School may be just around the corner, but wouldn’t you rather spend your time celebrating the end of summer instead of getting ready for fall? We think yes! That’s why we’ve pulled together more than 20 fantastic Labor Day activities and events taking place over the long weekend. Here’s where to eke out a few more summer memories with your kids.
Editor’s note: As safety measures continue to evolve due to the Delta variant, please remember to follow local and state guidelines regarding masks, social distancing and more, and double check information for last-minute changes before heading out with the kids.
1. Start your extended weekend off strong by bringing the whole fam to camp! Hosted by the Seattle Aquarium it's a chance to learn from marine experts about the aquarium's many animals and how they're cared for. Then when you're done, check out the newly opened coral nursery exhibit featuring some of the cutest babies around or stick around for an outdoor storytime.
2. Explore sunshine-colored stalks that tower overhead at one of the area's Sunflower Festivals. Not only will you get great pics, but your kids can play at a local farm, meet baby animals and pick blueberries to enjoy at home.
3. Don’t miss the action all weekend long at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park as the badgers, cougars, porcupines, black bears and wolves devour their favorite foods during the park's three-day Feeding Frenzy event.
4. Unleash your inner pirate over the three-day weekend aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Prepare for a high sea adventure with the Emerald City Pirates and enjoy sea shanty singing, pirate storytelling, treasure hunting, cannon water blasting and more!
5. Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with a scenic antique train ride though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Then, stop by Snoqualmie Falls on your return trip to Seattle to gawk at the magnificent Falls and enjoy a bite to eat at The Attic at Salish Lodge & Spa.
6. Head to Monroe to enjoy the last weekend of The Evergreen State Fair. This north end favorite is "Back in the Saddle" with carnival games, rides and an awesome rodeo, too. This old-fashioned fair will feature 4-H exhibits, concerts and scrumptious fair food.
7. Spend the day at South Lake Union watching sea planes take off, riding scooters along the lake-side trail and checking out Leonardo da Vinci's most amazing inventions that have finally been brought to life.
8. Maybe getting out of the city sounds like the perfect way to spend this Labor Day weekend. Pack up the car and head out for one last road trip before the sun sets on your summer fun.
10. Make Lake Sammamish State Park your day destination. You can play on the playground, swim at the beach, launch kayaks or check out the outdoor art installation that will be on display until September 15.
11. Take the fast ferry to Bremerton to enjoy the city's annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival. It's back for 2021 and will feature the same blackberry treats it always does, plus outdoor music, art demos and fun activities that will really make it feel like summer's never gonna end.
12. Join the folks at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for the annual End-of-Summer Blast. This fun event will be jam-packed with cool activities (literally!) and will give everyone the chance to get up close with the animals and talk with zoo keepers.
13. Nothing says summer like a larger than life fireworks display. You'll find that and lots more family fun at Point Ruston and Dune Peninsula Park over Labor Day weekend.
16. Dust off your bikes, blades, trailers and training wheels and enjoy a car-free ride along Lake Washington Boulevard between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach. This popular program comes to a close at the end of this September.
17. It's the last weekend you and your budding paleontologists can get up close to the amazing life-like dinosaurs that have settled in at Woodland Park Zoo these past few months. Catch them before they're extinct!
18. Celebrate the last days of summer break with a ginormous scoop of ice cream, gelato or froyo at one of our favorite spots around the city.
19. Take part in the Washington State Sea Turtle Race and learn all about the leatherback sea turtles who live off the coast of Washington.
20. Take a boat tour of Elliott Bay to see it with new eyes on the Native-led Salish Sea Tours that recently opened.
21. Enjoy gorgeous summer blooms while you still can at a local botanic garden.
—Allison Sutcliffe & Kristina Moy
Feature image: Patrick Hagerty