We’ve got an interesting mix of family-friendly events to keep you and your little ones happy and entertained this weekend. For starters, we have an awesome bike party at Magnuson Park, a huge parade in West Seattle, and a mini triathlon at Seward Park. We also have a rockin’ pool party in Kirkland, a super-fun festival in Renton, and the perfect family-and-Fido event at Juanita Beach Park. Plus, check out the annual Alki Art Fair and centennial celebration of the Alki Bathhouse. Kiddos of all ages are invited to help paint a community mural and participate in fun art activities. And if the skies stay dry, take the fam to see Despicable Me (under the stars) at the Kirkland Outdoor Movie Night. Enjoy!



(pictured) Grab your helmet and bike and spin on down to Magnuson Park for this annual bike extravaganza! There will be lots of activities for the kiddos including a bike carnival, wheelie fun course, BMX stunt show, bike parade, treasure hunt, and bike races. Plus, go on a Tour de Magnuson guided ride or make some super-cool bike art. Bonus: Cyclefest (produced in tandem with BikeMania) will feature vendors, food, giveaways, and an outdoor screening of Stage 19 of the Tour de France. Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle. Free. Ages 3-12. Event details.

West Seattle Grand Parade
This annual parade has all the bells and whistles of the Torchlight Parade (but without the crowds and parking chaos!). Grab a seat along California Ave SW and see clowns, marching bands, drill teams, and plenty of community floats. Plus, see participants from the Hi-Yu royalty, the Seafair Pirates, and those crazy Seafair Clowns. Hint: Arrive early and participate in the Kids Parade at 10 am. Sat., 11:00 am. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Kids Seafair Triathlon
Who says kids can’t “tri” too? In this mini version triathlon, kiddos can choose from two categories–Splashers or Dashers. See what it’s like to compete in a triathlon, test your endurance, or simply get your feet wet. All Splashers and Dashes will receive a tee shirt and a finisher’s medal. Ready, set, go! Sun., 11:30 am – 12:00 pm. Seattle. $20-25. Registration required. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


50’s Sock Hop Pool Party
This family fun night and open swim offers something for everyone from pool games to arts and crafts to rockin’ 50’s tunes. Be sure to arrive early; space is limited to the first 250 people. Fri., 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Kirkland. $4. All ages. Event details.

IKEA Renton River Days
This multi-day family festival and celebration spells F-U-N! Start your day off with a scavenger hunt for rubber duckies, a tennis tournament, or a stroll through the Nibble of Renton. Then, take the kiddies to the KidsZone for TONS of family fun. Enjoy an inflatable playland, mobile gaming theatre, putt putt golf, petting zoo, LEGO playzone, Dizzy’s Tumble Bus, CrayonFest, and much more! Tip: Get your kiddos ID cards (for free) during the festival. Check online for times. Fri.,11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Renton. Free. All ages. Event details.

Go Dog, Go! Festival
Here’s a fun festival for you and your favorite four-legged friend. Enjoy live music and entertainment, food, and  canine exhibitors. Plus, face painting (for the kiddos, not Fido!), look-alike contests, clinics, and demonstrations. Be sure to check out the adoptable pets and stop by the “Fetch a Wave Photo Booth” for a souvenir photo of you and your favorite mutt. Sat., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Kirkland. Free. All ages. Event details.

-Kristina Moy