Children wearing helmets

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In partnership with Kohl’s Cares, we travel Washington state providing free helmet fittings and giveaways for children and teens. We teach parents and kids how to properly fit every helmet we give away, but we don’t stop there. We also provide resources to teach you to fit helmets where you are, in the community or at home. Since our partnership began in 2007, we have properly fit and given away over 33,000 helmets. See below for the dates and locations of our free bike helmet fitting and giveaway events this year.

  • Free bike helmets available for children 1 to 18 years old. One helmet per child. Wearers must be present and be fitted to receive a helmet. Quantities are limited. First come, first served. No appointments needed.

    Please note that events are subject to change. We recommend that you check back one month prior to confirm the date, time and location of a specific event.

    Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (or until we run out of helmets)
    Location: CORE Community Center, 1645 S Walnut St., Burlington, WA 98233
    More about the event: This bike helmet fitting and giveaway event will be indoors at the CORE Community Center in Burlington. Join us as we fit helmets on children and educate families on bike helmet safety.

    Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (or until we run out of helmets)
    Location: Lynnwood Elementary, 18614 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98037
    More about the event: This event will in indoors at Lynnwood Elementary. We are partnering with Bike2Health to host this helmet event and bike rodeo.

    Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until we run out of helmets)
    Location: Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland, WA 99352
    More about the event: Kadlec Safe Kids Saturday – a safety fair to include a bike helmet fitting and giveaway, bike rodeo, car seat safety checks and many hands-on activities.

    Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until we run out of helmets)
    Location: Seattle Children’s South Clinic, 34920 Enchanted Pkwy. S, Federal Way, WA 98003
    More about the event: We will be fitting and giving away bike helmets outside in the parking lot of Seattle Children’s South Clinic.

    Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until we run out of helmets)
    Location: Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S 156th St., Burien, WA 98148
    More about the event: We will be joining Burien’s Great Day of Play (outdoors). Activities will include bouncy houses, bike activities, hands-on art activities and more.

    Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (or until we run out of helmets)
    Location: Seattle Children’s North Clinic, 1815 13th St., Everett, WA 98201
    More about the event: This bike helmet fitting and giveaway event will be outside in the parking lot of Seattle Children’s North Clinic. 

    Date: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until we run out of helmets)
    Location: Skyway Fire Station, 12424 76th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98178
    More about the event: We will be joining the Skyway Safety Fair (outdoors) to support safety and injury prevention for families in south King County.

    Date: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (or until we run out of helmets)
    Location: Pybus Public Market, 3 N Worthen St., Wenatchee, WA 98801
    More about the event: This bike helmet fitting and giveaway event will be outdoors at the Pybus Public Market. Join us as we fit helmets on children and educate families on bike helmet safety.

Why are helmets needed?

Bike accidents are the second leading cause of serious injury in school-age children. In 2017, 13 people in Washington were killed in a bicycle accident, and 102 were seriously injured. Head injury is the leading cause of bicycle-related death and disability.

Helmets provide the best protection against head and brain injury, whether you child is riding a bike, scooter or skateboard, or using skates. However, a helmet will only protect when it fits well.

Wearing a helmet is required by law in Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton, and many other Washington cities. However, many kids either don’t have a helmet or won’t wear one. We want to change that! Help your child get in the habit of wearing a helmet by starting when they're young. Be a good role model and wear a helmet yourself.

Getting the Proper Fit

A helmet won't protect your head if it doesn't fit correctly. Learn how to properly fit bike helmets for your family. Watch this video or visit Bike and Multi-Sport Helmets: Quick Fit Check for instructions and additional tips.

Contact Us

To contact the Kohl’s Helmet Safety Program at Seattle Children’s, please email Isabell Sakamoto or call 206-987-1569.

Please note that we fit and give away helmets only at these community events. Unfortunately, we are unable to fulfill individual requests for helmets or provide helmet donations.

Resources

Teens and Helmets
Bike and Multi-sport Helmets: Quick Fit Check
Skateboard, Scooter and Skating Safety
Bike Safety Fiction and Facts
Helmets for Winter Sports
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Cascade Bicycle Club