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 festival jam-packed with tunes, a rockin’ circus spectacular, an annual event with eco-friendly activities, an Earth Day party with the animals 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 loads of entertainment, carnival rides, games and animal exhibits. Giddy up!
photo: Patrick Hagerty
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, free 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.
World Rhythm Festival
This annual two-day festival will be jam-packed with musical goodness. In addition to more than 100 performances, kids can build their own percussion instruments and perform in a drum circle as well as enjoy family workshops, an international market and more. Sat., 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Big Top Rock: Dream On
Back by popular demand, this awesome family show, taking place under Teatro ZinZanni’s iconic tent, will feature a mix of rock ‘n roll and cirque performances. Kids (and parents) will discover that dreams become reality: kids learn to mosh, fans transform into rockers, roadies take flight and stars become legends. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. (select weekends through May 30). Seattle. $20 to $25 (babes in arms free). Tickets required. 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 parks followed by lots of family activities. Kids can obtain an Arbor Day Passport and enter the raffle for collecting stamps from various eco-stations and participate in ranger walks and eco-friendly activities. Psst! All volunteers will receive a commemorative tee shirt and hot lunch. Sat., 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Bellevue. Free. Registration for drop-in projects. All ages. Event details.
Party for the Planet at Cougar Mountain Zoo
This popular zoo in Issaquah will be buzzing with fun, earth-friendly activities to celebrate Earth Day. Kids can get their portrait drawn by a caricaturist or their face painted, attend animal lectures, participate in enrichment activities and crafts and celebrate Taj and Almos’ 8th birthday. Sat., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Issaquah. $9 to $12.50 (under 2 free). 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 and 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? Let us know in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy