Hooray! Springtime has arrived! To help you kick off this (hopefully sunny) first weekend of spring, we’ve put together a great mix of family-friendly events. Consider: a day for soccer fanatics, a festival with tons of veggies, a celebration with French flair, a special circus production, a carnival specifically designed for the Littles, and an annual egg hunt for tots. Also on tap: take the fam to SAM to see the Unveiling of Mirror—Seattle’s newest landmark. Along with the unveiling, several food trucks and neighborhood businesses, restaurants and cafés will be offering specials along First Ave. and SAM will be offering free admission to its galleries all day.

KidsQuest Children's Museum Egg Hunt


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Family Day: Kick it Forward
At this family-friendly event, explore how soccer inspires community engagement (both locally and globally) through lots of hands-on activities. Plus, visit with Seattle Sounders FC players, listen to inspiring stories, and participate in a soccer game on the temporary fields outside the Visitor Center. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Vegfest 2013
At this annual healthy vegetarian food festival, taste over 500 food samples, see cooking demonstrations, enjoy free health checks and receive the latest information on nutrition from local docs. For kids, the festival will feature a special section with veggie-centric foods (kids love!) and entertainment by clowns Zero and Somebody. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $8 (12 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Seattle’s French Fest
Bonjour! At this first annual celebration of French-speaking cultures, enjoy live music, theatre and dance performances and seminars, plus fab French cuisine, kids’ activities and games, and more! Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Amaluna: Special Matinee Performance
Catch a special matinée performance of Cirque du Soleil’s newest traveling production and see plenty of family-friendly entertainment including juggling, Chinese Pole, teeterboard, tight wire, uneven bars, acrobatics, aerial and unicycle stunts, and much more! Fri., 4:00 pm. $30 to $90.50 (purchase tickets online before March 22 and receive $10 off each ticket). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Redmond Toddler Group Carnival
At this fab carnival, kids will enjoy crafts and face painting, a race track, fish pond and bean bag toss, plus a cake walk, tours of a Redmond Fire Department truck, food and raffle prizes. Sat., 9:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Redmond. $5 family pass (game and raffle tickets extra). All ages (activities geared towards kids ages 1-5). Event details.

Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt (pictured)
Grab your Easter basket and hop over to this annual egg hunt designed for the Littles. In addition to searching for plastic colored eggs, kiddos will enjoy plenty of Easter-themed crafts, games, and photo opps with a special, floppy-eared visitor! Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bellevue. $8 to $14. Pre-registration recommended. Ages 0 to 5. Event details.

What do you have planned for this first weekend of spring? Let us know in the comments section below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo Credit: Lisa Merrill/KidsQuest Children’s Museum Facebook Page