Staring at an uncharacteristically blank summer calendar? Samesies. Fill yours with virtual and in-person events focused on having fun as a family. We’re eyeing: a Harry Potter hero training, wide open spaces for biking and a hilarious reason to say “yes, and…” Bring on the weekend!

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Make like a hero
Every Harry Potter fan knows it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. Join educators from the National Harry Potter Alliance as they teach kids how to talk about social justice issues with passion and compassion. Fri. Event details.

Row, row, row your boat
The Center for Wooden Boats is offering free peapod rowboat rentals so folks can explore Lake Union. The boats can hold up to five people and are perfect for rowers of all experience levels. Reserve yours online. Wed.-Sun., through summer. Event details.

Be part of the story
Calling all future thespians! Sit down for an interactive Afrian Folktale adventure where kids join in on the action and become part of the story themselves. Sat. Event details.

Nail it!
Grab your hammer, goggles and some wood, it’s time to DIY a birdhouse, dollhouse, even a tree swing with the kids.

Say yes, and…
The Jet City Improv and the Auburn Public Library are teaming up for literacy. Tune into this family-friendly comedy show for a gut-busting good time. Fri. Event details.

Dying to try a craft?
Whether your kiddo wants to make a watermelon dress or vibrant beach towel, these simple tie-dye projects will bring color to your weekend.

Abracadabra!
Celebrate Newport Way Library’s 50th birthday with local magician Jeff Evans, as he explores the “magic” of reading. Fri. Event details.

Got summer berries?
Make smoothies. Try one of these ten recipes the whole fam will love.

Sense-ational play
KU Kids at Home and Julie from Clown Buggie Entertainment are teaming up to teach your tots how to make puffy slime. Grab your free kit locally and tune in virtually to make it happen. Sat. Event details.

Let’s ride!
Bring your balance bikes, scooters and trailers to Lake Washington Boulevard. The city’s opened it to foot and wheel traffic again, and you can’t find a better spot to bike on a sunny day! Daily, through Sept. 8. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe