This weekend, the Emerald City will be bursting with fun springtime celebrations to keep you and your crew happy and entertained. On our radar: a popular cultural celebration, a huge sale for kids, a dash for donut lovers, a hands-on activity for truck obsessed tykes, an awesome carnival with rockin’ entertainment and an Earth Day celebration with the animals. If you’re looking for even more excitement, head to the Evergreen State Fair’s Celebrate Spring Weekend for games, carnival rides, farm animals and loads of family fun.

Mercer Island Preschool Association Annual Circus

photo: Mercer Island Preschool Association 


Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
At this annual springtime festival, explore and experience the cultural roots of Japan through live performances including Taiko drumming, visual arts, hands-on activities, food, games and a lively marketplace. Fri.–Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s Kids Sale
You don’t want to miss this huge sale perfect for expecting families and those with babies and children ages 0-10. Take advantage of amazing prices on gently used, quality clothing, toys, books, strollers, bedding, safety equipment, car seats, general baby/kid gear and more!  All clothes are hung by size to make shopping easy and there is even a maternity section for mamas to be. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Top Pot Doughnut Dash
Lace up your tennies, dust off your jogging stroller and hit this 7th annual family event benefitting Childhaven. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there will be a half-mile dash for mini doughnut lovers, awards and prizes at the finish line and of course, plenty of delish Top Pot Doughnuts. Sun., 8:30 a.m. Seattle. $15 to $45. Registration required. All ages. Event details.


Touch a Truck with Republic Services
Little ones can get up close and personal with a real recycling truck at this special KidsQuest event. Meet a truck driver, climb in the cab, take a memorable photo and more. Republic Services representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about their recycling and compost services to help you go green. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Bellevue. Free with admission or membership. No registration required. All ages. 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 and Dizzy’s Tumble Bus) as well as a rockin’ concert with Recess Monkey. Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Mercer Island. $15 for all access wristbands; parents Free (costs vary for food, pony rides and face painting). Ages 2 to 8. Event details.

Earth Day Celebration at Cougar Mountain Zoo
Cougar Mountain Zoo will be buzzing with fun, earth-friendly activities to celebrate Earth Day. Get your face painted, participate in enrichment activities and crafts, enjoy special reptile mini lectures, nosh on free Top Pot Doughnuts (while supplies last) and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Issaquah. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy