The weekend forecast actually has some sunshine in it, and isn’t that something considering it’s mid-June!  We’ve got a great mix of outdoor events ranging from a musical concert to a Hawaii-themed bounce fest to fun farm chores, a bike safety rodeo and the always-fun Tastin’ and Racin’ event in Issaquah. Also, the Olympic Sculpture Park kicks off its summer season with a family festival celebrating wildflowers, and  the Festival Sundiata is going on at Seattle Center—make sure you check out the art exhibits, sample some great food and visit the interactive children’s African village.


Music to Our Ears

Share the Music Festival at Freeway Park Yes, Junior, sharing is a good thing. Especially when it’s music from the biggies of Seattle’s kiddie rocker scene: Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, Caspar Babypants and Johnny Bregar.  Sun., noon to 2 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more.

Community Communing

Outdoor Bounce Fest at Loyal Heights Community Center The Littles will love the opportunity to, literally, jump into summer. Dress in your fave Hawaiian-themed outfits and try out the various and sundry bounce houses, game stations and more. (P.S.: Don’t forget to support the Cookes for Kids Cancer bake sale.) Fri., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Ballard, $2. Read more.

Curious Minds

Nikki McClure Book Reading Local author/illustrator McClure presents her latest creation, and – after so many weeks of very unseasonable weather—oh, how we appreciate the sentiment of “Mama, Is it Summer Yet?”  Fri., 4 p.m., Green Lake, Free; Sat., 2 p.m., Ballard, Free. Read more.


Better Than TV

Farm Tour at Willows Edge Farm Might wanna don your overalls and workboots for this fun family excursion where you get a tour plus get to help with chores like feeding the chickens, horses and bunnies. Pre-registration required.  Sat., 9 to 10:30 a.m., Bothell, $5. Read more.

Community Communing

6th Annual Tanner Jeans Memorial Bike Safety Rodeo Learn about bike safety, get bikes inspected and free helmets for those in need at this amazing event held in memory of Tanner Jeans, who lost his life in a bicycle accident six years ago. Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Snoqualmie Ridge, Free.  Read more.

The Great Outdoors

Tastin’ n Racin’ at Lake Sammamish State Park There’s fun for the whole gang with hydroplane races, boat and car exhibits, an art fair, a kids’ area (with inflatables, a water slide and pony rides!) and lots of great musical entertainment. Sat.- Sun., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Issaquah, $5 to $10. Read more.

—Kavita Varma-White