How is it that once summer gets going, it seems to fly by? Now’s the time to make the most of it. As Seattle approaches the latter part of July, there are plenty of weekend events for sun and outdoor fun.  In this week’s roundup, we’ve got everything from a fabulous day of kites to campfire stories, a bat-finding tour, a day for dog lovers, and a triple-threat art festival.  Also, check out the annual Pike Place Market Fruit Festival, where the kids will love the water balloon toss, craft tent and the kid’s category pie eating contest.


Better Than TV
There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom and Seussical Jr. Students at SCT’s drama school put on these two one-hour shows which are perfect for the 5 and over set. (They’ll especially love the music and colorful characters of the Jungle of Nool and Whoville. )  Fri.-Sat., 7 pm, Seattle, $10. Read More-Seattle Weekend Event

Out and About
Kite Fest at Magnuson Park This annual event that has beautiful kites soaring in the sky makes for a very pretty sight. Don’t miss the stunt kite demos, kids’ kite building workshop plus music and other activities. Sat., 11 am to 5 pm, Seattle, Free. Read More-Seattle July Event

Curious Minds
Stories of Our World at Carkeek Park Gather round the fire circle and listen to some amazing storytellers and singers tell tales about nature and our relationship to it. (Great for ages 3 and older.) What’s more? Well, S’mores are provided! Fri., 7 to 8:30 pm, Seattle, Free. Read more-Seattle Event


Community Communing
Bellevue Art Festivals Get your festivus on in downtown B-town, as three events – Bellevue Arts Museum Artfair, Bellevue Festival of the Arts and 6th Street Fair — converge to bring artists, music, food and lotsa kid-friendly activities.   Tip: The best kiddo offerings are inside Bellevue Art Museum’s lobby.  Fri to Sun., various times, Bellevue, Free. Read more-Bellevue, July 23-25

Better Than TV
Go Dog Go Canine Festival Your fave mutt is the star of this day-long fete where there’s everything from dog and child look-alike contests (be sure to dress in matching outfits!), to obstacles course, a fashion show and even doggy yoga. Sat., 10am to 3 pm, Kirkland, Free. Read more-Kirkland July Event

Curious Minds
Going Batty at Kelsey Creek Farm The Little will love using the bat locator to find bats that reside within the park, plus learn about their important role in nature.  Fri., 7 to 8:30 pm, Bellevue, Free. Read more-Bellevue Event


-Kavita Varma-White