Posted by: instanthausfrau | May 18, 2007

Weekend Roundup:

Seattle International Children’s Festival | Stop by Seattle Center on Saturday to enjoy the festival, or catch it Sunday in Tacoma if you’re further South. You can try your hand at walking a tight rope, catch various shows and performers from around the world, fold some Origami, and even sample international cuisine. I believe Festival Performance ticket stubs are required to enter the Discovery Center, but there are a variety of fun shows to check out.

U-District Street Fair | The 38th Annual U-District Street Faire is sure to be a hit (despite the rumours of lousey weather), with the Children’s Area boasting its own stage and performers this year. Located along that great misnomer “The Ave” (University Way), expect large crowds and lousey parking both weekend days. New this year, parents wanting to enjoy the arts and crafts without their child’s “help” can sign up for babysitting at the University Heights Center (50th and University Way N.E., $10.00/hr with a 2 hr minimum). Check out the P.I. article on the kid-friendliness here. The Faire is free, though naturally some activites are not, and runs from 10am-7pm Saturday and 10-6 on Sunday.

The SP4449Steam Locamotives on the Move | The “Puget Sound Steam Special” has two steam engines (Union Pacific 844 and Southern Pacific 4449) pulling passengers from Tacoma to Everett and back again today. Moon and I were lucky enough to watch them making their way North this morning, thanks to a tip from a friend. You can come out to see them at the Fife railyard, Sunday the 20th and Monday the 21st. Tours of the cab are available from 8am to 5pm. If you have a train lover in the family, this trip to see something special from the Golden Age of railroads should be worth it. The engines return to Portland on the 22nd.

Arts West Diaper Drive | ArtsWest has teamed up with the Husky Deli and WestSide Baby to sponser a diaper drive during the run of Pinocchio. Bring your new disposable diapers in any size to the Arts West Theater (4711 California Avenue SW), and you’ll receive a coupon for a child’s scoop of ice cream at the Husky Deli. Then stay for the Commedia Dell’arte style staging of the classic tale of a wooden boy who wants to be real ($19.00 for those 25 and over, $10.00 for the young’uns). Thanks to the West Seattle Blog for the tip, and be sure to check out their extensive list of activities for more weekend fun.

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