It’s Memorial Day Weekend! If you’re planning to stick close to home, we’ve put together a fantastic lineup of family fun. Consider: a ginormous music festival under the Needle, a cruise for little swashbucklers, a scenic journey aboard an antique train and a fun day on the farm. If you’re looking for more weekend ideas, scroll down and be sure to check out our Memorial Day Weekend guide.

photo: Christopher Nelson for Northwest Folklife


Northwest Folklife Festival (pictured)
There’s a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ for everyone at the largest folk festival in the country. With more than 5,000 diverse performers, an awesome Discovery Zone for kids and participatory dances and workshops, we guarantee you’ll tire the little ones out without even trying. Psst…on Monday, catch a special Kindiependent Showcase with local kindie faves Recess Monkey and The Not-Its! Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Family Science Weekend
Haven’t been to the Seattle Aquarium lately? This weekend, participate in fun hands-on activities and learn about the science and research taking place at the Seattle Aquarium through special talks, diver shows and demonstrations. Sat.–Mon. Event details.

Family Treasure Cruise
Swashbucklers of ages will have a blast aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge. During this fully interactive pirate experience, cruise the waters of Lake Union with a band of merry pirates, search for treasure, play games and learn how to talk like a pirate. Psst…everyone will have an opportunity to fire the water cannons and help defend the honor of Queen Anne’s Revenge. Sat.-Mon. Event details.


May Open Play at Springfree Trampoline
Looking for a new indoor activity? Take your crew to Springfree Trampoline to get the stir-crazies out during this special open jumping time. Parents can jump, too! Sat. Event details.


Remlinger Farms Family Fun Park
The Eastside’s favorite farm park is open for the season. Ride the half-sized steam train along the Tolt River, pet the farm animals and take a pony ride, plus jump in the hay maze, spin on the mini roller coaster and “fly” on the pumpkins. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Memorial Day Train Rides
If you and your crew are itching to get out of the city for the day, head east to Snoqualmie and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with a scenic train ride. This special 75-minute train ride will take you through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, including a ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Psst..the Museum will be offering $5 roundtrip train fare to members of the military: active duty, guard, reserve, retired and their dependent family members with current military ID. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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