We know it’s Labor Day weekend, but we sure don’t want you to spend this last whiff of summer, um, laboring. So have some fun at a myriad of family-friendly events: we’ve got a roundup that includes everything from swimming and karaoke to a nature walk, a train ride, a Blues fest and a martian-making robot workshop. Don’t forget about Youngershoot, the kid-focused part of Bumbershoot. http://www.bumbershoot.org And if you need one last summer-like hurrah, think about doing Family Camp at Four Winds on Orcas Island It’s coming up later this month and would be the perfect before-the-serious-rainy-stuff-starts getaway.
Better Than TV
Family Fun Night at Bellevue YMCA Start the holiday weekend with Rock Star night at the Y, where the whole fam can join in themed gym activities, freeze dance, video games, karaoke, craft time and swimming. Fri., 6 to 8 p.m., Bellevue, $2 per child. Read more.
Out and About
Labor Day Train Ride All aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad for a special holiday train run, where your little conductor will love every part of the 70-minute round trip journey. Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Snoqualmie, $4 to $8, Read more http://www.trainmuseum.org.
Snoqualmie Pass Nature Walk Pack up the fam for a day of nature and knowledge in this (the last of the summer) Forest Service-guided two-mile roundtrip walk through the old growth forest near the Twin Lakes area of Snoqualmie Pass. Sat., 9:45 a.m. to noon, Snoqulamie, $10 donation suggested. Read more.
Blues for Food Fest at Magnuson Park Seriously, does it get any better than smooth blues, tasty food, and lots of great activities to occupy the kids? (Plus you raise money for a good cause at the same time.) Sat., noon to 7:30 p.m., Seattle, $8 to $15. Read more.
Music To Our Ears
Youngershoot at Bumbershoot Little ones have become an essential part of Seattle’s best music festival, thanks to the awesome programming that is Youngershoot. Catch shows by Caspar Babypants, Johnny Bregar, Brian Vogan and more, plus hang out in the Kids Pavilion (from 11 to 6 each day) for activities and music by Radio Disney! Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Seattle, $22 to $50 per day; (kids 10 and younger free); Read more.
Robots on Mars at Museum of Flight This weekend begins a fantastic family workshop op in learning about robotic rovers missions to Mars and designing your own Martian explorer. Sat-Sun (through Sept.12), Seattle, $8 to $13. Read more.