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***REMINDER: GRANDPARENTS DAY IS SEPT. 12TH***: Ideas here!
(FRI) Free entrance (10-12) at the Puyallup Fair
Bring a suggested donation of a non-perishable food to benefit the Puyallup Food Bank and Do the Puyallup for FREE on Opening Day, Friday, Sept. 10, 10 am - Noon ONLY. Fair Runs Sept.10-26
(FRI) Bedtime story
Celebrate the new moon at Lullaby Moon, a magical, large-scale theatrical production for families and a one-night reprise of the year-long 2008-9 series. It's outdoors at Gasworks Park, so bring warm clothes (and raingear?). Wear white if you can! FREE. Friday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
(FRI) Garden Tots at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
This super-fun exploration of nature class (which has a garden theme and includes crafts) is for ages 2 to 7 and is only offered on Fridays in September, so don’t miss out.
Fri., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Seattle, $5 per family.
(FRI/SAT) Newcastle Days
Even though summer is unofficially over when school starts, there are still a few festivals going on. This weekend, Newcastle Days will be happening on September 10 and 11 to celebrate 16 years of cityhood. On Friday night, from 3-7pm, there is a sidewalk sale, with prizes for those 18 and older. On Saturday, there will be music and food, and lots of fun for families, with a pet parade, inflateable toys, pony rides, a magician, and more. For all the Newcastle Days fun, check it out here.
* Friday, September 10, 2010 from 3pm to 7pm - Kick-Off Sidewalk Sale Event in Newcastle's Downtown
* Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 11am to 7pm - Festival in Lake Boren Park
(FRI-SUN) Mukilteo's Lighthouse Festival
45th annual artsy festival by the town's landmark lighthouse includes a pancake breakfast, parades, lighthouse tours, fireworks on Saturday evening and activities for the kiddos. FREE. Sept. 10-12: Friday, 3-10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
(FRI-SUN) Family Fun at Dr. Maze’s Farm
For that first big dose of fall fun, all you need is a little hay ride, a tour through a fabulous corn maze and a meet-and-greet with some goats and alpacas.
Fri. to Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through September, Redmond, $2 to $7. Read more.
(SAT) kidServe Seattle
Come visit our booth at the
National Day of Service and Remembrance
Saturday, September 11, Noon-2pm
On the lawn at City Hall – 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA
Noon-2 pm. Free burritos from Chipotle! Fun for kids, volunteer resources!
(SAT) National Day of Service and Remembrance in Bellevue
It has been 9 years since the events of September 11 became part of our collective history. This Saturday, Bellevue is hosting a picnic, concert, and celebration of service in remembrance of that day. From noon to 2pm, music from Eric Moore and the "Two Scoops" will be performed on the lawn at City Hall (450 110th Ave NE). The first 500 guests will get a free burrito from Chipotle Mexican Grill. There will also be activities for little children, a food drive, and a volunteer resource fair. Bring a picnic and a blanket!
(SAT) Touch a Truck
The big rigs are back on Sept. 11! Touch A Truck puts your child
in the driver's seat of public works, police, fire vehicles and more
The City of Marysville invites you to Touch A Truck on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Totem Middle School, 1605 7th St. Touch A Truck is a free event that puts your kids in the driver's seat of Marysville's biggest heavy-duty rigs. Honk horns, set off sirens, and learn about various Public Works big rides from the workers who drive them - dump trucks, backhoes, vactor truck, police patrol vehicles, garbage trucks, fire rigs and more. Marysville Noon Rotary Club will offer special activities for kids, and Marysville Kiwanis will have tasty treats for sale. For more info, call (360) 363-8400. Bring a camera! No pets, please. Horns and sirens from 10 a.m.-noon only.
(SAT) Wild About Wheels!
