As we get ready to say goodbye to April (and those pesky rain showers) and hello to the warmer temps and sunny days of May, we’ve got lots of things to do to keep you and the kiddos happy and busy this weekend. On our lineup: an event in full bloom, an up-close look at some prehistoric creatures, a festival rich in culture, a retelling of a fairytale classic, a springtime farm tradition, and a wildlife tour just minutes from the city. If you’ve got twins (or triplets) check out the Families of Multiples Clothing and Gear Sale. Line up early to get the best deals on name brand items and stock up on everything from maternity gear to double strollers. Plus, this is a great weekend to lace up your tennies for two good causes. On Saturday, we’ve got the March for Babies walk at the Seattle Center followed by the Top Pot Doughnut Kids’ Dash (pictured) on Sunday at Greenlake.

Seattle

Get Your Bloom On!
Celebrate spring and get your garden blooming at this annual fundraising event. Shop for flowering plants, exotic collector perennials and popular edibles including blueberries, raspberries, and organic tomatoes! Then, take in the special activities planned for the kiddos on Saturday–pick up a treasure (or two) at the Craft Fair, try something new at the Garden Concession Stand, and make a garden fairy and Chia pet to take home. Fri., 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sat., 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event Details.

Dinosaurs. Real Close at Woodland Park Zoo
Calling all dinosaur fans! Step into a primitive forest and take a journey back in time as you encounter a 19-foot-tall Brachiosaurus, a full-size fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex and other animatronic dinosaurs that roar, snarl, hiss, spit and move. Plus, gain a sneak peek into what life was like for these impressive giants in this new outdoor exhibit. Sat., 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (through Labor Day), Seattle, $3 (under 2 free). Event Details.

Seattle Center Festál 2011

Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month kicks off this weekend and you’re invited to experience the rich cultures of the Asian-Pacific Islander communities through song, dance, music, art and displays. Catch a spectacular lion dance show, see colorful costumes and performances by youth drill teams and martial arts students and make fun arts and crafts. Sun., noon – 5:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event Details.

Eastside

Cinderella
One of the world’s best-loved fairytales comes to life on the stage this weekend. Whether it’s the wicked stepmother, the handsome prince or the elusive pumpkin, everyone will enjoy the Bellevue Youth Theatre’s retelling of this classic story. Fri., 7:00 pm; Sat., 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm, Bellevue, $10. Reservations required. Event Details.

Sheep Shearing Event!
It’s time for the sheep at Kelsey Creek Farm to lose their winter coats and get ready for spring! Come and see how the sheep are shorn, watch a spinning demonstration and make your own spin art. Plus, jump on inflatables, make art out of candy and take a tractor and pony ride around the farm. Free shuttles will be running throughout the day from the Bannerwood Sports Park and the Wilburton Park & Ride. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Bellevue. Costs vary for food and activities. Event Details.

Juanita Bay Wildlife Tour
Here’s your chance to see what really lives in and around Lake Washington. Join a Juanita Bay Park Volunteer Ranger and view the hundreds of plant and animal species that inhabit this unique and spectacular park! Don’t forget to bring your camera and your binoculars and remember to dress for the weather! Sun., 1:00 pm, Kirkland, Free. Event Details.

photo courtesy of Mark Klebeck, Top Pot Co-Founder

-Kristina Moy