With springtime celebrations in full swing, it’s a great weekend to get out and explore the city. On our radar: a rockin’ music tour, an annual celebration of Japanese culture, a heart healthy party for kids, a farm-tastic event in Bellevue, an awesome carnival for the Littles, and a green fair with tons of kids’ activities. If you’re looking for some family fun on Saturday night, boogie over to KidsQuest Children’s Museum and share your fave Beatles songs with your kids at a special Crème Tangerine concert. And don’t forget about the Family Variety Show with R2-D2 on Sunday.

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Play Date Family Music Show
Play Date is rolling into town with their all ages I Scream For Ice Cream Tour. Enjoy interactive, fun rockin’ music the whole family will be able to move and groove to. Psst… the tour is stopping at Full Tilt’s ice cream shops so you can get your ice cream fix on too! Fri., 4:30 p.m. (also April 28 & 29 at 4:30 p.m.). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

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, hands-on activities, food, games, and a lively marketplace. Fri.–Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at several King County YMCA locations. Activities range from games, make-and-take crafts, and safety demonstrations to bouncy houses, healthy snacks, and pool time. Insider Tip: The first 100 kids (at each location) will receive a free t-shirt! Sat., 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.


Sheep Shearing at Kelsey Creek Farm Park (pictured)
This annual family event will be loaded with farm fun! See sheep shearing demonstrations, participate in hands-on farm activities, and enjoy tractor-pulled hay rides, animal exhibits, pony rides, inflatables, food, and much more. Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Bellevue. Free admission (costs vary for food and some activities). Cash only. All ages. Event details.

MIPA Circus
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). Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Mercer Island. Free (costs vary for food and game tickets). Ages 0 to 5. Event details.

Leap for Green: Family Sustainability Fair
At this annual Earth Day family fair, enjoy lots of arts and crafts, live entertainment, vendor booths and delish food. Kids can also interact with live animals, learn about urban farming and the importance of sustainability, and see an awesome science show. Sat., 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned for the last weekend of April? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy