Seattle Kids Weekend Events: May 29-31

We’re wrapping up May with a healthy dose of family fun. For starters, we have an awesome health fair, a rockin’ party and a hands-on event with big rigs. We also have a popular festival along the water, an early morning race with the dogs and an evening adventure with nocturnal creatures. If you’re in need of spring and summer items for the kids, be sure to hit the always- popular Jack & Jill Consignment Sale. This ginormous sale will feature thousands of gently used kids’ items and some new items as well as services and items made by local moms.

junior league touch-a-truck

photo: Colleen Cameron


Bastyr Herb & Food Fair
Join Bastyr University students, staff, and faculty at this annual, free community event. Hear educational talks on global and personal health, enjoy garden tours, guided walks and a plant sale and take in the live music and entertainment, craft sale and children’s activities including face painting and games. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eli Rosenblatt CD Release Party
Celebrate Eli Rosenblatt’s newest album, Elephant Car,  at this free, all ages show. Eli’s kid-centric repertoire of quirky, catchy dance tunes will have everyone on their feet singing and dancing. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Junior League of Seattle 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck (pictured)
At this annual event, kids will get a hands-on opportunity to explore heavy machinery including construction and utility vehicles, tractor trailers and emergency responders as well as meet the people who build, protect, and serve our community. Psst! There will also be kids’ activities and food trucks on site. Sun., 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Seattle. Free (donations gladly accepted). All ages. Event details.


Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival
We know this isn’t exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to mention. At this annual waterfront festival, enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors and a classic boat display. Plus, there will be tons of activities for the kiddies including face painting, inflatable rides, a rock wall, pony rides and a gigantic slide. Fri., 3 p.m.–10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Edmonds. $ 3/person (12 & under free). All ages. Event details.

Bat Walk at Lewis Creek Park
Take your crew on a night adventure at Lewis Creek Park. Discover the local bat species of Lewis Creek and then, join a park ranger for a bat hike at dusk to watch for bats leaving their roosting site. Psst! Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp as well as good shoes for the journey. Fri., 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Pre-registration required. Ages 5 & older. Event details.

Big Backyard 5K
Round up the fam and your favorite four-legged friend and head over to Marymoor Park to participate in this annual race benefiting King County Parks. In addition to the 3.1 mile run/walk and super-fun Kids Dash, enjoy post race festivities and free goodies for you and Fido. Sun., 9 a.m.; Kids Dash starts at 9:45 a.m. Redmond. $ 30 to $ 40 (12 & under Kids Dash participants Free). Registration required. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Let us know in the Comments below.        

— Kristina Moy

Red Tricycle

11 Great Read-Aloud Books for Dads & Kids

Dads are superheroes. Not only can they tickle faster than a speeding bullet and leap tall LEGO buildings in a single bound, but they are great storytellers. Put their powers to good use with these 11 picture books. Each spins a yarn involving awesome dads and the kids that love and learn from them. Flip through our album to see all our picks — and have a super story time!

There, There - Sam McBratney
My Dad Thinks He's Funny - Katrina Germein
Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent - Jessica Young
Mustache Baby Meets His Match - Bridget Heos
The Bear's Sea Escape - Benjamin Chaud
Stella Brings the Family - Miriam B. Schiffer
Tad and Dad - David Ezra Stein
Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada - Jimmy Fallon
My Dad, My Hero - Ethan Long
Baby Swap - Jan Ormerod

What is YOUR favorite book about dads? Tell us in the Comments!

— Kelly Aiglon

Red Tricycle

Femininity in Kevlar: Nao Bustamante’s women of the Mexican Revolution

On the surface, the lemon-colored outfit that resides on a mannequin in artist Nao Bustamante’s studio is the very picture of femininity: a late-Edwardian ensemble, it consists of a floor-length skirt and a fitted jacket with dainty puff sleeves. It is the sort of fine frock you might expect to…

San Gabriel Valley – Los Angeles Times

West Hills house fire may have been marijuana grow house

WEST HILLS >> A large house in West Hills, which went up in spectacular flames Saturday night, may have been a marijuana grow house, and police today sought a search warrant to poke through the ruins.

Two people were burned in the fire, which was reported at 9:12 p.m. Saturday at 6528 N. Ellenview Ave.

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