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 festival with plenty of greens, a fun activity in the park, a celebration with French flair, a wildly popular carnival, an egg-citing hunt in downtown Bellevue and a water celebration. Also on tap: the 12th Annual Moisture Festival is back and better than ever. See awe-inspiring physical and mental dexterity combined with unbelievable feats of strength and beauty at the all ages variety shows.

redmond toddler carnival

photo: Redmond Toddler Group


Vegfest 2015
This annual festival for veggie lovers will feature over 500 food samples, cooking demonstrations, free health checks and the latest information on nutrition, plus a special kids section with veggie-centric kids’ foods and entertainment by clowns Zero and Somebody. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. $8 (12 & under free). All ages. Event details.

Kids’ Saturday in the Park
Take the fam to Olympic Sculpture Park for hands-on activities focusing around this month’s theme—Forces of Nature. Use your imagination to create ways to help take care of our environment, enjoy a fun story time and see a free viewing of Ponyo—an animated adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (story time at 11:30 a.m.; movie at 1 p.m.). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

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


Redmond Toddler Group Carnival (pictured)
At this popular carnival for little ones, there will be crafts and face painting, a fish pond, bean bag toss and cake walk, plus delicious food, raffle prizes and a race track with cars just their size. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Redmond. $5/family (game and raffle tickets extra). All ages (activities geared towards kids ages 0-5). Event details.

2nd Annual Charity Easter Egg Hunt
Rain or shine, grab your baskets and hop on over to Bellevue Downtown Park for this egg-citing Easter egg hunt benefiting YFC’s Parent Life ministry. In addition to a fun egg hunt, there will be face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Bellevue. Free (donations accepted). Ages 0-10. Event details.

Brightwater World Water Day Celebration
Celebrate World Water Day 2015 and discover how people across the globe use water to do everything from cook dinner to create electricity, and what those actions means for the planet. There will be lots of hands-on activities including art projects, outdoor exploration, and science experiments. Plus, friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to guide your activities and give tours of Brightwater’s public art collection and treatment plant. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Woodinville. Free. All ages (treatment tours geared towards families with kids ages 9-15). Registration required. Event details.

What do you have planned for this first weekend of spring? Let us know in a comment below.

—  Kristina Moy