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Weekender: Top Family Events for Seattle and the Eastside

We’ve rounded up outings to please every family in the Puget Sound this weekend!

November 7, 2018

What? Another sunny November Saturday on deck? Count me among super-happy clams. Get out and about with your own happy clam crew this weekend: explore nature, catch the gingerbread woman, marvel at the amazing sounds of local student musical group and event meet Santa — before Thanksgiving!? — yep. See you out there.

Get the first peak of the magical holiday display, including model train, inside the lovely Volunteer Park Conservatory (Friday).

Unplug as a family with board games, corn hole and other old-school, screen-free fun (Saturday).

The amazing Seattle Children's PlayGarden (where you can play any day) hosts a facilitated open play session for kids of all abilities (Saturday).

Do not miss this chance to see the exceptionally talented students of Mariachi Huenachi perform for free at the Crossroads market stage (Saturday).

Pop in for a no-RSVP needed nature walk for families and learn about urban forest wildlife with a ranger (Saturday).

Call ahead to sign up for a free program make your mark on fabulous Lewis Creek Park — by planting a willow tree (Saturday).

Meet the reindeer, snap a selfie with the gingerbread woman and admire the gingerbread house creations — or snag a remaining spot to compete in the gingerbread house contest (Saturday–Sunday).

Get in the Scandinavian Christmas spirit at the Nordic Museum's annual Julefest, the first one in its new home. Tip: get the aebleskiver (Saturday–Sunday).

Get the lead out as a family, moving your bodies ahead of your big Turkey Day feast (Sunday).

It's time! Santa rolls into Issaquah on a vintage fire truck; greet him while enjoying goodies and treats (Sunday).

Stop by for free art exploration for families and try making a book to hold your stories and memories (Sunday).

Kick off Christmas at a free family celebration — with stories, cookings and tree lighting — in the lobby of the gorgeous Fairmont Olympic Hotel (Sunday).

It's a great weekend to capture a beautiful family photo in one of these scenic spots. Explore a new green space on a family hike without the drive. Get your baby or tot out and about with these baby and toddler outing ideas. Take advantage of this dry fall and check out this new hillside playground, this new playground with an iconic Seattle view or this new playground that makes a great rest stop during your travels. And don't forget, our family fun calendar has dozens of great activities for every day of the week.

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Photo Scott Webb on Unsplash



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