On this (hopefully) sunny Memorial Day weekend that ushers in (hopefully) glorious summer, we’ve got a host of fun things to make, see, hear and do in the greater Seattle area.  Check out the annual Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center (and make sure to find the Folklife Commons area, where kids can make musical instruments.)  Enjoy the great outdoors with a puppet show at Magnuson Park and a day of celebration at the Seattle Japanese Garden. Head to Remlinger Farms for a day of carnival activity, or polish off your best act and get ready to perform at the Thumbnail Theater’s open mic night.  P.S.: There’s some sweet action happening before the weekend even starts. Head to your nearest Trophy Cupcakes for a celebration all day on Tuesday (May 25th), when  kids can get free mini cupcakes, punch and balloons. It’s all in honor of the fact that Trophy was named Readers’ Choice Best Cupcake Shop in Seattle magazine’s 2010 Best Restaurants issue.

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Music to our Ears


Instrument Building at Northwest Folklife Festival   Because life is a song and your Littles so love to sing it…head to the Folklife Commons (the fam-friendly area of the Northwest Folklife Festival) where kids can craft homemade instruments such as a Mediterranean-inspired frame drum, a straw oboe, or a simple rattle. Other great offerings in the Commons: storytelling, mosaic-making and other crafty adventures. Fri., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more.

Better Than TV


Tales of Peter Rabbit at Magnuson Park Bunny trails at Magnuson Park?  There must be, considering here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin on down. And of course, anything can happen when Thistle Theatre puts on a puppet show. This one does complete justice to those wonderful Beatrix Potter tales. Sat.-Sun., 1 and 3 p.m., Seattle, $7. Read more.

The Great Outdoors


Children’s Day at Seattle Japanese Garden Celebrate Memorial Day with a day of fun and cultural learning at the beautiful Japanese gardens (which turns 50 this year!). Activities include garden tours, kite-making, a taiko performance, koi-feeding, and dress-up. Mon., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Seattle, $3 to $10. Read more.

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Stories and More


World Language Storytime at KidsQuest Museum Storytelling takes on a whole new meaning when you hear it in a different language. This museum program travels the world and exposes kids to different cultures through stories, songs, rhymes and activities (this week in Mandarin). Speakers of all languages are welcome. (After all, exposure to something different is the whole point.) Fri., 6:30 p.m., Factoria, Free. Read more.


Life’s A Stage


Open Mic at the Thumbnail Theater For the family who likes to perform, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your talents. Kids and parents of all ages are welcome to do family-friendly songs, skits, jokes or whatever floats your boat. (A supportive audience is guaranteed.)  Fri, 7 p.m., Snohomish, Free (donations encouraged). Read more.


Out and About


Family Fun Park at Remlinger Farms What’s the end result of spending a day of this long holiday weekend at this outdoor fun park (which includes rides and attractions such as a steam train ride, roller coaster, antique car adventure and petting zoo)?  A very good night’s sleep. Sat., Sun., Mon (for Memorial Day), 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Carnation, $9 to $11. Read more.

—Kavita Varma-White