It’s finally June and, boy, can’t you just smell summer in the air? This weekend, we’ve got a great lineup of events that will have you and the kiddos out and about. Consider: a junior-sized production, a celebration of Filipino arts and culture, a hands-on event, a festival with a French twist, an event that combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle solving, and a tasty fair. If you and the fam are big music fans, then we have three fun events this weekend. Catch a free Caspar Babypants Concert at the Phinney Farmers Market, an Outdoor Concert at the Ballard Locks, or an unforgettable RIVERDANCE performance (pictured) at the Paramount Theatre.


Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
The Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre brings one of Broadway’s greatest masterpieces to the stage this weekend. Catch this special musical (for all ages) performed by youngsters in kindergarten through 6th grade. For safety reasons, no babes-in-arms.  Fri.-Sat., 7:00 pm; Sun., noon and 5:00 pm (show runs through June 11), Seattle, $15. Event details.

This annual celebration of the arts and culture of the Philippines has grown into the biggest Filipino festival in the Pacific Northwest. Learn how to wear a malong, dance the rhythmic tinkling, and sample delicious Filipino cuisine. Hint: Be sure to check the entertainment schedule and catch performances by the always-popular Filipino youth drill teams. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details.

Touch-A-Truck Event
If your kiddos are obsessed with big trucks, construction vehicles, and fire engines, then you don’t want to miss this first-ever event presented by the Junior League of Seattle. Kiddos will get a hands-on opportunity to explore heavy machinery including construction and utility vehicles, tractor trailers, monster trucks, and emergency responders as well as meet the people who build, protect, and serve the Greater Seattle community. Sun., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Donations accepted. Event details.



Kermesse: A French Carnival
What do you get when you mix pony rides, face painting, and carnival food? Serious family entertainment! This annual carnival is open to present and future families of the French Immersion School of Washington as well as the general public. Kiddos can purchase an unlimited play bracelet for $10 while Mom and Dad enjoy sandwiches made with true French baguettes. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Bellevue, $0.25 to $10. Event details.

National Trails Day: Mercer Island
Celebrate National Trails Day with letterboxing at Pioneer Park. Come and learn all about this intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art and navigation, make your own stamp, and pick up your clue book for the summer. Other activities include arts and crafts with nature, knot tying, and trail exploration. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Mercer Island, Free. Event details.

Bastyr Herb and Food Fair
The theme of this year’s annual Herb and Food Fair is “Growing Healthy Families.” Learn how herbs, nutrition, and other natural modalities can support the health and wellness of your entire family. Special activities will be set up for the kiddos as well as educational speakers and workshops, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, food, vendors, and guided walks. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Kenmore, Free. Event details.

-Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Jack Hartin