With springtime festivals in full swing, it’s a great weekend to get outside and explore the city! On our radar: a multicultural world music event, an event for Dr. Seuss fans, a healthy party for kids, an evening adventure in the park, a farm-tastic event in Bellevue, and a carnival designed for wee ones. And don’t forget, it’s opening weekend of A Little Mermaid (pictured). Take your kiddo to this super-fun (and very interactive!) musical and help decide whether the Little Mermaid should keep her legs or high-tail it back to the sea!


World Rhythm Festival
Experience a community drum circle, see more than 100 performances, and participate in family-friendly drum and dance workshops at this three-day musical extravaganza! Fri., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sat., 11:00 am – 10:30 pm; Sun., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Lorax & The Sneetches
This Book-It Seuss performance (designed for the entire fam!) will include Seuss-inspired crafts, a 35-minute performance, and a post-show drama workshop! Sat., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (also May 5 and 12). Seattle. $12-14. All ages. Event details.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at several King County YMCA locations! Activities include games, jump houses, pool time, and healthy snacks and samples! Insider Tip: The first 100 kids will receive a free t-shirt! Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.


Owl Prowl
Hwhoooo is up there in the tree? Grab your flashlight or headlamp and go on a nighttime hike with park rangers and look (and listen!) for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. Fri., 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Bellevue. $3/person. Pre-registration required. Ages 6 and older. Event details.

Sheep Shearing at Kelsey Creek Farm Park
This annual event is loaded with farm fun (and we mean loaded!). Watch sheep shearing demonstrations, participate in hands-on farm activities, and enjoy tractor-pulled hay rides, animal exhibits, pony rides, inflatables, and much more! Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bellevue. Free admission (costs vary for food and activities). Cash-only. All ages. Event details.

MIPA Circus
Calling all toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners! It’s carnival time and there’s plenty of big top fun to be had (think face painting, cake walks, and a bouncy house!). Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Mercer Island. Free (tickets will be sold for games and prizes). Ages 1 to 5. Event details.

–Kristina Moy