Tired of this lousy weather that has been making it feel more like Juneuary than June?  We are too. But since this week brought the official first day of summer (at least as far as the calendar is concerned), we feel the need to be optimistic and have some great outdoor weekend options for the whole family, from a rockin’ kids concert to festivals galore – take your pick from strawberries to antique cars to arts and crafts.

Great shopping awaits on Saturday at the Seattle Children’s Boutique Sale, where you’ll find deep discounts from stores like Sugarlump, Buggy, Mimi Rose and Tottini. Saturday also marks the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, and we’re sure plenty of RT moms will be among the throngs of runners. We’ll be rooting for you from the sidelines, rain or shine!

EASTSIDE

Community Communing
Redmond Town Center Arts Festival The RTC comes alive this weekend with its annual Sidewalk Sale and arts festival, complete with craft vendors, tunes, food and plenty of activities to distract the Littles as you hunt for bargains. Fri.-Sat., 10 am to 7 pm; Sun, Noon to 4 pm, Redmond, Free. Read more

Music To Our Ears
Eats & Beats at Kids Quest Museum The Eats & Beats Summer Concert Series kicks off with the fabulous Board of Education and an evening of rocking out for the 10 and under set.  Pizza  and lemonade are provided and dancing is strongly encouraged. Sat., 6 to 9 pm, Factoria, $3. Pre-registration required. Read more

Better Than TV
Bellevue Strawberry Festival  at Crossroads Park This annual event that celebrates Bellevue’s strawberry farming history is a fun day for the whole fam, with games, rides, clowns, facepainting, cool antique cars, music, and, of course, all the yummy strawberry shortcake you can eat! Sat.,  10 am to 8 pm; Sun., 10 am to 5 pm; Bellevue, Free. Read more

SEATTLE

Curious Minds
Book Signing at Ballard Public Library Authors Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorenson read from their new book How to Have Your Second Child First: 100 Things That are Good to Know.  Anyone with more than one child will appreciate their stories of lessons learned. Sat., 2 pm, Ballard, Free. Read more

Community Communing
Greenwood Car Show If you’ve got a car-lovin’ Little One, get thee to Greenwood’s most popular neighborhood festival for your share of cars, tunes and food. (And don’t forget to check out the Kid’s Zone!)  Sat., 8 am to 4 pm, Greenwood, Free. Read more

Artsy Fartsy
Shoreline Arts Festival While there’s plenty to do at this two-day community fest (including making crafts, listening to music from flamenco to funk, and sampling yummy food), make sure you hit one of two performances of  King Arthur’s Quest by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Shows are on Saturday at 1 and 5 pm. Sat.10 am to 7 pm; Sun. 10 am to 5 pm, Shoreline. Read more

Kavtia Varma-White