April continues with (even more) Earth Day parties, plus lots of outdoor fun.  We’ve got community events loaded with goats and sheep—can you say “Baah?”—as well  as volunteering, dancing, drumming, crafting, and listening to music for a good cause.


Community Communing

Green Kirkland With Goats What kiddo wouldn’t want to help in a clean-up volunteer effort (at Juanita Bay Park) when it’s alongside a herd of goats? Kids 13 and under must be with an adult and preregistration at 206-322-9296, ext. 225 is recommended.  Sat., 9 a.m. to noon, Kirkland, Free. Read more.

Festivus for the Rest of US

Leap for Green Event on Mercer Island Celebrate Earth Day to the max at this family-friendly fete that includes everything from a mini-farmer’s market, crafts using recycled goods, nature walks, live music and an appearance by The Reptile Man. Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mercer Island, Free. Read more.

Better Than TV

Sheep Shearing at Kelsey Creek Park We guarantee you’ll spend the rest of the day humming Ba Ba Black Sheep after witnessing the shearing of winter coats, plus watching your kids have a blast doing crafts and pony- and tractor-rides. Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bellevue, Free. Read more.


Community Communing

B’Earth Day at Seward Park  Environmental and Audubon Center It’s the center’s second anniversary and the staff is bringing out all the stops with cupcakes, face painting, nature walks, birdhouse building and guided walks to an eagle’s nest.  Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Seattle, Read more.

Music To Our Ears

The Not Its concert in Wallingford The ultimate musical twofer. You get to shake it out to The Not Its danceable pop gems, and by doing so, you are doing good because all proceeds go to worthy causes such as FamilyWorks Food Bank. Sat., 4 to 5 pm, Wallingford, $10 per family. Read more.

Music to Our Ears, part II

Family Day at World Rhythm Festival Make Friday the day you hit this awesome weekend fest because there are great workshops on dancing and drumming, especially geared to kids.  Fri. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more.

—Kavita Varma-White