Inflatable pool? Check. New sand in the sandbox? Got it. Creative ways to spend your weekend? That’s where we come in. From a forest bathing expedition, to a sing-along science show, to twilight games that’ll wear the kids out just in time for bed, we’ve got ten ways to play this weekend. Read on!

photo: MI PHAM via unspalsh

Gaze at the stars
The outdoor summer movie season kicked off this week. So pack up the kids, it’s time to enjoy a blockbuster on the big screen from your car or in the park!

Go forest bathing
Reserve a time slot for a socially distant hike around SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. Keep your eyes peeled for frogs on the Bog Boardwalk or see what woodland creatures you can spy on the Uplands Trail.

Sing about science
Local kid-fave, Mikey the Rad Scientist is back for his second season. Tune in to learn about science Fridays (and Tuesdays) at 11:30 a.m. all summer long.

Make a cool treat
No fancy machines needed to whip up this summer staple. Try one of these easy DIY methods to make ice cream with the kids.

Create mind-blowing art
Julie from Clown Buggie Entertainment is taking over Kirkland Urban’s Facebook page for an hour on Saturday, July 11 to lead kids in a blow paint art project. Supplies available to pick up locally. Tune in!

Enjoy summer nights
Break out the flashlights, it’s time to wear the kids out before bedtime with outdoor games that can only be played on long summer nights.

Find state fair fare
Although you won’t be able to ride the rides or visit the farm animals, you can still enjoy the decadent foods of the Washington State Fair when you drive thru to grab your favorites. Get yours this weekend!

Run for a cause
Lace up your running shoes because this Saturday, July 11, families across the city can participate in the virtual Refuse To Abuse® 5K. Walk, jog or run 3.1 miles with the kids to raise funds for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Swag included when you register!

Power down
Looking for some screen alternatives? Try one of these kid-powered activities, no batteries required!

Attend a virtual art festival
The Wedgewood Arts Festival has gone virtual. Any time Friday through Sunday, log on to browse art made by local PNW artists or participate in some kid’s craft and activities.

—Allison Sutcliffe