It’s Memorial Day weekend which marks the unofficial kickoff to summer festival season in Seattle! To keep you and the kiddos busy, we’ve put together a fantastic three-day weekend of family fun! On our radar: a one-of-a-kind Egyptian experience, a musical extravaganza under the Needle, a celebration for the Littles, a movie night with some super-fast creatures, a classic tale of a toymaker and his puppet, and a scenic train ride. And, what better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with six of Seattle’s favorite kindie bands. Catch performances by The Not-its!, Johnny Bregar, Recess Monkey, Caspar Babypants, The Harmonica Pocket, and The Board of Education at a special Kindiependent Showcase at the Seattle Center.


King Tut Exhibit
It’s opening weekend of this highly anticipated exhibit! Come face-to-face with the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed and see more than 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb. Thurs. & Fri., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (through January 2013). Seattle. $15.50 to $32.50 (under 3 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Northwest Folklife Festival (pictured)
There’s a lil’ somethin’-somethin’ for everyone at the largest Folk Festival in the country! From 6,000 diverse performers to an instrument petting zoo to a Next Fifty Activity Tent–we guarantee you’ll tire the Littles out without even trying. Fri.-Sun., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Mon., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Baby Animals Super Saturday
Celebrate nature’s babies with fun games, arts and crafts, puzzles, and lots of interactive activities designed for wee ones! Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Seattle. Free. Ages 0-5. Event details.


Movies at Mercer Slough
Have you ever tried to get close to a hummingbird? At this special movie night, get an up-close view into the lives of nature’s fastest creatures! Fri., 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm. Bellevue. Free. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio
See what happens when Geppetto and Pinocchio journey beyond the toy shop and take on timely issues in this Studio East production. Fri., 6:00 pm (Gala performance); Sat., 2:30 pm & 6:00 pm (Gala performance); Sun., 2:30 pm. Kirkland. $12 to $14 (Gala tickets $15). Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Memorial Day Train Rides
Hop aboard an antique railway coach and celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a scenic 75-minute round-trip excursion through the Cascade Foothills and past Snoqualmie Falls. Sat.-Mon., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Snoqualmie. $10 to $15. Tickets required. All Ages. Event details.

–Kristina Moy