Whether you have kids, know kids or feel like a kid yourself sometime, the Northwest is a great place to be this weekend. Here are a few family-friendly outings to consider.
As usual, the list is not comprehensive. If you have other events you’d like to recommend to readers, add them to the comments thread.
1 'Pippi Longstocking'
Through Nov. 3, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Center; $20-$36 (206-441-3322 or sct.org).
What child doesn’t love Pippi, with her haywire braids and headstrong ways? Astrid Lindgren’s beloved books have been adapted for the stage by Staffan Götestam and the music artist Sebastian, and the resulting musical runs at Seattle Children’s Theatre through Nov. 3. Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson says “the gags are pitched right to the 5-to-10-year-old crowd.”
2 Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, West Sunset Way and Front Street North; Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah. Run With The Fishes: 9 a.m. Sunday, registration 7:30 a.m., Sports Authority, 1185 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah; $25-$40 (425-392-0661 or salmondays.org).
Expect the usual festival experience – a kids’ area, musical entertainment, craft vendors – along with salmon hatchery tours and delicious grilled salmon on every corner. There’s also a parade on Saturday and a fun run Sunday, in downtown Issaquah
3 Pumpkin patches and corn mazes
See this list.
Kids love choosing their own lumpy pumpkin for carving and experiencing the whole, autumn-at-a-farm ritual, from cups of hot cider to corn mazes. Check out this big list of seasonal events and scroll down to Harvest/Halloween.
4 Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Through Sunday, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent, and Oct. 10-13, Comcast Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $20-$65 (253-856-6999 or www.ringling.com).
This is the classic circus experience, with acrobats, clowns, animal acts (not everyone’s cup of tea, we know) and all variety of daredevilry. It plays in Kent this weekend, Everett the next.
5 LEGO Brickcon
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $9 (brickcon.org).
View scads of Lego creations — without having to pick up a single brick afterward. Your busy builder will be in snap-together heaven.