It’s Father’s Day weekend and we’ve put together a fantastic roundup of family fun for dear ol’ Dad! On our radar: a day for little firefighters, a wild and wacky festival, a fun summer expo, a festival with lots of brewskis, a popular Swedish celebration and a show for big (and lil’) hot rods. If Dad loves strawberries, carnival rides and cool cars, be sure to hit the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival or take Dad to Springfree Trampoline in Issaquah to dance, sing, giggle and JUMP to Seattle children’s entertainer, Mikey Mike Gervais. Happy Father’s Day to all of the awesome dads who read Red Tricycle!
photo: The Museum of Flight
Kids Safety Day at The Museum of Flight (pictured)
Calling all firefighter wannabes! At this annual event, kids can climb aboard a fire engine, talk with firefighters and department personnel and learn fire and life safety skills through fun hands-on activities. Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade
Celebrate the summer solstice with a weekend full of eclectic activities in Fremont (aka the Center of the Universe). This neighborhood festival will feature street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, vendor booths, a special hands-on area for kids and the famous free-spirited (and very unpredictable!) Solstice Parade. Fri., 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Wild Nearby Opening Day Trails and Camping Expo
Take your crew to the Burke Museum to get tips on how to enjoy the North Cascades this summer. Find out the best hikes to take this summer; talk to National and Washington State Park rangers about how to explore the North Cascades; touch North Cascade wolverine, bear, coyote and barred owl specimens; and test out backpacks, tents and other equipment to bring with you to the mountains. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Seattle. Included with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
Washington Brewers Festival
If the dad in your house loves beer, you know that he’s going to want to spend Father’s Day weekend drinking some. This annual festival (open to all ages on Saturday and Sunday) will feature more than 500 different beers from over 110 different Washington breweries. While Dad is sampling his fave brewskis, kids will have fun enjoying the live music, kids’ craft area, keg toss contest and root beer garden. Fri., 4 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (21 & older); Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Redmond. $30 (under 21 free). All ages on Sat & Sun. Event details.
Vasa Park’s Midsummer Festival
Celebrate Father’s Day at this annual Swedish festival. In addition to Swedish dancers, singers and the famous midsummer maypole wrapping, there will be lots of activities for the kids including a bounce house, pony rides, interactive game bus, balloon art and face painting. Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Bellevue. Free admission (food extra). All ages. Event details.
Fenders on Front Street
If Dad is a car lovin’, engine revin’ kinda guy, you’ll want to take him to this super cool car show in Issaquah. See hundreds of classic and vintage cars and enjoy great rock ‘n’ roll tunes, family activities, an awards ceremony and an afternoon Cruise to the Triple XXX. Sun., 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun things do you have planned for Dad this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy