Winter Weekends at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park Kicks Off

A sustainable community means keeping our urban spaces dynamic and accessible to all. For the second year, Forterra is leading activities for kids at one of the city's most famous parks.

More than 50 children (and their parents) gathered at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday for art-making, movie-watching and some science-learning. Forterra partnered with Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and Pacific Science Center for the launch of this year’s first Kid’s Saturday of Winter Weekends at the park.

This free event was actually postponed a day due to the Womxn’s March. But Leah Oren, SAM’s Program Associate for Art + Environment, was thrilled at the number of people in attendance saying it reinforces the importance of this community program.

Anna Kolodziejek in fact, was ecstatic that the event was moved to Sunday because she usually takes her son Peter to the mountains on Saturdays.

“I really like art!” Peter said while deep in the process of constructing his very own drive-in movie boxcar. Children created these boxcars from cardboard, decorating them with streamers and colored paper and lining them with cotton “upholstery.” They did all of this while watching the popular kid’s movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Constructing boxcars was just one of the activities offered to young creative minds. Teaching artist Tariqa Waters led a workshop where kids used straws (with holes poked in them, for safety) to blow paint bubbles and create landscapes. Waters later reflected how adorable it was to hear children admit they would be good at this activity because they blow bubbles in their milk at home when their parents aren’t looking.

The art activity was held with no “major bubble incidents,” Waters said.

Kristen Young, a freelance writer, has been attending this event for the past five years with her nieces and her own kids.  “I love that artists come together to create exhibits for kids. I (also) like the outdoor excursion. That is a new component.”

Alex Selvey, a member of Forterra’s stewardship team, and myself helped lead the park adventure component of the event. Some 20 children put on boots and rain jackets to journey outside to learn about clouds with a round of “blob tag,” a game in which children acted like water molecules, tagging one another until every “water molecule” was linked to  form a giant “cloud.”

“Raindrops, raindrops, raindrops, rain!” they chanted before running back to the pavilion to settle in for the movie.

Maggie O’Rourke, educational assistant at SAM, said it was great to watch so many children and parents working together to make art.

Forterra will help lead two more Winter Weekends events at the Olympic Sculpture Park. On Feb. 11, the outdoor excursion will be all about rocks! On March 11, the topic will be size and perspective through the lens of evergreen trees. Both events are free and open to the public. RSVP through the links above.

Kids enjoy a game of "blob tag" at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park