Why should mom and dad have all the fun?
It’s true, when the 2018-Model Seattle International Auto Show opens its doors on Thursday, 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. The whole family can sit in the driver’s seats, inspect engines, kick tires, count cup holders, check trunk space, test drive vehicles and take in that new car smell. But, there’s also tons of fun for those not old enough to drive.
Returning to the show again this year is the popular free Kids Test Drive. Kids ages 3 – 7 will have fun test driving a variety of battery-powered cars on a special track just for them. Those not in the mood to drive can have fun painting and creating their own wooden dream cars, getting their face painted, having a portrait done by a Muggshotz caricaturist, or taking some fun, crazy and interesting photos in the Selfie Photo Booth and then sharing them across social media apps or printing them immediately. (Face painting is 12pm – 5pm Saturday and Sunday only). Also in the Kids Zone, located in the East Hall, a variety of family-friendly video games will be available in a 26-foot gaming truck, Saturday and Sunday. This area will include a virtual reality racing console that is sure to bring you right into the action!
The Hyundai Racing Gaming Experience will allow the gamers in the family, or anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to drive a race car, test their driving skills while driving the GT 2025 in the current version of Gran Turismo 6 for Sony PlayStation3. Ford’s Forza video game allows players to race three Ford vehicles across different racing disciplines and courses.
Mom and Dad will have to drive but the whole family can have fun putting a variety of SUVs through the paces on the obstacle course track located in the North parking lot. Designed to simulate various on- and off-road terrain situations, the course allows drivers to test the features and performance of a variety of SUVs.
#ArtInMotionForKids – Nine popular Seattle artists were challenged to unleash their imagination and talent to create one-of-a-kind works of art using wheels or tires as their inspiration. The stunning works of art range from a vintage Ford Model T wood spoke wheel, hand-detailed with copper paint, to a hubcap transformed into a blossoming flower, to a burning tire made of glass and all will be on display at the show.
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 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 E-ticket entrance at the show.
The Seattle International Auto Show will be open to the public Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, located at 800 Occidental Drive South, in Seattle. Show hours are Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 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. Attendees can sign up for a FREE one-year subscription to Motor Trend, courtesy of the Washington State Automobile Dealers Association. Advance sale discount adult E-tickets can be purchased online at www.SeattleAutoShow.com.
Disclaimer: I wasn’t compensated for this post, however my family and I will be receiving tickets to attend.