It’s Memorial Day Weekend which also means it’s 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 the Emerald City. On our radar: a ginormous music festival, a fun activity with science, a day for big (and little) cyclists, an adventure through the wetlands, a twist on a popular performance and a scenic journey through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. If you’re still looking for more weekend ideas, be sure to check out our Memorial Day Weekend Guide.
photo: Christopher Nelson
Northwest Folklife Festival (pictured)
There’s a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone at the largest folk festival in the country. With more than 7,000 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. Bonus: On Monday, catch a special Kindiependent Showcase with local kindie faves including Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, The Harmonica Pocket, Johnny Bregar, Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies and more. 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 new and fun way. Fri.–Mon., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Seattle. $15.95 to $22.95 (3 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.
Dust off your bikes, blades, trailers and training wheels and enjoy four car-free miles of Lake Washington Boulevard between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach. Psst! If your lil’ peddlers need to make a pit stop or take a break along the way, there’s plenty of places to stop and even a playground near the entrance of Seward Park. Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Canoe Mercer Slough
Kick off Memorial Day Weekend (and canoeing season!) by exploring 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 Mercer Slough home. Sat. & Sun., 8:30 a.m.-noon. (weekends through Labor Day). Bellevue. $16 to $18. Reservations required. Ages 5 & older. Event details.
The Marvelous Land of Oz
In this world premier Studio East production, experience the adventurous story of a boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz. See what happens when he meets the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as many new characters – Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse and the Amazing Gump. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.; 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m. are Opening Night Gala performances). $17 to $20. Tickets required. Kirkland. Ages 4 & older. Event details.
Memorial Day Steam Train Rides
If you and your crew are itching to get out of the city for the day, head east to North Bend and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with a scenic train ride. This special 75-minute steam train run is in addition to the railroad’s usual weekend train schedule and will take you through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, including a ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Snoqualmie. $12 to $22 (under 2 Free). All Ages. Event details.
What fun things do you have planned this Memorial Day Weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy