Somehow we’re halfway through August already, yet it feels like summer just started. How does that always happen? Luckily, we have lots of fun events going on this weekend to keep your mind off your back-to-school to-do list. On our roundup: a bubble bonanza, a party for big (and little) adventurers, a popular festival with tons of kids’ activities, an event for train lovers, a special market for kids and an annual celebration with hundreds of hounds. Also on tap: A Taste of Edmonds returns with three days of food, fun and kid-friendly entertainment and the newest Mighty-O Donut Café opens in Ballard with a superhero-themed grand opening!


photo: Carol Hook Photography


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., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

Geocaching Block Party
At this annual event, discover the hobby that guides you to little known locations to reveal hidden objects and history. During the day-long party, enjoy seminars, interactive exhibits, vendor booths, a GeoTour through Fremont and some of Seattle’s best food trucks. Psst! There will be a special geocache for pint-sized adventurers. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. 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 at Othello Park. Sat., noon.–4 p.m. (parade starts at noon); Sun., noon-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Kids Day at Bothell Farmers Market
We know this isn’t exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to mention. Take your crew to the Bothell farmers market for an exciting day of arts and crafts, face painting and kids’ market booths. Plus, there will be giveaways, a photo booth and fun princess-themed goodies. Psst! Be sure to catch the March of the Veggies parade and hop on the train or take a pony ride through Country Village. Fri., noon-6 p.m. Bothell. Free. All ages. Event details.

Snoqualmie Railroad Days
This annual festival, celebrating the spirit and origins of this railroad and logging town, will feature train, wagon and railway motor car rides, live entertainment, a car show, model train show, vendor booths and yummy food. Be sure to catch the grand parade on Saturday and loads of kids’ activities throughout the weekend. Fri., 5 p.m.–9 p.m. (train rides 11:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.); Sat., 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Snoqualmie. Free. All ages. Event details

Celebrate Woodinville (featured)
Families can expect to find live music, delish food, arts and crafts and tons of kids’ activities, plus the annual Basset Bash and 37th annual community parade at this hometown celebration. Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (parade starts at 11 a.m.). Woodinville. Free. All ages. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy