With the start of April comes plenty of spring fun to be had around the Emerald City! On our lineup: a festival jam-packed with tunes, a fab sale that will leave you seeing double, a super-sized festival just for kids, an evening with some noisy creatures, an adventure for train buffs, and a production with a popular pig. Also on tap: Paws on Science: Husky Weekend. Huskies (big and small) are invited to join UW researchers at the Pacific Science Center for lots of fun, interactive activities and exhibits.

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Seattle Center Whirligig!
At this annual spring extravaganza, kiddos can enjoy super-sized inflatable rides, balloon artists, face painters, caricaturists, and student showcases plus a special Toddler Zone and delicious food from the Armory eateries. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (through April 20). Seattle. $1.50 to $7.50. Ages 0 to 12. Event details.

Seattle Families of Multiples Sale
This gigantic sale is not to be missed! Shop for gently used clothing for babies and kids (from preemie to pre-teen) as well as equipment from more than 50 families of multiples. If you haven’t been to a sale like this before, you’re in for a real treat. BYOB (bring your own bag or basket!). Sat., 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Seattle/Shoreline. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

World Rhythm Festival
This annual two-day festival will be packed full of 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., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Amorous Amphibians: Night Hike at Brightwater
What’s all that racket? At this special event, learn about native frogs and their calls and habits in an engaging indoor presentation. Then, head outdoors at dusk to look for frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and their eggs in the frog-filled wetland. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Woodinville. Free. Pre-registration required. Ages 6 and older. Event details.

Northwest Railway Museum: Train Season Opening Day
All aboard! Visit the Northwest Railway Museum this weekend for a unique living history experience that has been a part of Western Washington since 1957. The 75-minute round-trip excursions will take you through the Cascade Foothills and to Snoqualmie Falls before stopping at both the Snoqualmie and Northbend train depots. Sat.-Sun, 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays through July 6). Snoqualmie. $10 to $18 (under 2 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Charlotte’s Web
This is your last weekend to catch SecondStory Repertory’s latest production of Charlotte’s Web. See your fave characters (think Wilbur, Charlotte, and Templeton) from the beloved E.B. White book come to life on stage. Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Redmond. $5 to $10. Tickets required. Ages 6 and older on Saturday and all ages on Sunday. Event details.

How will you be ushering in the first weekend of April? Let us know in a comment below.

-Kristina Moy