Hello summer! We’re so glad to see you. To celebrate your arrival, we’ve put together a weekend full of family fun. On our radar: a clinic with lots of teddy bear TLC, an eclectic summer festival, a fab block party, a show for motorheads, a berry-licious festival, and an old fashioned party. If you and the fam are in need of an adventure, head to Northwest Trek for Slug Fest. At this annual slug extravaganza, get up close and personal with banana slugs, participate in the always-awesome human slug races, and enjoy plenty of hands-on slug crafts and activities.

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Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade (pictured)
Journey to the “Center of the Universe” and help usher in summer at this totally fun and totally quirky neighborhood festival. From decorated art cars to street performers to the free-spirited Solstice Parade, you’re sure to find something interesting (and entertaining!) around every corner. Fri., 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm (pre-party for adults). Sat., 10:00 am – 11:00 pm (parade starts 3:00 pm); Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Teddy Bear Clinic
Does your kiddo have a fear of doctors? At this special event, kiddos can play alongside a Child Life specialist and use child-safe medical supplies on their fave stuffy. This is a great opportunity for kids to grow more comfortable with medical supplies and upcoming doctor appointments. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. $7.25 to $8.25 (members free). Ages 10 months to 10 years old. Event details.

Celebrate North Seattle Block Party
This annual fun-filled afternoon will feature live music, carnival games, bouncy houses, interactive booths, artists, food trucks and fab giveaways. Plus, the first 300 guests will receive a free gift bag! Sun., 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Bellevue Library Car Show
This celebration, in honor of the new parking garage at the Bellevue Library, will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, a car show with more than 40 classic, muscle and exotic cars, refreshments, giveaways, and activities for all ages. Sat., 9:30 am (car show starts at 10:00 am). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bridle Trails Party in the Park
At this old fashioned fair, participate in a 5k run/walk or Donkey Dash, enjoy a pancake breakfast and lots of kids’ activities (think pony rides, a cake walk, and face painting!) and watch jousting knights and equestrian drill teams perform in the park. Sat., 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Kirkland. Free admission (various costs for activities). All ages. Event details.

Bellevue Strawberry Festival
Shortcake, and pies, and flats! Oh, my!  This annual family festival will feature plenty of strawberry goodness along with live entertainment, an auto show, vendor booths, hands-on activities, and lots of family fun. Sat., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

How is your family going to kick off the first weekend of summer? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Alan Alabastro Photography / 2013 Freemont Fair