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Erika's Picks for Family Fun this Weekend, Mar. 17-19

Try some paddle sports this weekend at St. Paddles Day

Photo courtesy of Alderbrook Spa & Resort


Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz Concert Fri March 17 7 p.m. Paramount Theater
Amazing kids, amazing music! Don’t miss this awe-inspiring annual benefit concert featuring award-winning jazz bands from Bellevue, Edmonds-Woodway, Garfield, Mountlake Terrace, and Roosevelt High Schools. All money from ticket sales benefits the schools’ music programs. $22. (Downtown Seattle) 

Teen Action Fair Sat March 18 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. FREE.
Come be inspired at this free, youth-led event showcasing young leaders who are inspiring positive change in our community and beyond. Be sure to check out fun hands-on activities, performances, speakers, exhibits and discover ways you can get involved too. (Downtown Seattle) 

St. Paddles’ Day Sat March 18 Alderbrook Spa & Resort
Looking for a fun adventure? Head out of town this weekend to Alderbrook Spa & Resort on the Hood Canal and celebrate the beginning of paddling season with their annual tradition: St. Paddles’ Day! It’s a day of fun, family-friendly non-sanctioned paddleboard races, kid and adult paddleboard lessons, delicious food, warm beverages, SUP yoga by Joonbug Yoga! This event is co-hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle. $10 to $40.

Family Wetland Walk: Tree Frog Time! Sat Mar 18 10-11:30 a.m.
Dress for the weather and come hunt through Magnuson Wetlands for a ‘wee bit o’ green’ this weekend, or in other words, it’s native Tree Frog season. March is when those cute little amphibians are most active and vocal. It’s also a great time to see the first leaves popping out on the wetland plants, the first flowers blooming, and the start of spring migration for the resident waterfowl. Binoculars and other supplies provided for all, or bring your own. Park in lot #E-5 (off 65th), and follow the signs to meet at the Wetlands entry trail in the NE corner of the parking lot. $3, pre-register.

Moisture Festival Sat Mar 18/Sun Mar 19 3 & 7:30 p.m. Hale’s Palladium in Fremont
A mesmerizing showcase of comedy/varietè artists including acrobats, dancers, musicians, clowns, aerialists, comedians, magicians, jugglers and more. Most shows all-ages, see website for schedule. Show runs Wednesdays through Sundays through April 9. $26, $16 seniors, $11 ages 12 and younger. 

Walk n’ Wag Sun Mar 19 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Lake Sammamish State Park
Calling all dog-lovers and their canines. Head to Lake Sammamish State Park for a fun, dog-friendly 5K or 3K, plus a canine agility course and vendors. Proceeds benefit the park. $15 to $20, $50 family of four.


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


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