With the start of May (and a weekend highlighted by Cinco de Mayo!), there’s plenty of family fun to be had around the city. Our roundup includes a popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, a fifth of May celebration, a food extravaganza on wheels, a musical production with talking animals, a tea party for two, and an Eats & Beats concert with a twist! Also on tap: Bicycle Sunday (pictured) returns to Lake Washington Boulevard. Take the kiddos on a bike ride or enjoy a lazy stroll (car free!) along the lake between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park.



Thumbelina: The Original Flower Child
In this classic Hans Christian Andersen story (told with shadow figures and live music), see what happens when Thumbelina encounters frogs, sings in the trees with flying beetles, and tries to escape the underground home of a mole. Fri., 7:00 pm. Seattle. $6 to $10. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Celebrate the 5th of May at this annual family-friendly celebration. In addition to fab Mexican cuisine, enjoy lots of traditional Cinco de Mayo festivities as well as live performances, kids’ activities, prizes, and local craft vendors. Sat., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mobile Food Rodeo
Here’s your chance to get some fine grub at Seattle’s premier mobile food truck festival. Sample food from 45 different trucks, enjoy live music and entertainment, meet the chefs behind the trucks, and watch five of Seattle’s top taco trucks compete in the first annual Taco Libre Truck Showdown! Sun., 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
In this family musical production, experience the magic of Narnia as the BYT cast takes you to wonderful places. See Aslan, the White Witch and the Pevensie children come to life in this classic tale created by C.S. Lewis. Fri., 7:00 pm; Sat., 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm. Bellevue. $10 to $12. All ages. Event details.

Mommy and Me Tea
Put on your fancy party clothes and enjoy a special tea party with your little one. In addition to tasty treats and beverages, enjoy a special story time and a five-minute photo session. Bonus: All kiddos will have the opportunity to make Mother’s Day gifts and all moms will receive a printable image to remember the special day. Sat., 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Redmond. $15 to $25 per person. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats: Ellis Paul
At this high-energy (morning!) folk concert, dance alongside Ellis Paul as he sings original songs about iconic Americans and encourages kids to become heroes of their own. Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bellevue. $8 to $10 ($3/person for breakfast). Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Ages 0-12. Event details.  

What fun things do you have planned for the first weekend of May? 

–Kristina Moy