You asked for it! ParentMap readers have asked for more advance notice about fab upcoming events that are a few weeks out; here's our list for June. (If you find it useful, or don't, or have suggestions for making it better, freel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The special effects might not be as grand as at an indoor theater, but the magic of this forest theater in Bremerton should more than make up for it. Make a day trip of it and visit Bremerton's volcano fountains and navy ships as well.
Details: Saturday–Sunday, May 30–June 14, 2 p.m. $10–$20; ages 5 and under free. Kitsap Forest Theater, Bremerton.
One of the best summer cheap thrills out there. Explore tidal life on low-tide days in June with help from volunteer beach naturalists, at Seattle-area beaches including Richmond Beach, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Constellation Park/South Alki, Lincoln Park, Seahurst and Saltwater State Park.
Details: June 3, June 4, June 6, June 7, June 15, June 16, June 17
What didn't we learn from Judy? The young-adult novel icon, who has tackled every sticky teen and tween issue imaginable, chats with our local literary legend about her long career and her latest novel for adults.
Details: Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. $40; includes book. Ages 12 and up. Town Hall, Seattle.
Think your kids don't like dance? Take 'em to this spectacular all-ages street fair and watch them gawk; expect roving performances, kids’ activities, food trucks and free dance classes. This wonderful event kicks off the Seattle International Dance Festival.
Details: Saturday, June 13, 4–10 p.m. FREE. All ages. Westlake Ave N and Denny Way, Seattle.
Here's a wheel-y fun challenge. Get the whole family moving with a two-wheeled family tour of the Eastside; choose a 9- or 22-mile route.
Details: Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. $15–$20. Ages 8 and up; under 8 welcome in trailer or trail-a-bike. Lake Hills Community Park, Bellevue.
If your families love the classic cartoons — Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Daffy Duck and more — this new exhibit of Chuck Jones' animation art should be on your summer bucket list. The opening celebration is on June 13, with "looney-tuney" activities for all ages, from Saturday morning cartoons with cereal to an animation lab to screenings of Jones' finest work.
Details: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
“Jaw-dropping.” “Mind-blowing.” “Outrageous and astonishing.” The world’s best-selling magic show generates superlatives like rabbits out of hats, which hint at its Las Vegas vibe (spectacular, but not for everyone). Parents of sensitive children, take note: The feats include sawing people in half.
Details: Tuesday–Sunday, June 16–21. $24 and up. Ages 4 and up. The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle.
Kick off summer with a day at one of the best spray parks (and playgronds) around, finding kid-size fun — entertainment, bouncing, face-painting, mini golf and more.
Details: Friday, June 19, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE; some activities have fee. All ages. Les Gove Park, Auburn.
An exhibit exploring farts, burps, snot and more interesting bodily functions? Whose kid is in? Take a “Tour du Nose,” play the pinball game “Gas Attack” and discover the good, the bad and ugly about the body via animatronics and imaginative exhibits.
Details: June 20–Jan. 3. Included with admission. Pacific Science Center, Seattle.
If you need an air-conditioned summer escape, there's no cheaper thrill than the $1 family movies at Regal theaters and Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.
Details: June 23 through Aug. 19, though times can vary based on location. $1. Multiple locations.
Berries are in for the picking and it's time to celebrate. Don't miss this farm-town berry fest, with a community talent show (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.), parade (Saturday), carnival and shortcake-eating contest.
Details: June 20–21. $4–$5; ages 6 and under free for talent show; many other activities free. Various venues, Marysville.
Turn your superhero-crazy children into symphony-philes with one swoop of the conductor’s baton in this stirring pops concert under the summer sky featuring John Williams’ unforgettable film scores, from Superman to Star Wars.
Details: Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. $39.50–$69.50. All ages. Marymoor Park,
It's not summer in Seattle until the Seafair Pirates are scaring (and entertaining) small children. Ahoy, the famous pirates come ashore amid a beachside festival at Alki Beach including live music, a pirate look-a-like contest and more family fun.
Details: Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (pirates land between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.). FREE. Alki Beach, Seattle.