Bring Your Senses to an Inclusion Festival and StoryWalk® at the Seattle Sensory Garden

The Thing About BeesBring your five senses to the Seattle Sensory Garden this Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to experience a special milestone: The Seattle Public Library’s first in-person Inclusion Festival in two years. Caregivers and kids of all abilities can explore, enjoy a Braille-enhanced StoryWalk® about bees, an ASL-interpreted story time, a pollinator puppet show and more.

Held in partnership with The Arc of King County and Northwest Center, an Inclusion Festival is a program that is inclusive of children and families of all abilities. The Library hosts monthly festivals online, and we’re thrilled to host this outdoor program at the Seattle Sensory Garden, which is located in the northeast corner of Woodland Park Zoo’s Rose Garden at 700 N. 50th St. in Seattle, and is always free to visit.

At 11 a.m., children’s librarian Miss Erin will host a story time featuring “The Thing about Bees: A Love Letter,” by Shabazz Larkin, as well as fun songs, and some bubble-blowing. ASL interpretation will be provided.

At noon, Woodland Park Zoo will present a Pollinator Puppet Show, also with ASL interpretation.

After the puppet show, stop by Woodland Park Zoo’s table to make a seed ball, and visit the accessible, Braille-enhanced StoryWalk® in the Sensory Garden also featuring “The Thing about Bees.” Children and caregivers can wander the trail and enjoy this outdoor reading experience.

“What started as a simple idea to create a more accessible StoryWalk blossomed into something much bigger,” said children’s librarian Erin Moehring of the event.

Other partners will be onsite with fun activities such as Braille exploration with Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, and sensory-friendly music fun with Music Center of the Northwest.

The Library will also have a table promoting our just-launched Summer of Learning program and helping kids make bumblebee buttons.

The StoryWalk will be up at the Seattle Sensory Garden for up to a week after the Inclusion Festival, so stop by to walk, read and experience all that this fragrant corner of Seattle has to offer. The Sensory Garden opened in 2018 and is designed for people of all ages and abilities to “experience nature through their senses in therapeutic and life-enhancing ways.” The 1.3 acre space boasts an accessible paved pathway, wind chimes and bells, and a variety of trees and plants in accessible raised beds.

The Library thanks all our partners who made this event possible!

Information on parking, accommodations and more

The closest parking at Woodland Park Zoo to the Sensory Garden is the Hippo lot. Visit zoo.org/directions to to find out about parking fees. Parking fees do not apply for any vehicle displaying a valid disabled parking placard, in any WPZ parking space.

Patrons who are unable to read standard print due to visual impairment, physical disability, or reading disability can request an audio accommodation, or if you have any other accessibility needs please reach out to leap@spl.org or call 206-615-1380.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

– Elisa M., Communications

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