MoPOP | Photo: Brady Harvey

Creative Family

School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts Courtesy SANCA

Through music, art, and unique experiences, Seattle’s teen scene encourages self-expression and a good dose of fun.

The Vera Project (Warren Ave N and Republican St;—an all-ages music and arts venue at Seattle Center—offers a safe space for teens to enjoy live concerts. Ongoing classes in audio engineering and screen printing also inspire artistry.

At the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) (*325 Fifth Ave N;, the interactive Sound Lab lets kids try their hand at a variety of band instruments. Once the drumming, guitar strumming, and piano plunking are down pat, teens can pop into a sound booth and record their own custom tune.

Creative visions come to fruition at Seattle Glassblowing Studio (*2227 Fifth Ave; in Belltown. Teens and adults can fashion a bowl, sea float, or paperweight with one-on-one instruction during the Blow Your Own Glass class.

Unleash endorphins with a two-hour introductory flying trapeze session at Georgetown’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (674 S Orcas St; Tweens and teens can dig deeper into this art form with the Youth Intro to Circus class, which includes coaching in aerial, tumbling, and juggling.

Capitol Hill’s Hugo House (1634 11th Ave; inspires written and spoken word with its teen programming. Free monthly open-mic nights and weekly drop-in writing circles—led by a local novelist—encourage the creation and sharing of work.

Teens can attend the hottest museums and performing arts shows in town for just $5 with a pass from TeenTix ( Pick up a free pass online, and take it to a participating venue to buy a day-of-show ticket on the cheap. Check the website for special “twofer” deals.


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