Memorial Day is right around the corner and is a great time to spend with the family. There are a lot of great activities happening in the Seattle-area for families to choose from. Some events are either free or offer a discount to members of the military to commemorate the holiday. Of the many options available, consider visiting one or more of these five exciting and fun events.
Tankfest Northwest
Paine Field
3407 109th St. S.W.
Everett, WA 98204
(206) 342-4242

Date: May 30, 2016 at 10 a.m.

If the family is into tanks and other various artillery, then plan on visiting TankFest Northwest in Everett. In its fifth year, this program is put on by Flying Heritage Collection and is aimed at providing families with a lot of wow in the form of cannons, military vehicles, and remote control tanks. Veterans, active military, and kids five and under get in for free. Prices range from $10 for a youth between the ages of six to 17 up to $14 for adults. A family of six (two adults and four kids) can purchase a family pack at a discounted price of $40.

Northwest Folklife Festival
Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

Date: May 27, 2016 to May 30, 2016 at 11 a.m.

If you’re looking for a weekend full of culture and the arts, grab the family and head on over to the Seattle Center and check out the Northwest Folklife Festival. This free event doesn’t just boast food, dancing, and music, it’s a rich experience that includes storytelling, presentations, films, panels, and workshops from community performers. Those interested in learning more about the schedule, hours of operation, and who will be attending the event can keep up-to-date on the organization’s Facebook page.

Entry to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, WA. (Photo: Megan B. March)

Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater Show
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 591-5337

Date: May 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016 at 10 a.m.

For the families that absolutely love visiting the zoo and interacting with the animals, you don’t want to miss Point Defiance Zoo’s Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater show called Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure opening Memorial Day weekend. If you’ve never seen a live show at the zoo, you’ll be amazed at how the spotlight animals interact with their handler while showing off their various talents.

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Family Night Mariners vs. Padres
Safeco Field
1250 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 346-4000

Date: May 30, 2016 at 1:10 p.m.

Baseball fans rejoice, there is a game on Memorial Day that you can bring the family to! This special Family Night is presented by BECU and Mariners fans have the opportunity to watch the team battle the Padres. Depending on location of seats, tickets range from $14 (center field bleachers) up to $500 (Diamond Club). Food at the ballpark isn’t the same, either. Sushi, Italian, seafood, Thai, whatever you’re in the mood for there’s sure to be something for everyone besides the regular peanuts and hot dogs fare you normally would find at a ballpark.

Northwest Railway Museum Memorial Day Weekend
Northwest Railway Museum
38625 S.E. King St.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
(425) 888-3030

Date: May 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Taking a ride on a steam train through the Snoqualmie-North Bend area is an exciting option for families and Northwest Railway Museum has a Memorial Day weekend special event for train enthusiasts. Trains depart from the Snoqualmie and North Bend Depots about every two hours, with Snoqualmie’s first departure scheduled for 11 a.m. and North Bend’s first scheduled departure at 11:30 a.m. The Snoqualmie Depot is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so families can set aside some time to check out the museum displays. It’s free to visit the Snoqualmie Depot and surrounding grounds, although they do ask for donations.

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Megan B. March lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and daughter and is a published author of adult fiction. She also writes articles about career management in Tacoma for Prior to changing careers to become a full-time Writer, she spent more than 10 years in the Human Resources (HR) field.