It’s Memorial Day weekend which marks the unofficial kickoff to camping and road trip season in the Pacific Northwest! Since we know traveling with little ones can sometimes be hard (especially in bumper to bumper traffic) we’ve put together a fantastic weekend of family fun right here in our own city. On our radar: a ginormous music festival, a fun science activity, a soaring good time at the Museum of Flight, a production based on a popular 80’s movie, an adventure through the wetlands, and a scenic journey through the Cascade Foothills. If you’ve got a lil’ Jasmine wannabe, be sure to catch Broadway Bound’s production of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. If you’re still looking for more weekend ideas, check out our Memorial Day weekend guide.



Northwest Folklife Festival (pictured)
There’s a lil’ somethin’-somethin’ for everyone at the largest folk festival in the country! With more than 7,000 diverse performers, hands-on family activities, and participatory dances and workshops, we guarantee you’ll tire the little ones out without even trying. Bonus: On Monday, catch a special Kindiependent Show with local faves like Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, and Johnny Bregar. Fri.-Sun., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Mon., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Family Science Weekend
Take the fam to Pier 59 to learn about local science projects and research being done at the Seattle Aquarium. There will be plenty of hands-on activities, special talks, and demonstrations to help the whole family discover science in a fun way. Fri. – Mon., 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free with admission (3 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Cascade Warbirds Fly-In
At this annual fly-in, held every Memorial Day weekend, view a variety of beautifully restored vintage military aircraft, meet the pilots and owners of these amazing planes, and get your questions answered. Bonus: After the fly-in, participate in a fun, family workshop inside the Museum of Flight. Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Seattle. Free (workshop free with admission). All ages. Event details.


The Neverending Story
In this Youth Theatre Northwest production, based on the book by Michael Ende and the popular 1984 movie, see young actors present the triumphant tale of a boy transformed by a story. Fri., & Sat., 7:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm. Mercer Island. $15 to $17. Tickets required. Ages 8 and older. Event details.

Canoe Mercer Slough
This weekend, explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by boat! Join a Bellevue park ranger and see how this amazing ecosystem functions and with a little luck, catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife who call the Slough home. Sat. & Sun., 8:45 am – 12:00 pm. Bellevue. $16 to $18. Reservations required. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Memorial Day Train Rides
If you’re looking to trade city life with country life (for the day), head east to Snoqualmie and hop aboard an antique railway coach. During this scenic 75-minute round-trip excursion, travel through the Cascade Foothills and to Snoqualmie Falls before stopping at both the Snoqualmie and North Bend train depots. Sat.-Mon., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Snoqualmie. $10 to $15 (under 2 free). Tickets required. All Ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned for the 3-day weekend?

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Northwest Folklife Facebook page