To help you kick off this (hopefully sunny) first weekend of spring, we’ve put together a great mix of family-friendly events. Consider: a sale with rock bottom prices, a fun activity in the park, a celebration with French flair, a fantastic carnival for the minis, a fashion extravaganza and a popular event at SJCC. Also on tap: the 13th Annual Moisture Festival is back and better than ever. At the all ages variety shows, see awe-inspiring physical and mental dexterity combined with unbelievable feats of strength and beauty and plenty of LOL moments.

Did you know that the sculpture park has a greenhouse with living art inside? Mark Dion’s Neukom Vivarium is an ecosystem that holds a nurse log, which is the home to countless bugs, plants, and fungi. Every time you enter the Vivarium it will look different because it is in the process of changing all the time. Art doesn’t always just hang on walls or sit on the ground, it can also be alive! SAM Creates: Momento Vivere with artist Wyly Astley Create a temporary installation with artist Wyly Astley and dig into the environmental connections between art and science. Take a walk to Mark Dion’s Neukom Vivarium and get inspired to make your own plants, bugs, and lichens from felt and craft supplies. Then, add your part to a recycled cardboard nurse log in the PACCAR Pavilion, and give life to these materials through community support. Bring your own cardboard box to create a vehicle from recycled materials for an indoor “drive-in” movie. Our featured film, The Lorax, begins at 12 pm.

photo: Seattle Art Museum


Ballard Preschool Co-op’s Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale
If your kids are in need of spring clothing or gear, you don’t want to miss this awesome sale. Find incredible deals on gently used clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, gear, maternity wear and more. Clothes are hung by size and gender for easy shopping. Psst! Line up early and be sure to bring shopping bags or laundry baskets for hauling your loot. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages (no strollers). All ages. Event details.

SAM Winter Weekends: Kids’ Saturdays in the Park (pictured)
Head to the Olympic Sculpture Park for this fun family day centered around Mark Dion’s Neukom Vivarium inside the park’s greenhouse. Create a temporary installation with artist Wyly Astley and dig into the environmental connections between art and science. Then, take a walk to Neukom Vivarium and get inspired to make your own plants, bugs and lichens from felt and craft supplies. Psst! Bring your own cardboard box to create a vehicle from recycled materials for this month’s indoor “drive-in” movie of The Lorax. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (movie starts at noon). Seattle. Free. RSVP required. All ages. Event details.

Seattle’s French Fest
Bonjour! At this annual celebration of French-speaking cultures, enjoy live music, theatre and dance performances as well as demonstrations and seminars, fab French cuisine, games, kids’ activities and more. Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


American Girl Fashion Show
This major fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital is not to be missed. In addition to an interactive and stylish showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl, there will be a marketplace to purchase American Girl items, a raffle, silent auction, fun take-home treasures and more. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Bellevue. $60. Tickets required. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Redmond Toddler Group Carnival
This awesome carnival (now in its 31st year!) will feature tons of fun for preschoolers! Enjoy crafts and face painting, a fish pond and bean bag toss, plus participate in the cake walk, nosh on delicious food and enjoy raffle prizes and a race track with toddler-sized cars. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Redmond. $5/family (game and raffle tickets extra). All ages (activities geared towards kids ages 1-5). Event details.

Purim Carnival
Put on your best costume and head to SJCC to celebrate Purim! There will be carnival games, a bouncy house and photo booth, plus story time with PJ Library, costume contest, Purim crafts and more. Psst! For the five and under set, there will be special activities in “Purim Land.” Sun., noon-3 p.m. Mercer Island. Free admission (game booths and food extra). All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for this first weekend of spring? Tell us in the comments below.

—  Kristina Moy