Even though summer break is starting to wind down, there’s still plenty of fun to be had around the Emerald City. On our weekend roundup: a festival for train fanatics, a party with hundreds of hounds and two events devoted to outdoor play. But that’s not all. This weekend the Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge returns with two full days of heart pounding fun and the Seattle Design Festival kicks off its 10-day fest on Friday. Scroll down to learn more.

photo: Carol Hook 

Seattle

Movies in the Park
Grab your low-back chairs, blankets and snacks and head over to the Magnuson Park Amphitheater for an outdoor screening of Babe. Psst! Be sure to arrive early and take advantage of the kids’ activities presented by Scarecrow. Fri. Event details.

Big Day of Play
Take the whole fam to the Rainier Community Center for a super fun (and super healthy!) day of play. In addition to obstacle course inflatables, a rock climbing wall and dance presentations and workshops, there will be water sport exhibitions for all ages (sailing, rowing, stand-up paddle boarding), information booths, guest speakers, healthy food, a Kids Zone and plenty of live music and entertainment. Sat. Event details.

Our Big Neighborhood: Global Playground
Presented by Northwest Folklife and the Seattle Center, this weekend’s Global Playground will feature exciting playground games, hands-on activities, live music and entertainment and interactive dance workshops to get the whole fam moving, learning and playing! Sat. Event details.

Eastside

Pacific NW Chalk Fest
This awesome event is back again and will feature internationally, nationally and regionally renowned chalk artists. Watch as the artists transform parts of Redmond Town Center into pastel masterpieces and enjoy a merchant Sidewalk Sale, sips and bites from RTC merchants, kids’ activities, live music and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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Celebrate Woodinville Festival & Parade (pictured)
Families can expect to find live music, delish food, arts and crafts, a community parade and loads of kids’ activities at this annual celebration in downtown Woodinville. Psst! Don’t miss the annual Basset Bash competition now in its 41st year. Sat. Event details.

Snoqualmie Railroad Days
This annual festival, celebrating the spirit and origins of Snoqualmie’s railroad and logging town, will feature train, wagon and railway motor car rides, live entertainment and a car show, plus a model train show, vendor booths and yummy food. Psst! Be sure to catch the parade on Saturday morning and lots of kids’ activities throughout the weekend. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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