We’ve got back to school on the brain, as most Eastside and Seattle schools start in the next couple of weeks. With that in mind, it’s a great week to have one last hurrah with the kiddos. We’ve got a carnival, a couple of rockin’ concerts plus sushi, science, and a day devoted to playing in the great outdoors. If you haven’t checked out the cool kiddo gym Great Play in Redmond , this week offers free classes Wednesday through Saturday.  And we’ve also got the perfect end-of-summer treat for mommies:  First, there’s the Bumps and Babies Fair where you can find consignment and designer duds for the Littles plus maternity wear. Second, the Sammamish Sample sale has great deals on trendy, designer items and everything is under $15. Bring cash and consider it back-to-school shopping for all those PTA meetings you’ll be attending this year!


Better Than TV

Carnival at Dizzy’s Bus Stop From pony rides and cotton candy to carnival games and clown shows, Dizzy’s pulls out all the stops for its first annual carnival. (Proceeds of the event go to building funds for an outdoor playground.)  Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bellevue, Read more.

Music to Our Ears

Eats & Beats at KidsQuest Museum Bring the whole gang for dinner (‘za and lemonade) and dancing to tunes by the super-fun Brian Waite Band. Sat. 5:30 to 8 p.m., Factoria, $8 to $10. Read more.

Artsy Fartsy

Sushi-Making at Sponge The kiddos get to unleash their inner sushi chef at this fun event where they learn to make veggie sushi (with fun-shaped nori punch outs!) plus do arts and crafts and get a mini-language lesson. Sat., 10 a.m. to noon, Free, Issaquah; Sun., 10 am to noon, Free, Seattle. Read more.


More Artsy

Family Fun Day in the Park It’s the last of the city’s summer-long program, and this week the Littles get to do arts and crafts at International Children’s Park. Fri., 2 to 3 pm, Seattle, Free. Read more.

Community Communing

Big Day of Play at Magnuson Park What a great way to show the kids the importance of being active and eating healthy foods. The day is filled with learning opportunities, from doing a family-friendly 5k fun run to cooking demos, and a dance party with the Recess Monkeys.  (Hint: To get really inspired, watch the IronKids competition.) Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free. Read more.


Curious Minds

Science Extravaganza at Kids Discovery Museum Nothing like giving the brain a little back-to-school kick in the pants with some science-themed activities like learning about primary colors with face painting and observing Mr. Olson’s wacky science demos.  Fri., 11 a.m., Bainbridge Island, $5. Read more.


—Kavita Varma-White