Wow! What an incredible football season this year! We are so proud of the Seattle Seahawks! They played their hearts out at the Super Bowl and brought the Lombardi trophy to our city! We had the opportunity to watch the parade from Blue Train – we parked the train on the beam above the crowds on 5th Avenue and Broad Street. What an incredible sight! Over 700,000 fans came to Seattle to witness the #Celebrate48 Parade!
We are thrilled to announce that Seattle Monorail Services and the Downtown Seattle Association are partnering again this year to provide a fun holiday event for Treehouse kids and families. For the last three years, we have hosted the “Ride into the Holidays” event that begins here on the Seattle Center Monorail platform.
This year, we have 150 Treehouse foster kids and their families joining us on November 29th! During our holiday celebration, guests will have a chance to explore the Monorail train, enjoy snacks and beverages, and have fun artwork created just for them by balloon and caricature artists! Afterwards, Treehouse kids and families board Red Train for a very special, Treehouse-only VIP ride on the Red Train to Westlake Center.
During the ride the Westlake Center, Red Train will make several stops along the route so families can take photos and enjoy the views of the city and the Space Needle. We also give away incredible raffle prizes during this special ride – these prizes provide access to many of Seattle’s premier attractions. Prizes were generously donated by: Seattle Aquarium, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Ride the Ducks of Seattle, Argosy Cruises, Woodland Park Zoo, Wild Waves Theme Park, Seattle Children’s Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, and the Underground Tour.
After they leave the Monorail, the very special guests will have the opportunity sit at the VIP area of the PANDORA Jewelry Holiday Carousel for a front-row seat to the annual tree lighting ceremony! After the dazzling lighting event, Treehouse kids will be invited to pick a horse on the Holiday Carousel for the “first ride of the season”!
We understand that the holidays can be a difficult time for kids in foster care. We are thankful for the opportunity to be able to help foster kids and families feel extra special this holiday season.
Looking for ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve? Seattle Center is home to some of Seattle’s premier attractions – there are many activities taking place on Seattle Center grounds for New Year’s Eve!
Here is a list of some of the celebrations taking place to ring in the New Year!
- Space Needle’s SkyCity Soiree: At 8:00 PM, enjoy a delicious six-course dinner with live piano music and a champagne toast at midnight! Dancing on the Observation Deck until 1:30 AM.
- Observation Deck Dance Party: At 9:00 PM, enjoy dancing, desserts and a champagne toast at midnight at the O-Deck with DJ Michelle Myers from KEXP. The Space Needle’s fireworks display is absolutely stunning!
- Indulgence New Year’s Eve Bash at EMP Museum: At 8:00 PM, enjoy dancing, live entertainment and three amazing performance stages at EMP Museum! Then, walk outside of the Museum to watch the fireworks show at the Space Needle!
On December 31. 2013, the Monorail will be open until 1:00 AM for the New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Space Needle. Due to regulations, the Monorail will carry its last passengers from Westlake Center to Seattle Center at approximately 11:15 PM. We will resume service from Seattle Center to Westlake Center once we receive the ‘ALL CLEAR’ from the Fire Marshall (estimated to be 12:20 AM) – from this point we will carry passengers until 1:00 AM.
The Seattle Center Monorail will reopen on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2014) from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Children 12 and under can ride the Monorail for free from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on New Year’s Day.
Seattle Center Monorail is thrilled to be a part of Halloween at Seattle Center this year!
Come on Thursday, October 31st between 4-8pm and participate in the FREE Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt! Bring your family and search around the Seattle Center Campus for treats and family fun by following the clues and visiting participating businesses and organizations!
Here are the clues for the Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Seattle Center! Clues for the Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Seattle Center
The Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt will run while supplies last!
Monorail Bunny had the chance to visit Jubilee Biodynamic Farm in Carnation, Washington to pick out some pumpkins from their pumpkin patch! Bunny had a wonderful time exploring the pumpkin patch and learning all about squash and gourds! Bunny will be carving pumpkins this weekend – we’ll post photos of his next adventure on our Facebook page next week!
In 2012, Bunny was accidentally left behind on the Seattle Center Monorail. One of our cashiers discovered the Bunny and brought him to our administrative offices. We spent months trying to locate the Bunny’s owner via social media, but were unsuccessful. The Monorail adopted the Bunny and Monorail Bunny now travels on adventures all over Seattle. Bunny has swung from a chandelier at Teatro ZinZanni. He saw the King Tut exhibit at Pacific Science Center. He got to drive an amphibious vehicle at Ride the Ducks. He met a python at Woodland Park Zoo. He learned lots at the Seattle Aquarium. He learned how to make a pie at Pie inside the Armory. He’s explored Pike Place Market. He met the Astronaut at Museum of Flight and much more!
Here are some photos from Monorail Bunny’s pumpkin patch visit. To see the full album, please click HERE. If you’re interested in seeing photos from previous adventures, you can visit our Facebook Page and click on ‘Photos’ and view our ‘Albums’ where all of the adventure photos are located.
Summer’s coming to an end, which means that it’s time to “Do the Puyallup!” The largest state fair in Washington for over a half-century has been renamed from the Puyallup Fair to The Washington State Fair. Starting on September 6th and running until the 22nd, you have 17 days to enjoy the tradition with your family and friends.
While you’re there, catch a concert, enjoy the rodeo, and conquer the rides. The Fair has a little bit for everyone from kids to adults you’ll find the fun. A new ride we’re excited about is the Rainer Rush which speeds through twists and turns up to 50mph. Along with the rides, some of the performances we’re looking forward to seeing are Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins and Kid Rock. For a full lineup of concerts, visit the Washington State Fair website.
A can’t miss attraction this year is Luminasia! A modernized form of Chinese lantern making. We loved viewing the stunning exhibit at night! “Artisans from China have been on the grounds in Puyallup since August 3 assembling this marvelous exhibit. Over 23,000 state-of-the-art bulbs are used to illuminate this spectacle for viewing both day and night. This unique look at many Washington state sights is sure to wow your entire family.” Other attractions to look forward to are the Cirque Magnifique, a unique circus theater company with a contemporary style and the fireworks show which blasts of each Friday of the fair at 10pm.
Also, don’t forget to bring your appetite – we love all of the Fair food available – fresh scones, Earthquake burgers and more! For more information about the entire Fair and events, check out their website and plan your 2013 Washington State Fair trip!
Bumbershoot takes place this Labor Day Weekend here at Seattle Center! This annual tradition has once again drawn a stellar line-up of performers! Performers that we look forward to seeing include Heart, Death Cab for Cutie, MGMT and Fun.!
The Seattle Center Monorail will remain open until 11:30pm on Saturday (8/31), Sunday (9/1) and Monday (9/2).
Bumbershoot is North America’s largest urban arts festival. The name Bumbershoot was chosen to describe the festival like an umbrella, housing all the various performances and artists under one roof.
Bumbershoot opens each day at 11:30am with performances and events lasting all day and well into the night. Enjoy delicious food, great live music and performances and browse merchandise. We love Bumbershoot – it’s a great end of the summer celebration for Seattleites!
Tickets are on sale now, periodically increasing in price until the big weekend arrives. We recommend buying your tickets soon to get the best deal. Children ten and under get in free if accompanied by an adult.
Who doesn’t love a good water fight? Party Camp is attempting to set the Official Guinness World Record for the Largest Water Balloon Fight right here at Seattle Center on August 17th! This is a local kids camp fundraiser who brought you “Snow Day” earlier this year, the Largest World Record Snowball Fight.
The event is organized by a team of local young professionals who believe the best way to raise money for kids is by remembering what it’s like to be one.
Party Camp’s goal is to raise more than $75,000 for Camp Korey, a local non-profit that provides children with serious medical conditions and their families, camp experiences at no cost, with full support for the medical needs of campers.
Party Camp is also calling on all volunteers to help make this event happen and fill over 300,000 water balloons! “Volunteers will receive a Party Camp t-shirt for one shift of water balloon filling and free admission to the event if they volunteer for a second shift.”
Tickets for Party Camp are $25 with a $12 Early Bird deal available through Living Social for a limited time. Check out Party Camps Website for more information!
Be sure to hop on the Monorail for quick and direct transportation from downtown to Seattle Center!
Don’t miss the SeaFair festivities at Genesse Park and on Lake Washington this weekend! The gates open Friday, August 2nd at 8:30am for the 64th year – there’s something for everyone! Whether you’re into the Hydroplane Races on Lake Washington, the Boeing Air Shows, the Hyperlite Wakeboard Experience, or just grabbing a beer at the beer garden and relaxing on the beach, you won’t be disappointed.
The 2013 Air Show line-up is set to be the best air show to date with some of the top pilots in the world performing. Spectacular flying and aerobatics will have you captivated! Visit the SeaFair website for more information on the Boeing Air Show schedule.
Another big event is the Vintage Hydroplane Racing and Exhibit. Not only will the boats be racing, but they’ll also be on display for you to look at up close. Check out the SeaFair website for more information on racing schedules and exhibits.
Of course if boats and planes don’t interest you at all, don’t worry there will be plenty of delicious food and drinks to try, along with exhibits and interactive booths to explore, and live music and entertainment. Don’t miss out on the tradition of SeaFair Weekend with your friends and family! For more information on the entire weekend and line-up of events check out the SeaFair website.
Friday and Saturday nights at the Seattle Center just got even more exciting! With a FREE movie and concert every Friday and Saturday evening, you can be sure to get the most out of your summer weekends!
Starting on Saturday, July 27th around dusk (9pm), the Seattle Center will be showing a movie every Saturday evening at the Mural Amphitheater on the Seattle Center campus. Movies at the Mural kicks off with a showing of the the 1987 classic The Princess Bride. Other films scheduled to show: Hugo, The Avengers, The Help, and Les Miserables. Visit the Seattle Center Website for more info.
The first Concert at the Mural starts at 5:30pm on Friday, August 2nd and are planned every Friday thereafter until August 23rd. Some of KEXP 90.3FM’s favorite artists will be performing. If you’re interested in discovering some of the best independent artists in the area, this is the time and place to do it! The series commences with the groups: No Depression, JD McPherson, Rose Windows, and River Giant. For more information on other shows visit the Seattle Center Website.
Don’t forget, the movies and concerts are absolutely free and open to all ages! Just show up at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater before 9:00pm on Saturdays for the movies and 5:30pm on Fridays for the concerts to claim a spot! There will be sponsored booths to browse as well as a beer/wine garden for adults who are 21+!