We’re cruising through July with a supersized dose of family fun. On our radar: a spectacular parade through the streets of West Seattle, an awesome festival in the park, a popular parade in the heart of Chinatown, a fun-filled day with a little blue train, a summer festival with tons of kids’ activities and a movie that will turn you upside-down. If you’re looking for even more excitement, Recess Monkey and The Board of Education will be playing the free family fun festival on the Seattle waterfront on Sunday.

1-West Seattle Grand Parade 2015

photo: Kristina Moy


West Seattle Grand Parade (pictured)
This annual parade has all the bells and whistles of the Torchlight Parade, but without the crowds and parking chaos. Grab a curbside seat along California Ave. to see clowns, marching bands, drill teams and plenty of community floats, plus those wild and crazy Seafair Pirates and Seafair Clowns. Sat. Event details.

Summer at SAM: Family Festival
Take the fam to Olympic Sculpture Park to learn about our environment through hands-on activities and projects. Try a family-friendly yoga class, participate in a variety of art activities, enjoy live performances and hear from community partners. Sat. Event details.

Chinatown Seafair Parade
Grab a seat on South King St. and settle in for this annual evening parade held in the heart of Chinatown. The fab parade will feature lion and dragon dances, martial arts, the Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, Seafair Pirates and other community groups from the greater Seattle area. Sun. Event details.


Day out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016
Calling all Thomas the Train fanatics! Take a 25-minute train ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy live storytelling, music and lots of activities with Thomas and his friends. Fri.-Sun. Event Event details.

Renton River Days
At this annual three-day festival, enjoy tons of family fun including the always-popular Rubber Ducky Derby and Nibble of Renton. Don’t miss the fantastic community parade and be sure to hit the vendor booths and the awesome Kids Zone with inflatables, putt putt golf, a LEGO Playzone and Dizzy’s Tumblebus. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Carillon Point Outdoor Movies
Grab your blankets, low-back chairs and movie snacks and settle in for a showing of Inside Out under the starry Kirkland skies. Arrive early to eat at one of the fab restaurants or grab a takeout meal and enjoy the water views. Plaza opens one hour prior to dusk for seating. Sat. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy