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Youth and Family Initiative at Seattle Center

We at Seattle Center are excited about our role in Mayor McGinn’s Youth and Family Initiative. Seattle Center provides a spectacular setting for some outstanding youth and family activities. For much of the community our campus acts as a sort of neutral ground, where people feel safe and welcomed. They come to take in the fountains, open space, skatepark and much more.

One of the great things about Seattle Center is the public programs we offer.  Most, if not all, are designed to be accessible and enriching to youth and families.  Here are some specific programs targeted to them:

Seattle Center Festál – This series of 22 cultural festivals celebrates the ethnic diversity of the region and invites families to share in their cultural heritage.

Student Showcases – In addition to adding a much needed extension to school music programs, this initiative links what happens in the schools back to the families. The students’ pride in accomplishment and the parents’ pride in the students helps to build self-esteem and strengthens the family.

Seattle Center Winterfest – Free, accessible holiday programming with uplifting content and values gives families a tradition to share at a special and sometimes challenging time.

KEXP & Seattle Center – Concerts @ the Mural – This program offers young parents the previously unavailable opportunity to share the music they love with their children, in an outdoor concert setting.

Movies @ the Mural – Where else can families enjoy a safe, public activity, away from street noise, outdoors on a summer night?

Teen Tix – The program provides thousands of teens affordable access to performing and visual arts and a peer community to support their involvement. 

Whirligig – The two-week interactive, installation expresses the importance of play for young children. Whirligig offers a safe, indoor place to run, jump, slide and collide after a long winter.

Youth Violence Prevention – Seattle Center partners with organizations working in this area to provide space, technical assistance and other support for programs, discussion groups, performances and exhibits.

Llearn more about the Youth and Family Initiative or volunteer.  Learn more about Seattle Center programs and activities at, stop by our information kiosk at Center House, or call us at 206 684-7200.