With summer just around the corner, we’ve got a host of fun things to do, see, and hear around the city to get you in the mood. On our radar: a show with hundreds of games, a carnival with all kinds of entertainment, a celebration along the waterfront, an adventure in the wetlands, a hydroplane kick-off event, and a fun activity with bugs. Plus, go bananas with some of our fav monkeys. That’s right! Recess Monkey is playing this month’s Kids Cove Concert!


Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show

This three-day show will feature 300 pinball and arcade games all set on free play plus, special presentations, vendors, tournaments, contests and some fab giveaways and contests! Fri., 2:00 pm – 12:00 am; Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 am; Sun., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Seattle. $10 to $40. All Ages. Event details.

Georgetown Carnival
Rain or shine, this family event will feature great rock ‘n’ roll, a hot rod show, power tool races (yes, we said power tools!), SANCA circus arts, carnival games, and lots of wild and wacky entertainment! Sat., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Waterfront Whimsea Family Fun Day
Bring the whole fam down to Waterfront Park for a big pre-summer celebration! Enjoy live music and entertainment, the Seattle Seafair Clowns, a presentation by Seattle firefighters, face painting, a photo booth, games, prizes, and much more! Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Pond Dip
Calling all budding naturalists! Look for wetland creatures living in Lewis Creek Park using dip nets and water scopes! Fri., 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. Pre-registration required. Ages 6 and older. Event details.

Love Bugs (and Bees Too!)
Parent and kiddos will go buggy together at this super-fun event! Explore the world of creepy crawlies and things that fly through crafts, stories, and music and enjoy a yummy treat! Sat., 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Bellevue. $22 to $25. Pre-registration required. Ages 2 to 5. Event details.

Tastin’ ‘n Racin’ (pictured)
It’s time to kick off hydro race season with lots of family fun along the shores of Lake Sammamish! This year’s event will include 10 classes of hydroplane racing, a vintage Unlimited Hydroplane exhibition, live entertainment, a classic car and boat show, a Family Fun Zone with rides, games, and activities, arts and crafts, and food vendors. Sat., 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun., 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Issaquah. $5 to $10 (under 5 free). All ages. Event details.

–Kristina Moy