High Point play area is among Seattle's reopened playgrounds. Credit JiaYing Grygiel
The world is a nutty place right now and it's pretty?overwhelming. We're taking it one day at a time over here, trying to focus on kindness, honesty and humility. A pause for pumpkins, playgrounds or pancakes with our kids sounds good — we've got all those and the rest of the best weekend ideas below. Mask up and stay strong, friends.
10 ideas for family fun this weekend and beyond:
- Finally!?Playgrounds in City of Seattle parks have *officially* reopened for play. Read up on the rules and go get those wiggles out (ongoing).
- Prep for Día de los Muertos with online songs and stories in Spanish, lotería?and a puppet craft; preregister to receive the Zoom link (Friday).
- When the forecasted thunderstorms blow in, check out Storybook Theater's free online performance of "The Little Engine That Could"?— this theater is known for putting a modern, comic twist on traditional tales (Friday–Sunday).
- Grab your kids and your coffee and head out to?feast on Swedish pancakes at Bothell Sons of Norway's drive-through pancake breakfast (Saturday).
- It's World Mental Health Day this weekend?and Washington State Parks invite you to experience the tranquility of nature for free, with no Discover Pass required to park (Saturday).
- Join a virtual Luminata fest this year to celebrate autumn with light. Get creative with lanterns, light art or costumes and tune in to share (Saturday).
- Take a virtual trip to Turkey with Turkfest, featuring music performances, shadow theater and cooking demos, all online (Sunday).
- Learn about — and support — global initiatives to empower women and girls around the world on International Day of the Girl Child (Sunday).
- Head to Kelsey Creek Farm for a new pop-up story walk featuring a tale about?loveable bunnies?who encounter a friendly monster (ongoing).
- Another new story walk invites South Sound-area families to Decatur Woods Park to stroll and read "Tiny Perfect Things" (ongoing).
More any-time fun ideas:
- Scare yourself silly in one of the region's frightful haunted attractions, reinvented to adhere to COVID safety guidelines.
- Looking for indoor fun? Book a visit to the dino-tastic reopened Burke Museum or teen and tween favorite MoPop.
- Try for a sun break and book a visit to the pumpkin patch; check out our list of Seattle- and Eastside-area pumpkin patches and South Sound-area pumpkin patches.
- Catch another sun break, or just suit up for the weather, and head outside; we've got guides to Seattle and Eastside fall family hikes?and South Sound?fall family hikes.
Our family fun calendar now features great virtual events alongside?in-person events! There are plenty of engaging activities to fill your days with fun. If you do go out, please stay safe — which includes mandatory wearing of face coverings in public spaces.
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