With the start of April (and a weekend highlighted by April Fools’ Day!), there’s plenty of spring fun to had around the city. On our radar: a super-sized festival at the Seattle Center, a show that will leave you seeing blue, a grand floating celebration, a ride on the rails, a healthy day for kids and a craft-tastic event at BAM. If you’re on the hunt for spring clothing and gear for the kids, be sure to hit the always-popular Seattle Families of Multiples Bi-Annual Sale.
photo: Lindsey Best © 2015 Blue Man
It’s time to swing into spring at Seattle Center’s annual Whirligig festival. For two-weeks, the Armory will be transformed into a colorful hub of lively kid-sized entertainment. Enjoy super-sized inflatable rides, balloon artists, face painters, caricaturists, student showcases and delicious food specials from Armory eateries. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (through April 17). Seattle. $1.50 to $8 (Thursdays Free). Ages 12 & under. Event details.
Blue Man Group (pictured)
What do you get when you mix three blue bald guys, a live band and a gigantic LED screen? The wildly popular Blue Man Group. Kids (and parents!) will enjoy this theatrical show and concert which combines comedy, music, technology, and of course, lots of blue! Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Seattle. $35 & up. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
SR 520 Grand Opening Celebration
Celebrate the grand opening of the world’s longest floating bridge with two days of family fun! There will be a 5K and 10K run/walk and Kids Dash on Saturday along with a variety of interactive activities including exhibits from the Pacific Science Center, expert LEGO builders and an assortment of STEM-related activities highlighting the science, technology, engineering and math that went into building the bridge. On Sunday, participate in a unique 20-mile bike ride through Seattle and over the new bridge, with route options for all ages. Sat., 7:30 a.m. run/walk, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. grand opening celebration; Sun., 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seattle. Free (run/walk and bike ride extra). All ages. Event details.
2016 Northwest Railway Museum Train Season
It’s opening weekend of train season at the Northwest Railway Museum. Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. Docent-led premier tours will also be offered on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The train excursions and tours will give you a glimpse back in time to discover how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington State. Psst… families can also explore more of the Museum’s collection as most train excursions will include a stop at the Train Shed exhibit building. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (through October). Snoqualmie. $10 to $22 (under 2 Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
First Saturday in the Market – Kids Open House
Expect plenty of fun as 21 Acres celebrates all things kids! All five senses will be utilized as kids learn the joys of farm-to-table eating, environmental stewardship and healthy living. Plus, create and taste kid-friendly recipes, visit the “farm-igami” station and create origami pots, create a pollinator-friendly flower ball to plant at home, take a guided walk around the farm and be sure to say hello to the resident goats, Lucky and Skippy. Sat., noon-1:30 p.m. Woodinville. Free. All ages. Event details.
Get Crafty Saturdays
Looking for a fun indoor activity? Take your crafty kiddos to BAM for this weekly hands-on event full of crafts related to the Museum’s current exhibit. Designed for kids ages 4-10, the class will inspire creativity and promote cooperation and learning. Sat., 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Bellevue. $4 material fee per child. Ages 4-10. Event details.
What fun spring activities do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy