When May hits, our thoughts turn to planning ahead. So, in addition to the great weekend line-up featured below, here’s a few extra tips for some upcoming fun: Registration is happening right now for a fun “Fishing Kids” event at Green Lake on May 22. Moms won’t want to miss an upcoming, evening book discussion on May 6 at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland by author (and managing editor of Real Simple) Kristin van Ogtrop titled, Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom. (RSVP required, space is limited). The Fremont Village Festival is happening this weekend, with a chance to pick up free family passes to the zoo, along with hot chocolate, pizza, games, and other activities for the kids. Finally, for those who like to rock out with the kiddos, don’t forget the Zoo Tunes summer concert tickets go on sale Monday, May 3.

PS – Pregnant? Head over to Bump at Bellevue Square on Saturday for a cool event including bra fittings by Bella Materna Seattle’s from 11 to 3 pm, complimentary hand and foot massages as well as other goodies including cookies from Seattle’s own Milk Makers.


Nibble and Sip

BURP Ballard Urban Picnic Stop by Ballard Commons Park and say hi to your Ballard neighbors at this brand-new event – sure to become an annual fest with a funny name! Chow down on food from local gourmet mobile food trucks, enjoy live music and entertainment, inflatable/bouncy toys and more! Sat, May 1. Noon – 9 p.m., Free. Read more.

Community Communing part deux

Grand Opening of Seattle Sweden Week The festive “Seattle Sweden Week” kicks off with a celebration at Westlake Park this weekend. Enjoy music, hula hoop contests for all ages, bring your favorite bear to the Teddy Bear Clinic (sponsored by Swedish Hospital), and enjoy Swedish treats and culture. Sun, May 2. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Free. Read more.

P.S: Make it an all-Sweden morning with a family-friendly pancake breakfast at the Swedish Cultural Center.

Spectator Sport

Opening Day of Boating Season Come by land or by sea (well, actually by lake) to celebrate this Northwest tradition. Spectators line the Montlake Cut (by the UW) along Lake WA to watch the Windermere Cup crew races (10:20-11:40 a.m.), followed by the Parade of Boats from Noon -2:30 p.m. If you’re one of the lucky ones watching by boat, be sure to flag down Lake Union Sea Ray’s “A Cup for Kids” yacht which will be serving coffee by boat with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital.  PS: The Montlake Bridge will be closed from approx: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. that day, so plan accordingly. Saturday, May 1. Free. Read more.


In The Spotlight

Princess and the Pea Catch a non-traditional version of this classic fairy tale. StoryBook Theater shows are always full of laughter, music and fun. Find out what defines a real princess with four upcoming shows in Kirkland. (PS: Also showing soon in Everett and Seattle) Sat-Sun, May 1 & 2, and Sat-Sun, May 8 & 9, three shows each day. Kirkland, $9/per person. Read more.

Better Than TV

Farm Days at Fox Hollow Farm This fun farm is open to the public every once in awhile, and this happens to be one of those weekends! Stop in to say hi to the farm animals (horses, goats, bunnies, pigs and more), bounce on their inflatables, or drive the mini tractors. Bring your own picnic, or hot dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy and drinks are available for purchase. Sat, May 1.  $6.00/per person, under age 1 is free. Read more.

Nature’s Bounty

Opening Day of the Redmond Saturday Market Stop by to celebrate the 35th year of the Eastside’s oldest Farmers’ Market. Lots of special events are planned including a 9 a.m. performance from the RHS Band, hands-on activities for kids from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. provided by KidsQuest Children’s Museum, a fire truck in the morning, and baby alpacas on display all day. All this is in addition to approximately 80 vendors providing fresh food, flowers, crafts, and more. This year the market is adding monthly visits from KidsQuest and a monthly story time from an actor from Second Story Repertory. Sat, May 1.  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Read more.

—Angie Ballas