We’re wrapping up August and headed into September with back-to-school on the brain! If you have school supplies to buy, be sure to check out our August Hot List loaded with back-to-school deals (as well as fab after-school activities!). And, because we don’t want you to labor this weekend, we’ve put together some fun ways to chillax with the fam. On our radar: a fab festival under the Needle, a stroll along the trails, a cruise around the city, a big hands-on event, an end-of-summer party, and a market just for kids!


Bumbershoot 2012 (pictured)
There’s plenty to see, eat, and do at this annual music and arts festival. Enjoy great tunes, urban craft vendors, and theatre and dance performances. For the lil’ ones, the Youngershoot Kids’ Zone will feature lots of hands-on activities, entertainment, exhibits, and kid-approved programs by The Children’s Museum, Seattle, Pacific Science Center, EMP, and Radio Disney. Sat., and Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 am; Mon., 11:00 am – 9:45 pm (Youngershoot 11:00 am – 6:00 pm daily). Seattle. $25 to $475 (10 and under free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Blues for Food Fest
This all-day, easy going festival will feature live music by some of the best blues bands in the Northwest, fresh food from local vendors, a homemade pie auction, children’s gardening activities, and much more! Sat., 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Seattle. $20 (under 12 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Sunday Ice Cream Cruise
Take a 45-minute cruise around Lake Union and see well known landmarks such as Dale Chihuly’s studio, Gas Works Park, and the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. Sit back and relax with an ice cream treat while taking in the sights and sounds of the lake. Sun, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. $2 to $11. All ages. Event details.


Big Truck Day
Kiddos can put on a hard hat and get up close and personal with dump trucks, backhoes, concrete mixers, and other large vehicles as well as take a tractor-pulled wagon ride and be an official PCC Kid Picks Mobile taste-tester!  Fri., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Redmond. $12 to $15. Registration required. Ages 2 to 8. Event details.

End of Summer Pool Party
Wrap up your summer break with a super-fun family pool party! There will be a little somethin-somethin for everyone including pool games, arts and crafts, and music! Insider Tip: Arrive early; space is limited to the first 270 people. Fri., 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Kirkland. $4/person. All ages. Event details.

Kids Day at the Redmond Saturday Market
Kiddos (big and small) can sell their art and crafts at the Redmond Saturday Market! Plus, take in some fab entertainment by Ben Fisher and enjoy children’s songs and stories by Mr. Darby and the always-popular Redmond Traveling Library Center.Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Redmond. Free admission. Registration required to sell items. All ages. Event details.

— Kristina Moy