It’s Seattle’s big Seafair weekend, what with the air show and other festivities. We’ve included some of them in our roundup, but also have other distractions for the whole family, including some great theater (especially on in a stunning outdoor amphitheater), musical performances and Blue Angles crafting. If you’re looking to get out of dodge,  how about road-tripping up North for camping and fun at Summer Meltdown at Whitehorse Mountain in Darrington? The festival has more than 30 bands performing and a very-entertaining Kids Area that will hopefully keep your kids from having their own summer meltdowns. PS: Expect to hear the Blue Angels zooming overhead (and intermittent I-90 bridge closures from Thurs-Sun).


Community Communing

Magnolia SummerFest and Art Show You’ve been meaning to explore Seattle’s coolest off-the-beaten-track neighborhood so this is the perfect opportunity because you can amuse the kiddos with the inflatables, train rides, children’s parade (Fri. am) and outdoor movie (Sat pm). Fri., 11 am to 7 pm; Sat., 10 am to 6 pm, Magnolia, Free. Read more-Seattle weekend event

In The Spotlight

Toddler Time at Seattle Children’s Theater Turn Sunday into fun day with a preview of the SCT’s interactive show The Green Sheep and then have a musical dance party with Caspar Babypants.  Sun., 10 am, Seattle, Free. Read more-August weekend event

Artsy Fartsy

Blue Angels Mania at Museum of Flight Whether or not you get to see the actual planes fly as part Seafair’s air show this weekend, you can still get your fix at this family-friendly workshop where you can make Blue Angels souvenirs. Fri. to Sun, noon to 3 pm, Seattle, $8 to $15. Read more-Seattle Calendar Event


Better Than TV

Beauty and the Beast at Youth Theatre Northwest It’s opening weekend for YTN’s amusing production of the story of Belle and her adventures in the Beast’s castle. Tip: Check for special showtimes this weekend due to the Seafair bridge closures.  Fri-Sun, various times, through Aug 15., Mercer Island, $13 to $17. Read more-Mercer Island weekend event

Music to Our Ears

Music in the Garden at Bellevue Botanical Gardens Looking to avoid the loud, crowded insanity that is Seafair?  We’ve got the perfect antidote in this civilized Saturday evening spent having a picnic and listening to jazz music while Genii the Clown entertains the kiddos.  Sat., 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Bellevue, Free.  Read more-Bellevue Event

Music To Our Ears, Part II

The Wizard of Oz at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater This is one of those absolute summer must-dos: watch a delightful musical theater performance at this super-cool outdoor amphitheater overlooking Snoqualmie Falls.  Sat-Sun, 3 and 8 pm (through Aug. 29), Fall City, $8 to $18. Reservations required. Read more-Fall City Weekend Event

-Kavita Varma-White