What do you get when you mix fire trucks and zoo animals with toy boat building and train rides? A weekend jam-packed with family fun. On our radar: a hands-on event for future firefighters, a star-spangled party with the animals, an old-fashioned festival by the water, an adventure through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, an activity with stained glass and a tour through the wetlands. If you’re looking for even more excitement, take in a host of shark-themed activities at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or stop by the Mount Baker Community Club for a rockin’ album release party with Eli Rosenblatt.

photo: Seattle Fire Festival


Kids Safety Day at The Museum of Flight 
Calling all firefighter wannabes! At this annual event, kids can climb aboard fire engines, sit inside ambulances, talk with firefighters and department personnel and learn fire and life safety skills through fun hands-on activities. Psst… all kids ages 5-18 who participate in Kids Safety Day are eligible to join Connections. Fri. Event details.

Red, White & Zoo
The animals at Woodland Park Zoo are celebrating Independence Day with a star-spangled picnic. Watch the orangutans, lemurs, pigs, gorillas and other animals nosh on star-shaped popsicles, watermelons and corn on the cob. Plus, catch a mini zookeeper presentation and learn how special treats and activities can enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
This old-fashioned, down-home waterfront festival is where everything is fun, almost everything is free and nothing is fancy. See gorgeous wooden vessels, take a free boat ride, participate in a scavenger hunt and enjoy food vendors, live music and kids’ activities including toy boat building. Sat.-Tues. Event details.


Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides
Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. Board the train at the Snoqualmie Depot and enjoy a 75-minute scenic ride though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and to the Snoqualmie Falls. After your ride, be sure to explore the train depot and check out the awesome train books at the bookstore. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Get Crafty Saturdays
Looking for a fun indoor activity? Take the kiddies to BAM for a stained glass arts activity in the Museum Forum. After exploring the new exhibit Emerge/Evolve, kids can create a colored glass votive, inspired by one of the oldest forms of glass art—stained glass. Sat. Event details.

Canoe Mercer Slough
This weekend, explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water. Park rangers will lead this three-hour canoe trip from Enatai Beach Park into the heart of Mercer Slough Nature Park. See how this amazing ecosystem functions and with a little luck—catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife who call the Mercer Slough home. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

What do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

— Kristina Moy