Whether you are counting down the days until school starts or wishing there was another month of summer vaca, you still have a few more weeks to hang with your kiddos. With that in mind, it’s a great weekend to get out and have some summertime fun with your kids in Seattle. On our radar: a fancy party with Miss Nancy, a celebration in the street, a super-hip music festival, a pool party with tiny bubbles, a sunny celebration at the farm, and a movie with some cleverly named dragons. This weekend is the twice-yearly Bumps and Babies Fair. Find gently used children’s items at bargain prices and shop for goods and services from local specialty vendors. Hint: Many items get marked down 50% starting at 3:00 pm on Sunday. If you are looking for a fun artsy-music-nature kinda event, then check out the annual Arts in Nature Festival. In addition to exploring Camp Long, you can rock out with Caspar Babypants, catch a puppet show, see dance and aerial performances, and participate in lots of interactive activities. And finally, if you have a lil’ swashbuckler wannabe, then put on your best pirate garb and enjoy an ole’ fashioned Pirates and Pipsqueaks Carnival with the Seafair pirates.
A Party with Fancy Nancy
Dress in your fanciest party clothes (sparkles and glitter are encouraged!) and get ready to have some fun with Fancy Nancy. After you make some fancy art projects, listen to a Fancy Nancy book and prepare and enjoy a fancy feast. Fri., 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Seattle. $15. Ages 3-6. Event details.
Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Summer Streets Party
See drill teams, marching bands, community floats, and lots of kiddies at this annual parade. Then, enjoy three hours of fun and activities in the street. Rainier Avenue will be closed to traffic, but open to peds and bikes. Enjoy music, art, food, kiddie games, a petting zoo, Go Zone, and much more! Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Tots-n-Tunes Music Festival
Take the fam to the Seattle Center for an all-day hip, cool, and super-fun music festival. See the hottest Seattle-based kindie bands from the Kindiependent collective and headliner Justin Roberts and the Not Ready For Naptime Players. Plus, get your picture taken with the Mariner Moose (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm), enter a VIP raffle, and enjoy $2 tacos while rockin’ to your favorite kiddie tunes. Bonus: All kiddos get in free with a paying adult. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. $10 (kids free). Ages 0-6. Event details.
Luau Pool Party
Dress in your best Hawaiian attire and take the fam to Peter Kirk Pool for a Hawaiian themed pool party. After you catch a wave, enjoy pool games, arts and crafts, and lots of Hawaiian music. Space is limited so arrive early. Fri., 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Kirkland. $4. All ages. Event details.
Sunflower Celebration @ Dr. Maze’s Farm (pictured)
Celebrate sunflowers and have a whole lotta farm fun at Dr. Maze’s. After you visit with the farm animals, pick your own sunflowers, try to solve the new mazes, go on a Farm Tots adventure, and make sunflower themed art projects. Plus, take a tractor tour of the farm, try your hand at the rubber ducky races, shop for botanicals and sunflowers at the farm stand, and make your own personal blend of herb salt. Fri.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Redmond. Cost varies per activity. All ages. Event details.
Kirkland Outdoor Movie Night: How to Train Your Dragon
Pack your favorite lawn chair and blanket and watch How to Train Your Dragon on a HUGE screen overlooking Lake Washington. Basic concessions (like popcorn, soda, and candy!) will be available for purchase and all proceeds from the evening will benefit Hopelink. Sat., 9:00 pm (plaza opens one hour prior to dusk). Kirkland. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.