Kick off summer with your kids with this weekend’s family-friendly events and activities. On our radar: a hands-on event for future firefighters, a show for hot rods, a fun family day in the park, an annual sidewalk sale, a sweet festival, and a party with pigs, horses, and dogs! We also have a Potterpalooza celebration with Harry and the Potters, a twice-yearly Seattle Public Library Book Sale (stock up on fun summer reading with $1 books) and a summer haircut extravaganza! Kiddos 10 and under can get their summer dos for $9 at Kids Day at Great Clips.

 

Seattle

 

Fire Department Day (pictured)
Calling all wanna-be firefighters! Here’s your chance to tour dozens of fire and rescue vehicles, climb aboard a fire engine, see how tall an aerial ladder extends, and talk with real firefighter heroes. Be sure to stop by the Safety Zone and pick up your official firefighter hat and badge and participate in some fun safety activities. Fri., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details.

Greenwood Car Show
Hundreds of hot rods and roadsters will fill Greenwood Avenue for this annual car show. Stroll the mile-and-a-half long stretch and see over 700 cars from all eras, plus vintage hydroplanes and a fire engine display. Along the way, enjoy great food and tunes and be sure to check out the awesome Kids Zone! Sat., 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details. Event details.

NW National Park Family Day
Here’s a great way to introduce your kiddos to national parks, outdoor family activities, and conservation. Learn how to set up a tent and cook outdoors, meet Teddy Mather (the NPCA mascot), go on a nature hike with the fam, and listen to presentations by park rangers. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details.

Eastside

Redmond Town Center Arts Festival
This annual sidewalk sale and arts festival has plenty of activities for the kiddos as well as something for Mom and Dad. Shop for locally handmade crafts, enjoy great food, music, and entertainment, and score some great bargains from RTC merchants. Thurs. – Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Redmond, Free. Event details.

Bellevue Strawberry Festival
There’s no shortage of fun at this annual festival which features lots of entertainment for the kiddies (think clowns, music, and balloons!), an auto show, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of strawberry themed food. The Family Fun Area will feature inflatables, games, Dizzy’s Tumble Bus, peddle cars, a rock climbing wall, miniature golf and more! Sat., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Bellevue, Free. Event details.

 

Party In The Park
Start your day off with a pancake breakfast and a 5K or 10K family race. Then, kick back and relax while watching animal performances by Valentine’s Performing Pigs, equestrian drill teams, miniature horses, and some super-talented pups. Other events include games, pony rides, a cake walk, face painting, and the always-popular Donkey Dash (no donkeys, just a race for the little ones!). Sat., 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, Kirkland. Costs vary per activity. Event details.

-Kristina Moy