Erika's Picks for Family Fun this Weekend, Aug. 11-13
Learn all about our local bats at Magnuson Park this Saturday
Urban Farm Tour Sat Aug 12, 10 a.m.-3p.m. Seattle Farm School Garden
Check out some of the best gardens around and get great ideas for your own yard. You’ll see examples of edible landscaping, vertical gardens, orchards, container gardens, neighborhood guilds, small space gardens, chicken coops, beekeeping, and more, all right here in the city. $15, kids free with adults.
The Festival at Mt. Si Fri Aug 11, 6-10 p.m., Sat Aug 12, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun Aug 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Si View Park. FREE
It’s back and better than ever. Join the fun at Mt. Si Park all weekend for live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, kids’ area, parade (10:15 a.m. Aug. 12.), youth and adult competitions, fireworks (9:45 p.m. Aug. 12) and more. Fee for some activities.
Soap Bubble Saturday Sat Aug 12, 3-4 p.m. KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Everyone loves bubbles. Head to KidsQuest this Saturday and find out how to create bubbles that are bigger than you, make your very own bubble wand, or try out geometric bubble shape blowers. Included with admission. $12, $11 seniors/military, $3 museums for all, free under one year.
Lusio – A Night to Awaken Sat Aug 12, 8-11 p.m. Volunteer Park. FREE
Volunteer Park will be covered with 30+ light art installations to explore. Get dressed up for this family friendly event in your more glowing attire and come see the park like you’ve never seen it before. There will also be a kids shadow puppet theater and an LED bubble machine.
Nighttime Nature Walk: Bats and Beavers and More, Oh My! Sat Aug 12, 8-9:30 p.m. Magnuson Park
Come learn about some maligned insect eaters and observe Magnuson’s bat population as they forage back and forth over the wetland ponds. You might also get a glimpse of the resident Beavers as they tend their lodge and dams, and stock their underwater “kitchen”! This fun walk will feature beaver sign bingo, you’ll learn how to use a bat detector, and other hands-on activities. Binoculars are provided. Please bring a small flashlight. $3 per person, pre-register. Park in lot #E-5 (off 65th), and follow the signs to meet at the Central Wetlands Complex entry trail in the NE corner of the parking lot.
Theater for Young Children Sun Aug 13, 12-1 p.m. Pinehurst Playfield. FREE
Bring along a blanket and picnic and see two fun plays: Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in Our Ears? and Two Ways to Count to Ten! You’ll learn with the animals of the African savanna about how clever thinking rather than strong muscles can win any day. Plus hear the tale of how Mosquito earned his place as one of the animal kingdom’s most annoying creatures. Free, donations accepted.
For more ideas, visit our Family Fun Calendar, searchable by age, location, cost and more.