Go big or go home! The 75th annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Street Parade makes its way through four cities starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12. With more than 40 floats decorated in thousands of freshly cut daffodils and 80 other marching units, kids will enjoy waving as they pass by. The parade starts in Tacoma at 10:30 a.m., Puyallup at 12:45 p.m., Sumner at 2:30 p.m. and Orting at 5 p.m. View the festival Web site for route information or call 253-863-9524. If you’re looking for something a little smaller scale, check out the Jr. Daffodil Parade on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m., held in Tacoma’s Proctor District.
This year’s Spring Fair brings you face painting, farm animals, fiestas and amphibians! From April 17–20, the annual fun fest for kids (and adults) features meet-and-greets with Barbie, the Brad's World Reptile Show, Fiesta Mexicana and the new Creative Kid's Exhibit, where kids can try their hand at art, baking, building birdhouses, creative writing, and even robotics. Thursday 3 p.m.–8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Adults $8, students $7, 5 and under free. Students are free on Thursday. Western Washington Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. 253-841-5045, www.thefair.com
The Procession of the Species on Saturday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. consists of thousands of participants representing fire, earth, wind and air through costumes and musical instruments. Spectators are welcome to join in the procession along the way! The parade starts at Legion Way and Cherry Street in downtown Olympia and ends at the fountain at Heritage Park. For route details or to sign up, visit www.procession.org.
Here fishy fishy fishy! Kids age 5–14 get the chance to hook the big one at the Kids’ Klassic Fish-in on Saturday, April 19, from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. The optional $5 registration fee gets you a rod and reel and a Kids’ Classic T-shirt. Preregistration is required by calling 360-491-0857. Woodland Creek Community Park, 6729 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey.
— Karla Lindula