With the excitement of spring break and all things eco-friendly in the air, it’s a fantastic weekend to get out and explore the city. On our radar: a huge party in the pool, a production based on a famous cat, a safari extravaganza at the zoo, an annual event with eco-friendly activities, an Earth Day festival with loads of live entertainment and a fun race for big (and little) Seahawks fans. If that’s not enough excitement, get your Fischer scone fix at the Washington State Spring Fair (pictured) and enjoy tons of entertainment, carnival rides, games and baby animals galore.

Washington State Spring Fair 2014

photo: Patrick Hagerty


Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
See all your fave characters in SCT’s latest production based on the book by Dr. Seuss and the play originally produced by The National Theatre of Great Britain. Watch as The Cat in the Hat busts the boredom of a rainy afternoon with all sorts of zaniness, while rhyming his way through the house. Thurs. & Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.;  Sun., 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (various dates through May 27). Seattle. $15. Tickets required. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

April Pools Day
Get ready for summer by learning how to be safe in the water. This annual event will include water safety demonstrations and skills, hands-on activities and of course, swimming at several Seattle-area community pools. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. See listing for specific locations and times. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Spring Safari: African Wildlife Conservation Day
Celebrate the African Savanna and the amazing animals that live there during this special event at Woodland Park Zoo. Attend educational keeper talks and special enrichment sessions to learn more about issues like illegal poaching and habitat loss and learn how your choices and actions can help save giraffe, lions, ostrich and other critical savanna animals. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Seattle. Included with zoo admission or membership. All ages. Event details.


City of Mercer Island Leap for Green Fair
At this annual Earth Day fair designed for kids of all ages, there will be plenty of activities to bring awareness to the importance of sustainability. In addition to arts and crafts, fab food and giveaways, families can enjoy live entertainment with Yaamba Marimba Band and Nancy Stewart (at 11 a.m.), bird tours (at 1 p.m.) and The Bug Chef (at 12:30 p.m.), plus participate in the Pacific Science Center harvesting exhibit, garden with Seattle Tilth and learn about plants, composting, and animals. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Arbor Day-Earth Day Family Festival
Celebrate Earth Day by participating in park enhancement projects at Lewis Creek Park and other Bellevue-area parks followed by lots of free family activities. Kids can obtain a Discovery Passport and enter the raffle for collecting stamps from various eco-stations, participate in ranger walks and eco-friendly activities and much more. Sat., 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Bellevue. Free. Registration required for volunteer projects. All ages. Event details.

Seahawks 12K Run at The Landing
Football season has come to an end, but Seahawks fever lives on in Renton. Put on your best blue and lime green garb and participate in this family run designed for 12s of all ages and running abilities. In addition to the 12K and 5K run, little twelfies (10 & under) can participate in the 1-mile Kids Dash and the costume contest at the finish line. Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Renton. $10 to $45. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy