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Family Fun at Festa

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 children 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.

Seattle Center Armory

Children’s Activities are back in full force this year and running on all four cylinders. We are especially excited because one of our signature events, THE KIDS PIZZA TOSS, will again be held three times each day and has moved back to their former location, DOWNSTAIRS IN THE ARMORY. Just look for the banner as you enter the 3rd Floor and you’ll see the kids in front of the elevator. That is also where the Face Painting will be taking place. “HANDS-ON” ART ACTIVITIES will also be held again but at the TOP of the stairs. This year, kids will be painting Venetian masks that they can take home!

Italian Puppies

There will be a live exhibit of many different Italian Dog breeds for one day only, in front of the Fisher Pavilion. All completely pettable. Your kids will not want to miss this!

Times: 10:00am to 3:00pm, Sunday only.

Face Painting

Face Painting will be offered in the Armory for a modest charge.

Times: from 11:00 AM, both Saturday & Sunday.

The Festa Pizza Toss

A family favorite, the Tutta Bella Pizza Toss is back and happens three times a day in the Armory throughout Festa Weekend.

Times: 12 noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm, both Saturday & Sunday.

Venetian masks illustration

Venetian Mask Painting

This year’s HANDS-ON ART ACTIVITIES for kids will include painting Venetian masks that they can take home.

Times: from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, both Saturday & Sunday.

Costantino Lazzaretti

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.

Photo of Constantino "Tino" Lazzaretti as a child