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Erika's Picks for Family Fun this Weekend, Apr. 22-23

Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy this weekend.

Photo courtesy of Andy Ahlstrom/Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Festival


Free State Parks Day Sat April 22. FREE
It’s Spring and if you needed any other reason to get outside and explore nature, this is it. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invite the public to our state parks this Saturday for a free visit.  No Discover Passes needed for day-use visits. Check out the participating parks online and lace up those walking shoes.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Festival Sat Apr 22 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle Center Armory & Fisher Pavilion. FREE
They have been blooming all over town, now come and celebrate the cherry blossoms at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Festival Saturday at the Seattle Center. Experience Japanese culture with Taiko drumming performances, artisan demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, great food, a marketplace and much more. 

Sensory-Friendly Concert: The Old Magician Sat/Sun April 22/23 12 p.m. Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony musicians together with Board-Certified Music Therapist Michael Thomas bring to life this classic children’s story, along with other short chamber works. Join in the group songs, and learn how musicians play together. The concert includes instrument exploration before or after the show plus a meet-and-greet with the musicians. Great for kids ages 5 to 8 years old. $35/family (up to four people). 

Board Game Sunday Sun Apr 23 1-4 p.m. Ballard Library. FREE
Put down the iPads, leave the phones at home and join some old-fashioned fun at an afternoon of board game play. Bring your family and friends and play everything from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrabble. All ages welcome.

Spring Restoration Day Sun Apr 23 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteer Park. FREE
This is a great annual event benefiting the park and the community. Bring your family and friends and help clean-up Volunteer Park. We will be spreading gravel, weeding, and preparing garden beds for a summer. No gardening experience necessary. Gloves and tools, coffee and doughnuts will be provided Stay for an hour or stay all day - all hands are welcome.  Meet at the 13th Ave. E. & E. Prospect entrance of the park, just one block west of the Water Tower. We’ll be working in the West side near the reservoir.

The Bainbridge Island Trashion Show Sat Apr 22 6:30-7:30 p.m. Islandwood
This might be the ultimate recycling event. Calling all trashionistas. The best junk-to-trunk show is back by popular demand on Bainbridge Island. Come enjoy an evening fashion show featuring repurposed materials as local models of all ages and talented designers present their creative designs. One man’s trash is truly another’s treasure.


For more ideas, visit our Family Fun Calendar, searchable by age, location, cost and more.


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