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15 Super Ways to Keep Kids Busy This April

Fab festivals, farm fun, Easter entertainment, flowers galore and so much more to keep your crew entertained

Devon Hammer
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Published on: March 24, 2021

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Not only has April brought warmer weather and longer days, but it has also delivered a revival of some of our favorite annual events and festivals! Whether they have shifted to virtual format or are being held in person with precautions in place, more events and activities are coming out of COVID hibernation. April is brimming with springtime fun, and we have gathered our favorite ideas to set your little bunnies hopping! 

Tulips are blooming! Head north to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival to see acres of stunning fields of color. Plus, partake of indoor and outdoor displays, trolley rides, shopping, food and more. April 1–30; advance ticket purchase required. 

Hop on down to Fox Hollow Farm to celebrate all things spring: Easter, baby animals and blooming flowers. Join in the hunt for the great golden egg, find it and win a prize. Friday–Sunday, April 2–4. $50 per family; advance tickets required. 

All aboard the Easter Eggspress! Head to the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad to ride the rails to an Easter egg hunt destination. Saturday, April 3. $16; ages 3 and younger free; advance tickets required.  

Parenthood really does change everything — even our brains! Join ParentMap and Ruth Feldman, Ph.D., online as we dive into the fascinating neurobiology that connects parents’ and children’s brains. Tuesday, April 6, 10–11 a.m. Sliding scale $0–$15; preregister. 

Take your crew for splash-happy fun at one of the recently reopened indoor swimming pools. Check out our list to find one near you. 

The Washington State Spring Fair is back! Celebrate the season with all your fair favorites: yummy fair food, farm animals, entertainment and rides — all in a drive-through format. Wednesday–Sunday, April 7–18. $30–$35 per carload; advance tickets required. Food and additional activities available for purchase. 

Escape the drizzle at Puyallup’s newest play gym. Take your tots to scale the climbing wall, hop on one of the riding toys or get lost in imaginative play in one of the many themed play areas. Open daily. $13–$15 per child; advance-purchase tickets required. 

Celebrate Japanese culture and the delicate beauty of cherry blossoms at the longest-running event in Seattle Center’s popular Festál series, Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, streaming online this year. Friday–Sunday, April 9–11. Free. 

Is family fun beckoning but you’re not sure what’s actually open these days? Check out our handy-dandy list of kid-friendly attractions around the region that are reopening this spring. 

Visit Tacoma’s waterfront to wave at the daffodil-bedecked boat parade as it sails by. This cheery sight is part of the Daffodil Marine Festival. Sunday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. Free. 

Tune in with your teens for a talk by Jo Langford, M.A., on the topic of cancel culture. Discover what it is, how it is affecting our teens and the best ways to navigate it. Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. Sliding scale $0–$15; preregister. 

Calling all adventurers! Join ParentMap and Girl Scouts of Western Washington for a special scavenger hunt party that will reveal everything that the Girl Scouts organization has to offer. Wednesday, April 21, 3:30 p.m. Sliding scale $0–$5; preregister. Recommended for ages 4–8. 

You otter join the Seattle Aquarium for its next virtual Lightning Talk. Sea otters are the topic of conversation, and you will fall further in love with these adorable creatures as you learn fun facts about them. Thursday, April 22, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. 

Earth Day is April 22! Honor our home planet by joining a habitat restoration work party at Lake Sammamish State Park (April 24 or 25; preregister) or by visiting the park for a self-guided walk with the theme “Celebrate the Earth.” April 20–May 2. Free. 

Join the City Nature Challenge and compete to record the most sightings of native plants and wild animals in your area. Download the iNaturalist app to identify your findings. April 30–May 9. Free. 

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