We’re halfway through August already, yet it feels like summer just started. How does that always happen? Luckily, we’ve got plenty of activities to keep your mind off your back-to-school to-do list. On our roundup: a bubble blowing bonanza, a fun-filled day of healthy play, a neighborhood party with tons of kids’ activities, a hometown festival with ample entertainment, a family campout in the city and a family night at the mall. Also on tap: the Obliteride Family Ride (pictured) returns this weekend with a 10 mile ride around Lake Union and an afternoon of family fun at Gas Works Park.

obliteride day

photo: Obliteride


Get ready for a bubble poppin’ extravaganza at PSC. At this super-fun festival, learn about the science of bubbles through live demonstrations, create art at the hands-on bubble craft stations, participate in bubble themed games, compete in a bubble gum blowing contest and of course, blow, pop and repeat. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Seattle Parks & Recreation’s Big Day of Play
Hop, skip or jump over to this health and fitness extravaganza for tons of family fun. Big Day of Play will offer exciting obstacle course inflatables, a rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, plus dance workshops and sport exhibitions for all ages. Sat. Event details.

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival
This free family festival will feature some good old-fashioned fun. Enjoy a community parade, food from local restaurants, games, art projects, kids’ activities and more. On Sunday, a second day of fun continues with art and music activities along with plenty of kids’ activities at Othello Park. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Kirkland SummerFest
Head to downtown Kirkland for this annual arts and music festival featuring multiple entertainment stages, a fab Kids Zone with rides, games, inflatables, face painting and touch-a-truck vehicles as well as art vendors, food trucks and much more. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Camp Burbank Community Campout
At this fun family campout, you supply the tent, personal items and sleeping bags and the City of Mercer Island will provide the cooking, cleaning and fun things to do like water activities, games, s’mores and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

2nd Saturdays at Crossroads Bellevue
Take your crew to Crossroads Bellevue for a night of fun. Enjoy family game time at Game Lane, a kids’ performer on the market stage, $1.50 off admission to WiggleWorks Kids and pizza and drink specials. Sat. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy