Boy, we could really get use to these sunny spring weekends! But rain or shine, we’ve got a great lineup of weekend events that will have you and the kiddos out and about. Consider: a fun-tastic benefit for kids, an outdoor celebration, a tasty class, a production with a twist, a hands-on nature project, and an event for you and your fav pooch. This week, be sure to take the kiddos to Seattle’s super-popular (and super-fun!) Syttende Mai Festival and Parade (pictured). This daylong Norwegian festival (in the heart of Ballard!) will feature live music and dance, kid-friendly activities, lunch with a Norwegian dignitary, and of course, the largest Norwegian Constitution Day parade outside of Norway!

Seattle

Kids Helping Kids Music & Movie Night
Enjoy a rockin’ tot party with Caspar Babypants, classic movie shorts, and a raffle–all while raising funds and awareness to help homeless children in our community. Fri. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Seattle. $15/person. All ages. Event details.

National Parks Family Day
Become a Jr. Ranger, see wild animals, learn how to make s’mores, sing campfire songs, and test your outdoor safety knowledge at this outdoor event designed for kids! Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Kids in the Kitchen
Does your kiddo love to cook? This class will teach your aspiring chef how to make kid-friendly (healthy) recipes including chocolate almond kale crunchers, better butter snack wraps, green monster smoothies, and more! Sat., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Seattle. $30/child. Ages 5-10. Event details.

Eastside

Goldilocks and The Three Bears
See what happens in this original Thistle Theatre production when the three bears load up their trailer in Yellowstone Park and head to Hollywood for a family vaca! Sat. & Sun, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Bellevue. $8 to $9. Ages 4 to 8. Event details.

Hands-On Nature: Print Making
Create a series of notebook prints to take home and frame using plant materials, non-toxic inks, and a portable etching press. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. North Bend. $15 per adult/child pair; $7/additional sibling. All Ages. Event details.

Big Backyard 5K
Round up the fam (dogs included, of course!), and enjoy a family-friendly 5K and Kids Dash plus plenty of pre and post-race fun including kindie rock by Caspar Babypants and free goodies for you and Fido! Sun., 9:00 am. Redmond. $40 (Kids Dash Free). All Ages. Event details.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Char Beck