There’s reason for families to celebrate this weekend. More openings mean more fun! And it all starts with the reimagined Drive-Thru Spring Fair that runs April 7-11 and 14-18. Don’t wait to get your tickets to this hybrid experience that includes drive-thru and step-out activities. Plan to ride silly or thrilling rides as part of the step-out experience or stay for a drive-in show when the day is done. Beyond that, look for: a favorite cherry blossom celebration, a pop-up art market and train ride that goes the distance.

photo: Patrick Hagerty

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Celebrate Japanese Culture and the delicate pink blossoms with Seattle Center Festál. This favorite area festival has gone virtual again this year. It underscores the deep friendship between Seattle and Japan as it honors the renewal of life with springtime cherry blossoms, booming Taiko drums, contemporary Japanese arts and a traditional tea ceremony. Free. All ages. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Opening Run Day
It’s opening run day for the Kitsap Steamers! Bring the kids to ride the mini steam trains run by the Kitsap Live Steamers. They’ll love the choo-choo loop around the forest track. Masks and social distancing will be required, and all runs are weather permitting. Free (donations appreciated). All ages. Sat. Event details.

Magnuson Children’s Garden Stewardship
Spend time outside and when you and the kids volunteer at the Magnuson Children’s Garden as part of their monthly stewardship events. Attendance is limited to 10 people and attendees are required to wear a mask or other face covering. In addition, we supply all sanitizing supplies and tools for each event, but ask that volunteers bring their own gardening gloves. Register by emailing: magnusonchildrensgarden@gmail.com. Free. All Ages. Sat. Event details.

Spring Fling Pop-Up Art Market
This event features local vendors and native artists showcasing their amazing beadwork, prints, drums and more. You will find the perfect gifts for family and friends. Come support native artists and small business operators. Masks and temperature checks required. Free. All ages. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Vasa’s Drive-In Movies
Vasa Park Resort’s Drive-In Movie series is back with their April lineup. Bring the kids, grab concessions while you’re there and sit back to enjoy the film from the comfort of your car. All ages. Sat. Event details.

Family Day: LaClique So Chic
Spend time at the just-reopened Museum of Glass with the kids. At this art activity families will explore the fanciful lines and luxurious imagery in René Lalique: Gems from the Steven and Roslyn Shulman Collection and then replicate your favorite designs by learning the art of paper quilling. $17/adult; $5/kids, 6-12; Free, kids 6 & under. All ages. Sat. Event details. 

—Allison Sutcliffe