With a sunny weekend ahead, Seattle families are making plans to end July with a bang. Top on our list is picking blueberries at a local farm and checking out a nearby outdoor summer movie. Also on our radar: the return of Kirkland’s Summerfest, an urban hike around Pike Place Market and dances that’ll make you roar.

 photo: Seattle Center via Yelp


Downtown Seattle Urban Hike
Are you ready to reconnect with downtown Seattle, learn something new and get some exercise at the same time? Global Family Travels has partnered with the Downtown Seattle Association to offer guided, family-friendly urban hikes. Families can join the Who’s Watching You in Downtown Seattle? tour, guided by historian and author David B. Williams. The tour examines history and architecture of Pike Place Market and the Central Business District and lasts about 90 minutes. Reservations required. Fri. Event details.

Movies at the Mural
Experience movies outdoors at Seattle Center again this summer. Picnic on the gently sloping Mural Amphitheatre lawn, in front of a state-of-the-art 40-foot screen, with the Space Needle looming above. Then sit back to enjoy The Princess Bride with your little movie buffs. Expect the movie to begin around 9 p.m., preceded by a short film by students at Cornish College for the Arts. Sat. Event details.

Lion Dances
Bring the kids to Westlake Park to catch this special program that’s part of the city’s extended Welcome Back celebration. Enjoy a traditional lion dance performance from the Mak Fai Dragon & Lion Dance Association and the Mak Fai Kung Fu Club. Stop by and learn more about the history of the lion and dragon outfits and the cultural identity that make these shows so colorful and mesmerizing. Sat. Event details.


Sunday Brunch at the Market Stage
Bring the fam to hear live music at the Market Stage in Bellevue over brunch. This popular family-friendly program is back. Choose a seat at a dining tables and enjoy a leisurely brunch set to the music of Wes Weddell. Sun. Event details. 

Kirkland Summerfest Street Market
The Kirkland Summerfest is back for its 9th annual celebration. Bring the kids to wander through the street market where you’ll find arts and crafts created by local makers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Batty Nights at Lewis Creek Park
Come test out your echolocation with a Park Ranger at Lewis Creek Park. We’ll learn all about our local bat species while taking a dusk hike to watch for bats as they forage for insects. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, as well as sturdy shoes. Best for kids ages 5 and up, with an adult. Registration required. Fri. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe

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