That glowing orb in the sky is beckoning your family to come outside.  Kids can drive a big yellow bulldozer at Dozer Days. Learn about volcanoes, root for banana slugs, and create nature-inspired crafts at the Children’s Nature Fair. Or go fly a kite on the beach—or just watch a lot of other kite fliers in action—at the Rockaway Beach Kite Festival.

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Out of town

Dozer Days (photo courtesy of the Nutter Foundation)
Kids hop in the driver’s seat and actually drive big yellow dozers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment with a professional operator at their side. Sat & Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Cemex/Fisher Quarry, Vancouver, Wa. $5-7 (under 2 free). All ages. Event details.

Rockaway Beach Kite Festival
Amateur and professional fliers flock to this annual kite festival. Children can join in the fun as they build and learn to fly small kites during special classes. Fri – Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Leach Nature Fair: Nature Explodes!
Enjoy geology and volcano adventures too, along with the annual Slug Races, Ladybug walks, worm explorations, Audubon’s Education Birds, and a wide variety of nature-based craft projects. Sat, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Leech Botanical Garden. Donations welcome. All ages. Event details.

Kids Cook at the Farmers Market
Kids learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers, and gain first-hand experience preparing ingredients purchased fresh at the market. First up: asparagus ribbon salad. Sat.  8:30 am – 10:00 am. PSU Farmers Market. Free preview class. Ages 7-11. Event details.

Eastside

Kenton Street Fair
This year expect some of the tried and true fun events, plus some new activities, such as our annual coaster car race, craft vendors from around the state, and four stages with tons of bands, including an Elvis impersonator! Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Nature Night Out: Volcanology
Kids have dinner before heading out into the park after dark to go on a geology night hike and find their own special rock. Fri. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Cooper Mountain Nature Park. $25, in district. Registration required. Ages 6-12. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend?

-Cheyenne Terbrueggen