We’re wrapping up the last weekend of April with a super-sized dose of family fun. On our radar: a sweet dash around Green Lake, a farm-tastic event in Bellevue, a circus with plenty of big top fun and an event jam-packed with good-for-you activities. Looking for even more fun? Consider attending The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the 5th Avenue Theatre or shopping Seattle Independent Bookstore Day. Scroll down to learn more.

photo: Mercer Island Preschool Association


Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
Explore Seattle’s deep connections with Japan and celebrate the beauty of spring at this annual festival. From live performances, visual arts and hands-on activities, to food, games and a lively marketplace, the event is a feast for the senses. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Celebrate Healthy Kids Day, a day devoted to promoting active minds and healthy bodies, at several King County YMCA locations. Activities range from games, make-and-take crafts and safety demonstrations to bouncy houses, healthy snacks and swimming. Sat. Event details.

Top Pot Doughnut Dash
Lace up your tennies, dust off your jogging stroller and join other Seattle families for this annual fundraiser 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, a rockin’ concert with Caspar Babypants and, of course, free Top Pot Doughnuts. Sun. Event details.


Sheep Shearing at Kelsey Creek Farm Park
This annual 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. 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, circus performers). Sat. Event details.

Saturday Kid’s Cooking Classes
Take your budding chef to Urban Table Culinary Arts to participate in a fun, hands-on cooking class. During this week’s class, you and your little sous chef will have a blast creating dog-shaped sandwiches and learning basic cooking skills. Sat. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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