Brush up on STEM this weekend with science projects galore. From edible experiments to hands-on crafts, we’re starting having fun with Science 101 as we get ready for the school season. And what do we love the most about the start of school? Getting out our fall favorites! Is it ever too early to practice your pumpkin carving? With patches opening up in just a few weeks, now is the time to get a jump start on your lantern-making skills. Read on for more ways to spend your weekend days.

photo: Joseph Rosales via Unsplash 

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Grab Your Binoculars 
Going on a nature walk? Or maybe a scavenger hunt! Be sure to bring your binoculars! If you don’t have a pair, you can make your own (along with 16 other fun crafts using toilet paper rolls). Activity details. 

Explore Science
Experimenting never gets old. But finding the supplies to pull of the perfect experiment can be a challenge. We love these science projects for their simple ingredient list. Just five items and you’ll have a blast! Activity details. 

Gobble Up an Experiment
Want more science fun? These projects are also simple and easy and—bonus—you get to eat your hard work. From potato power to the magical Invisible Licorice, make a fun weekend snack while learning a thing or two. Activity details. 

Practice Carving
Is it ever too early to plan for Halloween? Not in our book! Brush up on your carving skills with these pumpkin templates and get ready to start fall decorating! Activity details. 

Bring in the Next Season 
Getting into the spirit of fall? We know, we know, summer is still here. But fall isn’t just a season, it’s a mood. And we’re ready for change! Check out all these great finds to add a little autumn decor to your new homework space. Activity details. 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Patchwork Online 
Patchwork Comes to You! The Patchwork Players performance will be live streamed from the stage to your home. Enjoy everyone’s favorite moments and songs from all the Patchwork shows in one stellar closing day. Fri. Event details. 

Color with an Opera Singer
Sit down with the kids to color. These print-at-home coloring pages depict scenes from past Seattle Opera productions including Cinderella, The Magic Flute and more. Download them here. Event details. 

Sea Critter Story Time
Listen to stories, sing songs and then join the MaST Center of Highline College to learn about local Puget Sound sea stars, snails, hermit crabs and more! You must pre-register for a Zoom link. Fri. Event details. 

School of Croc
Join Gatorland Orlando, the Alligator Capital of the World, as they go live for School of Croc.  Learn about all the animals that call Gatorland home. Sat. Event details. 

A Virtual Field Trip 
Take a virtual field trip to Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks. You’ll hear from park staff on the goings on at each park, and enjoy special programming for junior rangers to. Bring your own lunch and enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Find your next field trip here. Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers