It’s Memorial Day Weekend which marks the unofficial kickoff to camping and road trip season. Since we know traveling with little ones can be hard (especially in bumper to bumper traffic), we’ve put together a fantastic weekend of family fun right here in our own city. On our radar: a ginormous music festival, a fun activity with science, a family day with two celebrity astrologers, a SIFF film for all ages, an adventure through the wetlands and a scenic journey aboard an antique train. If you’re still looking for more weekend ideas, be sure to check out our Memorial Day guide.



Northwest Folklife Festival (pictured)
There’s a lil’ somethin’-somethin’ for everyone at the largest folk festival in the country. With more than 7,000 diverse performers, a brand new Discovery Zone for kids and participatory dances and workshops, we guarantee you’ll tire out the little ones without even trying. Bonus: On Monday, catch a special Kindiependent Show with local faves like Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, The Harmonica Pocket and Johnny Bregar. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Mon., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Seattle. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Family Science Weekend
Take the fam to the Seattle Aquarium to learn about local science projects and research being done in our area. There will be plenty of hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations to help the whole family discover science in a fun way. Fri.–Mon., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission (3 and under and members free). All ages. Event details.

Pine & 14th Family Day
The AstroTwins are celebrating the launch of their latest parenting book with day filled with family activities. The event will feature book signings and mini astrology readings by the twins along with in-store activities, fire engine tours, hands-on photos activities, sweet treats and refreshments and more. Sat., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


SIFF Films4Families: Land of Bears 3D
If you haven’t seen a SIFF family film yet, this all ages documentary follows brown bears living on the Kamchatka Peninsula and is perfect for tots to tweens. Sat., 10 a.m. (also May 28). Bellevue. $6 to $8. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Canoe Mercer Slough
Rain or shine, explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by boat. See how this amazing ecosystem functions and with a little luck, catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife who call the Slough home. Sat. & Sun., 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. (Saturdays & Sundays through Labor Day). Bellevue. $16 to $18. Reservations required. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Memorial Day Train Rides
This Memorial Day Weekend, take a scenic 75-minute round-trip excursion aboard an antique railway coach. Trains travel through the Cascade Foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and to Snoqualmie Falls before stopping at both the Snoqualmie and North Bend train depots. Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Snoqualmie. $5 to $15 ($5 for members of the military: active duty, guard, reserve, retired, and their dependent family members, with current military ID.). Tickets required for ages 2 and older. All Ages. Event details.

How will you be celebrating Memorial Day Weekend? Let us know in a comment below. 

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Northwest Folklife