With springtime celebrations in full swing, it’s a great weekend to get out and explore the Emerald City. On our radar: an annual cultural celebration, a heart-healthy party for kids, a dash for donut lovers, a farm-tastic event in Bellevue, a totally awesome carnival for the Littles and a hilarious production based on a classic fairy tale. If you’re planning for pregnancy, currently expecting or have a new little one, you don’t want to miss the Baby Bump Expo NW taking place on Saturday at the Tacoma Convention Center. Find the latest and greatest maternity and baby products, must-have gear, service providers and education opportunities all under one roof. Psst! Be sure to stop by our booth and pick up some Red Tri goodies.
photo: Kristina Moy
Cherry Blossom & Japanese Festival
At this annual springtime festival, explore and experience the cultural roots of Japan through live performances including Taiko drumming, visual arts, hands-on activities, food, games and a lively marketplace. Fri.–Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at several King County YMCA locations. Activities range from games, make-and-take crafts and safety demonstrations, to bouncy houses, healthy snacks and pool time. Insider Tip: The first 100 kids (at each location) will receive a free t-shirt. Sat., 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Top Pot Doughnut 5K & 1K Kids Dash
Lace up your tennies, dust off your jogging stroller and hit this 6th annual family event benefitting Childhaven. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there will be a half-mile dash for mini doughnut lovers, a lively finish line concert from kindie fave Caspar Babypants and of course, Top Pot Doughnuts. Sun., 8:30 a.m. (registration opens at 7 a.m.). Seattle. $10 to $40. Registration required. All ages. Event details.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel… let down your hair! In this latest BYT performance, see the classic tale told with lots of surprises and plenty of LOL moments. Learn the who, what, where, when, and most of all, the why behind a fairy tale you thought you already knew. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. $5 to $12. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
Sheep Shearing at Kelsey Creek Farm Park (pictured)
This annual event will be loaded with farm fun. See sheep shearing demonstrations, participate in hands-on farm activities and enjoy tractor-pulled hay rides, animal exhibits, pony rides, inflatables, food and more. Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Bellevue. Free admission (costs vary for food and activities). Cash only. All ages. Event details.
Calling all toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners! It’s carnival time and there’s plenty of big top fun to be had (think face painting, pony rides, cake walks, carnival games, bouncy houses, Dizzy’s Tumble Bus and more). Plus, catch a rockin’ concert with Recess Monkey. Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Mercer Island. Free (costs vary for food and game tickets). Ages 0 to 8. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned for this last weekend of April? Let us know in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy