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Children's Activities at the Italian Festival

The emphasis that Italian-Americans, and Italian immigrants in general, place upon "family" means that any festival based on a love of "All Things Italian" is going to be very kid-friendly in just about every aspect.

Everywhere you look there's food, music and colorful dancing. (We only ask that they don't go in the Wine and Beer Gardens!) Nevertheless, there are some activities at the Italian Festival that have been specifically designed for the younger set. Here they are below.

Tino LazzarettiTino's Cortile. In memory of our good friend and avid supporter, Tino Lazzaretti, the Kids Courtyard at the Italian Festival has been renamed "Tino's Cortile." In this small way, Festa seeks to honor his legacy of promoting education for children, especially children of immigrants, as a means to fulfillment of "the American Dream." Sponsored in perpetuity by the Costantino Lazzaretti Endowment.

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Italian Puppies at Italian Festival. The All-Italian-Breeds Dog Show is in the SC Pavilion, also known as Tino's Cortile. There will be separate booths for each breed including Sicilian Sight Hounds known in Italian as Cirneci dell'Etna, Italian Greyhounds (center), Lagotti Romagnoli (right), Spinoni Italiani (far right) and Cani Corsi, amazingly big mastiffs.
Cirneco Puppies Cirneco
Cirneco spinone

Puppy Parades: Each day at 12:30 and 2:30 PM, their handlers will bring them out on a leash to be petted as they tell you all about their breed. Your kids will not want to miss this!

Pizza TossThe Festa Pizza Toss (What a Show! Don't Miss it!)
12 Noon, 2 & 4 PM, Saturday, and 12 Noon, 2 & 4 PM, Sunday - Tino's Cortile, Seattle Center Pavilion. Sponsored by the Washington State Grand Lodge of the Sons of Italy in America.
OSA FCSoccer Classes! The OSA FC, formerly the Tacoma FC, has announced they will provide an inflatable soccer court in Tino's Cortile, the kids courtyard at the Italian Festival at Seattle Center, and conduct soccer clinics for children of all ages! On hand to teach will be the almost all-Italian coaches and team members from both the men's squad and the women's squad, and, while supplies last, they will give out prizes and premiums to the young players.

Times: 11 AM - 3 PM, both Saturday & Sunday

For more information about OSA, click here: OSA Soccer Group.

Design your own tile - free - and bake it in the oven to take home, 11 AM to 4 PM, both days at the big orange booth sponsored by HOME DEPOT, Tino's Cortile, Seattle Center Pavilion.

On Saturday, the children of Cinquegranelli Montessori School will sing and dance to Italian songs on the Moretti Mainstage in the Fisher Pavilion, 10:30 AM. www.cinquegranelli.com

From 11 AM on, both days, Giggles Entertainment will be doing Face Painting in Tino's Cortile for a modest charge.

  • The Carter Family Marionettes from the NW Puppet Center will reprise their new production of "Columbina's Birthday," starring Arlechino and the whole Commedia dell' Arte gang, at 1 PM and 3 PM, Saturday and Sunday in Tino's Cortile indoors in the Seattle Center Pavilion. www.nwpuppet.org
carter family pulcinella
  • (Photo by Gregg Blomberg)

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