We know many Seattle families will be hitting the highways and mountain passes this Memorial Day Weekend with cars packed full of camping gear. But for those families sticking close to home (you know who you are…been there, done that, never again with little ones in tow), we’ve rounded up 12 activities to keep everyone in your crew happy and entertained over the three-day weekend. Scroll down for the deets.
photo: Christopher Nelson for Northwest Folklife
Northwest Folklife Festival & Kindiependent Showcase
There’s no shortage of fun things to see, do and eat at the 47th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival. One of the largest free folk festivals in the country, this annual festival will feature over 6,000 diverse performers and participatory dances on 26 different stages along with workshops, arts and crafts and food booths galore! For younger festival-goers, the popular Discovery Zone will be jam-packed with tons of hands-on interactive workshops, performances and activities. While the Northwest Folkife Festival in general is a family-friendly event, there are other kid-friendly offerings throughout the grounds including a Kindiependent showcase featuring Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies, Johnny Bregar and Eli Rosenblatt. Fri.-Mon., May 25-28. Discovery Zone open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free (suggested $20 donation/family or $10/person). All ages. Event details.
Family Science Weekend
After you hit the Northwest Folklife Festival, take the fam down to Pier 59 to learn about the cool science and research projects taking place at the Seattle Aquarium. In addition to lots of hands-on activities, enjoy special talks and demonstrations and diver shows that will help you and your crew discover science in a new and fun way. Sat.-Mon., May 26-28 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
Memorial Day Weekend Trains Salute America’s Military
If you and the kiddos are itching to get out of the city for the day, head east to Snoqualmie and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with a scenic train ride. This special 75-minute train run is in addition to the railroad’s usual weekend train schedule and will take you through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, including a ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. As a bonus, the Northwest Railway Museum will be offering $5 round-trip train fare Sat.-Mon. to members of the military, including active duty, guard, reserve and retired and their dependent family members, with current military ID. Sat.-Mon., May 26-28 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Snoqualmie. $5 to $20 (under 2 Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
photo: Northwest Railway Museum
Remlinger Farms Fun Park
Remlinger Farms is back open on Saturdays and Sundays and would be a great addition to your Snoqualmie excursion. Ride the half-sized steam train along the Tolt River, pet the farm animals (think goats, horses, piggies, cows, alpaca, sheep, bunnies, donkeys) or take a pony ride and jump, run in the hay maze, spin on the mini roller coaster or “fly” on the pumpkins. Plus, go ’round and ’round in the pedal cars and enjoy a day full day of farm fun. Sat.-Sun., May 26-27 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Carnation. $14.95 to $17.11 (12 months & under Free). All ages. Event details.
Memorial Day Weekend Run
If a run around the park is what your kiddos need to get the ya-yas out over the long weekend, lace up your tennis and participate in the Memorial Day Weekend run. Participants can choose a 5K, 10K or 15K run/walk as well as a one-mile Memorial mile and a Kid’s Dash. The 400-meter Kid’s Dash (for ages 2-10) will start 15 minutes before race time—giving you the perfect chance to run with your kiddo and get warmed up before your race. Insider Tip: When everyone’s done, let Fido run free in the off-leash dog park, just around the corner from the starting line. Sat., May 26 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seattle. $3 to $30. Registration required. Ages 2 & older. Event details.
photo: Marcy Grantor
Seattle International Film Festival
The largest and most-highly attended film festival in the United States (now in its 44th year!) will have a little something for everyone. Over Memorial Day Weekend, you and your crew can view a host of Films4Families, including Bee Nation, Champions, Moomins and the Winter Wonderland, Supa Modo and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Fri.-Mon., May 25-28 at various times. Seattle. All ages. Event details.
Canoe Mercer Slough
Explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water this Memorial Day Weekend. Park rangers will lead this three-hour canoe trip from Enatai Beach Park into the heart of Mercer Slough Nature Park (a 320-acre wetland). See how this amazing ecosystem functions and with a little luck—you may catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife who call Mercer Slough home. Psst! Canoeing experience is strongly recommended; up to three people per canoe. Sat.-Sun., May 26-27 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Bellevue. $16 to $18. Pre-registration is required. 5 & older. Event details.
photo: Katrina Br*?#*!@nd via Flickr
Flying Heritage Collection’s Tankfest Northwest
This Memorial Day Weekend, hear the rumble and boom of vintage tanks and artillery at the Flying Heritage Collection’s seventh annual TankFest Northwest. This family event will feature military vehicle demonstrations, remote control tanks, a water balloon toss and a scavenger hunt, plus face painting, a bouncy house, tug-o-war and food from some of the region’s top food trucks. Plus, see amazing tanks, vehicles and artillery take to the arena in a fantastic display you won’t see anywhere else. Sat., May 26 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Everett. $15 to $60 (5 & under, veterans and active military Free). All ages. Event details.
Dust off your bikes, blades, trailers, and training wheels and enjoy four car-free miles of Lake Washington Boulevard, between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach. If the kiddos need to make a pit stop or take a break along the way, there’s plenty of places to stop and even an awesome playground near the entrance of Seward Park. Sun., May 27 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. Event details.
photo: Seattle Parks and Recreation
Memorial Day Ceremony
Teach your kids the importance of Memorial Day by taking them to this annual ceremony held at The Museum of Flight. The Museum will honor military service with patriotic music from The Boeing Employees Concert Band, followed by a ceremony with local officials and US Military personnel. Psst! All veterans and active US military personnel will receive free admission with ID. Mon., May 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (ceremony begins at noon). Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
Is your family sticking around town this Memorial Day Weekend? What do you have planned? Tell us in the comments below!