With springtime celebrations in full swing, it’s a great weekend to get out and explore the city. Consider: an annual celebration under the Needle, a heart-healthy fair, an awesome carnival for the Littles and a sale with incredible deals. If you’re looking for even more excitement, get your Fischer scone fix at The Washington State Spring Fair and enjoy tons of healthy family fun at YMCA Healthy Kids Day. Read on to learn more and to see what else is on our weekend radar.

photo: Mercer Island Preschool Association 


Cherry Blossom & Japanese Festival
At this annual springtime festival, explore and experience the cultural roots of Japan through live performances, including Taiko drumming, visual arts and hands-on activities. Plus, enjoy fab food, games and a lively marketplace. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale
If your kids need spring clothing or gear, head to this awesome sale on Phinney Ridge to find incredible deals on gently used clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, gear, maternity wear and more. Clothes are hung by size and gender for easy shopping. Psst! Line up early for the best selection and be sure to bring along shopping bags or laundry baskets to haul away your loot. Sat. Event details.

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
This weekend, the largest exhibition ever staged at MoPOP, MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes, will feature more than 300 original artifacts including iconic artwork, costumes, and props from such comics and films as Captain America, The Avengers, Jessica Jones and many more. Journey through Marvel’s 80-year history from inception to modern day with comics, films, artifacts and interactives and enjoy a slew of special activities planned for the grand opening weekend. Sat.-Sun. (through Jan. 6, 2019). Event details.


The Wizard of Oz
BYT is at it again! In this latest production, watch your favorite characters from the classic tale come to life on stage (think: Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion). Suitable for the whole family, this play will include hit tunes such as “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Fri.-Sun. (through May 12). Event details.

Arbor Day-Earth Day Family Festival
Celebrate Earth Day by participating in park enhancement projects at Lewis Creek Park and enjoy lots of eco-friendly activities. Kids can obtain a Discovery Passport and collect stamps by visiting various eco-stations as well as participate in ranger walks and eco-friendly activities. Sat. Event details.

MIPA Circus (pictured)
Calling all toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners! It’s carnival time and there’s plenty of Big Top fun to be had (think: face painting, pony rides, cake walks, games, bouncy houses), plus special performances by Recess Monkey, Nancy Stewart, SANCA and more! Sat. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

—Kristina Moy