Do you have little ones staying with you at our North Seattle Comfort Inn this April? Take them down to famous Seattle Center. It is here that kids can enjoy the fun of Whirligig. This event brings a plethora of colorful, child-friendly entertainment to the Armory. Kids love letting loose in bounce houses, inflatable slides, ball pits, and rides. If you’ve got particularly small kids with you, take them to the special Toddler Zone. There are also face painters and caricaturists on hand for a touch of artistic flair. Burn off some of that youthful energy, then fuel up again at one of the Armory’s many delicious eateries.
Whirligig is scheduled to begin on April 1st and run until April 17th, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All day main floor passes cost $8.00, and all day Toddler Zone passes cost $4.50. Show up on Thursdays for free admission.
“Bounce with abandon on super-sized inflatable rides at Seattle Center Whirligig!
Step inside Seattle Center Armory, transformed into a colorful hub of lively child-sized entertainment, and you’ll find balloon artists, face painters and caricaturists. Add an assortment of Student Showcases and delicious foods from new Armory eateries, and you’ll have enough free and affordable activities to provide non-stop FUN. Suitable for children 12 and under. A Toddler Zone is also available.”
You can find out more about the upcoming event by visiting the official Seattle Center website.
Do you enjoy exploring modern art from a variety of different cultures? If so, ArtXchange is the place for you. This two-thousand square foot gallery is devoted to showcasing contemporary art to inspire intercultural exploration and expand the global community. Here, you can find the works of artists from many different countries and walks of life. You might expect to see paintings, sculptures, mixed media, poetry readings, dance performances, interactive exhibits, or even artmaking workshops, all celebrating the diverse peoples that have served to influence and shape Seattle. With fresh installations and performances being added all the time, there’s no shortage of artistic innovation to enjoy at ArtXchange!
You can find ArtXchange in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, down south from our hotel in North Seattle. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. Stop by on the first Thursday of the month, when the gallery is open until 8:00 pm for the Pioneer Square Artwalk. Visit the official ArtXchange website to learn more about the venue, its current exhibits, and its upcoming events.
Are you fascinated by the culture of the world’s francophonic communities? If so, Seattle’s French Fest is the event for you. Now in its third year, this festival is devoted to sharing and raising awareness of the culture and traditions practiced by by France and many of the other forty French-speaking countries throughout the globe. Listen to live music performances, witness traditional dances, try an assortment of foreign dishes, and try your hand at cooking some of these same dishes. Bakeries from throughout the area will be on site, competing in the festival’s Best Baguette Contest. There are also games, educational seminars, and other fun, French, family-friendly activities to enjoy.
Seattle’s French Fest is presented in partnership with France Education Northwest and under the auspices of the Consular Agency of France. This year’s event is scheduled for March 20th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Seattle Center Armory, not far from our hotel in North Seattle. Admission is free to the public. Visit the event’s web page for more information.
Have you ever wanted to experience some of your favorite movies on a big, dynamic screen while lounging on a couch or stretched out on a sleeping bag? If so, Seattle’s own EMP Museum delivers exactly this experience in the form of their Campout Cinema. With the help of the museum’s giant Sky Church screen, they replicate the experience of watching an outdoor movie under the stars in the comfort and safety of an indoor space. Take in some old classics, all while enjoying themed drinks, photo ops, giveaways, and other fun surprises.
You can find the EMP in Seattle center, not far from our hotel in North Seattle. EMP screens a new movie about once every month. Tickets are available for $12, or $10 for youths and EMP members. Your admission includes access to a thematically-appropriate area of the museum.
Upcoming Campout Cinema screenings include Blade Runner, Donnie Darko, Spaceballs, and more. You can find out more about the event, or purchase your tickets for an upcoming movie by visiting the official EMP website.
Founded in 1991 by glass artist Cliff Goodman, the Seattle Glassblowing Studio is a place where you can get an up-close look at the fascinating art of glassblowing. This studio specializes in the creation of unique, hand-crafted glass art, much of which you can see on display in the gallery. Including both small pieces and large, innovative installations, it is a fascinating look at the glass medium.
In addition to its gallery, Seattle Glassblowing Studio offers a selection of glassblowing-related services. You can purchase pieces of glass art, or learn more about the process that goes into creating them.Visitors can make their own glass artwork, or participate in group workshops or private lessons in the glassblowing craft. If you have an event to plan, the studio is available for private tours, teambuilding events, and custom parties.
Seattle Glassblowing Studio can be found down in the downtown area, not far from our hotel in North Seattle. Check out the official Seattle Glassblowing Studio website to learn more about the studio, or to schedule your own glassblowing experience.
Italian filmmakers have been a strong influence on cinema throughout the world for a long time. If you would like to explore the newest and most exciting innovations to come out of Italy, don’t miss out on the seventh annual Cinema Italian Style during your time at our hotel in North Seattle.
Cinema Italian Style is a mini-festival hosted by the Seattle International Film Festival. This annual event kicks off on November 12th with a screening of the first movie, Mia Madre, which will be followed by the opening party at Hotel Sorrento. The festival will then continue throughout the week with another fourteen new movies from some of a selection of artists from throughout Italy. The final film, Latin Lover, will be screened on November 19th, after which a closing night party will be held at Melrose Market Studios.
Tickets to the festival’s individual films are available for $12 apiece, with discounts for members, youths, seniors, and matinee performances. One $100 festival pass gets you into all fifteen films, in addition to the opening and closing night parties. Visit the Seattle International Film Festival website to read more about this year’s artists and films, or to purchase tickets.
All theater needs to start somewhere. In Seattle, many directors, producers, actors, and writers get their starts at the Pocket Theater. Promising new talents are able to bring their work to this fifty-seat theater venue with no upfront cost, and the theater markets the show and takes its fee strictly out of any ticket sales that may occur. In this way, emerging artists are able to present bold and exciting performances to the public without any of the normal restrictions or pressures of a theater company. Shows are scheduled from Thursday through Sunday every week, and include plays, readings, improv comedy, and more, all for only $10 online or $14 at the door. Experience the next big thing in Seattle theater before it gets big at the Pocket Theater tonight!
The Pocket Theater can be found at 8312 Greenwood Ave N, not far from our hotel in North Seattle. Visit the official theater website to learn more about the theater, read up on upcoming shows, or buy your tickets online.
“Umoja” is a word borrowed from Swahili which translates to “unity”. This is the spirit of the Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival and Parade. Every year, during Seattle’s annual Seafair event, this festival celebrates the rich history and culture of the area’s African and African-American citizens. Events include a gospel fest, hip-hop fest, jazz, soul, reggae, poetry readings, dance performances, food, children’s shows, a basketball tournament, a parade, and a whole lot more. People of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy and learn more about the local, national, and global contributions of people of African descent.
Umoja Fest is held at Seattle’s Judkins Park, just a short trip south of our hotel in North Seattle. This year’s fest is scheduled to take place from July 31st to August 2nd. Events run from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sunday. Visit the official Umoja Fest website to learn more about the festival’s history, and what to look forward to this year.
If you’re a fan of the fascinating flora of both land and sea, you’ve got a friend in the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. It is here that you can find the only combined aquarium and zoo in the Northwest. See tigers, elephants, walruses, sharks, polar bears, red wolves, and more, all while enjoying spectacular views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the Olympics.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is located in Tacoma, a short trip south of our hotel in North Seattle. Learn more about the zoo, its exhibits, and its upcoming events at the official Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium website.
Are you looking for a good way to tour the city during your stay at our North Seattle hotel? Taste Seattle Food Tours gives visitors a chance to experience the Emerald City while getting a taste of what the local chefs and eateries have to offer. Your experience comes in the form of a walking tour throughout one of Seattle’s colorful neighborhoods, with stops to partake of food and craft drinks. Choose from the historical Pioneer Square tour, the Alki Beach tour, or a private group tour.
You can learn more about the tours by visiting the Taste Seattle website.