We’re ushering in October with tons of family fun. This weekend’s roundup includes a show about a skunk and a ladybug, a rockin’ performance with some popular animals, a day for lil’ firefighter wannabes, two trail adventures and a fish-tastic festival. If that’s not enough excitement, catch an electrifying circus experience at the ShoWare Center. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Fully Charged Gold Edition (pictured) will feature superhuman stunts, powerhouse performances and majestic animals plus the chance to get up-close and personal with the circus stars.

Ringling Bros Circus


Dot & Ziggy
Back by popular demand, Dot & Ziggy return to the Seattle Children’s Theatre. See how these two unlikely friends find their way with the help of a spider and the audience. Thurs., 10:00 am; Fri., 10:00 am & 12:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am, 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm; Sun., 11:00 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm (through November 24). Seattle. $21. Tickets required. Ages 0 to 4. Event details.

The Octonauts Adventure Show
Calling all Octonauts fans! At this rockin’ show, see Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso from the hit TV series The Octonauts. “Octonauts: To Your Stations” will feature a variety of musical numbers and the chance to become an honorary Octonaut. All kiddos will also receive Octonauts certificates and creature cards. Fri., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Southcenter/Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Seattle Fire Day
Your lil’ firefighter will love everything about this family-friendly event at MOHAI. From trying on firefighter gear and learning fire safety tips and tricks to exploring antique and present day fire engines and participating in hands-on activities, there will be something fun around every corner. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Lewis Creek Ranger Hike
Rain or shine, join a Bellevue park ranger to explore the natural history of Lewis Creek Park. Look for signs of local wildlife and learn what to do when encountering animals in the wild. Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
This annual mountain biking extravaganza will be filled with tons of family fun. Take one (or several) guided trail rides and enjoy an exciting jump show from local and pro riders, a barbecue lunch and tons of prizes plus an obstacle course designed for lil’ riders. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Issaquah. Free. Registration required. All ages. Event details

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival & Parade
Welcome the salmon back home with a weekend full of fishy activities. In addition to a fab community parade, arts and crafts, food and entertainment, enjoy kid-friendly activities at the Field of Fun and special exhibits, events, and family activities at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned for the first weekend of October? Let us know in a comment below.

-Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Feld Entertainment