Calling all vehicle-mad kids! Comcast Arena at Everett's Wild About Wheels event includes lotsa wheels to explore -- fire trucks, a Rubatino garbage scooter (yow!), a medic truck, a Hummer, a Zamboni and a whole lot more. Real trucks as toys? For one day only, that is correct! Global Spectrum presents the second annual community event, this year called Wild About Wheels, incorporating all kinds of vehicles in a preview to that evening’s EnduroCross event being held in the Comcast Arena at Everett. Wild About Wheels is open to the public and hosted in the parking lot across the street from the Comcast Arena on Hewitt Ave. and Lombard Ave. Kids and parents are invited to get an in-depth look at the vehicles, climb into a fire truck, check out the new Rubatino garbage scooter, Ron May Towing’s extreme recovery vehicle, a medic truck, the Army’s H3 Hummer (with video games on board!), an ice Zamboni, classic trucks, motorcycles and more. Kids will also enjoy a bounce slide and Comcast Arena concession food and beverages.
FREE. Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
(SAT) Garden party
As summer winds down, Seattle Tilth's Harvest Fair at Meridian Park goes full-on. Bring cash and bags for a browse through the rockin' farmers market, and get in on garden demos, urban livestock exhibits (chickens! goats!), music, garden-y fun for kids in the Children's Garden, and a harvest parade at noon (bring an instrument). FREE. Saturday, Sept. 11, 10am-5pm
(SAT) PAWSwalk at Magnuson Park
Bring the stroller, the leash and the whole fam for this 5K walk that benefits Pets Are Wonderful Support. Afterwards, check out the crafts in the Kid’s Zone and the Best Dog Trick contest.
Sat. 8 am, Seattle, Free. Read more.
(SAT/SUN) Aki Matsuri celebration in Bellevue
This weekend, on September 11 and 12, head to Bellevue College main campus for the Aki Matsuri celebration of Japanese culture. The celebration will include performances of traditional Japanese art, music, dance, and martial arts. For children, there will be several puppet shows, performed in both English and Japanese. It all happens from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, and 10am to 4:30pm on Sunday.
(SAT/SUN) Flip the bird
There's a lot of outdoorsy goodness for families on at Edmonds' annual bird-themed festival, Puget Sound Bird Fest. Check the schedule for activities you all can do together - visit the Edmonds Library for arts and crafts, take a guided walk through local parks, and take a field trip to Monroe to watch a swarm of swifts fly out of a landmark smokestack (yes, I know it's technically a "flock," but you'll see what I mean if you go). Most events FREE. Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12; activity times vary
(SUN) Bike hike
Take a 5-mile family ride along the Sammamish River Trail in the charmingly named Orange Bike Parade, a benefit for Seattle Children's. Any wheeled transpo (bike, roller blades, etc.) is welcome, and there are prizes in three categories once you reach the Redhook Brewery. BYO picnic or buy lunch on-site. Preregister! Sunday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
(SAT/SUN) The Northwest Railway Museum
NRM is honoring grandparents Sept. 11-12 with a Grandparents Grand Excursion: grandparents ride the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad free with a paying grandchild of any age. The current train route is between North Bend and Snoqualmie, WA (the trip to the Falls is temporarily suspended); you can board in either town, get off at your turnaround point if you want for ice cream or poking around town or the Museum, and then head back to your starting point:
(SAT/SUN) Aki Matsuri at Bellevue Community College
et a dose of Japanese culture at this annual festival, where the kiddos will be delighted by puppet shows, a Japanese-Style Flea Market, Taiko drums and tea ceremony demos.
Sat, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.., Free, Bellevue. Read more.
(SUN) Live Aloha
We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2010 from 11am-7pm on the Seattle Center Campus at the Center House and the Mural Amphitheatre! September 12th to Live Aloha in celebration of all things Hawaiian! With generous support by the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, KOMO TV, Seattle Center, the City of Seattle, Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
(SUN) Salmonchanted afternoon
Learn how to keep salmon safe at the Salmon Return Family Festival at Olympic Sculpture Park, take a kids' tour, make prints and press flowers, and sit in on story times and live music and dance by Native American performers. FREE. Saturday, Sept. 11, noon-3 p.m.
ALKI FAMILY FUN DAY: Noon-7:30 pm
The Alki Community Council presents a day full of free activities and entertainment, kicking off in earnest with a dog parade at 12:25 pm (limited to 45 dog/owner pairs – preregistration ends at 12:15 pm), continuing through a bluegrass concert 5-7:30 pm, with a kids’ talent show, professional magic show, lawn games, and more along the way. It’s all happening at/near the Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza.