Since we don’t want you to labor too hard over this long weekend, we’ve put together some fun ways to chillax with the fam. On our radar: a family party with pool noodles, a ginormous music festival under the Needle, a Tony Award-winning musical, a ship-tastic event in Kirkland, a scenic ride aboard a historic steam train and a race designed for all ages. If you’re looking to escape the city for the day, the annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival returns with tons of family activities and of course, lots (and lots!) of blackberry goodness.
photo: Morgan Keuler
Kids Carnival at Mounger Pool
Celebrate the end of summer with a fantastic pool party at Mounger Pool. This carnival-themed family swim will include games, activities, prizes and tons of splash-tastic fun! Fri., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Seattle. $3.75 to $5.25. No registration required (first come, first serve). All ages. Event details.
There’s a little something for everyone at this annual music and arts extravaganza. In addition to great tunes from a variety of music genres, experience urban craft vendors, theatre and dance performances and delish food. For the under 10 set, the Youngershoot Kids’ Zone will feature lots of kid-approved activities, entertainment, exhibits and programs. Sat.–Mon., 11 a.m.–11 p.m. (Youngershoot open from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.). Seattle. $55 to $550 (5 & under free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
Matilda The Musical
This is your last chance to catch this spectacular musical that tells the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Tues.-Wed.; 7:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri.; 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Seattle. $35 & up. Tickets required. Ages 5 & older. Event details.
Tall Ships Return to Carillon Point
Ahoy, mateys! Take a tour of the historic tall ships at Carillon Point, including one used in the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean. Plus, watch mock battles and tall ship handling demonstrations, enjoy sea shanty singing and storytelling and sail around Lake Washington. Tues.-Sun., various times. $39 to $75 for sailing adventures ($3/person for ship tours). Tickets required. Kirkland. All ages. Event details.
Labor Day Train Rides
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with a 75-minute scenic steam train ride though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Before your return to Seattle, stop by Snoqualmie Falls to gawk at the falls from the lookout points or hike one of the trails to the bottom. Sat.-Mon., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Snoqualmie. $12 to $20 (Under 2 Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
Labor Day Half & Kids Run
Lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for this annual race at Marymoor Park. In addition to the Half Marathon, there will be a 4-mile run/walk and Kid’s Run for the under 10 set. Be sure to stick around after the race for lots of post-race excitement including awards, exhibitors, a barbecue and beer garden (bring cash), plus a Kids Zone with bounce houses and a live band. Mon., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Redmond. $10 to $75. Registration required. All ages. Event details.
How will you be spending Labor Day Weekend? Will you be hitting the road or enjoying one of the activities we mentioned above? Tell us in the comments below.
— Kristina Moy