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Erika’s Picks for family weekend fun

Seattle-area events and activities for kids and families May 18-19

Seattle-area family weekend fun May 18-19:

West Seattle Bee Festival, Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. High Point Commons Park. FREE
The West Seattle Bee Festival is happening on Saturday! Buzz on over and join the fun in a Buzz Run, Bee Walk, and a vendor fair with organizations that will teach you all about bees and the important role they have in our environment. But wait, there’s more…..Seattle JazzED will be playing in the Amphitheatre, Bee Hive demonstrations in the Bee Garden, and the Bees Knees will be Line Dancing at Commons Park. There’s plenty of fun for the whole hive, so bee sure to bring your family along.

Dog Trot and Petpalooza, Sat 9:30-5 p.m. Game Farm Park, Auburn
Dog Trot is a family-oriented Fun Run event that kicks off the award-winning Petpalooza festival at Auburn’s Game Farm Park. Participants will follow a 3K or 5K route, and the course is flat, easy, and enjoyable for all ages and ability levels. Then, stick around for the amazing Petpalooza event, which includes animal entertainment, pet contests, a petting zoo, demos, food vendors, animal experts, and much more!


Viking Fest, Sat/Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Poulsbo. FREE
Friday was Syttende Mai, or the Norwegian Independence Day, which means this is Viking Fest weekend in Poulsbo! The Viking Parade will be marching down Fjord Street at 2 p.m. Saturday. Grab your Viking helmet and get there early to claim a good viewing spot for the event. And then wander around the town to see all sorts of live music and dance. There will be a strong man competition, a lutefisk eating competition, a fun Carnival, a Viking Fest road race, lots of food vendors, and much more. Check out the website for the full Viking schedule. Wristbands and ride tickets will be available at the Carnival.

Wheelchair Basketball, Sat 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Seattle Children’s PlayGarden. FREE
This Saturday, Wheelchair Basketball is back at the PlayGarden. It will happen most Saturdays through August, but check online before you go. Children and youth of all ages and abilities are welcome. Extra chairs and balls will be provided. Come and join coach Nick, other wheelchair basketball players, and coaches and give the sport a try. This fun event is in partnership with Rainier Adaptive Sports and Seattle Adaptive Sports.

UW Aquatic Sciences Open House, Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fishery Science Building. FREE
Join the annual UW Aquatic Sciences Open House this Saturday for a free, family-friendly afternoon of hands-on learning to celebrate science and research related to water. They will cover topics from freshwater to oceans, microscopic microbes to whales, and everything in between. Visitors can board the Research Vessel Rachel Carson and experience real working science labs at the university. They will also have hands-on activities led by current UW students, staff, postdocs, and faculty across the College of the Environment and by organizations from the greater Seattle area.

Find more family weekend fun events on Seattle’s Child Calendar.

About the Author

Erika Bigelow

Erika lives in Seattle with her husband, three human kids, two furry kids and a school of fish. When she's not scribbling, cooking or chauffeuring, Erika enjoys running and reading, although not simultaneously.