Somehow, we’re almost halfway through August, yet it feels like summer just started. How does that always happen? Luckily, there are lots of fun activities going on this weekend to keep your mind off your back-to-school to-do list. Consider: a fabulous block party, a fun-filled day of healthy play, a hometown festival with plenty of hands-on activities and an adventure on the water. Scroll down to learn more!

photo: Cooley Run 5K 


South Lake Union Block Party
Celebrate the great community of South Lake Union at this annual block party. In addition to live entertainment, a burger grilling competition and food trucks galore, there will be awesome activities for families, lawn games, community booths and more. Fri. Event details.

Our Big Neighborhood: Global Playground
Presented by Northwest Folklife and the Seattle Center, Global Playground mixes cultural connectivity with outdoor games. This weekend’s event will feature exciting playground games, hands-on activities, live music and entertainment and interactive dance workshops to get the whole family moving, learning and playing. Sat. Event details.

Othello Park International Festival
This free Seafair sanctioned community festival will feature great food, plenty of fun and festivities that reflect the community’s diverse cultures. Take in a live performance, participate in hands-on visual art activities led by local artists and explore an array of tents and booths showcasing local businesses. Sun. Event details.


Toddler Trails
Explore the trails of Lewis Creek Park with a park ranger during this excursion designed for little hikers. During the excursion, kids will take frequent stops to investigate the different environments of Lewis Creek Park as well as learn how hiking can be fun for everyone. Fri. Event details.


Open Play at Springfree Trampoline
Looking for a fun energy burning activity? Take your crew to Springfree Trampoline to get the stir-crazies out during the store’s open jumping time. Psst! Parents can jump, too! Sat. Event details.

Canoe Mercer Slough
Explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water! Park rangers will lead this three-hour canoe trip from Enatai Beach Park into the heart of Mercer Slough Nature Park. See how this amazing ecosystem functions and with a little luck-—you may catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife living in the 320-acre wetland. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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