Family fun at Seattle’s International Auto Show Nov. 9-12

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It’s that time a year again, the Seattle International Auto Show! My husband’s been counting down the days until he can go again lol, check out our visit with the kids last year.


Why should mom and dad have all the fun?  It’s true, when the 2019-Model Seattle International Auto Show opens its doors on Friday, Nov. 9, it will be packed with all the auto industry has to offer including electric and alternative fuel vehicles, ultra-high-end exotics, luxury rides, test drives and more. There are more than 500 vehicles to check out and more than 75 available to test drive. But auto shows aren’t just for grown-ups anymore. This year the always family-friendly show has expanded the Family Fun Zone and it alone would be reason enough to go to the show! An additional bonus is that the show is open on Monday November 12 – Veteran’s Day. With the kids out of school for the day, the show and its family-friendly activities provides a perfect outing for the entire family.

Family Fun Zone activities include:

  • Kids Test Track. Always one of the most popular features at the show, kids ages 3 – 7 will have fun test driving a variety of battery-powered cars on a special track just for them.
  • Remote Controlled Cars. See what the latest in RC cars can do – from drifting around a track to climbing over a rock mountain. The Kong RC Drift Club from Lynwood will be doing demonstrations and putting the cars through their paces on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In between the demos, kids will be able to try their hand at racing some cars. Kids can also test their four-wheeling skills on a smaller level with an RC Rock Crawler.
  • Virtual Reality Video Games. All ages can try out VR racing simulators and the latest in video game entertainment by strapping into a virtual reality Oculus chair and trying their hand at go-kart racing or taking a thrilling ride on a roller coaster. (Saturday and Sunday.)
  • Kids Face Painting. Kids of all ages will enjoy getting their faces painted, choosing from a variety of styles and colors. (Saturday and Sunday.)
  • Wooden Car Painting. Kids can choose their favorite style from a collection of five different wooden vehicles and paint them using non-mess paint pens.
  • Caricaturist. Muggshotz Caricatures will be on hand to draw fun caricatures which make for a great souvenir of the show. (Saturday, Sunday and Monday.)
  • Food court.  New this year in the Family Fun Zone is the food court with kid-friendly food items and seating, so parents can take a break.

More fun activities for kids throughout the show include:

  • Scavenger Hunt. Children are invited to participate in a Kids Scavenger Hunt where they will search the show floor displays with a special pass to collect stamps from manufacturers. Once they collect all the stamps, kids can turn in the pass for an official Seattle International Auto Show Royalty Crown. Each completed pass will be entered for the chance to win a grand prize, a remote-control race car.
  • Mustang magnets. Courtesy of Ford, kids can design and print their own Mustang magnets.
  • Interactive displays. There will be more interactive displays and simulators at the show than ever before, including:

o   Hank the Robot. Hank is Ford’s animatronic robot who is there to engage with young children and those who are young at heart. Hank is bright blue and silver and has the resemblance of the famous C3PO from Star Wars. Hank was named after the founding father of Ford, Henry.

o   Ford Performance Simulator. A state-of-the-art ride that allows you to experience the thrill and action of a world-class racing vehicle. Test your driving skills while experiencing this challenging virtual road course.

o   Dodge Challenger Red Eye Simulator. Drivers get to sit in, feel, and drive the Dodge Challenger Red Eye, equipped with 840-horsepower.The simulators are loaded with the latest state-of-art motion technology, producing incredibly realistic, never-before-seen special effects.

o   Hyundai Racing Challenge. This display will leverage a brand-new custom Hyundai Forza 7 Game Sled, featuring the Hyundai Veloster which will provide attendees with a realistic racing experience they will feel in their fingertips and seat of their pants.

  • Military vehicles. With support from the Washington State National Guard, several military vehicles including a Stryker and a satellite communications truck will be on display outside, Friday – Sunday. Kids can get an up-close view and even climb in and around the vehicles and talk with current military service members. It’s not too often they can see a gun turret up close!

Going to the show won’t break the family piggy bank as children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult, compliments of BECU. There’s also limited discounted parking ($8) available on Saturday and Sunday, at the Union Garage with the purchase of an e-ticket. An added bonus, e-ticket holders can avoid waiting in box office ticket lines by using the special e-ticket entrance at the show.

About the Seattle International Auto Show

The Seattle International Auto Show will be open to the public Friday, November 9 through Monday, November 12, 2018 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, located at 800 Occidental Drive South, in Seattle. Show hours are Friday, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults at the gate (13 & over); and $15 if purchased on the show website, $14 for senior citizens (62 and older) and $14 for Military (with any D.O.D. ID). Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult, compliments of BECU. Attendees can sign up for a FREE one-year subscription to Motor Trend, courtesy of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association. Advance sale discount adult e-tickets can be purchased online at

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