Are you ready for the weekend? Whether you’re looking to get out and explore or stay home and hunker down, we’ve got ten ways to spend time as a family. On our radar: a virtual meet-up with a local kid author, a Lake Union sailing adventure and the purr-fect way to end the weekend. Read on to make your plans.

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Meet a Local Kid Author
Join 10-year-old Orion Razat, as he reads jokes from his newly published book, 101 STEM Jokes and teaches kids how to make hagfish slime all online. Sat. Event details.

Set Sail
Board the steamship Virginia V for a narrated cruise around Lake Union to learn about its sights, sounds and history while social distancing. Sat. Event details.

Get Glowing
Science is always better when it glows in the dark, amirite? Try these science experiments (dark room required) to see what we mean anytime this weekend.

“Sea” Some Critters
Listen to stories, sing songs and then join the MaST Center of Highline College to learn about local Puget Sound sea stars, snails, hermit crabs and other underwater creatures. Fri. Event details.

Have a Purr-fect Afternoon
This Sunday is Kids Day at Catffeinated in Tacoma. We’re talking cookies, hot cocoa and cats galore. Make your reservation for this fur-tastic event. Sun. Event details.

Go Blueberry Picking
Local farms are welcoming visitors to pick their fill of blueberries all season long. Fill your bucket and use your haul to whip up blueberry, mango and banana breakfast pops or the easiest-ever blueberry muffins.

Attend a Virtual Concert
Spend a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the comfort of your home and enjoy a one-hour virtual concert of rarely seen performers and performances from The Black Academy of Arts & Letters’ rich archival collection. Sun. Event details.

Team Up
Grab the kids and get ready to play. Sign up for a Virtual Family Trivia Night through Shadow Lake Nature Center or work together on a collaborative art project during Portside’s Virtual Family Art Night.

Craft Together
Looking for crafts that get the creative juices flowing? Sit the kids down to make mermaid crafts that are Arielle-approved or these out-of-this-world alien crafts your little earthlings will love.

Find Your Zen
The Seattle Japanese Garden is welcoming visitors again. Get tickets to reintroduce the kids to this peaceful spot in the city. You can also tune in to this year’s Tanabata Festival, a favorite garden event. Yep, it’s virtual!

—Allison Sutcliffe