It’s Father’s Day weekend and we have lots of fun ideas on how to spend time with dear old Dad. For starters, we have a colorful and quirky festival and parade, a super-cool air show, and a fun island adventure. We’ve also got a Father’s Day farmathon, a festival with a whole lot of dirt, and an early morning event for thrill-seekers. Or take Dad (and Grandad too!) to Free Dad’s Day at The Children’s Museum or KidsQuest Museum on Sunday.



Fremont Fair & Soltice Parade
Celebrate the summer solstice with a weekend full of eclectic activities in Fremont (aka the Center of the Universe). This neighborhood festival will feature street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, vendor booths, a special hands-on area for the kiddos, and the famous free-spirited (and very unpredictable!) Solstice Parade. Sat: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details.

American Heroes Air Show (pictured)
This weekend, you can take your hero (Dad) to meet some of his heroes at this super-cool air show. Tour more than 16 choppers, meet the guys (Captain Keith Colburn and Edgar Hansen) from Deadliest Catch, and explore the helicopter’s dynamic role as law enforcement, fire service, and air ambulance. Plus, take Dad on a very special chopper ride–the ultimate treat for a hero! Sat., 7:30 am – 3:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details.

Blake Island Adventure This Father’s Day, venture to Blake Island State Park for a memorable day with Dad. Enjoy a 45-minute cruise to the island, a salmon bake, and live show. Then, spend some time exploring the island and taking in the incredible views of Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound. Sun., 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, Seattle, $30 to $79.95 (under 4 free). Event details.



Good Old Dad Daze Down at Dr. Maze’s
Spend Father’s Day weekend on the farm exploring mazes, taking hay and tractor rides, watching the rubber ducky races, and participating in a farmathon. Plus, go on a Farm Tots adventure, plant a pumpkin, and make a gift for Dad. Fri.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Redmond, $2 to $10. Event details.

Kids Dirt Fest
Kick-off the mountain biking season with a family festival at Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park. Activities include kiddie mountain bike races, a Jump Jam show with pro riders, guided trail rides, mini bike races for Mom and Dad, food, and prizes. Sat., 10:00 am -6:00 pm, Sammamish, Free to participate; $5 to race. Event details.

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast & Fun
Start your Father’s Day off with a pancake breakfast followed by a morning full of adventure sports. Climb the indoor climbing wall, try out the vertical playpen on the challenge course, challenge Dad to a game of disc golf, and race through the obstacle course. Sun., 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Bellevue, $8. Registration required. Event details.

-Kristina Moy