It’s the last weekend of August and we have back-to-school on the brain. If you have school supplies to buy, be sure to check out our August Hot List of Seattle Sales and Deals (as well as tons of after-school activities for the kiddos). After perusing the sales, get out and enjoy some quality time with the fam.

On our weekend roundup: a party for back-to-schoolers, a healthy day of family fun, a show full of shenanigans, a nighttime adventure on the trails, an event with games galore, and a super-fun carnival. This week, there’s something fun for everyone at The Evergreen State Fair. From concerts, races, and a rodeo to animal judging, exhibitors, and carnival rides. And don’t forget about Clouded Leopard Awareness Weekend at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Meet the newest clouded leopard cubs (pictured) and enjoy lots of leopard themed excitement including scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, obstacle courses, and special story times.

Seattle

Back to School BBQ & Jazz Festival
Celebrate the upcoming school year with a fun community get together at Annie’s Playground. Listen to tunes by the Meadowbrook Jazz Ensemble, meet new friends and neighbors, jump in the bouncy house, and enjoy a yummy barbecue dinner. Fri., 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Big Day of Play
Here’s a great way to get the whole fam active and teach your kiddos the importance of eating healthy foods. This all-day event will include fitness demonstrations, information booths, a 5K run/walk, 3-on-3 basketball, healthy food samples and demonstrations, and live entertainment. Plus, head down to the beach for paddling and boating activities. Sat., 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All. Event details.

Again, From the Top!
You don’t want to miss this fun tongue-in-cheek circus performance by the staff at SANCA. Watch as the cast and crew frantically prepare for a dress rehearsal of Cirque N’importe Quoi and see what goes on (or goes wrong!) behind the curtain. The show will include a variety of traditional and modern circus arts including tightwire, unicycle, Russian bar, aerial arts, juggling, crazy office chair acrobatics, and much more! Sat. and Sun, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (also September 3-4). Seattle. $14 to $22. All ages. Event details.

Seattle Mariners Kids Rock and Ball with Casper Babypants
Join Red Tricycle as we take in a concert before the ball game! The Presidents of the United States lead singer, Chris Ballew, is the force behind kindie rock sensation Casper Babypants, and here is a great opportunity to see him live, and catch the Mariners vs. White Sox game! Sun., 11:10am. Seattle. $15 – $42. All ages. Event details. 

Eastside

Rattlesnake Lakeside Nightlife Hike
Venture out during dusk and explore the trails of Rattlesnake Lake while learning about wild nightlife. This half-mile hike will follow easy going trails; perfect for small feet. Insider Tip: Wear sturdy shoes and bring along your flashlight. Fri., 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm. North Bend. $5. Registration required. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

DigiPen Day
Take the kidddos to the DigiPen Institute of Technology for a super-fun day of playing, creating, and exploring the world of art and gaming. Participate in lots of interactive games, play new video games (created by DigiPen students), and take part in a drawing session. Be sure to check out the robotic race cars and enjoy plenty of free food and prizes. Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Redmond. Free. Reservations required. All ages. Event details.

Dizzy’s Bus Stop Carnival
Come have loads of fun at this annual carnival and help raise money for Dizzy’s scholarship program. Kiddos can play on the Tumblebus, jump in the bouncy houses, and go on a train ride. Plus, there will be face painting, pony rides, carnival games, and food to enjoy. Insider Tip: Purchase a $20 bracelet and enjoy unlimited rides and games and cool prizes. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Bellevue. $0.50 to $20 (pony rides extra). Ages 2 and older. Event details.

-Kristina Moy