There are lots of family-friendly events running throughout this Memorial Day weekend. On our radar: a super-diverse festival, an outdoor pool party, a vibrant class, a rockin’ performance, a scenic train ride, and an educational hike. Plus, pack a blanket and a picnic dinner and soak up the sun at Izilla Toys’ Family Picnic Party on May 26. One Thursday evening a month, Izilla Toys provides an awesome children’s entertainer or a fun family activity while you enjoy dinner on Wallingford Center’s outdoor patio. And what better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with four of Seattle’s favorite kiddie rockers? Catch performances by The Not-its!, Johnny Bregar, Recess Monkey, and Caspar Babypants at a Special Kindiependent Showcase at the Seattle Center on May 30.



Northwest Folklife Festival (pictured)
There are lots of fun things to see and do at the largest Folk Festival in the country. With more than 7,000 diverse performers, participatory dances, workshops, arts and crafts and food booths–there’s something for everyone! Check out the Living Green Courtyard, where you can sample organic food and browse sustainable crafts. Entertain the kiddos at the Folklife Commons (11:00 am – 6:00 pm) with toy boat building, lessons on claymation, and more. Fri – Sun, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Mon., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Suggested donation $20 per family. Event details.


Coleman Pool Pre-Season Opening
Seattle’s favorite saltwater pool will be open this holiday weekend! Kiddos of all ages will love playing in this enormous pool filled with saltwater straight from Puget Sound and maintained at a comfy 82 degrees. Users must pass the swim test and pay a $1 fee to use the Corkscrew slide. Sat.-Mon., noon – 7:00 pm, Seattle, $3.25 to $4.75. Event details.


Crepe Paper Bouquet Class
Here’s a great class for Pre-K kiddos. Create a bright, fun bouquet out of flowers made from crepe paper and pipe cleaners. Choose from a wide assortment of spring colors to create a vibrant bouquet that will last all season long. All materials will be provided–just bring your creativity. Sat., 10:30 am – noon, Seattle, $5. Event details.



Opera Rocks!
Did you know that classical music can be played on electric instruments? This group proves that opera and Shakespeare can be presented in a fun, interactive way that rocks the classics. Fri., 5:00 pm; Sat., 2:00 pm, Bellevue and Redmond, Free. Event details.

Memorial Weekend Train Rides
Hop on board an antique railroad coach and take a special 75-minute trip through the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Scenic trips depart from Snoqualmie or North Bend every hour. Bonus: all Military personnel (with ID) ride for just $5. Sat-Mon, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Snoqualmie, $5 to $12 (under 2 free). Event details.

Local Area Hike: Coal Creek Park
Get connected to your local neighborhood park with this 5-mile hike. Rangers will guide you through the soft-surface trails that follow Coal Creek, past waterfalls and through evidence of the area’s coal mining past. Make sure to dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Sat., 10:00 am – noon, Bellevue, Free. Event details.

-Kristina Moy