dancing

$0-19.00 | Multiple locations

Free and cheap live music venues in the Puget Sound region

$0-10.00 | Multiple locations

SIFF “Noir” City film festival in Seattle

$15.00-150.00 | SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98122

Golf Show at CenturyLink Field

$14.00 | CenturyLink Field & Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA  98134

Bike & Outdoor Show at CenturyLink Field

$13.00 | CenturyLink Field & Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA  98134

Tour the Museum of Flight Restoration Center in Everett

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $5.00 | Museum of Flight Restoration Center, 2909 100th St. SW, Everett, WA 98204

Free Sunday Boat Rides at the Center for Wooden Boats

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street Seattle, WA 98109

Flea market in Fremont

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Fremont Market, 3410 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Curling skills clinic in North Seattle

11:30 am | $25.00 | Granite Curling Club, 1440 N 128th Street, Seattle, WA

Free distillery tours (21+) in Woodinville

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Woodinville Whiskey Co, 14509 Woodinville Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA. 98072

Free bonsai museum tour in Federal Way

1:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S 336th St, Federal Way, WA 98003

Free all ages chess games in Shoreline

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th Street Shoreline WA 98155

Free Irish music jam session in Mount Vernon

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Free Taize prayer service in north Seattle

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St, Seattle, WA 98115

Free open house at Islamic mosque in Kent

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Islamic Center of Kent, 20857 108TH AVE SE, Kent WA 98031

Story Time for Grown Ups in south Seattle

7:00 pm | FREE | Third Place Books-Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S Seattle WA 98118

Free prayer service on Capitol Hill

9:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Saint Mark’s, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Legendary film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” in Seattle

9:40 pm | $10.00 | Central Cinema, 1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA

Monday, President’s Day

Monday, February 18, 2019

American Robin photo by Mick Thompson

Audubon Backyard Bird Count President’s Day Weekend

All Day | FREE | Puget Sound region

Kids with their palms and clothing painted

Free family program “Our Big Neighborhood” at Seattle Center

$0-5.00 | Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Seattle Art Museum hammering man - DepositPhotos.com

Valentine staycation: discount hotel and museum admission in Seattle

Discounted | Multiple locations

Red wine and chocolate tasting in the countryside - DepositPhotos.com

Getaway: Yakima Valley Red Wine & Chocolate Presidents’ Day weekend (145 mi. SE of Seattle)

FREE | Multiple locations

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Free admission to Volunteer Park Conservatory

10:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street Seattle, WA 98112

Order ahead for native plant sale in Renton

Discounted | Online registration

Free glass blowing demos

FREE | Multiple locations

Free and cheap dance classes and social dancing

$0-19.00 | Multiple locations

SIFF “Noir” City film festival in Seattle

$15.00-150.00 | SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98122

See the Best Picture Nominees at Cinemark Theatres

$35.00 | Multiple locations

Affordable lunch and dinner at Stanwood Senior Center

11:30 am to 6:00 pm | $2.00-6.00 | Standwood Community Center, 7430 276th St NW Stanwood, WA 98292

Free all ages chess games in Shoreline

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th Street Shoreline WA 98155

$1 happy hour meat raffle in Seattle and Tacoma (just what it says)

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $1.00 | Multiple locations

Free running groups around the Sound

6:15 pm | FREE | Multiple locations

Free writers open mic in Seattle

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Legendary film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” in Seattle

9:40 pm | $10.00 | Central Cinema, 1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA

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