This weekend, we’ve got a great mix of outdoor events to keep you and the lil’ ones happy and entertained! On our radar: a huge block party in the city, an evening with lots of Japanese culture, a community festival with fab food and entertainment, a behind-the-scenes tour, an artsy affair in the streets of  Kirkland, and an over the top family music fest! Indulge your inner sweet tooth at the Snoqualmie Ice Cream-O-Rama! This second annual event will feature free ice cream and hot dogs, doughnut samples, music, face painting, creamery and mini-farm tours, and samples of the new Top Pot Doughnut inspired ice cream flavors! Yum-O!


South Lake Union Block Party
Celebrate this great community (in the city!) with a fab block party! There will be a children’s play area with carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, mini golf, and air hockey plus a burger grilling competition for Dad, food samples, vendors, and a late night movie. Fri., 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Nihonmachi Nite 2012 (pictured)
Seattle’s historic Japantown is celebrating Nihonmachi Nite with tons of family activities. Kiddos and (parents!) can compete in the kiddie kimono (and yukata!) contest, try their hand at water yo-yo fishing, goldfish catching, and kite making and enjoy finger food from Uwajimaya, local cuisine from the Tokyo Dog food truck, and Kendo and Obon dancing. Sat., 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

12th Avenue Festival
This third annual (and very unique!) community festival will feature your fav Capitol Hill restaurants serving up plates for just five bucks. Plus, shop for items and services from one-of-a-kind stores and enjoy local tunes from popular bands including The Not-Its! Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Family Waterfall Tours
Take a one-hour tour by bus and by foot to the Cedar Falls and see (behind closed gates!) how it supplies tap water to the greater Seattle area. Fri.-Sun., 10:00 am & 12:00 pm. North Bend. $5/person (under 5 free). All ages. Event details.

Kirkland SummerFest
This first-ever arts and music festival will feature four entertainment stages, a fab Kids Corner featuring Tim Noah, Charles the Clown and Radio Disney, rock climbing walls, bouncy toys, and face painting plus a young artists show, food trucks, and a Duck Dash. Fri., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (no kids activities); Sat., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Kirkland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Head to this rockin’ family festival for tons of fun activities as well as tunes from some of the best kindie bands in town! In between sets, enjoy pony rides, Dizzy’s Tumblebus, hula hooping, balloon art, crafts, face painting, bubbles, and much more! Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Woodinville. $45/family ($15/additional single tickets). All ages. Event details.

— Kristina Moy