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

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!

Fri.-Mon., May 24-27. Discovery Zone open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free (suggested daily donation of $20/family or $10/person). All ages. Event details.

photo: Seattle Aquarium

2. Family Science Weekend

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.

Sat.-Mon., May 25-27 from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All agesEvent details.

photo: Northwest Railway Museum

3. Memorial Day Weekend Train Rides

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. 

Sat.-Mon., May 25-27 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Snoqualmie. $5 to $20 (under 2 Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

photo: Erin Cranston

4. Remlinger Farms 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. 

Sat.-Sun., May 25-26 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Carnation. $16.75/person (12 months & under Free). All ages. Event details.

photo: Marcy Grantor

5. Memorial Day Weekend Run

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. 

Sat., May 25 at 10 a.m. Seattle. $3 to $32. Registration required. Ages 2 & older. Event details.

6. Seattle International Film Festival

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.

Fri.-Mon., May 24-27 at various times. Seattle. $6 & up. All ages. Event details.

7. REI Boathouse Grand Opening

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.

Sat.-Sun., May 25-26 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Bellevue. Free. Event details.

8. Tankfest Northwest

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.

Sat., May 25 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Everett. $15 to $55 (5 & under, veterans and active military Free). All ages. Event details.

photo: Seattle Parks and Recreation

9. Bicycle Sundays

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.

Sun., May 26 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. Event details.

photo: Pixabay

10. Memorial Day Ceremony

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.

Mon., May 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (ceremony begins at noon). Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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