July is on its way out, so let’s make the most of it with summer events and activities that keep families in mind. We’re looking forward to watching fairies in the park, picking up a free art kit and trick-or-treating…in July. Get your costumes ready, here’s where to make fun happen!

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Seattle

Welcome Back Westlake Celebration
The City of Seattle is welcoming everyone back! Join in the celebration at this family-friendly event taking place at Westlake Park and Pacific Place. It’s all about celebrating Halloween in July, complete with trick-or-treating opportunities, so be sure your little goblins wear their costumes. Also on the docket: food trucks, face painting, a Thriller dance class, live performances and a vaccine pop-up. RSVP to attend. Sun. Event details.

Shakespeare in the Park
After a year off, GreenStage is back with their Shakespeare in the Park program. This weekend you’ll find the troupe performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Magnuson Park Amphitheater. Bring everything you need to get comfy on the grass (including masks), and then settle in to watch two quarreling fairies, four sparring lovers and one impish Puck in this well-known comedy. It all adds up to one perfect storm of chaos that’s too much fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Beats & Eats at Pier 62
What better way to spend a sunny summer night that along the Seattle waterfront? Families can enjoy food and music. KEXP DJs will be spinning live, creating musical experiences to help set the mood, while you grab dinner from the food trucks that’ll be lined up and ready. The event is free, but bring money for food. Fri. Event details.

 

Eastside

Seafair Kids Triathlon
It’s a run, bike, swim kind of weekend at Lake Sammamish State Park. Register your super fast kiddo for this race that’s geared toward the little triathlete in your family. With two different kids triathlon categories, this race is geared to kids ages 4-12 that may not be able to finish the full sprint triathlon and half-mile open water swim, but still want a new and exciting challenge. Registration required. Sun. Event details.

Pick Up a BAM Kids Fair Kit
BAM is giving out 2,000 free craft kits for kids and families in place of our usual Kids Fair festivities this year. Visit the Museum to pick up your kit (while supplies last). Each kit includes materials and instructions for three craft projects inspired by the Pacific Northwest, fun activities from our amazing community partners and additional learning resources for kids and grownups alike. While supplies last. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Camp Kindness Counts Family Service Event
Join Camp Kindness Counts and help spread love by making goodie bags with Birthday Dreams, so a homeless kid can have the birthday they deserve. This month’s service focus is on love, considering others in our community who don’t have all that we do. There will be a short reflection time after the event, too. Registration required. Sun. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe

Looking for more things to do? Check out our full events calendar and summer bucket list for ideas.