With the start of May (and a weekend highlighted by Cinco de Mayo), there’s plenty of family fun to be had around the city. On our radar: an interactive art event, a festival dedicated to kids, a puppet show with a purpose, a fantastic May Day celebration, a production with our favorite mermaid and a scenic train ride. If you’re looking for even more excitement, the Evergreen State Fair Cinco de Mayo Carnival will feature loads of family fun as well as games, carnival rides and a spring bazaar.

photo: Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington


Art Rising
South Lake Union is going to be the place to be on Saturday! This first-ever, interactive art event for all ages will take place along with the opening of the SLU Saturday Market and the Denny Park reopening celebration. Come interact with art, see live performances by the Khambatta Dance Company and see what the urban craft market has to offer. Sat. Event details.

Kodomo ni Hi – Children’s Day Festival
At this annual festival, experience Japanese drumming known as taiko from Kaze Daiko and Inochi Taiko, participate in martial arts demonstrations and watch Japanese classic dance performances. Plus, craft origami creations like cranes and frogs, participate in a kids’ tea ceremony and enjoy games, food and more. Sun. Event details.


Papier Puppenspiel “Paper Puppet Show” Benefitting Mary’s Place
Mark your calendars for this family-friendly Beer Week event. Bellingham-based German Puppeteer Max Eberheard will perform two original adaptations of The Brothers Grimm tale “Hans in Luck” with his traditional German handmade paper puppets. Psst… come to Rhein Haus before or after the performance to enjoy brunch and bocce! Sun. Event details.


A Festival for May
Usher in the magical month of May at Camlann Medieval Village. At this 19th annual festival, catch a glimpse of what May Day might have looked like hundreds of years ago as you experience entertainment and craft shops, including garland weaving, wool dyeing and blacksmithing. Psst! Get in the spirit by donning medieval garb (optional, but super authentic). Sat.& Sun. Event details.

A Little Mermaid
Life underwater isn’t easy for Sirena, a little mermaid who dreams of running and dancing. In this StoryBook version of Anderson’s classic, the audience will decide whether Sirena should keep her legs or high-tail it back to sea. Sat.& Sun. Event details.

Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides
Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. Travel through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls and get a glimpse back in time to discover how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington State. Sat. & Sun. Event details

What fun activities do you have planned for the first weekend of May? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy