Editor’s note: Most of these Memorial Day events have been canceled or moved to a virtual platform for 2021. If you’re looking for Memorial Day activities with kids, check out our weekend round-up for May 28-31, our spring bucket list or our list of 100 family-friendly activities in Seattle. Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day!

We know many Seattle families will be hitting the highways and mountain passes this Memorial Day Weekend with cars packed full of camping gear. But for those families sticking close to home (you know who you are…been there, done that, never again with little ones in tow), we’ve rounded up 10 activities to keep everyone in your crew happy and entertained over the three-day weekend. Scroll down to learn more!

photo: Christopher Nelson for Northwest Folklife 

1. Northwest Folklife Festival & Kindiependent Showcase

2021 update: This event has moved to a virtual platform.

There’s no shortage of fun things to see, do and eat at the 48th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival. One of the largest free folk festivals in the country, this annual festival will feature over 6,000 diverse performers and participatory dances on 26 different stages along with workshops, arts and crafts and food booths galore! For younger festival-goers, the popular Discovery Zone will be jam-packed with tons of hands-on interactive workshops, performances and activities. While the Northwest Folkife Festival in general is a family-friendly event, there are other kid-friendly offerings throughout the grounds including a Kindiependent showcase featuring Recess Monkey and The Not-Its!

photo: Seattle Aquarium

2. Family Science Weekend

2021 update: This event is canceled.

After you hit the Northwest Folklife Festival, take the fam down to Pier 59 to learn about the cool science and research projects taking place at the Seattle Aquarium. In addition to lots of hands-on activities, enjoy special talks, demonstrations and diver shows that will help you and your crew discover science in a new, fun way.

photo: Northwest Railway Museum

3. Memorial Day Weekend Train Rides

2021 update: Families can ride this historic train on Saturdays and Sundays this spring.

If you and the kiddos are itching to get out of the city for the day, head east to Snoqualmie and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with a scenic train ride. This special 75-minute train run is in addition to the railroad’s usual weekend train schedule and will take you through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, including a ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. As a bonus, the Northwest Railway Museum will be offering $5 round-trip train fare Sat.-Mon. to members of the military, including active duty, guard, reserve and retired and their dependent family members, with current military ID. 

photo: Erin Cranston

4. Remlinger Farms Fun Park

2021 update: It's opening weekend at Remlinger Farm's Fun Park.

Remlinger Farms is back open on Saturdays and Sundays and would be a great addition to your Snoqualmie excursion. Ride the half-sized steam train along the Tolt River, pet the farm animals (think: goats, horses, piggies, cows, alpaca, sheep, bunnies, donkeys) or take a pony ride and jump in the hay maze, spin on the mini roller coaster or "fly" on the pumpkins. Plus, go 'round and 'round in the pedal cars and enjoy a day full day of farm fun. 

photo: Marcy Grantor

5. Memorial Day Weekend Run

2021 update: This event is canceled, but families can register for the Seattle Solstice Run on Jun. 12.

If a run around the park is what your kiddos need to get the ya-yas out over the long weekend, lace up your tennis and participate in the Memorial Day Weekend run. Participants can choose a 5K, 10K or 15K run/walk as well as a one-mile Memorial mile and a Kid’s Dash. The 400-meter Kid’s Dash (for ages 2-10) will start 15 minutes before race time—giving you the perfect chance to run with your kiddo and get warmed up before your race. Insider Tip: When everyone’s done, let Fido run free in the off-leash dog park, just around the corner from the starting line. 

6. Seattle International Film Festival

2021 update: This event is canceled.

The largest and most-highly attended film festival in the United States (now in its 45th year!) will have a little something for everyone. Over Memorial Day Weekend, you and your crew can view a host of family-friendly flicks, including Pachamam, Minuscule-Mandibles From Far Away and The Family Picture Show.


7. REI Boathouse Paddle

2021 update: Families can rent kayaks at the REI Boathouse all weekend long, including Memorial Day.

Take your crew to Enatai Beach Park for this grand opening celebration. In addition to checking out the brand-new REI Boathouse, enjoy food, music and fun family activities on both Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 9 a.m. Note: the Boathouse will also be open on Mon., May 27 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

8. Tankfest Northwest

2021 update: This event is canceled.

This Memorial Day Weekend, hear the rumble and boom of vintage tanks and artillery at the Flying Heritage Collection’s annual TankFest Northwest. This family event will feature military vehicle demonstrations, remote control tanks and a scavenger hunt, plus face painting, a bouncy house and food from some of our region's top food trucks. Psst...be sure to look for the tank shows that will be taking place throughout the day.

photo: Seattle Parks and Recreation

9. Bicycle Sundays

2021 update: Find the latest updates on Stay Healthy Streets and Keep Moving Street closures to plan your family's bike adventure.

Dust off your bikes, blades, trailers, and training wheels and enjoy four car-free miles of Lake Washington Boulevard, between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach. If the kiddos need to make a pit stop or take a break along the way, there’s plenty of places to stop and even an awesome playground near the entrance of Seward Park.

photo: Pixabay

10. Memorial Day Ceremony

2021 update: This event is canceled.

Teach your kids the importance of Memorial Day by taking them to this annual ceremony held at The Museum of Flight. The Museum will honor military service with patriotic music from The Boeing Employees Concert Band, followed by a ceremony with local officials and US Military personnel. Psst! All veterans and active US military personnel will receive free admission with ID.

—Kristina Moy


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