It’s finally June…is that summer we hear? This weekend is full of events to get us in the mood. Check out a few fun-filled festivals, a nature tour, a guinea pig show and a beary educational workshop on how to camp safely. If you’ve got kids ages 6 to 12 who love to run, swim and bike, consider signing them up for (or taking them to watch) the very awesome Issaquah Kids’ Triathlon this weekend. Also, this Saturday marks the re-opening of the KiDiMu, the Kids Discover Museum on Bainbridge Island. And if you happen to be at Bellevue Square on Saturday, head to the third floor Kids Cove for the all-day opening event of Pinkabella Cupcakes, where there will be free mini-samples and balloons. On Saturday, stretch you legs on Mercer Island with a You-Powered block party.
Guinea Pig Show at Country VillageYour Littles will love to watch the antics of these Littles – the cuddly, furry critters presented by the folks from Washington Cavy Fanciers, a group that breeds show guinea pigs. (Hint: While you’re at the Village, don’t forget to take a train ride and check out the cool putt-putt course!) Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bothell, Free. Read more.
Music to Our Ears
PJ Storytime at Mercer Island BooksWith a sprinkle of music, a dash of humor and a big dollop of storytime, there is plenty of entertainment that comes from the musical storytelling by MaryLee Sunseri and Nancy Stewart. (P.S.: Dress code is PJs, and light refreshments will be served.) Sat., 7 p.m., Mercer Island, Free. Read more.
Duvall Days It’s time again for the annual Country Livin’ Festival in Duvall, which is a day devoted t o fun for the whole fam. Start by watching the 5K and 10K Run Hill, Run Fast event, then head over to the parade and day of street art, kid’ activities and a street dance party. (And if the kiddos can last, there are fireworks at the end of the day.) Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Duvall, Free. Read more.
Festivus for the Rest of Us
Seattle Green Festival There’s lot to do, learn, make, and enjoy in the Green Kids’ Zone, the area that’s devoted to little ones at the festival. Make a rain stick, dance in the Movement Zone, sample (fair trade) chocolate and watch puppet shows. Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more.
Tot Trek at Discovery ParkHere’s a plan for a fun Sunday: Head to lovely Magnolia for a Friends with Wings guided nature walk at Discovery Park with your toddler. Afterwards, go into Magnolia Village for a sweet treat at Cocoa & Cream (they’ve got 20 flavors of Snoqualmie Gourmet ice cream) or a slice of yummy pie at Seattle Pie Company. Sun., 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Magnolia, $7. Read more.
Better Than TV
Bear Affair and Big Howl for Wolves at Woodland Park Zoo The zoo is constantly hosting cool events, but this one caught our eye because of its immediate relevance, considering summer camping season is right around the corner. Learn bear safety tips and watch bears tear apart a “non-safe” campsite. Then hear from the experts on what bears (and wolves) need to survive in the world and how we can all co-exist. Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Seattle, $11 to $16.50; Read more.