Take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outdoors with the fam this weekend. On our radar: a festival on the water, an ocean extravaganza, a fundraiser for you and Fido, a rockin’ concert with plenty of new tunes, a two-day event for mountain bike lovers and a fun activity for budding naturalists. If you’re looking for even more excitement, explore a Washington State Park for Free on Saturday or take in the annual Vashon Sheepdog Classic.
photo: Mark Grantor
Get Out and Boat Fest
Want to venture into the world of boating but don’t know where to start? At this special event, families can enjoy free boat rides on Lake Union, paddle board and kayak demos, free kids’ boat building and knot tying taught by the Center for Wooden Boats, plus food, music, seminars and hands-on skills training. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
World Ocean Weekend
Take your crew to the Seattle Aquarium to celebrate the world’s one big ocean and to learn how to be an ocean hero! There will be a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations, plus diver shows, story times, games, an octopus meet and greet and more! Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Seattle. $16.95 to $24.95 (3 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.
Seattle Furry 5K
Lace up your tennies, grab your jogging stroller and Fido and join other Seattle families and their four-legged friends at The Seattle Animal Shelter’s 17th Annual Furry 5K. In addition to the run/walk, visit the vendor booths before and after the race, learn about pet product and service companies, watch amazing dogs demonstrate their talents and enter your pet in City Dog Magazine’s Cover Model Search. Sun., 10 a.m. Seattle. $25 to $35. Registration required. All ages. Event details.
Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival
Take the whole fam to King County’s Duthie Hill Park to join riders of all ages and abilities for this annual, two-day festival. In addition bike demos and more than 40 vendors, test ride bikes from some of the top brands, watch pros huck in the Jump Show and enjoy riding demos, raffle prizes, special kids’ events (both on and off bikes), food concessions and the chance to check out the latest mountain biking gear. Psst! All trails will also be open to ride. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Issaquah. Free admission ($10 to $20 to test ride bikes and participate in guided rides and skills clinics). All ages. Event details.
The edges of ponds and wetlands are great places for budding naturalists to explore. During this special class, use tools like dip nets and water scopes to get a closer look at the wetland creatures of Lewis Creek Park. What will you find in this unfamiliar underwater world? Sat., 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Bellevue. Free. Ages 5 & older. Event details.
Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
Head over to Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center for tons of family fun. Play new and exciting board games, take in a rockin’ concert with Recess Monkey and Pickled Okra, nosh on free popcorn and enjoy $1.50 off admission to WiggleWorks Kids and pizza and drink specials. Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy