Rain or shine, we have plenty of fun springtime activities to keep you and your crew happy and entertained this weekend. On our radar: a spring extravaganza with the animals, a festival for veggie lovers, an annual event with mammals, a night adventure with nocturnal creatures, a ride on the rails and a family date night. If you’re looking for even more excitement, Big Top Rock: Rock This Way kicks off this weekend at Teatro ZinZanni with a repertoire of timeless hits for mom and dad and plenty of singing, dancing and circus antics for the kids.

blake at woodland park zoo 2016

photo: Kristina Moy 


Spring Break at the Zoo
Celebrate the wondrous gifts of nature and wildlife with the folks at Woodland Park Zoo. Each day, enjoy fun activities, keeper talks and animal enrichment activities. Plus, participate in the Text Message Scavenger Hunt, meet an ambassador animal, hang with the zoo’s mascot and participate in the Zoolympic Games. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (also Apr. 17). Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Vegfest 2016
This annual festival for veggie lovers will feature over 500 food samples, free health checks, cooking demonstrations and the latest information on nutrition. Plus, there will be a special section for kids with veggie-centric kids’ foods and entertainment by clowns Zero and Somebody. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. $9 (12 & under Free). All ages. Event details.

Marine Mammal Mania
The Seattle Aquarium is kickin’ off spring with a super-sized mammal celebration. Head to Pier 59 to learn about the furry inhabitants of the Aquarium and participate in special hands-on activities as well as enjoy talks and diver demonstrations, games and plenty of good ol’ family fun. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m (also Apr. 16-17 & 23-24). Seattle. Included with admission (3 & under and members free). All Ages. Event details.


Owl Prowl
At this special event at Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center, discover what owl species live in the Pacific Northwest. Then, take a night hike with a park ranger to listen for owls and other nocturnal wildlife in the park. Psst… bring a flashlight or headlamp, as well as good shoes, for the journey. Fri., 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. $5 to $6. Registration required. Ages 5 & older. Event details.

Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides
Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. Travel through the Upper Cascade Valley and get a glimpse back in time to discover how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington State. Psst… this year, most train excursions will include a stop at the Train Shed exhibit building, so you can explore even more. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (weekends through October). Snoqualmie. $10 to $22 (under 2 Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

2nd Saturdays at Crossroads Bellevue
Take the fam to Crossroads Bellevue for a family date night. Enjoy game time, a spellbinding performance by magician Joe Black, $1.50 off admission to WiggleWorks Kids and pizza and drink specials. Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy