Somehow we’re halfway through August even though we keep waiting for summer! If you’re not one of the lucky ones heading out to the (sold-out) PEPSapalooza concert this weekend, there’s still plenty of Seattle fun on the agenda. From block parties to bike parties to back to school parties (and some berry picking and baseball thrown into the mix), there’s something for everyone, including the kids. Oh, and if you’re in the market for a new family pet, there’s always Catapalooza at the Seattle Humane Society with face painting, a cat-toy making station and a chance to meet cats available for adoption. Finally, Bellevue moms…mark your calendars for Wednesdays from 11am-Noon at The Bravern shops (level 2 by the fireplace)  for a brand-new Little Bookworms Story Time (stories, songs and snacks) presented by the Bellevue Library.

Hot Off the Press: The Space Needle is FREE  tomorrow (Friday, Aug 13, thanks to a special promotion from Bausch & Lomb)

SEATTLE

Community Communing
South Lake Union Block Party The fun starts at noon with a food and farmer’s market, grilling competition and kids’ area with face painting, bouncy houses and more. Fri. Noon-11:oo pm. Free admission. Read More-Seattle weekend event

Community Communing, Part 2
12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival On Sunday, head to the ultra-hip Pike/Pine Neighborhood in Capitol Hill for its 1st annual neighborhood festival.  Sample snacks from the lively local restaurants – including Seattle kid favorites Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream, High Five Pie and Boom Noodle – all for $5 or less. Over 15 musical performances offer the opportunity to shake your booty. Don’t forget to stop in at great Seattle stores, such as Izilla Toys, Bootyland and the brand-new location of Elliot Bay Books. PS: If it’s hot, the wading pool at Cal Anderson Park is a great nearby cool-off spot for the kids. Sun. Noon  6:00 p.m., Free. Read More-Seattle Festival

Sporty Spice
Fiets of Parenthood Family Bike Event Whether you are an avid cyclist, or just “bike-curious”, come on out to the Fiets of Parenthood Family Cycling Extravaganza at the John Stanford International School in Wallingford. Bring your bike to participate in a kids’ skills race, an obstacle course for parents (including an on-bike diaper-change-challenge) and a decoration station. Try out new gear for hauling little ones and sample treats from the Gelato Bike. Sun., 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free. Read More-Seattle Bike Event

EASTSIDE

Better Than TV
Back to School Open House If Back-to-School shopping is on your list this weekend, be sure to stop by CF Kids Back To School Open House at Crossroads Shopping Center in Bellevue, and bring a new pair of shoes for foster kids.  Crafts, face-painting, and toys will keep your Seattle kids occupied while you check out the cool shoes and fun new lunch boxes! And – are you sitting down? – Spiderman and the CF Kids Princess will be there between noon and 2:00 p.m.  Bring in a pair of new shoes for foster kids on Saturday or Sunday and score $5 off a haircut. Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Free. Read More-Bellevue weekend event

Nature’s Bounty
Blueberries of Mercer Slough Head on over with the kids to Mercer Slough in Bellevue for a behind the scenes tour of the workings of this Bellevue Blueberry Farm.  Clear some space in your freezer and stay after to pick some berries to take home! Pre-registration is required by calling 425-452-6885. Sat. Noon – 1:00 p.m. $5. Read More-Bellevue Blueberry Farm

Spectator Sport
Little League Junior Softball World Series Everest Park in Kirkland is the place to be to watch our nation’s favorite past time. The Bellevue/Mercer Island Little League team will be up against teams from Florida, Italy, Guam , Puerto Rico and Ontario. Pack your lawn chair and take the family out to the ball game – concessions are available, and Everest Park (about a mile from downtown Kirkland) has a great playground if the younger fans get a little restless. Aug 15-21, Free. Read More-Kirkland Baseball event

-Karen McHegg