With the start of April (and a weekend highlighted by April Fools’ Day!), there’s plenty of spring fun to be had around the city. On our radar: a super-sized spring fest, a show with plenty of high-energy singing and dancing, a festival with tons of greens, a historic ride on the rails, a popular production based on a Hans Christian Andersen story and a spring festival loaded with kids’ activities. If you’re looking for even more excitement, take your crew to Luzia—the latest Cirque du Soleil Big Top show to hit King County’s Marymoor Park.


It’s time to swing into spring at Seattle Center’s annual Whirligig festival. For two full weeks, the Armory will be transformed into a colorful hub of lively kid-sized entertainment. Enjoy super-sized inflatable rides, balloon artists, face painters, caricaturists, student showcases and delicious food specials from Armory eateries. Fri.-Sun. (through April 16). Event details.

Annual Children’s Concert with Seattle Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus
Mark your calendars for this annual free concert presented by the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus featuring a collaborative performance by students of the Washington Middle School Chorus. Families of all ages will enjoy one hour of non-stop, high-energy tunes featuring familiar and classic songs. Psst… along with great tunes, expect silly costumes, laughter and lots of audience participation. Warm up your vocal chords and get ready to sing along! Sat. Event details.

Vegfest 2017
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. Event details.


The Little Mermaid
Enjoy the splashy retelling of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story in this latest BYT production. Watch the adventures of the little mermaid as she saves her kingdom and learns what’s truly important to her. Psst… expect plenty of singing and dancing! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Leap for Green Sustainability Fair
In celebration of Earth Day, the city of Mercer Island is encouraging everyone to “live green” by making simple, fun, healthy improvements to their home, their garden and their life. At this annual event, enjoy live entertainment and plenty of children’s activities including nature-based programs, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and live science demonstrations, plus a petting zoo, wetland tours and the chance to meet Leap, the frog mascot! Sat. Event details.

2017 Northwest Railway Museum Train Season
It’s opening weekend of train season at the Northwest Railway Museum. Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. The 75-minute, scenic train excursions will take you through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. During your visit, explore the train cars, exhibits and a Victorian-era depot while following in the footsteps of more than one million travelers who have passed through its doors since 1890. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy